dawn at Under Park
By A.S. Keller
partying in Taichung now goes a little later with the addition
of Under Park Air Web Party Lounge to the list of dance venues
for the wee hours. In fact, when all the other places are shouting
last call, things at Under Park are generally just getting underway.
in the basement beneath the Great Earth cinema building on Chunghua
Road, facing the Luchuan Canal, Under Park literally offers something
for everyone. Want to play basketball? The place has an enclosed
indoor three-on-three half-court. Feel like lounging on a porch
swing? There's half a dozen or more of these at varying distances
from the dance floor.
of the dance floor, even the most rythmically-challenged can manage
to keep the beat at Under Park, as the floor is mounted on huge
springs...you simply cannot miss the downbeats. Add a state-of-the-art,
wall-of-sound audio system, hypnotic laser light array and some
the funkiest techno beats in Taichung and you have all the necessary
ingredients to keep any party going 'til long after sun-up.
we arrived, just past midnight, the place was jumping, with a
packed dance floor and basketball game in progress. Yours truly
managed to get in a game of one-on-one and was severely trounced
(I'll blame it on the beer). We danced until we cramped up and
had to stop, gasping for breath. Standing by the giant vertical
floor fans, as the cool blasts of air washed over us, was a welcome
relief from the sweaty grind of the music.
only drawback to the entire night was that it didn't end. There's
something disconcerting about walking out of a dark dance club--feeling
like it should still be night--and into the bright 8 a.m. sunshine.
But that's just a hint at how good the party was inside--no one
wanted to leave.
Whether you want to dance until you
can't, shoot some hoops, or sit in a quiet corner and people-watch,
Under Park is the place for the late-night party crowd.