Text by Andy Macdonald Translated by Ann Lee
Photos by Jimmy Kang
75, XinCheng 2nd St, CianJin District
Hours: 11 pm-late daily
Credit cards accepted. No service charge. Smoking section.
Adorned with musical icons from the golden years of rock, Crossroads is a bar dedicated to the retro music owner E. John is passionate about.
The bar, which has been open for eight years, is named after a song by legendary blues singer Robert Johnson, "Cross Road Blues".
The music collection stretches the length of the back wall of the bar and spans the eras. Guests are welcome to peruse the collection of 2,000 CDs of music from the 1950s to the 1980s, request any song they wish, and can even sing along to the music using the extensive audio system. Bongo drums sit on the small stage in the corner, should guests feel the rhythm, and a small selection of hats, such as a sombrero and a fedora, hang on the wall in wait for those silly moments. As the night goes on, you just might be treated to "Lao Ban (Boss)", the owner's dog, singing along to the songs or the harmonica stylings of E. John if you ask him kindly!
Crossroads is a small, narrow, cozy bar with a quirky design. There is no menu, but you can bring your own food or, if he has the time, the owner may cook you something special to fill your belly, on the house, in the full kitchen built right into the bar. The bar is stocked with a core selection of beer, such as Heineken and Budweiser (NT$120) and quarts of Corona ($200). You can buy whiskey by the bottle starting from NT$1,800 (Jack Daniels) to NT$2,500 single malts such as Glenlivet.
Crossroads is tucked away in an alley off DaTong Road near the corner of JhongHua Road. Look for the green sign and the glow of a blue light spilling out into the street.