Weekly Playboy, or Shupure in Japanese, is a weekly magazine that’s been around since late 1966. Though not officially classified as a regional edition of American Playboy magazine, the adult magazine features a number of nude pictorials of female models, with news, columns, comics, celebrity interviews and special interest articles thrown in as well.
To celebrate their 50th year in the business, Weekly Playboy is giving customers the chance to drink and dine with some of their most popular gravure models at a new bar called the Shupure Bar. Located in Tokyo’s Kabukicho district, the bar is decked out in a predominantly red-and-black theme, with dimly lit interiors and walls decorated in images from the weekly publication.
On the menu are special dishes like tuna sashimi, which can be eaten raw or slightly cooked in a hot broth for 1,690 yen and a simmered meat and vegetable side dish for 550 yen.
Karaage fried chicken, a favourite bar food staple, also appears on the menu, with a selection of sauces co-developed by different gravure models. From salsa to curry, there are eight different recommendations to choose from.
As for drinks, Suntory’s Strong Zero brand of canned drinks will feature at the bar. With a 9% alcohol content, these “chuhai” carbonated drinks are said to be a perfect match for dishes like karaage and dumplings, which are also on the menu.
While the food and drinks look tempting, customers here will probably be more interested in the waitstaff serving them, and to help get an idea of what to expect at the bar, popular gravure idols Hikaru Aoyama, Yuka Kuramochi and Nanoka came out to say hello at the promo event.
These girls will be making an appearance at the bar as part of “Gravure Night”, which is one of a number of special events on the schedule, which also includes talks by columnists and manga artists.
To rub shoulders with the magazine’s most popular gravure idols, customers will have to make a reservation and pay a “VIP Charge” of 10,000 yen, which gets you one of only five seats at the bar area where the models will be working. This price includes a set course meal of four dishes and comes with a time limit of one hour, with drinks charged separately.
The Shupure Bar will only be open for a one-year period, starting from June 10. Located in Shinjuku’s Kabukicho district, the bar will fit right in with all the other unusual entertainment options on offer in the area.
Shupure Bar / 週プレ酒場
Address: Tokyo-to, Shinjuku-ku, Kabukicho 1-18-9 WaMall Kabukicho 5F
東京都新宿区歌舞伎町1-18-9 WaMall歌舞伎町 5F
Hours: 5 p.m. – midnight (last orders at 11:30 p.m.)
Source: PR Times
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