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Zhi Xiang Bar
68-2, GuoJi Street, LongJing Hsiang(township), Taichung Country
Hours: 5 pm-1 am
---By Alice Wu Translated by Ann Li
Yuan Zhi Xiang is not your typical downtown
bar. It doesn't have deafening music, nor a crazed dance floor,
or even an English name. Heck, it isn't even located in downtown.
What it does provide is a place for people to come and simply
chill out and relax-chillax !
The bar sits on Art Street just off of TaiZhongGang
Road and, if you don't mind the drive up, then it's worthwhile
to check out what Yuan Zhi Xiang has to offer. Built completely
from wood, the inside resembles that of an aboriginal home
(although I can't remember the last time an aboriginal home
had a karaoke stage). All the tables and chairs are low to
the ground, and the open atmosphere allows the summer breeze
to swing through. Since it's away from downtown, the pollution
of the city is significantly reduced.
While the drink menu is limited (Taiwan Beer
and Classic Dark while I was there), it does rotate and the
prices are much less than those found in the city (NT$70-NT$100).
The upside of this is that they provide their own unique type
of snack for free (a peanuts and tofu combo), and the bar
has an extensive food menu which includes a very special Sliced
Mountain Pork (NT$200), as well as Satay Beef or Lamb. Everything
on the food menu is between NT$100 and NT$200 and easily shared.
Even though??? (Yuan Zhi Xiang) Bar lacks
an English name, that certainly doesn't mean that English
speakers aren't welcome. In fact, this is one bar where absolutely
everyone should feel at ease. Because it sits far away from
the usual pub hub, Yan Zhi Xiang's relaxed and comfortable
atmosphere makes it a nice escape from the habitual crowds
downtown. Open every day from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., this curious
little bar offers a welcome change of pace, and certainly
something different for those looking for just that. And,
of course, if that's not enough to get you over there, then
their NT$299 all-you-can-drink deal with free snacks EVERY
DAY beginning April 10 won't hurt, right?
drinks are strictly prohibited for those under 18.