Sherlock Holmes, the fictional genius (and slightly eccentric) private detective born of British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s imagination and the main character of his series of “Sherlock Holmes” case-files/novels. The literary character has also had his fair share of mass-media fame in recent years from all the movies and TV series adaptations (e.g. BBC’s series starring Benedict Cumberbatch) in the west; as well as games (e.g. Fate Grand Order) and manga adaptations in Japan.
According to Nijimen, recently a little hole-in-wall bar/cafe located in the city of Ikebukuro in Tokyo came under social media highlight. Going by the name of “Sherlock House“, the establishment apparently became very popular amongst fans of the detective, especially the ladies. The owner of the place himself is a big fan of the original Sherlock Holmes series and have furbished and decorated the interiors of the little cafe/bar exactly like how he has imagined the interiors of Holmes’ house in 221B Baker Street in London would look like! And from the photo above featuring what look to be like a quaint and cozy Victorian-English style drawing room or study with an attached bar, oozing faint masculinity charms, we can tell why this establishment has become an instant hit with the fangirls and Sherlock enthusiasts since photos of the bar’s interior first appeared on social media sites just barely weeks ago. For the more skeptical fans who are still not convinced, let’s take a look at some more photos!
If the photos of the interior of Sherlock House are not convincing enough, let’s take a look at what kind of food and beverages the establishment has to offer!
The traditional British fish-and-chips (with thick-cut fried wedges potato) – JPY 780 (S-size); JPY 950 (M-size)
Roast beef (chef’s recommendation!) – JPY 1,500
Special Fried Katsu-cutlet sandwich (again, chef’s recommendation!) – JPY 1,400
Tomato and Mozzarella cheese salad – JPY 900
Mixed nuts bowl (perfect with starter drinks) – JPY 680
Assorted sausages platter – JPY 1,400
Assorted smoked meats and ham platter – JPY 1,350
Customers may also opt for mixed platter full-course meals – priced from JPY 2,500 ~ IPY 6,000 per pax
And since this is a bar, alcohol and alcoholic cocktail beverages is a must!! Sherlock House offers ‘All-you-can’Drink’ selection buffet or just a simple glass or two of liquor or cocktail!
House Special – the ‘Sherlockian High-ball’ (Master’s recommendation) – JPY 900 per glass
House Special #2 – the ‘Sherlock Sling’ (yes as the name suggested, this drink is inspired by the famous Raffles Hotel ‘Singapore Sling’) – JPY 1,200 per glass
Seasonal gin-and-tonic – JPY 1,200 per glass
……and many more! So whether it be a quiet contemplative drinking night alone, or an intimate gathering amongst close friends – better still if everyone’s a Sherlock Holmes series fan – Sherlock House is a must visit next time one is in the city of Ikebukuro! The bar/cafe is conveniently located in the heart of Ikebukuro just a few minutes’ walk from both the Marunouchi and Yuraku-cho Metro subway lines (pictured below, provided by Google Maps). But since the establishment is a small one, tables and sitting spaces (yes, even the bar-counter seats) are limited, so it is better to make a reservation before dropping in! This may be done online via ‘Guru-Navi’ reservation system! Sherlock House operates daily from dinner hours till late – 6PM ～ 3AM; Mondays ～ Saturdays.