With a name like BABE18, how could you go wrong?
BABE 18 is the place to go on Thursdays and Sundays. Thursdays because it's lady's night, and Sundays because it's the only place to go on Sunday. Both nights ladies drink free all night if they get in before 11:30, cover is $300NT ($10USD) after that. Guys with Taiwanese student ids get a discount before then as well. If you haven't figured it out already, BABE18's crowd runs young. People start lining up before the club even opens, some of them with their school bags since they live too far to go home after school. Dan knew Ada, the hot girl at the door, so we cut the line.
trust me, it's long
BABE 18 has the most impressive drink system I've ever seen. You pay cover for a ticket, and then you exchange the ticket for a drink. As long as you bring the bartenders an empty glass or bottle, you can keep drinking all night. Bartenders can pour drinks without hassling with money and people don't leave glasses everywhere You can also exchange your glass for a wristband if you don't want to carry your drink around. You can order anything but top/mid-shelf liquor, which isn't a good thing, since it wastes everybody's time just so some group of chicks can suck down a glass of sugar and get diabetes. If you're a guy especially, just stick with beer, it's Heineken, plus bottles don't spill everywhere when you're creeping on the dance floor.
About the Name
BABE18 is the younger sister of ROOM 18, a few blocks down. BABE18 markets itself as somewhat of a teeny bopper club, though you wouldn't be able to tell from looking at the clientele. They do run discounts for people with Taiwanese student Ids, but even so, I don't feel like there's a lot of 18 year olds running around in the place. ROOM18 is the more mature version, but nobody even mentioned it when I was in Taiwan, so I assume it's not very popular. I imagine it's a bunch of trust-fund baby wannabes sitting around a table of vodka bottles in their awful blazers. Oh wait, that's Korea.
Babe 18 is pretty big for a basement club, but much of the space is taken up by semi-private booths. Aside from a few standing tables and counters, there's not a lot of space for the proletariat. The dance floor is a lowered rectangle in the middle. People get to dancing pretty fast around midnight. That's around the time all the sober people start flooding in and the main loitering area gets mobbed by growing drink lines.
Bottom line, it's a nice place to pick up girls/guys and get drunk. I've never said this about any club before, but I wouldn't mind going back with a big group and getting a booth. The people that come are social and anything but snoody.
Thursday was just me and Dan, and I don't remember being sober for a second in that club. The creeping pretty much did itself. Dan introduced me to a bunch of his friends, Belgian and German exchange students. Some white girl started talking to me in Spanish. My response was to stare blankly and stammer at her. “Oh, I'm sorry I thought you spoke Spanish because you were friends with Dan.” I have no game, so I just kept drinking while she spoke words at me that I couldn't understand. According to Dan, she was there to find a cure for her vitamin D deficiency. “Fuck,” said my penis.
We stood there, we drank. Dan's friends spoke in all sorts of languages I didn't understand. Being on the outer orbit of a group of friends gets old after ten years, so I started walking around the bar looking for a girl to eat out. Aside from some Bboys were tearing up the dance floor, the club was looking like 8th grade dance, with the girls on one side and the boys on the other, awkwardly intermingling at the punch table. I see this out-of-place looking old ass lady. I said “Hi”, I don't know what she mumbled back but I just pulled her to the dance floor and she went with it. She was such a boring dancer she could've been Korean. I decided to eject by feeling her up until she pushed me away. That sounds pretty awful, but if I just walked away from her it would've been more rude. Isn't that funny? I think it's funny.
I met this kid who told me he was a 17 year old singer for MTV. Totally full of shit. He had enough swagger and girls orbiting him for it to have been true though. What a trip this guy was! He saw me looking at this tiny thing dancing next to him, with an ass made for ass-fucking and he says, “Hey, that's all yours.” loud enough for the girl to hear. I laughed- He could've pulled her vagina out and wrapped it around my face and she wouldn't have cared. I moved in and my dick asked, do you want to wipe your asshole on me. Yes, violently, she replied. Didn't even need to ask if she was a freshman.
For our last night in Taiwan, all of us went back to BABE18. Same deal, cut the ridiculous line, started drinking fast and furious. I started talking to two old ass bitches outside the club. Again with the old ladies, I know, I have a problem. Old as in almost 30, desparately-looking for a rich man to fertilize my rotting ova old. Turns out, these two bags of spoiled milk were Korean English teachers from Busan. What a coincidence! One wasn't awful-looking, the one on the right was about as bangable as the one on the left wasn't. I got Ada to let them cut the ridiculously long line, but told her to make those three-legged cougars pay.
The girl I met at Luxy was meeting me later, so I was much more subdued this night (I'm a pussy/anus whipped fag). I was seeing BABE18 in a light of clarity and semi-sobriety, and still liking it. It's not spacious and the sound, lights, and DJ aren't special. It's just a lot of well-dressed, PYTs out to have a good night. It's not fancy at all and it's not a place I would take Stacy, (Katie, sure) and that's not a bad thing. I'm surprised the line was so damn long on a Sunday, but from what I hear, they're the only club that stays open.
The Sausage Man
When 4:00AM rolls around and everyone's ushered out, these sausage men start grilling out in front of the clubs, I think it's a regular thing they do outside of Luxy and BABE18. They're great for masking the “went out last night” smell of smoke and vaginal filth on your shirt. They're also great for eating sausages.
I was wasted and horny at the end of the night, so I wasn't thinking too clearly when we left BABE18. We went to get some sausages from this total shyster. He had a bowl and four dice. I told him to immediately explain to me the rules. I watched him take down a bunch of drunk Taiwanese kids. He didn't lose a single game. I still didn't understand the rules, so I put down $500NT on the next roll. He almost took me for my shit right there, but a Taiwanese chick convinced him that I bet $100 but only had a $500.
$300 later the cops come and he doesn't even look, he just wheels his cart down the street. Whatever, at least I got a ended up with a sausage.
These probably are the rules, but they are close: You roll until you get two of the same number. Your score is the sum of the other two numbers, and you want to get the high score. It'd be 50/50 except push goes to the dealer, giving him a house edge that makes roulette look good.
BABE18: Song shou Road, 18. Near Taipei 101. Go for the babes, stay for the sausages.