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MAGAZINE, October 2001. VOL. 8 ISSUE
1, Lane 4, Chung Hsing Rd.
So there we were, sitting at the roadside talking anything but
shop. Suddenly, a voice popped into my head and said, "Go to
Ala maaaan!" Not one to mess with fate, I rallied the troops
and we began our trek. Probably due to our anticipation, the journey
to Ala Pub seemed longer than it actually was.
Ala Pub is located at 1, Lane 4, Chung Hsing Rd. across from the
Peoples Park. I had been there once before to take in their monthly
Punk Show. That time, a "who's who" of Taichung's music
scene had their eyes fixed on a singer yelping out animal sounds
while another fella, who obviously forgot he was just a drummer,
jumped up and down screaming. Since it was all a little confusing,
I can't say for sure if there was anybody else on stage with them.
My second trip to Ala Pub would prove to be a much different kettle
We strolled in and immediately were awestruck by a lovely Aborigine
singer wailing with some soul on stage. An employee was eager to
seat us but we side-stepped her, knowing full well that the shortest
distance between us and a beer was at the bar. A guy named "Little
Vegetable" came up, greeted us and asked if we would like to
meet up with our old friend "Herb". With everyone excited
by the presence of Herb, I asked "Little Vegetable" what
made the Ala Pub so great. He replied, "Cuz it's laid out like
dat." I certainly was in no frame of mind to argue with such
We all stuck around listening to the live music. After a little
while, we parted ways and good 'ole Herb just seemed to fade into
the background. Ala Pub is open fairly late and the drinks are of
a reasonable price. On the Paddyboy Bar rating scale, the Ala Pub
gets five Taiwan beers out of a possible six. Have a good one.