SHARK DEN RESTAURANT & BAR
5, Hua Mei West Road, section 1
Tel: (04) 2329-8801
Hours: 7 p.m.-3 a.m. (closed Tuesdays)
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VISITOR RATINGS & REVIEWS
This is no den for sharks,
it's a place to 'leave the bullsh*t at the door' in the words of
co-owner Mark Harrison.
This isn't the kind of pub to get hammered and pass out, leer at
waitresses or flail about sweatily on a dance floor; it's a place
to relax, have a drink and engage in the pleasant bonding rituals
During my visit the friendliness was
palpable. The customers smiled and introduced themselves to
each other. Conversations sprung up randomly and easily crossed
tables of complete strangers. Inclusiveness seemed to be the
standard. Around the bar a group discussed what instruments
world leaders would play if they were in a band. A table with
two or three Koreans, a Canadian and a Taiwanese discussed the best
Korean restaurants in town. Everyone was clearly enjoying
Shark Den is small and intimate.
There are several comfortable booths centred around soft lamps protruding
from the middle of hand painted watery scenes. A small bar
and some outdoor seating allow for spillover (it was reasonably
busy for a sunday night). The deep blue and dark wood decor
is tasteful and comfortable.
Of the three owners, two
were present the night I was there: Hammer and artist Mark Harrison.
These two old friends are friendly, genuine and run a good bar.
Each moved comfortably between cultures and languages.
Drinks include 500cc of San Miguel
for NT$ 80 up to 4000cc for NT$ 550. A regular bottle of San
Miguel is NT$ 60. The food is American Pub style, with the
most popular dishes being the Philly cheese steak, cheeseburger
and onion rings.
Shark Den is a welcome addition to
the Canal district, further establishing the area as a night life
destination. If you are looking for an intimate place to relax
with a drink, Shark Den should be high on your list. Check