Every now and then, a buncha wiseguys will decide that cosplay’s the next in-thing, and jump on the bandwagon with a cosplay-related F&B concept and a wagon-load of misconceptions.
And while that might have been the case with T-ARA Cosplay Bar & Cafe at first, the owners have certainly wisened up since their opening in Boat Quay three weeks ago, and made good on their promise to create a cosplay friendly environment.
Our team visited T-ARA on X’mas Eve for its inaugural Cosplay Night, and we were pleased to discover that the bar had undergone a transformation.
The drab brown wallpaper had been plastered over with Vocaloid silhouettes, and pop diva Ayumi Hamasaki was crooning the tunes on the sound system, lending the place a semblance of Japanese chic.
Similarly, the waitresses had spiffed up their costumes (and donned wigs this time), and the barman’s fare included specialty drinks inspired by Japanese animanga, games & pop culture.
Our crew downed a round of Black Rock Shooters (Jägermeister and Kahlua), and we found the concoction feisty and alluring. We also sampled the Macross-themed Protoculture (a greenish brew that included a dash of gin and creme de menthe), and a healthy, shinigami-sized serving of Bleach (vodka, white cacao liquor, milk).
All in all, the drinks were pretty tasty, and the selection of bar snacks affordable thanks to the 20% discount on food items for cosplayers.
We were spoilt for choice, but the nachos and cheese fries won out. It turned out to be a good thing too, because the cheese dip was pure heaven.
From the looks of it, Cosplay Nights are gonna to be a monthly thing, with the next one scheduled for New Year’s Eve (that’s this coming Saturday).
We’re definitely gonna make this place a regular hangout, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the venue to get even better.
T-ARA Cosplay Bar and Cafe is located at 63 Boat Quay, Singapore 049851. Check out their Facebook fan page here.
Cosplayers (in costume) are entitled to 20% off food items and 10% off drink items on the regular menu. Additionally, cosplayers receive a free Welcome Drink (from the specialty drinks menu) on Cosplay Nights.