The owner used to run a DJ’d club, and opened Anime Song DJ Bar Alchemist in 2011, with the goal of making it as Akiba-esque as possible. This bar’s distinction is being a great place for first-timers and repeat customers alike to sing their favorite anime songs. The location is great, being only a 2 minute walk from the Showa-dori exit of Akihabara Station. Come visit this bar, where even first-timers to Akiba and Japan can have a great time.
Alchemist celebrated its 5th birthday in September, 2016. Anyone who likes anime music can start having a blast in no time.
Look for this tapestry when you leave the gate at the Showa-dori exit. “The staff here are huge anime song fans, and big fans of music in general. There’s even plenty of Akiba’s unique cosplay charm to be found here. I like anime songs myself, and occasionally do some DJing. Personally speaking, my favorite artist is Lisa,” says Fukuyama. Patrons can talk with each other about anime songs, and many even get into heated discussions with the staff.
On weekdays, their focus is on creating a space where customers can enjoy a drink at the counter while they listen to anime songs.
They have daily themes like “nostalgic anime songs from X year”, and the DJs are happy to oblige any anime music requests you may have. “On weekdays, we love to provide a comfortable, laid-back place for customers to sit and relax,” says the manager.
The sense of unity offered by the counter seats is one of this bar’s most charming features.
Our DJs take requests, so feel free to ask them to play your favorite anime song.
The DJs that come every weekend give the bar more of a club feeling. Many people like to come to get up, dance, and try something new.
When we went to look around, DJ Mandi (left) and Kuromedaka (right) were holding an event called “Anime TOR”.
Check their website for info on Friday and Saturday events!
“Recently, we’ve had a number of visitors from overseas. On the second Saturday of next month, an anime song DJ event for foreigners will be held, and there will be many regulars who always show up on the weekends. Each and every one of our patrons has fascinating interests, from military affairs to electronic music, like Vocaloid,” says the manager.
The staff’s recommendation, the “Mistia Ginger” (￥900, tax included)
They charge men ￥800 and women ￥600 for the first hour, and ￥400 and ￥300 for each half hour after, plus charges for food and drinks. Mondays to Thursdays, the maximum charge for men per 24 hour period is ￥2000, and is ￥600 for women (holidays excluded).
Bases and mixes included, the menu has more than 100 drinks to choose from!
There are about 100 drinks available including beers, shochu, whiskey, liqueurs, and the rest of the drink menu. They also offer seasonal drinks and drinks recommended by the staff.
Another draw is the special brands you can find here, like this collaboration between the anime “Evangelion: and Iki Island.
Here, you can have the kind of night that only fellow anime and anime song-lovers can offer, and experience a world that will have you coming back time and time again. Let your addiction to anime songs keep you going until 5 in the morning at this excellent Akiba bar. And make sure to check out the decorations, posters, and other collaboration items inside.
- NAME：Anime Song DJ Bar Alchemist
- ADDRESS：AOI Bldg. 2F, 2-11, Kanda-Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku,101-0021, Japan
- HOURS OF OPERATION：19:00〜5:00