170, WuQuan W. 4th St.
Hours: 7 pm-3 am
10% service charge. Credit cards accepted.
---By Niang Chen Translated
by Sho Huang
Concession Music Restaurant is filled
with a thick Shanghai atmosphere inside and outside.
Stepping inside, you are immediately swallowed by loud
music which makes normal conversations out of the question.
However, as one begins to swing with the music and get
into the themed environment here, you start to appreciate
everything more, including the disco lights.
In many ways, the staff reflect the
simple, relaxing, warm and hospitable environment of
Concession. Waiter Jung Hou (whose name means "loyal
and amicable") was shuttling back and forth serving
drinks, introducing the menu, cleaning up the tables
and other doing other tasks. Despite working here for
four years, experienced waitress Shiao Ing neither smokes
There are regular live performances
by professional bands and the bar features different
daily themes from Monday to Sunday. Monday is Ladies'
Night, when for only NT$300 female customers can drink
vodka cocktails to their hearts' content. All the wait
staff dress in traditional Chinese dresses or old-style
official outfits on Wednesday Retro Nights, when Old
Shanghai folk songs are also performed on stage. Friday
is Drinking Competition Night, with winners being rawarded
NT$2,000 drink coupons.
One very special drink at Concession
is the NT$1,800 "Ba Gua Lien Jun" (Eight-Nation
United Army), featuring a potent mixture of nine different
liquors, vodka, gin, tequila, brandy and others, and
enough for 10 people.
Besides the drinks and various nightly
activities, tasty cuisine is another big draw for crowds
at Concession. Working with top-end kitchen facilities
is veteran Chef Liang--who actually runs his own restaurant
by day and helps out at Concession by night. Delicious
snacks, which vary according to season, go great with
your drinks here. There include the Fried Penghu Sponge
Gourd (NT$180), which tastes refreshing and appetizing,
either sprinkled with miso powder, steamed or deep-fried.
Lemongrass Roast Chicken Leg (NT$180) features tender
chicken that exudes a light, lemon grass fragrance each
time you take a bite.
Minimum charge Sunday through Wednesday is NT$200, and
NT$300 on Thursday through Saturday.