The Westin Lobby Bar - Most Expensive Beer in Town


#1

I was in the Westin hotel last night and dropped in the lobby bar for a swift Heineken. I was presented with NT$300 +10% service.

NT$330 for a small Heineken, can anyone beat that?


#2

That must be close to a 1000% mark-up.


#3

[quote=“Mark0938”]I was in the Westin hotel last night and dropped in the lobby bar for a swift Heineken. I was presented with NT$300 +10% service.

NT$330 for a small Heineken, can anyone beat that?[/quote]

For a Heineken? :shock: I wouldn’t drink that swill if it was being given away.


#4

If I remember correctly, Ziga Zaga either matches or tops that price. I recall paying NT$150 for a tiny bottle of water. At least the Westin doesn’t charge you NT$500 to come through the door to watch the working girls ply their trade. Still, the place (ZZ) hosts a great Sunday brunch buffet, so it’s not all bad.


#5

Pangolin, do you have any details for that Sunday brunch? Type of grub? Cost? Ta!


#6

Well this was a month or two ago, but they generally have a little of everything: a large haunch of roast beef, pizzas you assemble yourself and bake in wood fire oven, lots of salad choices, made-to-order risotto, fresh breads, roast beef, “free” champagne, eggs and other typical breaky stuff, oysters, cold cuts, and mmm did I mention roast beef? All this can be yours for about $NT650 per person if memory serves me. Not cheap, but… I heard they remodeled the Ziga Zaga since my last visit, so I don’t know if they still have the brunch going, but it is definitely worth checking out. I think it runs until about 2:30 p.m. …Ziga Zaga–it’s not just for cheap one-night stands…


#7

I neglected to mention that there is a guy that goes table-to-table making balloon animals and doing card tricks. How cool is that? I assume he works there…


#8

Nightclubs often charge over 200NT for water (to make money off those who are high so need to drink, but too high to make it to the 7-11). The most I’ve seen was 350NT for a tiny Evian which I guess costs about 20NT in the 7, so that’s getting close to 2000% mark-up

Brian