TAIWAN > TAIPEI > NIGHTLIFE
By Courtney Donovan
Smith Translated by Sharon Yang
FUN MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 2
XinYi Rd., sec. 4
Tel: (02) 8780-0892
Hours: 8 pm-3 am weekdays; 8 pm-5 am weekend
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The Most Relaxing of Taipei
Pubs for Getting Together with Friends
Since it opened in 2000, The Tavern has established itself
as a landmark in eastern Taipei. Located in a lane across
Ji Long (Keelung) Road from the World Trade Center, it is
the after-work destination for many of the professionals employed
in the area.
The Tavern has a casual atmosphere and the clientele
tends to be laid-back and relaxed through the the early
part of the evening. The music isn't intrusive and the
crowd is there to meet up with friends and acquaintances
over drinks or a meal. Though it is a pub, people generally
aren't here to get blind drunk but, rather, to enjoy
each other's conversation and company in a comfortable
As the evening moves on, and blood-alcohol levels rise, the
energy level and buzz of the crowd grows pleasantly. Even
on weekday nights, there is a sizeable crowd keeping the place
bustling and lively, but always in keeping with The Tavern's
laid-back and friendly atmosphere.
Presiding over the scene is owner Michel Blanc, whose
acerbic wit and sharp comments cut through inane small
talk like a buzzsaw and never let a conversation get
dull. His energy is clearly evident and he is excellent
at bringing people togethor--a crucial skill in building
the friendships that center around being at The Tavern.
He is also active in supporting the community through
charities and sponsoring local sports teams.
Europeans in particular are attracted to The Tavern,
no doubt in part because of frequent live broadcasts
of Premier League football matches, the foosball table
and the large selection of unusual imported Belgian
beers. Traditional British fare, like Cottage Pie (NT$280)
and Bangers and Mash (NT$250), are joined by all-day
breakfasts, pasta dishes (NT$199) and a variety of main
courses from their grill to form a fairly wide-ranging
menu (learn more about their pub
food menu). My own good experiences with the food
are confirmed by the large number of patrons who start
their evening at this establishment with a meal rather
than show up only for the drinks.
Though the majority of the customers are in professional
occupations, The Tavern is not at all expensive. Bottled beers
start at a reasonable NT$120 and the cocktails at NT$140.
The food is similarly reasonable. The service team, headed
by the tall and attractive Kate, handle their job well and
are genuinely friendly.
On the only down side of my experience there, I am certain
that either the surface of the foosball table conspired against
me or the ball had a mind of its own.
Arranging to meet up with a friend recently, I was
informed that there was "a great place to hang
out near the World Trade Center; it's called The Tavern".
As much as advertisements try to upstage such endorsements,
they never ring as true as the compliment that naturally
crops up in conversation. Judging by the pleased crowds
in The Tavern, I am sure the same sentiments crop up
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