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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, November, 2005.

Malibu East

5, Lane 91, RenAi Road, Sec. 4
Tel: (02) 2776-4963
Hours: 5 pm-3 am,
Sun/5 pm-2 am


--By Tracy Perkins Translated by Jean Huang

The Malibu East on the RenAi Circle is one of those places where everybody knows your name. The staff, led by the ebullient and quick-witted Micki, will ask you who you are on your first visit and your drink order will have been placed before you sit down. On your next visit they'll not only greet you by name, they'll remember what you drank too.
On quiet nights, staff members will join in with the fun and games, be it pool, darts, noisy card games or even endless rounds of jenga because you're not just a customer - you're a personal friend.

Some of Taipei's most interesting souls have made this their local. You might meet the quiet, unprepossessing JJ (a.k.a. "The Professor"), who has probably lost fewer than ten games of pool in the last twenty years. Don't expect any free lessons though. This is what he does for a living. If you fancy your chances, he'll be happy to take you on for a small wager. Even if you're not a serious player, write your name up and make a few new friends.

Although women (myself included) occasionally play pool here, this is usually a men's table and the 8-ball rules on the wall beside the pool table are strictly adhered to. Visitors to Taipei who wish to argue are politely but firmly directed to read the rules.

Happy hour is from 5 to 9 p.m. daily with selected beers at NT$100 and other drinks for 20 percent off. Tequila shots, vodka shots and Fosters are NT$100 all night.
The pub grub on offer is honest fare, prepared with care. If you think you might be hungry in half an hour you had better order quickly. There are no short-cuts in this kitchen, but the results are worth the wait.

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