|Free Hugs Street Bar @ The Wall
Open Bar Open Arms Open Heart
By Josie Wu Translated by Ann Lee
200, LuoSiFu (Roosevelt) Rd, Sec 4, B1
Hours: Tue-Sun 6 pm-2 am
IJade and I first met a couple years ago through work. I still remember that summer afternoon when we got to know each other; she left a really good impression on me, and now, her warm-hearted nature is shown through her own bar—The Wall. Besides being listed in an American magazine as one of the top 10 must-see sites in Taipei, The New York Times has stated that The Wall has one of the most important music scenes in Taiwan.
This good-tunes reputation perhaps started with Jade, who stresses the importance of introducing non-mainstream, indie music at The Wall. When asked about the apparent stand-offishness of the crowd to the music Jade replied, "I don't think there's anything wrong with the music, or anything wrong at all," she says, "The distance between people and the music is something that we're already familiar with in this society, I mean, it also reflects the distance and coldness between people." To help remedy at least some of these distant feelings, Jade's opened a Free Hug Street Bar at The Wall. What is a Free Hugs Street Bar, you ask? Well for the most part, it is exactly what it sounds like—free hugs. For anyone. The Free Hug Campaign was started by Brit Juan Mann—for his story and more about the campaign check out: http://www.freehugscampaign.org
When hanging out here, you can really appreciate some of the best local and foreign indie music, as well as browse through the record store, the tattoo parlor, and take a peek inside rooms where musicians like to jam; all rooms are decorated with '60s style. When you get thirsty, Beers and cocktails range from NT$150-250, and include some creatively named drinks like 'Betrayal' and 'Cheers to Breakups'. As far as eating goes, their Beef Noodle Soup (NT$150) and Beef Dumpling Soup (NT$120) are popular choices.