month, the Olympic Games is returning to its birthplace--Athens,
Greece. From August 13 to August 29, more than 10,000
athletes from around 200 countries, including Taiwan
(Chinese-Taipei), will take part in over three hundred
As a service to Olympic enthusiasts who don't have the
time and/or money to fly to Greece and enjoy the spectacle "in
the flesh," and who prefer to enjoy television coverage
of the events in the company of like-minded sports fans,
FYI SOUTH has compiled a list of bars and restaurants around
South Taiwan which will be showing the 28th Olympiad.
AMERICAN PIE (123, ShingYe W. Rd., Chiayi City; tel (05)
283-5001) will extend opening hours if there's enough demand,
and is set to offer a new menu item, Spicy Chicken Strips
(NT$100), and will be selling big bottles of beer for a
bargain NT$100. The family-friendly atmosphere and regular
menu of American, Mexican, and Chinese favorites will continue
By the time the games get underway, the owners of REBAR
(365, JianKang Rd., Sec. 1, Tainan City; tel (06) 263-6860)
will have redecorated their first floor, and will be showing
Olympic events there. If you'd like to arrange a private
party for 40 or more people, contact the management about
reserving the entire second floor, with its 250-inch screen.
REBAR also offers a good selection of food and drinks,
and has plenty of space over three floors.
Aussie Jim, the newish co-owner of the ARMORY PUB (82,
GungYuan S. Rd., Tainan City; tel (06) 226-9520), has made
some changes to this long-running watering hole. The satellite
TV system was very well-received by customers during Euro
2004, and he's just expanded the food selection. And if
you want to work, drink, and watch the Olympics all at
the same time, now you can--wireless Internet access has
WILLY'S SECOND BASE BAR & GRILL (321, JianKang Rd.,
Sec. 2, Tainan City; tel (06) 291-1050)--run by a former
professional baseball player--also shows sports, and the
food has been winning plaudits for years.
DNA (4F, 77 MinSheng 1st Rd., ShinShing, Kaohsiung City;
tel (07) 227-2129) is usually thought of as a dance venue,
but Dermo, the boss, recently invested in two new satellite
TV systems for showing live sports.Call for details.
TAVERN 65 (65, DaLi St., YenCheng, Kaohsiung City; tel
(07) 551-6457) is known for two things: good Western food
and live sports. The boss plans drink specials and food
specials--details to be announced later--and assures customers
that the bar will stay open later--"especially when
Taiwan is playing, or England, or the United States."
As well as being a leading restaurant and disco, the PIG
AND WHISTLE (199, SzWei 4th Rd., LingYa, Kaohsiung City;
tel (07) 330-1006) has regularly being showing all major
sporting events, including British soccer, international
rugby, and Formula 1 motor racing. During the Olympics,
they'll stay open late if Taiwan is doing well in baseball
or table tennis, or if guests from other countries show
up in sufficient numbers to support their athletes. The
Pig & Whistle can show four different sports events
at the same time, and is adding another big screen downstairs.
The kitchen stays open until 2 am on weekdays, 4 am on
BLEACHERS SPORTS BAR (39, ShinLe St., YenCheng, Kaohsiung
City; tel (07) 352-9787) will also be showing the Olympic
Games, in addition to their usual coverage of rugby, baseball,
and other sports. For details, see www.bleacherstaiwan.com.