Raising the (Cosplay) Bar: T-ARA Cosplay Bar & Cafe Reviewed

27 Dec , 2011,
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T-ARA Cosplay Bar & Cafe: Interior

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.

What's Rei and Asuka doing at the till?

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.

Just chilling, mingling, and sipping on the complimentary welcome drink - it's great to be a cosplayer. XD

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.