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FUN MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 8
Alley 4, Lane 345, Sec. 4 Ren Ai Road
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MOD -- an
Education in the Art of Drinking
By Mike Armstrong
Translated by Zoe Teng
" The place doesn't look open", I remarked to
my friend. But we ventured through the door of MOD Public
Bar anyway. I was wrong. Not only open, it was packed! There
was no room for us at the bar, which sat 20 or so people,
nor at a table.
"We were greeted in a friendly manner, and
asked to wait in an area that was sort of a spillover. So
I sat down and watched the bartenders perform. I'm not talking
about flipping bottles or anything like that, although they
do shake their cocktails for everyone to see, but it was the
deliberate way they served up scotch on the rocks that caught
my eye. A large cube of ice was plopped into the glass and
a carefully measured shot was poured on top. Usually I hate
to see that old shot glass, but because the bartender was
so careful in his actions, it too became part of the show.
He slowly turned the ice until the scotch rose smoothly to
the top. Very impressive. The crowd seemed to agree as so
much scotch was ordered.
"There is plenty to choose from, seventy-eight
brands in all ranging age and quality. McCallans is the best
seller starting at around NT$250. Shawn Pan, the manager,
explained that MOD was five years old and that the art of
serving scotch came from Tokyo. When I asked what made the
MOD so successful he quickly replied, "Consistency! Give
everyone the same experience." A look around the place
confirmed that statement. We finally made our way up to the
bar and I tried a few new scotches myself that night. MOD
is not only a cool spot, it's an education in the art of drinking.
Walk on in and start paying your tuition, if you can get a
seat that is. It's definitely worth the wait.