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FUN MAGAZINE, September, 2005.
well down in the Underworld
45, ShiDa Road, B1
Tel: (02) 2369-0103
Hours: 8 pm-4 am;
Fri/ Sat 8 pm-5 am
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--By Mark Payne Translated by Ann Li
On June 30, the long-standing live music venue Underworld,
located on ShiDa Road, staged its last gig. This certainly
seemed to be a major blow to the Taipei underground
music scene. However, upon paying it a visit last Saturday,
I discovered that perhaps all is not lost. Underworld
previously staged live gigs until around 11 p.m. Due
to licensing problems, it was forced to cease live music.
The bar has now re-invented itself in the pre-11 p.m.
slot to what it always was to those who favoured visiting
earlier in the evening--an excellent place to hang out
The Underworld has all the hallmarks
of an excellent watering hole; there is a friendly and
competent staff, a relaxed atmosphere, an underground
vibe, and an interesting crowd of drinkers to chat with.
Despite its name, strange but wonderfully vibrant murals
(painted by established artist Keith) prevent the bar
from looking gloomy, even as it still manages to retain
the feel essential to its character.
A different DJ plays from both personal
collections and the rather extensive in-house collection
every night. The music isn't overpowering and generally
centres around the Indie/Rock /Alternative genre with
each DJ adding his own twist. The DJs seem friendly,
relaxed, and certainly open to suggestion.
The Underworld is open from 7 p.m. every day till the
early hours, although they prefer that you arrive before
4 a.m. Beer (Budweiser, Heineken, Corona) prices are
pretty reasonable, at NT$130, while large standard Taiwan
Beers are NT$150. High Balls are NT$160 while the well-mixed
cocktails start at the same price and move upwards from
there. Tequila Shots are most enticing at NT$100 /shot.
For those that prefer teas and coffees, these start
at NT$130. In addition, the bar has recently begun serving
homemade pizzas (NT$120-150).
The Underworld may have temporarily
lost the ability to host live acts but something tells
me that mere red tape won't stop them from remaining
one of the leading bars in Taipei underground scene.