One Drink Minimum: Live House and Event Space Listing for Shibuya
If the topic of being into Japanese idols ever comes up in conversation, most people seem to assume that you are really knowledgeable about Akihabara (at least that has been my experience). Sure, there are venues like Dear Stage, the AKB48 Theater, Akiba Cultures Theater, Akihabara Backstage Pass, Akiba Drug, and Akihabara Twin Box just to name a few but, the reality is that there are not as many places to see and meet idols as one would think. One of the largest concentrations of live houses is actually Shibuya with dozens within minutes of the station! Even though many of you out there who have not yet been to Japan may have seen your favorite groups on the stage of venues like Tokyo Dome, Yokohama Arena, Nippon Budokan, or Yoyogi National Gymnasium, this is not the norm. Here is a short list of places where you can go see idols right in the middle of Shibuya without having to plan a day trip or break the bank. Also attached are links to articles about events/lives that were held at those venues.
This small basement live house which can hold 300 people (standing) is located in the basement of the Udagawa Tousen Building that is home to other music venues: Shibuya THE GAME (2F), Shibuya Milkyway (3F), aube Shibuya (5F), RLounge (6F), and hamburger steak restaurant Gold Rush (4F). What the Chelsea Hotel lacks in space, it makes up for in value with free lives (1 drink minimum 500 yen) being held every Wednesday. As the name implies, the decor looks a lot like an old hotel from a bygone era. Don’t be fooled by the mirrors on the walls because you might just end up stuck in a corner. In case you get lost, remember that it is located across the street from Tokyu Hands in Shibuya.
Chelsea Hotel Address: 4-7 Udagawacho B1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Chelsea Hotel Official site: http://www.chelseahotel.jp/
Chelsea Hotel Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/shibuya_chelsea
The largest venue in the Shibuya O group of music venues, this 2nd floor live house can hold 1,300 people (standing). Also located in the same building are duo Music Exchange (1F), Burrow (B1), and O-Crest (5F). The smaller TSUTAYA O-WEST, O-NEST, and 7th Floor are located across the street in the same building as the Lawson convenience store. While it is fairly common for there to be small-scale festival style events held that use TSUTAYA O-EAST in conjunction with the other venues, it is often a venue reserved for one-man lives of groups or soloists on the verge of breaking through to performing in mid-sized music halls (capacity: 1,500 – 5,000). Avoid the crowd at the scramble intersection and go there by going out the Dogenzaka side exit of Shibuya Mark City and crossing the street at the 7-Eleven.
@JAM the Field vol. 7 at TSUTAYA O-EAST Live Report (Idol Renaissance, Lovely★DOLL, Yurumerumo!, lyrical school, GALETTe, GEM, Nicho Halo, callme, UPUPGIRLS (KARI), PASSPO☆, Babyraids, Hime Kyun Fruit Can)
TSUTAYA O-EAST Address: 2F 2-14-8 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Shibuya O-group Official site: http://shibuya-o.com/
Shibuya O-group and duo Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/o_group_and_duo
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