Eating at a Hospital Themed Restaurant in Taipei


DS music hospital restaurant taipei
Dessert at the hospital-themed restaurant in Taipei!

Taipei is the land of themed restaurants.

After visiting the Hello Kitty restaurant on my first day in Taiwan, I quickly developed an obsession with these restaurants and made it my mission to visit as many as possible during my time here. A quick search online showed me that there were hundreds of them to choose from, and I got to compiling my list of must-visit places.

Next stop: the hospital themed restaurant.

I’ve been a hypochondriac for most of my life so the thought of drinking beer through an IV drip and having meals served on an operating table filled me with anxiety. Despite this, my friends didn’t have to work too hard to convince me to join them on a night out at Taipei’s most infamous restaurant.

Before we left, the hostel staff seemed surprised when we told them of our plans for that evening – according to them, it was very rare to find any female customers in the restaurant.

As soon as we arrived we found out why:

DS Music hospital restaurant taipei

The waitresses were all dressed as sexy nurses!

With their stockings and suspenders, their short uniforms and bunny ears/devil horns combination, I felt like I’d wandered onto the set of a bizarre nurse themed porno.

The asian guys were loving it.

DS Music hospital restaurant taipei

We were led to our table by an extremely friendly waitress/nurse who was more than happy to pose ridiculously for a thousand photos with us. The table itself turned out to be a metal hospital bed and had a pole nearby to hang IV drips of alcohol from.

DS Music hospital restaurant taipei

Unsurprisingly, the restaurant was decorated with as many over the top themed items as possible. There were x-ray scans on the wall, as well as crutches and plaster casts. Even the toilets were brilliantly labelled as “The Emergency Room”

DS Music hospital restaurant taipei

Drinks were brought around on hospital trolleys once you had ordered from the drinks menu of “medicines”. The drinks themselves had names such as Tetanus, Vitamin A, Tranquiliser or Contraceptive. Depending on which drink you ordered they were either served to you via test tube or syringe.

DS Music hospital restaurant taipei

The food was surprisingly good for a themed restaurant – normally you pay for the experience as opposed to the food quality, but both were excellent here. I ordered the boneless chicken, and despite having LOTS of bones, it was really delicious.

DS Music hospital restaurant taipei

If you ordered beer it was placed in a container above your table and the nurse would administer it to you via IV drip.

DS music hospital restaurant taipei

After we finished our meal, the nurses bought out an after dinner game (something that I found to be very popular in Taiwan). It consisted of 5 mystery syringes – 3 syringes containing a pleasant tasting liquid, and 2 syringes containing something horrible. The rules were that if you managed to roll an even number the nurse would squirt the nice tasting liquid in your mouth, but rolling an odd number meant that you’d have the disgusting drink forced upon you.

DS music hospital restaurant taipei

We all took turns rolling the two dice. Of course, I ended up rolling two odd numbers and therefore ended up with both of the scary syringes. I had absolutely no idea what they contained and so needless to say, I was terrified:

DS music hospital restaurant taipei

And what did they turn out to be?

One contained soy sauce, and the other contained vinegar

DS music hospital restaurant taipei

 Apart from my dreadful experience with the soy sauce and vinegar, visiting the hospital themed restaurant was one of my favourite nights out in Taipei, and I’d definitely go back again. Would you like to eat dinner whilst being surrounded by items you associate with illness and death?!

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The hospital restaurant is called D.S. Music Restaurant and can be found on Xin Sheng North Road. It is open from 6pm – 2:30am Monday – Friday and until 4am on Saturday. The average meal price is NT$300 – NT$500 per person. 

49 Comments

  1. Chris
    October 14, 2011
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    Soy Sauce and Vinegar?! I def. would’ve thrown up, I have SUCH a weak stomach.

    • October 15, 2011
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      They put the whole syringe worth in too!! It was TERRIBLE!

  2. Nicole
    October 14, 2011
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    Haha, give me the soy sauce syringe – LOVE the stuff. :D

    After the Hello Kitty post and this one I am rethinking my travel plans and thinking I should head to Teipei for a laugh. :)

    Keep up the great posts.

    • October 15, 2011
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      You SO should! Taiwan is an amazing country. Love it.

  3. Shey
    October 14, 2011
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    I love both Soy sauce and Vinegar! lol

    Sounds like a fun experience!

    • October 15, 2011
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      So do I, but not when it’s being thrown down my throat!

  4. Micamyx|Senyorita
    October 14, 2011
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    Wow haha what an experience indeed! Want to go there :))

    • October 15, 2011
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      You should! It was so much fun!

  5. Sheryll
    October 14, 2011
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    I am OBSESSED. I love this!

    • October 15, 2011
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      :D The restaurants were amazing here!

  6. Annette | Bucket List Journey
    October 15, 2011
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    That looks like a blast…minus the soy sauce ;)

  7. Alouise
    October 15, 2011
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    This restaurant looks so cool. I love the beer iv drip.

    • October 16, 2011
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      That was one of my favourite parts, genius!

  8. Tyler @ roundtheworldtravelchallenge.com
    October 15, 2011
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    “Would you like to eat dinner whilst being surrounded by items you associate with illness and death?”
    Haha, I trust that’s not their slogan! Assuming you didn’t get a bandaid in your boney boneless-chicken, sounds like a great joint for dinner or a bachelor party:)

    • October 18, 2011
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      Hahahaha, that would have been amazing and gross!

  9. Adventurous Kate
    October 15, 2011
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    That is awesome!! I would totally love to go there. Next up, are you going to the toilet restaurant?? I don’t think I could!!!

    • October 18, 2011
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      I did go to the toilet restaurant! Nothing like sitting there eating turd shaped chocolate ice cream out of a toilet….

  10. Danielle
    October 15, 2011
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    This seems like so much fun. I love that the beer is administered through an IV drip! And the fact that a game is played after dinner. Thanks for sharing!

    • October 18, 2011
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      It was such a fun way to spend an evening :)

  11. Abhijit
    October 15, 2011
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    Dinner game – weird! Never heard of that one before!
    Otherwise, looks like a very ‘interesting’ experience! :)

    • October 18, 2011
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      They do it EVERYWHERE in Taiwan!

  12. Beverley | Pack Your Passport
    October 16, 2011
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    This looks like so much fun!!! Apart from the syringes full of soy sauce and vinegar – gross!

    I’ve actually been told of a similarly themed bar in Melbourne so I’m definitely going to check it out now!

    Great post Lauren :-)

    • October 18, 2011
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      Yeah, that’s awesome – you HAVE to go!

    • Tash
      March 10, 2012
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      Oh yes! I totally had to look up what it was called – it’s The Croft Institute in Melbourne –

  13. gayE @ pinaytraveljunkie
    October 16, 2011
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    Haha! Can the customers dress up as nurses too? I gotta, fanta-err-dream to dress up like one, sans the sexy stockings.

    • October 18, 2011
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      LOL, I’m sure you could if you wanted to….

  14. October 18, 2011
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    Hahahaha, I think most of the guys there were regulars! ;)

  15. Mike
    October 18, 2011
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    That’s funny. Love the idea of IV beer drip. Good thing they didn’t go overboard with the dish arrangement…I would’ve imagined blood splats on the plate or bloody utensils…but I guess that’s more for a horror themed hospital-restaurant.

  16. Chris
    October 21, 2011
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    It’s not just Asian guys who’d be loving it. I’m all about stockings and garter belts and such. Toni needs to take note :-p

    • October 24, 2011
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      Hahaha, I’ll let her know!

  17. Jordan
    October 21, 2011
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    Umm… no thanks. I don’t like hospitals enough as it is.

    • October 24, 2011
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      Hahahahaha me neither, but it was a fun night out :)

  18. Amanda
    October 28, 2011
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    Haha, this is SO weird!

    I remember watching an episode of “No Reservations” where Anthony Bourdain went to a hospital-themed restaurant in Singapore. He was not impressed. Lol. But it looks like you had fun!

    • October 30, 2011
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      Hahahaha, I can imagine! I’m gonna have to go to the one in Singapore now too!

  19. Shirlene from Idelish
    November 1, 2011
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    Wow – it’s like Halloween all year round in this place!

  20. Tash
    March 10, 2012
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    D.S.Music!!?? What does that have to do with the glorious looking experience of having an IV full of beer! Sounds like heaven to me! Ha!

  21. Katherine
    March 26, 2012
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    Where is this restaurant located at? It seems really cool! =D

  22. Jessica Wray
    July 31, 2012
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    I’ll be heading to Taiwan in 2 weeks, and this looks awesome! Were the drinks and ‘drinking games’ expensive? I want to look into other themed restaurants as well…they look hilarious. Thanks for informing me! I never would have known! :)

    • August 1, 2012
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      Hey Jessica. I can’t remember the exact prices as it was a year ago that I went. I seem to remember prices being about double than what you’d usually pay in a normal restaurant. You end up paying for the experience in these places :)

      Have a fabulous time in Taiwan! :D

  23. Paul
    June 18, 2014
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    Can I know the location of the restaurant?

    • June 19, 2014
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      Yes! Read the bottom of the post…

  24. oli
    May 29, 2015
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    hi, i wanted to visit this place yesterday and learnt after arriving that it is closed since one year. Maybe you can add this info to ur article.

    • June 30, 2015
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      Ah, thanks for letting me know, Oli! I’ll update it now.

  25. Kaila Yu
    November 27, 2016
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    Amazing! My family is from Taiwan and I haven’t visited a theme restaurant yet. The Taiwanese are so influencers by the Japan (where I believe themed restaurants originated)

    • January 9, 2017
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      Ooh, you should definitely go check one out when you have the opportunity! They’re so much fun :-)

  26. Terrigal Restaurants
    October 30, 2017
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    Last time i been here is 2010.. we really had a blast.. at first i was like… what the h…! seriously? i though we are in a porn resto.. but it was really awesome!! lol

    • November 7, 2017
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      Hahaha! It’s a fun spot :-)

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