Fri, Mar 29, 2002 - Page 9 News List

Boogie with the big brothers

By Dave Momphard  /  STAFF REPORTER

Urban planning is a useful thing. Dance the night away at Rock Candy II and

you'll be swept out onto the Pate Rd. netherlands at 9am. Go to DJ Station,

however, and you can dance an hour longer then step next door and crash in

one of Ikea's happy-perfect-people bedroom sets. This is only on weekends,

of course. On school nights, DJ Station is only open until 6am.

Filling the spot left vacant last year by Hard Rock Cafe, DJ Station is more

than a shade different from its predecessor and several shades darker. The

designers, if there were any, opted to forgo decor and turned off all the

lights except for the lasers and parcans illuminating the plexiglass dance

floor. Indeed, the management are fixated on lights (as are most of the

patrons). Staffers don black long-sleeve t-shirts with a DJ Station logo

that flashes, and a blue underlit bar provides the perfect light by which

young, clueless bartenders can look up how to make your NT$300 drink. (It

also matches the blue back-lit urinal in the men's room in some wierd

drinking-urinating color-association scheme. Don't get them confused.)

Given the lack of light and deafening decibels, you'd better have come to

dance. The music is more of the same souless, Paleolithic pounding to be

found in most of Taipei's clubs. It seems more suited to downloading into

your cranium than actually listening to, but perhaps that's the point.

Pirate screenings of Shrek and other animated fare shine silently on the

back wall for those not swept onto their feet by the music. The crowd

watching consists of a contingent of young men in identical black suits

equal in number to a contingent of young women across the room nodding in

time to the music.

Not having fun yet? Wait another few hours and you can buy a dapper black

suit of your own when AsiaWorld next door opens.

DJ Station is located at B1, 100 Tunhua N. Rd.,

Taipei(北市敦化北路100號B1)and is open every night from 10pm to 6am and

until 10am on weekends, NT$350 weeknights, NT$500 on Friday and Saturday.

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