“Hooters”:https://www.hooters.com/ is an unforgettable bar/restaurant with its loud garish orange exteriors. Having passed one near our Bangkok hotel, U Sukhumvit, we immediately remembered visiting one before although took a little longer to remember it was in Taipei.
It was a wet night, we weren’t very hungry and didn’t want to walk far: a return to Hooters was a must.
To work in Hooters, you appear to have to pass several tests: (a) be female, (b) under the age of 25 and (c) suit very skimpy bright orange shorts, tiny white vests and American tan tights!
The Hooter girls are very friendly and, although we were offered a seat in the front area at a high table, we realised how noisy it was due to the multitude of screens blaring out different sports events and asked for a seat at a ‘proper’ table in the more sedate back area.
Hooters is a place of excess in terms of beer, which come in large sharing pitchers, and cocktails served in goldfish bowls said to be good for 2 or 3 people. We settled for a modest pint of Chang beer and soda water.
The menu has lots of sharing platters: nachos, ribs, loaded potato skins, tacos etc. We settled for a simple chicken quesadilla and a side of coleslaw in contrast to nearby tables, which were as loaded as the skins.
One thing surprised me was the price. I’d remembered Hooters as being relatively cheap, but our bill, with another half pint and coffee, came to 1019 Baht (with service) or £26.
Whilst I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going out of your way to find a Hooters, it’s probably something to be experienced once in your lifetime. According to their website, Hooters started in 1983 in Clearwater, Florida when six businessmen with no restaurant experience opened a place they couldn’t get kicked out of. There are now 420 outlets in 29 countries.