A pub experience that’s not for the faint of heart!
Japan is a place known for its extraordinary dining experiences. From the purposefully creepy to the stunningly beautiful, this country has truly mastered the theme restaurant. If you happen to be a foodie adventurer who is more interested in the show than the food, we have just the spot for you! Let the sights and sounds of Burlesque Tokyo dazzle you.
Inspired by a film that flaunted the burlesque scene, Burlesque Tokyo provides a pub-style atmosphere where the dancers are the main spectacle. Strutting their stuff on stage, wrapped around poles and even floating in the Jacuzzi bar, the women who work at Burlesque Tokyo are all performers. Visitors can watch their acts, including the Japanese-inspired Oiran show (in which performers wear traditional courtesan costumes), or spend some time chatting with the staff (hang out by the Jacuzzi bar and you may learn a Japanese word or two!). Although sometimes risqué (hey, it is a burlesque show after all!), the performances never fail to impress and may even get the heart rate going…. Expect an invite to join in on the dance party—and you may find yourself as one of Burlesque Tokyo’s main attractions!
If you want to show your appreciation to the performers, trade in your yen for Burlesque Tokyo’s RION currency and hand it over during the show. Keep in mind that, despite the sexy dances and revealing outfits (think minimal material and undergarments that would curl my grandmother’s hair), this is not a strip club. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, look elsewhere. Don’t expect anybody to bare it all here!
Given the high-energy pace of Burlesque Tokyo, you won’t be able to just show up and get a seat. Burlesque Tokyo is a popular venue for locals and travellers alike, so plan ahead and make a reservation. Shows are held three times per day with the doors opening for the first show at 6:30 pm. For the second show, you can arrive at 9 pm with the show beginning 20 minutes later. The last show of the evening opens at 11 pm, with a start time of 11:20 pm.
When it comes time for some food and drinks, keep in mind that you’ll be paying more for the entertainment than you are for the nosh. Fortunately, Burlesque Tokyo offers a number of set prices to choose from. The “Regular Plan,” at a cost of ¥5,400 (about $65 for us Canadians), allows the guest to enjoy the show for two hours while sipping on one drink. Visitors in groups of women only can get a one－drink plan for just ¥3,240 (about $38). If you’re feeling more adventurous, you may want to try the “Super Exciting Plan,” which at ¥6,480 (about $77) provides better seating, a drink option and 10 RION dollars to show your appreciation, along with a Burlesque Tokyo souvenir to take home. If you want to indulge in a few more beverages, consider adding the all-you-can-drink option at an additional ¥1,620. Now, with all of this excitement going on around you, consider calling ahead to reserve your very own bento box so that you can keep up your caloric intake (for this option, add another ¥1,080) and have some extra fuel to dance off!
So, if you’re in the mood for some light fare and a fun night out with friends, be sure to check out Burlesque Tokyo. It may not be for the faint-hearted, but it is certainly for the adventurous tourist looking for another great experience in a fantastic city!
Here are some facts to chit-chat about while you wait for the show
- The word burlesque comes from the Italian word burla, meaning a joke.
- Historically, burlesque shows included singing, comedy sketches and magic shows, among other forms of entertainment, and usually ended with wrestlers or a dancer—oh my!
- Burlesque Tokyo is located in Tokyo’s Roppongi District. Roppongi is known for housing the embassies of a number of countries, while also being popular for its nightlife and clubs.
- Looking for something to do before the show? Check out one of the many art galleries located in Roppongi!
7F Urban Bldg., 7-13-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Daily 6:30 pm–1 am
Show times at 7:20 pm, 9:20 pm, 11:20 pm