Taichung Kang Rd. (Taichung Harbour Rd.) Sec. 1
*Note: Bhoom has moved to a new location
upstairs from Frog I.
8 pm - 4 am
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open the door to Bhoom and was transported into a 1950's science
fiction movie. The crowd was staring, completely focused on
the front of the large lounge-style room. Beers were arranged
in front of the customers but eerily they stood untouched, slowly
dripping condensation. The bar area was empty, though the
room was full, and the bartenders stood slack-limbed and staring
in the same intent manner as the customers.
Clearly, something had seized the minds of the people in
the room. I immediately knew what I had to do:
I must grab the heroine, shake her and say to her "Wake
up, wake up, it's me!" in an earnest Midwestern accent.
When she doesn't respond, I kiss her and in that perfect Hollywood
moment the spell will be broken, once again proving that love
conquers all. Then, together, we will foil the alien
being's nefarious plot obviously just about to take control
heroine to kiss I had to satisfy myself with turning to an Australian
gentleman at the door and gave him NT$300 and entered Bhoom, exiting
my overheated imagination.
later I found myself staring intently, completely focused on the
stage in front of me. Any thoughts of getting a beer banished
from my mind. I had fallen under the spell of Bhoom and performer
later asked Bhoom founder Stu and long time Taichung resident what
he wanted Bhoom to be, he answered "A comfortable lounge atmosphere
where a cultured crowd can appreciate a performance".
is exactly what I discovered. It is a measure of the power
of the performance and the atmosphere that Bhoom has created that
during the show no one talked, drinks were hardly touched and not
one person got up to buy more beer. While there was drinking
and socializing before and after the show, this was obviously not
the main reason why this crowd was here. Stu has achieved
exactly what he set out to do.
26th of August Bhoom will celebrate its one year anniversary.
Bhoom originally started life as a gay/lesbian club in the building
that Gringo's Grill now occupies, but in it's new location has grown
into a place where all kinds of people can come together and enjoy
a good performance.
"What is Bhoom?", Stu answered "A feeling."
Bhoom is a greeting used by holy men in India as a blessing (no,
the unibomber was not a holy man). It is indeed a blessing
to our local arts & culture scene.
appreciate live performances, Bhoom is well worth checking out.
Shows start just after midnight, when most of the Canal District
bands have wrapped up their shows.
Cafe is the name of the place from Monday to Thursday, when it is
a "talking bar" (IE, you pay for attractive girls to chat
with you) under different management.