Sun Mall Pubs: Cheering and chatting
-- Photos and Words by
Matt Flint Translated by Picker Chen
3, Lane 118, YongFu Rd.
Hours: 7 pm-4 am
Credit cards accepted.
7, Lane 118, YongFu Rd.
Hours: 7 pm-3 am
Credit cards not accepted.
The Sun Mall strip has been a hot spot
in the Tunghai University neighborhood for over 10 years
and attracts locals and foreigners alike with two traditional
Western pubs offering two very different atmospheres.
Easy Pub is a spacious restaurant and
bar with many types of spaghetti and a handful of finger
foods. Unlike many pubs in Taiwan, Easy has a list of
over 40 cocktails to choose from. Try Ice Fire, made
by dropping a flaming portion of Bacardi 151 into a
vodka cocktail. They also have 12 different types of
whisky (NT$2,800-7,000 per bottle).
If you want to eat before trying the
heavier drinks, try the Seafood Spaghetti in Tomato
Sauce (NT$200), Roast Chicken Spaghetti with Cream Sauce
(NT$200), other spaghettis here (all NT$200 except for
the NT$250 Steak Spaghetti) or the pub fare. Along with
dinner you may want to enjoy one of their 15 different
beers (NT$150-200), including three new German beers
which are on special in January (Weizen NT$180, Bitburger
NT$150, Kostriker NT$150). Then relax and get down to
some great jazz and pop renditions played by a live
band, or salsa dance on Fridays. If the party gets too
crazy for you, just walk next door to December Pub for
a quieter atmosphere.
December Pub truly lives up to its
name by creating a year-round environment of open conversation,
good drinks and new friends--much like the month of
December, when Christmas puts everyone in a great mood.
Here, like at Easy, they have 40 cocktails (NT$150-300),
including Fall in Chocolate, and Warm Snow, both NT$180,
served hot and strong. Another drink that might catch
your attention is the Taichung Bullet (NT$300), made
with whisky, gin, vodka, brandy and some secret ingredients.
Other interesting drinks include some creative names
like Pink Holidays, Fire Bikini, and Frozen California
(one of three Frost Cocktails for NT$200).
If you join the many patrons who make
this a regular night spot, you can buy a personal bottle
to be kept behind the bar (NT$2,000-3,600). All the
beer is also moderately priced between NT$120 and NT$200.
This intimate bar plays soft rock, pop and classics,
which can be heard in the second-floor lounge or at
the bar area, where you can chat with the seven cute
girls that work there.