Cute, Cubic Q's
By Courtney Donovan Smith
Translated by Naomi Lai
1, ShiZheng N 1st Rd, 1F, 1-A (corner of WenXin Rd)
Hours: 9 pm-4 am
No service charge.
Credit cards accepted.
Smoking section available.
I walked right into a birthday party. It was a very well prepared party, with sexy dancers and a slide show of pictures--some nostalgic and others calculated to embarrass slightly in the way that friends do. It was boisterous, fun and slightly ribald. In other words, a lot of friends having a great time.
Q's Lounge Bar, which opened in June, 2010, is a great spot for just such a party. Comfy sofas in social clusters. Bright light and laser effects enliven the party. The multitude of flat screen televisions normally running music videos and concerts were commandeered for the event. A rippling wall light show is particularly attractive. All-in-all, this is a fun, festive environment.
The screens and light shows play nicely off the clean and sleek largely-white and marble decor. Adding to the sense liveliness is a hip-hop and trance soundtrack radiating out of an excellent sound system. Q's has been engineered to radiate happiness and fun. Many lounge bars are so stylish as to make them feel a bit serious. Q's is a cheerful lounge bar.
Guests range in types and ages, though a bit more skewed to the under-35 crowd. The patrons on my visit there were dressed casually and there to play--not to show off expensive designer wear.
According to the attractive and friendly manager RuRu Chen, of special interest is their once-or-twice monthly parties which often feature DJs and show girls. Also worth checking out is their BB Cocktail (NT$250 glass, NT$800 pitcher). For food, the top picks are the Chicken Wings (NT$200) and their Three Cups Chicken (NT$300). Cocktails are all NT$250, beers run NT$180 and up and bottles of spirits start at NT$2,500.
Q's is located in the attractive castle-like structure on the corner of ShiZheng North 1st Rd. and WenXin Rd. on the ground level. Darts and foosball are also available.