Fri, Mar 01, 2002 - Page 8 News List

Drink 'til you drop

By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

Plainly stated, B1 is a place to go to get drunk and maybe something else if

you're lucky. It deserves this description because of its NT$500

all-you-can-drink cover charge (NT$400 on weekdays) that is its main draw

and encourages whale-like drinking.

It's a genius, if not entirely novel, concept: Charge an acceptable cover

charge and expect that no one drinks more than his or her entry's worth in

alcohol. From the looks of it, though, people are really trying to get their

money's worth.

This is not a bar where one sits with a martini engaged in pleasant

conversation. First of all, the martini, after fighting your way with

sharpened elbows to the bar to order it, will come not in a tall glass but

in a 12-oz plastic cup and it won't have an olive. And who wants to look

self-conscious holding a froofy martini when the overwhelming beverage of

choice at B1 is good ol' Budweiser.

The bar is located in the site of the old Roxy Vibe and is doing a good job

of carrying on the spot's tradition of decadence. There is a medium-sized

dance floor where sweaty bodies move in a synchronized heap to last year's

pop tunes -- think Ricky Martin and Madonna -- and the owners have done the

place up in seductive deep bordello red that actually looks quite classy.

B1 is located at B1, 71 Aikuo E. Rd., Taipei (臺北市愛國東路71號B1).

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