Taipei is known for some famous nightspots, from free-flow at Lava to hot babes at Luxy. However, in an attempt to go the roads less traveled, and to find a 24-hour attraction worthy of our 5-star rating, we find ourselves standing in front of the E7 Club.
Make no mistake, this is not a exclusive nightclub or a beats-thumping discotheque. The E7 Club is in fact nirvana for seekers of fun and solace alike.
This establishment boasts 3 huge basements, overflowing with activities to suit all preferences.
Full standard bowling is available here, with 14 lanes in basement 1 and another 18 lanes lower down in basement 3. There are also full bowling services available, from loaning of bowling shoes, to selling of bowling equipment, to renting of locker space for personal bowling balls and equipment. Those looking for a giggle or a photo opportunity can also squeeze into a bowling pin costume and transform into a bowling mascot.
It was a super long time since either of us had bowled, and our poor scores well and truly reflected this. Our lack of commitment to the game was however not a good reflection of the bucket-loads of fun we derived from trying to keep our balls out of the gutters!
A large section of basement 2 and basement 3 has pool tables for those looking to poke some balls. Professional games of darts can also be enjoyed at the many dart boards lined up against one of the walls.
You really have to see it to take in the wonderful sight. A huge plethora of video and arcade games pepper all 3 levels of the club. Nintendo Wii consoles are also in large numbers around the establishment, with each console having the full complement of handheld gaming controls.
There is also a section in basement 2 with a decent assortment of gym equipment such as treadmills and weight-lifting machines. There is even a Nintendo Wii console set-up for Wii Fit games to add enjoyment to working up a sweat.
We got to try our hand at a drums simulation game, through which we learnt that we didn’t have any beginners luck at all. Our disclaimer though is that this is the very first time we are trying a game of this nature!
My pick of the day was the basketball game, where my score almost doubled that of Everest’s. She was careful to point out though that her loss was probably due to her affinity with balls always flying to hit her face (yes, even in a controlled gaming environment like this)!
Consequently though her pick of the day had to be the following Wii sword-fighting game, in which she comprehensively beat my character off the fighting podium repeatedly.
The mezzanine level just above basement 1 has a gigantic collection of comics and other manga books. There are cozy booths for gamers to play LAN games, or for the hungry to fill their tummies or quench their thirst. The cafeteria has a wide range of food and drinks, and being on basement 1 the staff would take orders and bring them up to the booths.
Large screen Television with lounge tables and chairs are also setup in basement 3 for viewing of sports and other leisure program viewing.
The best part of this E7 Club is that a 3-hour time in the club costs NT165 per person (this is for the window of 6am to 12pm that we were there; the pricing of other time windows varies). A 5-hour time at the club costs just slightly more. Yes, that’s SGD7.50 and includes full use of ANY of the facilities, full use of any of the games, full and UNLIMITED use of the bowling alleys. Only extra expenditure would be on food and drinks.
There is also free use of the many lockers available in the club, to ensure your belongings do not get in the way of your fun.
Address: 63 Zhong Yang South Road
Nearest Metro Station: Minquan West 民權西路站
Facilities are comprehensive and very well maintained. Service is prompt and polite. You can practically live a whole day here without having the need to go out.