Fri, Mar 08, 2002 - Page 9 News List

A howling good time

By Elise Hu  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

While Tyra Banks -- or even her likeness -- won't be dancing atop the bar of

newly opened Coyote, the place does share a few traits with the

establishment made famous by the movie Coyote Ugly, in which poor actresses

dance on bar tops at a randy club for the entirety of a feature-length film.

Waitresses and bartenders rush the bar at approximately 11:30pm and 1:30am --or whenever else they feel like it -- for a choreographed dance routine.

Music is mainstream hip hop or house when live bands aren't playing, but a

different group plays every night from 10:30pm to 1:30am. Otherwise, the

effort to be like Coyote Ugly is a nice try, but it falls short in emulating

that fictional bar in the way that an enchilada in Taipei doesn't quite

taste like an enchilada.

The stark contrast between Coyote and the club the next door, Plush, keeps

business at Coyote steady. Rather than drawing the celebrity crowd, it tends

to draw "businessmen who can play," and its managers are proud not to be

plush, nor Plush. Plush may be posh, but Coyote is comfortable.

"Our club is dominated by regulars and it doesn靖 take many visits for us to

be familiar with you. There's a family feel on weeknights, but we're wild

and crazy on Friday and Saturday nights", said supervisor Irene Yeh.

Tuesday nights are getting rowdier at Coyote, too. Contrary to most of the

city's clubs, Ladies' Night falls on Tuesday, and girls dressed in

inappropriately short skirts pay no cover charge and drink free champagne.

If parading your caboose is not your style, cover is NT$350 on weeknights

and NT$500 on weekends. Drinks start at NT$200.

Coyote is located on the 12th floor of Core Pacific shopping mall, 138 Pateh Rd., Sec. 4, Taipei (北市八德路4段138號,京華城購物商場12樓).

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