kind of place can be gracefully fashionable and
at the same time be filled with historical elegance?
The 6th Avenue--Taipei is such an establishment.
So named because it was once the residence of
the U.S. ambassador, the building is cozy in the
daytime, and laid-back at night.
The 6th Avenue--Taipei, which opened two years
ago, is very different from other nightclubs and
has become a center for yuppie culture. Originally
a place for diplomats and their families to drink
afternoon tea, read and rest, it is not a big
place although it retains the original fire place,
crystal ceiling lamps, old-style latticed windows
and a leather sofa. The veranda has natural breezes
and a view over the street. The mixture of chilly
cold and a warm furnace makes this a hard place
to leave on a winter's day.
There's only one private area available, for 12
to 16 people. Surrounded by large windows on three
sides, this spot also is popular with show business
Heritage conservation regulations restrict open-flame
cooking here. This limits what is available, but
the Roasted Chicken Leg Thai-Style (NT$450)--recommended
by night shift manager Tammy --is presented in
a unique sauce, and grilled to a well-cooked gold-and-yellow
color. It contains no bones, but tastes of juicy
peaches. Tammy suggests a special drink to go
with it--the Minnie (NT$300). Sweet green-melon
liquor at the bottom mingles with a red wine,
Baron de Lastec, on top. There are plenty of good
wines here, and a cocktail party is held on the
second weekend of every month.