the center of Tainan, there's an old Japanese-style
two-floor building with a cobbled entrance, vines, and
a pond full of fish. Seeing the exterior, you might
wonder what's inside. But don't bother knocking on the
door in the daytime. SUCK, a one-of-a-kind lounge bar,
only comes to life late in the evening.
Inside there's a big screen which often shows episodes
of "Sex and the City." You'll likely meet
the manager, A-min, who used to be a costume designer,
and who dresses in an avant-garde style. According to
bartender Ugo, during the day A-min looks likes other
middle-aged men. "But don't let him know I told
you this!" Ugo adds.
Most of SUCK's regular customers are old friends of
the boss and the staff. This place has a relaxing ambiance.
While chatting and sipping mixed drinks, you can lean
on couches surrounded by half-transparent lambrequin.
The boss of SUCK, Kelvin, was once opera director of
the National Symphony Orchestra. He leads the Cheng
Dong Musical Troupe, which holds a salon concert here
every Saturday from 8 pm to 9 pm (NT$300 cover charge
per person; includes a free cocktail). During the intervals
between each performance, musicians interact with the
audience, and listen to their opinions in the hope of
winning wider acceptance.
Since SUCK's opening, there have been soprano/tenor
solos, string quartets, and choral performances. Such
performances are intended to promote the spirit of salon
music in Taiwan. Some famous artists who are friends
with the owners show up here occasionally.
The minimum charge goes from NT$150. Bartender Ugo's
special is a fruit cocktail, made with fresh fruits.
Drinks are priced from NT$200 to NT$300. If you happen
to be watching "Sex and the City" at the bar,
why not ask Ugo for a crimson glass of Cosmopolitan--Samantha's