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FUN MAGAZINE, May 2003. VOL.3 ISSUE 5
ZhongXiao E. Rd., Sec. 4
Hours: 11:30-2 am Sun-Thur; 11:30-3 am Fri & Sat
Cafe and Eden Lounge add variety to
Taipei's nightlife scene
Eden Lounge and J-POP Cafe are two very different kinds of
clubs located in the same building, Bistro 98, on the corner
of ZhongXiao and Da An roads.
J-POP Cafe, on the 6th and 7th floors, takes advantage
of the Taiwanese craze for Japanese pop music. From
round white booths guests can watch a large screen that
projects music videos featuring Japanese pop stars and
bands. For a little more privacy, on each of the two
floors there are six booths with silver curtains and
private screens where patrons can choose the videos
they want to watch.
J-POP serves various Japanese beer brands all priced
at NT$130. The cocktail menu has some unique selections,
such as beer cocktails and Japanese sour drinks, as
well as three specials each day. If you don't know what
to order, ask one of the orange-clad servers for a suggestion.
Eden, on the top two floors (10th and 11th), is part of the
lounge bar craze. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, the
night starts out with lounge music followed by deep house.
On Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the featured DJ plays
hip hop and funky house.
This is a stylish place, with modern Baroque decor,
paintings of angels on the ceilings and walls, and plush
sofas and oversized chairs arranged around square tables.
There are two small dance floors, one on the 10th and
one on the 11th floor, with an even smaller dance floor
in between for the models and celebrities that seem
to frequent Eden on Friday and Saturday nights. Eden
is semi-exclusive: membership costs NT$100,000, but
those who buy a membership are entitled to NT$110,000
worth of drinks. Members also have priority for reservations.
Eden's prices are nonetheless quite reasonable. Beers
are NT$180 to NT$200, while cocktails go for NT$180