TAIWAN > TAIPEI > NIGHTLIFE
By Mike Armstrong
Translated by Priscilla Chen
FUN MAGAZINE, MAY 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 5
overflows with good times
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Watershed is one of those unique drinking spots where, if
you know about it, there is a certain feeling of coolness
about being able to tell others you go there. Located off
the happening AnHe Road area at 123, WenChang Street, it isn't
easy to find. However, that adds to its mystique. The owner,
Xiaoluo, told me, "We're small but we keep the business
because of word of mouth."
Watershed is definitely not an imitation of other bars and
has its own unique character. The bar stools are high, as
is the bar, helping you understand what it is like to be a
pro basketball player. The bar area is also very narrow with
high ceilings. Decorations are few, keeping your attention
on the bar.
Xiaolou was an interior designer before and likes the minimalist
approach around the bar. It works. There is a feeling of contemporary
casualness as you take in your surroundings and listen to
the very hip music in the background. Xiaolou remarked that
he may change the bar and turn it upside down. Clearly, he
is a man who isn't afraid to try new things.
Drinks prices are standard for Taipei and run around NT$200.
The pours are fine and the service friendly, adding up as
the sort of place to hang out with a couple friends. However,
there is more to Watershed than meets the eye when you first
walk in. There is a downstairs that is almost the exact opposite
of the upstairs. Ceilings are lower with classy couches, chairs,
chests and tables giving a you feeling of going back in time--not
opulent but more like visiting a room from a bygone era. The
room, with its decor, invites you to relax and talk with whoever
you are with.
Watershed can only hold 40 or 50 people, so don't be surprised
to find it packed out on the weekends. When people find a
place that is special, there is going to be a crowd. Watershed
is such an establishment. Although there are different looks
and feels to the place, depending on where you decide to drink,
Watershed lends itself to an atmosphere to where good times
flow on and on.