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FUN MAGAZINE, May, 2006.
7, Lane 86, XinSheng S. Rd, Sec. 3
Hours: 7 pm-2 am, Fri/Sat 7 pm-3 am
Credit cards not accepted.
--By Claire Tyrell Translated by Liu
GongGuan, Lane 86. No more needs to
be said about this popular, cosy bar -- which has certainly
withstood the tests of time in the sometimes fickle
Taipei bar scene. Walk in and you'll find an old-style
bar, bedecked with nostalgic posters of big-screen classics
and musical greats, blissfully unaware that time is
flying by outside. Then settle in as cool music from
the CD collection continues on, and the volume of conversation
rises as the night grows later.
And, the next nice surprise...the prices
are incredibly reasonable. Many of the spirits can be
bought by the glass or the bottle, with a glass of most
vodkas, liqueurs, gins or tequila just NT$130. Whiskey
ranges from NT$130 to NT$250, and the selection of beers
ranges from NT$100 to NT$160.
Of course, there is the good-sized
cocktail menu. You could have a Black Russian for NT$180,
Sex on the Beach for NT$220, or the most expensive Around
the World. This mix of gin, vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey,
brandy and juice will set you back NT$350, but leave
you spinning from the journey.
If the munchies set in, snacks include nuts, tofu, popcorn
(all NT$50) or squid (NT$150). Grab a sandwich for between
NT$80 and NT$120, a pizza for NT$120 to NT$180, or a
Pepper Beef Slice/Chili Chicken Cube with rice, soup
and non-alcoholic drink (NT$150).
On a Friday or Saturday night, this
small place gets busy and they won't see you off until
3 a.m. At that point, if you are still determined to
party on, Lane 86 will certainly leave you with enough
money in your pocket to see it through to the very end.
drinks are strictly prohibited for those under