You may have seen collaboration menu items at anime-themed cafes and restaurants, with the occasional cocktail also included for good measure. For example, we enjoyed cocktails based on Spike and Faye when we visited the Cowboy Bebop Cafe last year and there was an impressive non-alc cocktail lineup at the Neon Genesis Evangelion buffet back in February.

If your favorite character is from a famous anime or currently-trending anime, there are good chances a collaboration cafe will show up, and you may find a cocktail on the menu. But that's only for a limited time. And you're out of luck if your favorite character is from a more minor or older anime.

But what if you could learn how to make an original cocktail inspired by your favorite character so that you can make it at home anytime you want to?

Character Cocktail Making School

On October 14th, Upstart Tokyo Inc. announced a special workshop called "Character Cocktail Making School" in Craft Cocktail Tokyo, their members-only concept bar in Ikebukuro dedicated to creating original cocktails. Participants will learn from professional bartenders how to create original cocktails inspired by their favorite anime characters.

The openings for the original workshop dates, November 7th and November 8th, were quickly filled up. As a result, Upstart Tokyo has now announced two additional dates to accommodate more participants:

Workshop details

  • Dates / Times: October 31st, November 1st, 14:00 to 17:00
  • Place: Craft Cocktail Tokyo
  • Content: Guidance and instruction on making two cocktails, which you can make and drink on premises.
  • Price: 3,000 JPY
  • Note: If you intend using acrylic stands or ingredients which are difficult to obtain, please procure them and bring them with you.
  • Capacity: 10 people (must be 20 years of age or older)
  • Reservations: Visit the online calendar and reserve (openings are available at time of writing)

In case you're wondering what an original anime cocktail looks like, Craft Cocktail Cocktail retweeted a post from a customer who visited the bar and requested one before:

Seating is limited, so if you want to be sure you'll get a spot, act fast.

Bar information

  • Name: Craft Cocktail Tokyo
  • Address (JP): 〒171-0014 東京都 豊島区 池袋2-53-10 第10松本ビル 7F
  • Address (EN): 7F Dai-10 Matsumoto Bldg., 2-53-10 Ikebukuro Toyoshima-ku Tokyo 171-0014
  • Tel: 03-5924-6844
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By - Ben K.