FuBar & Grill
Reborn and better than ever
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Ann Lee
25-9, DaYe Rd
Thanks in part to its unforgettable name, FuBar has been a fixture in Taichung's nightlife scene for a couple years now. However, things are about to get bigger and better at this sports bar, thanks to a complete makeover carried out by a new group of Canadian owners.
Located just off DaYe Road at the far end of the Soho pedestrian street, FuBar has always drawn a faithful crowd of followers who enjoyed its regular sports broadcasts and nice combination indoor/outdoor bar set-up, good for almost any occasion. In the last month or two, an attractive facelift and upgraded food and drink menus reveal the new owners' plans to do even more here.
They say that the goal is to provde some of the cheapest drinks in town, with not one but two daily happy hours (5:30-6:30, 9-10 p.m.) offering NT$100 beers and coolers, to cater to various get-off-work times. Full drink and cocktail menus include NT$120 500cc (NT$210/1,000cc) Taiwan Gold Medal draft, NT$150 house wines, NT$50 soft drinks, various spirits and shots, and a long list of cocktails, priced from for NT$170 for 1.5 ounces to NT$230 for 2.5 ounces. At the upper end, this includes some interesting-sounding concoctions like the Caribou Lou (151 rum, Malibu, pineapple juice) and potent-sounding Killer Kool-Aid.
Showing up with an empty stomach won't be a problem, either, as FuBar now offers taco salads (NT$120-180), quesadillas (NT$160-220, veggie, chicken or beef), nachos (NT$180-250), fries and other items. Burgers, Mexican dishes, fish and chips, and other items will soon be added, too, as the kitchen kicks into full gear.
The sports bar focus remains, with two screens showing two different live or same-day recorded games via satellite and slingbox, from English Premier League to NFL and hockey. There's also a new Wii game set-up. Planned and regular special events include live music bimonthly on Fridays or Saturdays, a pub olympics, theme parties/nights, and free drinks on birthdays (check Compass Nightlife "What's On" listings for updates).
Whether you're a sports nut, or simply looking for a friendly, laid-back place to meet up with old friends and make new ones, the reborn FuBar is now more than ever one of Taichung's best bets.