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By Claire Tyrrell Translated by Ann Lee

55, Lane 223, NanJing E Rd, Sec 3 (just behind The Brass Monkey); (02) 2546-8527
Hours: Mon-Sat 12-2 pm, 5 pm-1 am
MRT: NanJing E Rd
Credit cards accepted. Smoking allowed.
English & Chinese menu.

In the hectic hub of Taipei city, Voice owner Nina has created a haven that's comfortable when you walk in and, by the time you walk out, you might just know everyone's name. Open for five years, Voice is a place where patrons, Western and Taiwanese, fast become regulars in the truly "at home" sense of the word. And the head of the household is Nina—keen to chat and genuinely interested in everyone, newcomers and old fixtures alike. Adding to the welcome feel is the great selection of unobtrusive music (with a rock and classic vibe) and, during good weather, the charming outside patio.

Budget-wise there is also plenty of reason to head to Voice. The daily happy hour runs from 5-11 p.m., with selected imported beers available two-for-one (NT$160). From 5-8 p.m., Stella Artois is a tempting NT$149/99 (big/small), and Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays bring various beer-promotion girls, complete with a smile and promotion offers. If you want to try something different on the cocktail menu, try the Chocolate Cake (NT$200), which uses Frangelico Liqueur, or try their own specialty drink—Voice. Nina says the Voice mix can vary according to customer, but it tends to be very blue! The blend also comes with the promise that the more you drink, the more words flow.

To fend off the hunger pangs, there is a range of snacks available, although at lunch time you can also find a selection of varying Chinese meals (NT$180). Upstairs has more of a dining area appearance and is also suitable for private parties.
When this reporter finally dragged herself away after an enjoyable Friday night, it was with a definite intention to return, and a vague recollection of a challenge accepted ... something to do with Absinthe?

Alcoholic driks are strictly prohibited for those under 18.


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