EA Bar is a new themed restaurant in Tokyo that caters exclusively to airsoft lovers. Pronounced ‘air’, the restaurant has its own airsoft shooting range and a very impressive collection of airsoft guns, fashioned after lethal weapons. That’s not all – the theme extends to the cocktail menu, with all the drinks named after guns. And, to top it all off, the food is decorated with tiny army action figures.
Airsoft guns, which are replica firearms with plastic or environmentally safe pellets, have become very popular in Japan. This explains the restaurant’s success – lovers of the sport don’t need to drive out all the way to rural fields to fire their guns. After a tiring day at work, they get to unwind at a shooting range in the heart of the city, and enjoy a nice hot meal at the same time.
EA is located in Kichijoji, a posh Tokyo neighborhood. Customers aren’t bound by a shooting-related dress code, given that the restaurant’s interiors are modern and chic. Among the various dishes served are pasta, risotto and a selection of curries. Some of the drinks on the cocktail menu include a chocolate liqueur called Glock 18c, a SPAS12 with absinthe, and a vodka-based Thomson.
Once you are seated at a table, you will be presented with the cocktail and meal menus, along with a very unique ‘gun menu’. This special catalog lists all the airsoft guns available at the restaurant. Or, you could carry your own gun. And there’s another menu with a list of targets to choose from. Combat isn’t allowed in the dining area; all the shooting takes place in an adjoining glass-walled 33-foot shooting range. Thanks to the high walls, shots don’t tend to fly into the diners’ food.
If you’ve never shot an airsoft gun before, the super-friendly staff will make you feel right at home. The waiters will patiently explain the characteristics of each gun and help you pick the right weapon. And after you’re done with all the shooting, you get to take the target sheet home with you. Sounds like a lot of fun!