Fri, Nov 09, 2001 - Page 9 News List

Pretty women, but no pole dance

By David Frazier  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei's first Carnegie's officially opens tomorrow night, though the

bar-club's trial run has been going on for close to a month now. During

the first week of its soft opening, its time-honored practice of getting

girls drunk and having them dance on the bar made a quick impression on

the local scene. A number of curious locals came in looking for the "gangguan hsiou"(鋼管秀), or pole dance, and so did the cops. As a result,

the bar's handrails have been taken down and the practice has been

temporarily halted. Still, the establishment continues to belch old rock

out onto a residential section of Anho Road every time someone opens the

single set of doors at the entrance. And the management wonders why the

police keep harassing them.

In case the name sounds familiar, Carnegie's is already long established

in both Hong Kong and Singapore. So one can expect some quaint vestiges

of colonialism, like a Chinese staff that speaks perfect English and

good service. The decor is Hard Rock Cafe-ish, and basic business

concepts seem to include loud music, a "party" atmosphere and a crowd

mixing young, hot girls and dirty old men. Beer prices start at NT$170,

and every Wednesday women drink champagne for free.

What's probably best about Carnegie's is that it will combine with

Saints and Sinners and Watersheds to create a new bar circuit on Anho

Road, providing a welcome alternative to the increasingly monotonous

Shihta pub scene. Carnegie's is located at 100 Anho Rd., Sec. 2, Taipei

(台北市安和路2段100號), and opens daily for lunch at 11:30am. Drawing

from an expat style menu, food is served until 10pm. Drinks are cheaper

in the daytime and cheapest from 6pm to 7pm (standard drinks for NT$80).

Closing time varies, but the place has stayed open past 5am on weekends.

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