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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, April 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 4

 

Roxy99¡¦s
B1, 218, ChinShan S. Rd., Sec. 2
(02) 2351-5970

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Roxy 99's
By Yahan Wu

      On Friday night, Roxy99 was bursting with life and energy as early-20s to middle aged homies and outsiders responded enthusiastically to the rap/R&B/pop/house/rock/oldies music engulfing this relatively small bar-restaurant.

      At first, I thought this place¡¦s success must be due to its low entrance fee, which since March 7 has been NT$300 per person, completely exchangeable for food and/or drinks. But after a couple of visits, I realized Roxy99 has other things going for it.

      Aside from serving the cheapest drinks and good food compared to other bar-restaurants in Taipei, Roxy99 exists in an aura of fun and laughter. Draft beer is NT$160 a mug, NT$600 a pitcher; cocktails start at NT$150, party shooters are NT$150 to NT$450; coffee is just NT$50, and Coke NT$80.

      The set meal daily special from 6 pm-9 pm is NT$150, with Fried Chicken Chops as an all-time favorite. The Chicken Leg Spaghetti With Spicy Sauce (NT$200) and Fried Chicken Strips (NT$160) are also popular.

      Ling Wei, Roxy99¡¦s 50-year-old owner and a retired radio announcer, surprised me when he said Roxy has a two-decade legacy in Taipei. Wei currently runs three Roxy clubs--Roxy99, Roxy Vibe (B2, 155, ChinShan S. Rd., Sec. 1), and Roxy Junior (1, Lane 80, ShiDa Rd.).

     He says Roxy99 is popular with many people because: ¡§Roxy has made quite a respectable name for itself over the many years, those that come back here understand it's a safe and comfortable place, not like other pubs. We don't have people on drugs or any triads. But most importantly, people keep coming back for the good music.¡¨

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