I posted about this in the old Bobwundaye thread, but figure it is time to start a new thread for the new Bobwundaye location. The following from Bobwunday’s Katrina:
Hello everyone, good news … Bobwundaye finally comes of age !!
Building on the rip-roaring success of new Bobwundaye’s soft, but far from flaccid opening last month, we are proud to announce Big Bob’s rock HARD OPENING date of Saturday, October 1.
Come and be amazed at the improvements we’ve made and guzzle down some cheap drinks & free food. We guarantee a great party in the grand tradition of old Bob’s infamous hootenannies. To that end, musicians are especially welcome to come and strut their stuff, whether plugged or unplugged (we have gear)
~ and this time without the worry of upsetting neighbours ~!
The festivities kick off at 5.00pm, so if you plan an all-dayer, where better to start (and finish)?
Guinness Draft (~CHEAPEST IN TOWN~) – NT$170!!
Taiwan Beer Draft – NT$100
…… and tons of FREE FOOD ……
Hope to see you Saturday, October 1.
Love, Big Bob
You don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s closing because the block is being demolished/redeveloped, not because people weren’t going there or because they were going to coffee shops or wanting to spend the money on meals instead.
That’s only “competitive” if your competition is 7-11. That wouldn’t be a sustainable business model for any bar, let alone one with live entertainment. The problem isn’t price. There are fancy cocktail bars all over the place charging 400-450 per drink these days.
Bobs has gotten noticeably more expensive since they increased the prices around the start of the year (from NT$180 for a Red Point to NT$240, which is quite a significant increase, so from five beers plus change out of a NT$1000 note to just four; 1k being my personal soft limit where I think I’m spending too much on a normal relaxed night out in a single bar).
Like you say though, it’s not markedly more expensive than the other bars in the area and can be easily offset by a sneaky trip to one of the nearby 7-11s, and expecting to pay less than NT$100 per beer simply isn’t reasonable.
Yeah, 240 is well within normal price range for a craft beer at a bar in Taipei these days. Even 280-300 isn’t unheard of. 180 was a steal! That’s what you can expect to pay for a Carlsburg, San Miguel, or Taiwan pijo at a bar now.