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amusements at Ala Pub
1, Lane 4, ZhongXing Street
--By Niang Chen Translated by Cara Steenstra
Step inside Ala Pub and you'll walk into a
lively, happy nightlife environment, a self-contained world
that allows you to leave all the stresses and worries from
the day at the door. Like the soft candles on each table,
the atmosphere here doesn't need to burn passionately bright
to release plenty of light and warmth.
Ala is well-known and popular for its live
musical performances that start every night at 10:15 p.m.
and kick off the evening with a lively beat, as musicians
also take requests from the audiences. The second set begins
at 11 p.m. with more relaxing, romantic saxophone music that
doesn't fail to please. Holidays, however, feature something
on the end of the spectrum--pole-dancing by young dancers
which provides another way of forgetting your stress and relaxing.
Most of Ala's customers learn about this place
via word-of-mouth and there are a lot of foreign regulars,
too. Helping bring everyone, local and foreign, closer together
is the friendly staff. Their house cocktail, A-La Love (NT$220),
is an ice slushie made from orange liqueur, peach liqueur
and passion fruit juice. The sweet-and-sour flavors of this
smooth, easy-to-drink concoction make it enjoyable for all.
In addition to drinks, Ala also has some popular snacks, such
as the Stewed Dried Tofu (NT$100), an appetizer the young
manager is most proud of. The Spicy Edamame Beans (NT$100)
is another great choice to enjoy with a drink or two.
Ala Pub is pretty packed during the holidays so, for an evening
of fun, make sure you call in for a reservation first.
drinks are strictly prohibited for those under 18.