32, JingCheng 5th St
Hours: 10 pm-5 am Fri/Sat
This new late-night weekend club aims to fill a need for those who want to literally dance the night away, or are looking for somewhere to hang out in when other places close for the night. Part-owner Ian Ni worked at popular Taichung late-night hangout Soundgarden before it closed about 4-5 years ago and says that his goal to create something similar, albeit on a classier level, with patrons being expected to dress up a bit (no flip-flops or open-toed sandals). Regular DJ parties and promotions are being held about twice a month, with guest DJs offering a uniquely-diverse variety of dance beats. The bar offers Kronenbourg 1664 and Guinness beers on tap as well as bottled beers and, for the next couple months, all beers and cocktails are NT$100. There is no menu but the bar can take limited food orders. In the future, Asia Garden may also be open on Wednesday and Thursday nights as well. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. Fronted by a small tree and palm shaded courtyard, Asia Garden's villa-like setting is located on a quiet street between JingCheng and ZhongMing South roads.
B. The darkened, chilled-out interior, which can easily fit about 100 people, has a touch of vintage Shanghai glamour to its decor and conspicuously lacks seating areas, as the focus is on dancing, not drinking. However, a second-floor lounge area is being opened on the second floor.
C. An intimate little side room off of the main first-floor area provides a bit of privacy and place to rest one's feet.