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FUN MAGAZINE, Janaury, 2006.
Hsinchu's Rock 'n' Roll Lounge
21, Alley 2, Lane 479, JingGuo
Sec. 1, Hsinchu City
Hours: 8 pm-4 am
All major credit cards accepted.
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--By Courtney Donovan Smith Translated
by Charlie Shen
For years, live music fans would flock
to Zhongli's Wonderbar or perhaps drop by for a drink
at the pub next door, House. The owners of those two
pubs, Joe & Ben (hence the J&B), decided to
try a new adventure and, together, these two rock 'n'
roll fans decided to invade Hsinchu's Lane 18 cafe and
Taking over the previous location of ICRT, the two owners
have created a unique kind of fusion: one part classic
rock 'n' roll bar and one part lounge bar. In other
words, a comfortable spot with a rock vibe. In the centre
is the bar area, which is of the classic sort but with
bright red chairs. A solid music collection and two
fans behind the bar are there to help you get the best
songs for the right mood. Flanking the bar are two comfortable
lounge-style sofa-and-curtains areas. Outside are tables
to take in the night air and watch the bar-hoppers make
their way along Lane 18. Large and small TVs will be
bringing live satellite sports in January.
Musicians frequently come by to see
the owners, who love their work because of the opportunity
it provides for them to enjoy their music on the job.
Indeed, one of the owners previously had his own band
before realising the obvious financial downside to that
profession. Others, attending to their dogs' need for
companionship, bring their pets along to play with 'Cai
Bo', the frisky and friendly resident canine.
Though not recommended for the canine patrons, bottled
beers run at NT$130 and up and cocktails start at NT$160.
Food is available, but is ordered in from a nearby restaurant.
If you, or your dog, are fans of good rock music and
are looking for a new spot out, drop by J&B and,
no doubt, Joe and Ben will have something for you.