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Concession Restaurant & Pub
170, WuChiuan (WuChuan) West 4th St.
Tel: (04) 2378-3576
Hours: 7 pm-3 am

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By Sharon Yang Translated by Cheryl Robbins

If you are like me, you may have passed Concession several times and, from its interesting old Chinese-style exterior, wondered what was inside. One day, I decided to find out.

As I opened the heavy wooden doors, I entered into a spacious area with vaulted ceilings, brick walls and even a brick bar. Several black and white paintings hung on the wall. To the right were rustic tables and chairs, adding to the air of antiquity. The dining/stage area offered a place to enjoy a delicious meal while listening to live music. There were also games of darts or pool in the games area.

As I sat at a table in the corner, watching the faces of the people as they listened to the music, it struck me that not many pubs provide this level of comfort and relaxation. The manager of Concession described this place as a jazz bar, decorated in the style of 1950s Shanghai. To complete the illusion, the servers wear traditional Chinese dresses, otherwise known as chipao. There are five different music performances nightly, including jazz, English oldies, Mandarin and Taiwanese oldies, violin and acoustic guitar performance and an "Open Mike" time with piano accompaniment. On Thursday and Saturday nights, there are special performances.

The food and drink menus are extensive. One of its most popular food items is the stinky tofu [¯ä¨§»G] (NT$120), which was originally a Shanghainese dish. As far as cocktails, the specialty is Fire Garden [¤õ¿N¶é©ú¶é] (NT$350), a mix of eight strong liquors and juice that is ignited to create a flame. It is very colorful--blue on top and yellow on the bottom. According to the manager, it is delicious, but meant only for those who can hold their liquor well.

There are Happy Hour specials nightly before 9 p.m., with two-for-one specials on all drinks priced under NT$250.The next time you pass Concession, take the time to go in and check it out. You'll find that it is a comfortable pub to sit, relax and listen to music while you let go of the cares of the day and look forward to a brand new tomorrow.

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