Spending the mornings being a clown in classrooms full of snotty-nosed kids uninterested in sitting down is enough to drive anyone to search for a new profession. For Leeroy Ransom and Jeremy Gray, co-owners of the pub Revolver, which is celebrating its one-year anniversary this weekend, it was just too much.
“We couldn’t handle English teaching anymore, so we started searching for an escape and the bar idea came about,” Gray said in an e-mail interview earlier this week.
After overhauling a dilapidated bar and turning it into an artist, DJ, band and patron-friendly space, Ransom and Gray are happy with their accomplishments.
“Some of the most exciting things that have happened are definitely some of the most trivial things to other people,” Ransom said. “To us, organizing the place and building stuff ... then looking back and feeling a real sense of achievement when people are enjoying your bar more and utilizing some of the things that we made — these are the things that make us feel like proud fathers.”
And what better way to celebrate than free parties with free drinks being handed out.
“We genuinely appreciate so many people that have helped us out over this last year,” Gray said. “The idea is that all the shows are free [though tomorrow’s is NT$300 for people without an invite] and everyone gets drunk. We wanna have some fun with some of our favorite people.”
Roxymoron, Hot Pink, and DJs Lai, James Ho and Subtle perform tonight. The party keeps going tomorrow night with the Funky Brothers and DJs Paul SSS, Robi Roka and Marcus Aurelius.
Admission is free tonight. For those with invites, admission to tomorrow’s party is free, otherwise entry costs NT$300, which includes one drink.
Revolver is located at 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), near Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall MRT Station (中正紀念堂捷運站) Exit 4. Tel: (02) 3393-1678.
On the Net: Search for “Revolver Taipei” on Facebook.
Warning: Excessive consumption of alcohol can damage your health.