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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, November 2007.

Red Theater Scene

Red Theater Scene

 

Red Theater Scene

By Joan Chang, translated by Ann Lee
Photos by Andy Lin

When the weekend comes around, are you stuck in the same old routine? If you're tired of going to the same bars and clubs, try visiting Red Theatre (Hong Lou) Square in Ximending. The Red Theater area has become quite the popular, gay-friendly hangout in the last six months; throughout the week or on weekend nights, you can see this area pretty full of all kinds of people. The following four places are the most distinguished and popular bars in the area. Take a look and you might just be tempted to visit these places yourself:

 

Bear Cafe

Bear Cafe

(02) 2370-6170
Hours:1 pm-1 am; holidays, Sat/Sun 1 pm-2 am
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
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The Bear Village, the first cafe established in the Red Theater scene, has inspired several other bars and restaurants to set-up shop in the area. At the cafe, patrons can sit at the outdoor patio and enjoy affordable drinks or sample some of their tasty cuisine, which in itself has attracted a lot of customers. Bear's regulars, which sometimes come several times a week, are nicknamed the "Bear Tribe." Because of a special advertising agreement, this place is also very popular Japanese tourists, who find about the place through cell phone texts. If you get hungry, try one of their simple set meals and a drink like coffee, tea, or a boozy beverage with a bit more kick.

 

Dalida

Dalida

02) 2370-7833
Hours:7 pm-3 am
Credit cards accepted. No service charge.

Palm trees, vine-covered chairs and multi-colored glass windows grace Dalida, adding to the already laid-back pink color scheme. A quick look around will reveal that this exotic locale is most popular among expats. In addition, you can also so a lot of local patrons visiting this place, usually wearing the most vibrant and trendiest of outfits. According to the owner, a few very well-known fashion designers and make-up artists are also regulars here. Apart from non-alcoholic drinks, you can order beer, champagne, and cocktails. Try one of the fruity cocktail created by the owner himself--its freshness really stands out.


G-Paradise

G-Paradise

(02) 2370-4978
Hours:weekdays 5 pm-late; weekends 3 pm-late
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.

G-Paradise is a Japanese-style sake bar with an impressive drink selection. They claim to be the only sake bar that imports genuine Japanese liquor, so a lot of Japanese tourists come here, just to get a taste of home. The clientele at G-Paradise is mostly made up of students; some of them come from Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and the majority found out about G-Paradise through gay networking websites. Their New Year's party is going to be huge--Japan's own Go-Go Boy will perform, so don't hesitate to contact the bar for information about this count-down blow out!

 

Peony

Peony

(02) 2370-1713
Hours:weekday 5 pm-1 am; weekends 5 pm-3 pm
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.

From the name they have chosen to the decor inside, Peony is full of Chinese elements. The bar's exterior design spans the entire place, making it stand out from other bars and creating a friendly atmosphere. The regulars here are mostly office workers. As far as drinks go, if you are not too scared of something on the sour side, then try their vinegar-based drinks; they are quite refreshing and come in many different flavors. Of course, you'll find a typical selection of cocktails and drinks, as well.

The Red Theater Scene is not just about bars, either; there are also restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques in this area--all with their own unique characteristics. A visit to the area would be worth your time and would definitely break your Saturday night routine.

Alcoholic driks are strictly prohibited for those under 18.

 

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