By Courtney Donovan
Smith Translated by Rachel Chiou
Rd., sec 1
Hours: 8 pm-4 am
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entering the large free-standing structure on Shiang Shang Rd.
(near Ying Tsai Rd), one of the first things you notice is the
uniformed bouncer. While logically one knows that (unlike batman)
this guy's uniform isn't likely to add any protection, it did
imply a seriousness that suggests one isn't likely to be hassled
by drunk gangsters or other nefarious sorts. That alone, if
true, would put this place up on several of the other "music
pubs" in town.
Stumbling past the uniform, we found the place surprisingly
packed for a Sunday night. Few of the many tables arrayed downstairs
and along the upper level were empty. With the music volume only
accurately measured on the siesmic scale, we headed upstairs in
the hope of being able to hold some semblance of a conversation.
Our table had a nice view of the stage and the crowd below. The
crowd seemed to vary widely in age and consisted mostly of office
workers letting off steam.
quickly set to working on our inebriation skills with a combination
of beer (NT$160-200) and mixed drinks (NT$180+), all in blatant
disregard for the Monday morning that awaited a few hours away.
As the 4 am closing time drew near, we were relocated downstairs
and, unable to converse, started to pay attention to the cover
band. As an aging ex-punk, I found it a little disorienting
to see a guy in a Sex Pistols shirt singing the BeeGees but,
once they broke into a rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody,
their high musical skill level became apparent.
cavernous hall of noise is a great place to bring a party of
friends or co-workers, but isn't the sort of place one goes
to mingle with the crowd-- it's a table, not a bar, sort of
establishment. So, next time you go out to get goosed up on
liquor, give this place a gander.