While Tyra Banks -- or even her likeness -- won't be dancing atop the bar of \nnewly opened Coyote, the place does share a few traits with the \nestablishment made famous by the movie Coyote Ugly, in which poor actresses \ndance on bar tops at a randy club for the entirety of a feature-length film. \nWaitresses and bartenders rush the bar at approximately 11:30pm and 1:30am --or whenever else they feel like it -- for a choreographed dance routine. \nMusic is mainstream hip hop or house when live bands aren't playing, but a \ndifferent group plays every night from 10:30pm to 1:30am. Otherwise, the \neffort to be like Coyote Ugly is a nice try, but it falls short in emulating \nthat fictional bar in the way that an enchilada in Taipei doesn't quite \ntaste like an enchilada. \nThe stark contrast between Coyote and the club the next door, Plush, keeps \nbusiness at Coyote steady. Rather than drawing the celebrity crowd, it tends \nto draw "businessmen who can play," and its managers are proud not to be \nplush, nor Plush. Plush may be posh, but Coyote is comfortable. \n"Our club is dominated by regulars and it doesn靖 take many visits for us to \nbe familiar with you. There's a family feel on weeknights, but we're wild \nand crazy on Friday and Saturday nights", said supervisor Irene Yeh. \nTuesday nights are getting rowdier at Coyote, too. Contrary to most of the \ncity's clubs, Ladies' Night falls on Tuesday, and girls dressed in \ninappropriately short skirts pay no cover charge and drink free champagne. \nIf parading your caboose is not your style, cover is NT$350 on weeknights \nand NT$500 on weekends. Drinks start at NT$200. \nCoyote 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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