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FYI SOUTH Magazine, May 2006.


-- By John Matthews and Steven Crook Translated by Annie Liu

The Pig and Whistle
199, SihWei 4th Road, Kaohsiung
(07) 330-1006
Hours: 11:30 am-12:30 pm (Upstairs open till 4 am)
This Kaohsiung classic has been open for over 13 years and time and time again visitors and locals alike make this place their home away from home. All three floors will have a few 39-inch LCD televisions broadcasting from four individual satellite feeds, so soccer fans can watch four separate matches within easy viewing distance of each other. Watch out for a large digital screen projector on the first floor, and an all-new menu in May. Since April they have been promoting Friday night sports leading up to the World Cup, featuring games, prizes and drink specials.

The Lighthouse Bar and Grill
239, FuGuo Road, TsouYing Disrict, Kaohsiung; (07) 559-2614
Hours: Everyday 6 pm till late.
The Lighthouse continues to please its clientele through good food, drinks and continuous sports television. As a sponsor of the 100 Pacers Football Club, they will pull out all the stops for soccer fans. Soon to arrive, three satellite systems will make it possible to view three separate matches simultaneously on large 52-inch TVs. Don't miss the full colour action with an equally impressive surround sound experience.

The Dick and Cowboy
138-1 CiouChang Road, Niaosong, Kaohsiung County; (07) 370-1645
Candy (Chinese) - 0952 781 100
Darren (English) - 0912 115 581
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 6 pm till late. Closed Sundays. (Management is willing to open anytime in order to screen live games, so give them a call.)
Satellite TV Guide: http://www.dream.com.ph/index.asp
With a new partner, new menu, more drink options and open and live music nights; this place also aims to please enthusiastic soccer fans. Home to the Hash House Harriers, The Dick will have at least two large-screen televisions and possibly a large screen digital projector during crucial matches. Boasting a booming sound system and an open, casual atmosphere (with some of the freshest and meatiest BBQ burgers around), it equates to a great night out during World Cup month.

The Happy Buddha Bar and Grill
223, BoAi 1st Road, Kaohsiung
(07) 323-6953
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 8 p.m. till late.
This new addition to Kaohsiung's night scene is unique with its distinct Asian feel and decor. Watch the World Cup games from two satellite feeds on two large-screen televisions set up at each end of the bar. And enjoy any number of familiar or new drinks and food items in a relaxing, open environment, conveniently located between TsuoYing district and the downtown core.

Harbour 13 Green Bay Kitchen
97, HaiBian Road, Kaohsiung (corner of WuFu 3rd Road and HaiBian Road, directly on the Love River); (07) 251-9119
Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 11 am-2 am; Friday, Saturday and public holidays, 11 am-3 am
Harbor 13 Green Bay Kitchen will have perhaps the most impressive setup for FIFA fans. With a large-screen digital projector outside on the upper patio deck and another projector inside, one could almost overlook the four large-screen plasma televisions around the place. They will barbeque every weekend during World Cup month and feature games with prizes, lucky draws and drink specials. Watch out for their giant Soccer Burger and two satellite feeds in both Chinese and English.

Willy's Second Base Bar & Grill
321, JianKang Road, Sec. 2, Tainan City
(06) 291-1050
Hours: Tue-Sun, 6 p.m. - late
Willy's Second Base has live coverage of sports all the time. Recently, British Premier League soccer and Formula 1 racing have been bringing in crowds. There's a big screen and three smaller screens, to watch different matches at the same time. The big screen will show satellite coverage, while the smaller screens will show local TV coverage. Throughout the World Cup there will be beer and mixed drink specials, and the chef will serve Fish and Chips, plus some new French specials and salads. Regular opening hours (6 p.m. to 2 or 3 a.m.) should fit almost all match times, but the bar will stay open later if necessary.

The Armory
82, GongYuan S. Rd.; (06) 2269-520
Hours: 7 p.m.-5 a.m.
The Armory has recently moved in two new directions at the same time. The menu is much more extensive--there are dozens of Western, Chinese, and vegetarian favorities--and following the installation of satellite TV, international sports events are regularly shown live. The only establishment in Tainan able to show three satellite TV channels at the same time, the Armory expects good crowds for the World Cup games. The normal opening hours should cover all the games. And if anyone is seeking extended hours, the management is willing to listen to requests.

The 2006 World Cup official website, with English, Chinese, and several other languages, is: http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com

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