Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby Whole Lotta Lotta » 30 Jun 2011, 23:09

Baas Babelaas wrote:
over 200, no room to post all the names. among western hangouts count 89k, Londoner, La Bodega, Fubar....


Over 200? :ponder: I never knew there were so many joints getting nailed.

Fubar was open when I was there in later April. But it's closed now?

It is not closed, but is losing money. Small places are being closed for serving liquor past 10 o'clock. Meanwhile, Chili's and TGI Friday's are allowed to stay open.
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby tomthorne » 01 Jul 2011, 00:02

Fuck yeah. What a hole.
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby Dougster » 01 Jul 2011, 01:00

That's terrible ... I used to love heading down to Taichung for the nightlife. Can't believe "The Londoner" is closed.
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby Whole Lotta Lotta » 01 Jul 2011, 13:17

Dougster wrote:That's terrible ... I used to love heading down to Taichung for the nightlife. Can't believe "The Londoner" is closed.

Speaking of 'dying' in Taichung, I met the owner of Londoner a few weeks ago. He said not to work in a kindergarten in Taichung as there are crackdowns going on in other areas of life as well. It is so nice to know that the draconian government is looking out for the best interest of the people :roll: .
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby pqkdzrwt » 01 Jul 2011, 14:21

ROFLMAO, thanks for the laugh (:

Remins me of that scene in "Team America" where the UN dude is telling Kim Jong Il to stop with the nuclear weapons, and says "what are you going to do about it" (:
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby headhonchoII » 01 Jul 2011, 16:19

Whole Lotta Lotta wrote:
Dougster wrote:That's terrible ... I used to love heading down to Taichung for the nightlife. Can't believe "The Londoner" is closed.

Speaking of 'dying' in Taichung, I met the owner of Londoner a few weeks ago. He said not to work in a kindergarten in Taichung as there are crackdowns going on in other areas of life as well. It is so nice to know that the draconian government is looking out for the best interest of the people :roll: .[/quote

Seriously, people here complain when nobody follows the rules, 9 people die in a fire and then when the government enforces the rules they complain too, ya can't win. If people want the old Taiwan Wild West they should move to Vietnam, I'm serious!
But of course then they'd be complaining about the stench and the cheap bosses and the corrupt police... :)

Somebody mentioned TGI and Chilli's stay open, those places most likely have a permit and fire escape and they are obviously restaurants, not really bars.
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby Baas Babelaas » 01 Jul 2011, 19:21

And there I was considering a move back to the Chungle.

Sounds tame these days..
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby Puppet » 04 Jul 2011, 13:07

Somebody mentioned TGI and Chilli's stay open, those places most likely have a permit and fire escape and they are obviously restaurants, not really bars.


Why are they "obviously restaurants?"

I can go in and:
--get food
--get beer
--get mixed drinks
--watch TV

Those are the reasons the Taichung Government is closing bars. Maybe you can shed light on it....why is Londoner, which serves brunch, burgers, fish and chips, BBQ, and a variety of other foods NOT LEGALLY considered a restaurant while TGI Friday's is? Why are businesses closing because they have a TV?

From what I understand from people who know better than I, Friday's or Chili's does NOT have the required registration to do what they do because it simply does not exist. I'll check for a better explanation now and report back on exactly what that means. But I know places are closing bars for the exact same reasons other places are allowed to be open.

Why can a group of inspectors walk into a bar and say, "Your TV has sports on it, so you must close." Then go celebrate at TGI Friday's and watch La New take on Los Enphants in a heated baseball game while trying everything on the drink menu, all without them legally being allowed to serve it under current Taichung laws!?

Please share your wisdom, because the inspectors can't even answer why.

Regarding Fu Bar: yes. It's closed for now. They say it's because of vacations. I think they're smart and just realizing there is no hope for the city and waiting until this whole thing blows over.
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby plasmatron » 04 Jul 2011, 13:22

Where the majority of foreign frequented watering holes are falling foul of the Mad Mayor of Taichung is that according to the government if an establishment serves liquor other than beer after 10pm it's a bar. Bars need to be registered and certified as such (ie.not operating on a coffee shop/restaurant/tea shop/小吃店 licence as many are/were) and located in an area zoned for commercial use and in a premises inspected and certified accordingly.
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Re: Is it Dead in Taichung Then?

Postby Puppet » 04 Jul 2011, 13:43

Ever actually BEEN to a fish restaurant past 10:00?
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