Hackers Bar, Tokyo
- Aki Nakao behind the bar.
- Hackers Bar has three monitors so that everyone gets a good view of what the night's designated "hacker" is working on.
- This was the first floppy disk I'd seen in years, but it serves an actual purpose. Nakao puts source code from the events on these disks and gives them to attendees to take home. "It's really cool to see a floppy disk drive on a MacBook," he said, plugging one in over USB.
- Hackers Bar makes use of services from two Japanese tech titans: it has an account on ubiquitous messaging app Line, and uses retail giant Rakuten's Smart Pay, a competitor to Square. Many bars and restaurants in Japan don't accept credit cards, making mobile payment services particularly appealing here.
- This drink mat features a QR code along with an explanation of how to have fun with alcohol written in the C programming language.
- The Blue Screen uses curaçao and Hpnotiq liqueurs to citrusy effect. It's a lot more pleasant than its Windows namesake.
- The finished cocktail gets remarkably close to the Blue Screen of Death's specific shade of blue.
- The Kernel Panic, meanwhile, is made from grenadine, Campari, and — of course — cider and apple brandy. It's more of an acquired taste than the Blue Screen, but it's not the only Apple-themed cocktail on offer. The Yosemite Punch is another recent addition, named after the upcoming version of OS X.
- A Kernel Panic rests ominously on the bar. The drink was conceived as an "opposite" to the Blue Screen.
- As is common in Tokyo's high-rise entertainment districts, Hackers Bar shares a tower with a motley crew of tenants. This building is called Power House and is occupied by karaoke rooms, a relaxation salon, and a deeply unofficial Star Wars-themed bar called Force Roppongi.