Wine Bar C
In the middle of a standard strip mall, a metal door guards one of the most curious of places in Little Tokyo. Customers alone or coupled are seen going in and out, women in French maid outfits loiter around, and an illuminated sign stating “Bar C” hangs above the windowless joint. You can walk by but you’ll never catch a peek of the fantasy.
Tapas & Wine Bar C is Downtown’s version of “maid cafes.” It’s a wildly popular concept from Japan, brought to Little Tokyo by Toshi Tani and his wife, ChaCha; the ‘C’ in Bar C. Typical maid cafes consist of waitresses dressed in French maid outfits serving and chatting up welcoming service. It’s fantasy lived through reality and strictly friendly.
Walk into Bar C and take a moment to observe; the walls are adorned in fur, TV screens air the season’s games, and women in cosplay pour heavy shots of sake. It may be a chamber of confusion, but for Toshi, it makes perfect sense. “I want the customer to feel this is their second home. They can come here and relax”, Toshi says. Since 2008, Bar C has been a relaxing little hideaway for anyone with the slightest desire for cosplay. “It’s like playing dress up everyday, some of the girls here attend Anime Expos so we have a lot of fun with the costumes.” says waitress, Jasmine.
The team of sake slinging French maids are known for their friendly personalities and hospitable demeanor. It’s that spark that keeps certain customers coming back — and believe us, there are plenty of them. Customers can buy a bottle and save it to sip for a later date, but the brave and the bold will order the Galvatron, a concoction made up of lethal amounts of alcohol: Bacardi 151, Patron, and Maker’s Mark. It’s known to impair judgement, grow chest hair, and leave patrons face down in the bathroom for 3 or more hours. Every time someone orders one of these nightmares, a music video turns on like it’s a chant before partaking. With a 2 drink maximum, you’ll need all the blessings you can get with the Galvatron.
The French maid outfit doesn’t exhaust itself, the waitresses gather together to plan themed nights for the lounge such as Nurse Night, School Girl Night or Superhero night. You can expect novelty activities to keep the nights going strong; syringe jello shots, trivia pop quiz, and a spanking here and there. Come here with friends or by yourself, Tapas and Wine Bar C is for the curious and open minded, or practically anyone who can appreciate women in cosplay. We sure can.
Janica de Guzman