↑No. 8 Pun Shop
↑To Die For
By Melody Lee, translated by Ann Lee
260, JingCheng Rd (corner of JingCheng Rd and DaDun 11th St); (04) 2327-4958
Hours: 8 pm-4 am
Minimum charge NT$250.
Credit cards accepted for purchases over NT$1,000. Parking nearby.
In order to attract an after-work crowd, the nightspot Mambo King has a more relaxed, casual style than its sister clubs Lion King and Aman King. Conveniently located on JingCheng Road, its thick purple, front door will keep you wondering what's hidden inside.
Inside, patrons can enjoy some great live performances, which sometimes include bands like Taipei's well-known Foreign Affairs and Taichung's very own King's Band. Performers will often do impressions of famous celebrities, which definitely helps the audience relax and laugh a lot. For another strange but fun activity, on certain nights of the week you can get a tarot card reading. It is free for women and NT$500 for men. And, of course, what better way to enjoy all the fun than with a cocktail or two?
To help thirsty patrons, Mambo King's owners hired an award-winning bartender named Zoo, who won fifth place in a Japanese cocktail mixing competition. On Wednesday nights, Zoo can be seen serving up delicious drinks and showing off his bottle and glass handling skills with eye-catching tricks. Some creatively-named cocktails include: No. 8 Pun Shop, To Die For, Sweet Surrender, Spicy Daiquiri, and the Lychee & Basil Daiquiri.
Apart from drinks, when you get hungry, there's a pretty good selection of dishes to choose from. The most popular item is Fried Squid with Wasabi Paste; its taste goes well with most of the drinks here. If you're looking for something a bit bigger, try their Stone Pot Beef--it's stir-fried with red peppers, onions and black pepper sauce. Other dishes available include the crispy Hakka-style Stir-fry with pork slices and fried taro, or the Sauteed Pork and Kimchi, if you like tangy dishes. Apart from good food and affordable prices, Mambo King also offers good, friendly service.