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Released earlier this month in the Nintendo eShop, VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a visual novel of a different flavor. Swapping dialogue choices for a Mixology 101 course instead, fans now have the opportunity to recreate the drinks in real life, as two bars in Japan are giving the task a go as part of a promotion for the game’s release on Switch and PlayStation 4 later this month.

Two different takes on VA-11 HALL-A’s basic drink, Sugar Rush, can be experienced — from now until June 16th.


Interpreting the 2 Adelhyde to 1 Powdered Delta ratio, we have a vodka-based interpretation from Bar Sekirei and a cassis, orange peel, and beer concoction from Akihabara Anison DJ BAR Alike Misuzu. Ordering each drink at their respective locations will also include promo items, a postcard and button, while supplies last.


Depending on the success of the game’s port to Switch and PS4 in Japan, we might hopefully see a full-fledged VA-11 HALL-A bar appear in Japan someday. Until that day comes, at least those who attend the two bars can pretend that they’re spending their time in a PC-98 styled world, waiting for an interesting customer to enter, letting their stories unfurl with the sip of their favorite drinks.


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)