A way to combine my love of plastic-skinned anime girls with my alcoholism? What could go wrong?
Since work stuck me in Milwaukee for a few months, people (flipr) recommended I should hit up Dick’s Pizza & Pleasure.
If the name is familiar, that’s because it’s a bar hyped among the fandom for having an anime theme. If you haven’t heard too much else about it, that’s because it’s in Milwaukee, and nobody gives a shit about Milwaukee (because it sucks).
Here’s the site if you want to see where the interest comes from: http://dicksmilwaukee.com/
I roll up into Dick’s at 6 and find myself faced with an empty restaurant that supposedly opened an hour ago.
The barkeep looked a little confused as to why I was there, but said he could serve me anyway since they were open. Tried ordering some pizza and got “We don’t start serving food until 6:30.” So I asked if they at least had a happy hour.
“No, but I’ll give you half-off drinks anyway.”
5 minutes of awkward chit-chat later (“So how long has this place been open?”//”I dunno, a while?”) and I was ready to get some pics for this article.
Unfortunately, the lighting combined with my shitty S4 camera didn’t give off the right impression of the fucking awesome gigantic pictures.
Lens flare intentional. Makes it more anime.
With all the sugoi on the walls, I was excited to see what the bathrooms were like.
Hype hype hype.
Hey, I think I saw this toilet in one of the animes I watched. Sasuga anime bar.
With the first floor as impressive as it was, I thought I’d make my way up to the second. It wasn’t open yet (the party apparently starts at 10:00), but the bartender indulged my curiosity and took me up.
Floor 1.5 (the stairs)
Fuck yeah. That is my jam.
Scoping the place out, I grabbed some more shots. Apparently it gets packed later at night, so I was pretty psyched to get some images without the contamination of humans.
And that finished up the second floor. But tis then I got to thinking.
Scrambled porn on low-quality TVs… shitty art aimed at hipster 90s kids… a sleek design intended for easy clean-up of vomit and blood…
God fucking dammit.
Memories of college floating back into my head, I hoped I could quell my demons by hitting up the third floor. There’s usually a cover charge to get in there, but bartender-kun obliged me for free since the place was empty.
Yeah, that’s about it. Japan has clouds, so I guess it sorta fits the theme?
A bit disappointed, I headed back down.
Saddled back up to the bar and grabbed a shot of the display.
While enjoying the anime, I ordered an old fashioned and a slice of pizza.
I didn’t grab a pic of the pizza, but it was the quality you would expect from food intended to be served solely to drunk people.
Tis then I got to thinking.
Sports on the TVs… only five anime-related things in total… my cab driver laughing at me when I asked to go to Dick’s, telling me that it was a terrible place where only douchebags and slags go to grind on each other while they spend their parents’ money and that it probably wasn’t the place for anyone with fewer than three STDs…
God fucking dammit.
Realization in head, I downed my drink, tipped the barkeep $25, and left.
Can’t say I’d recommend this place if you’re interested in anime. But if you just wanna go for the grinding, head in around 10 and you’ll get what you’re looking for.
Anime cons still (unfortunately) seem like your best bet for socializing with anime fans while being piss-drunk.