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By Daniel White Translated by S. Ying
Photos provided by Aman King & Daniel White
177, ShiZheng N 7th Rd, Xitun Dist
Hours: 9 pm-4 am
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Situated behind Mitsukoshi Department Store, Aman King is a cabaret-style club and old mainstay in the Taichung nightlife scene, catering to young urban professionals looking to relax over good conversation and some of the most upbeat live music in the city.
Both the architecture and the food fuse western elements with a solidly Taiwanese style. As you sit in the spacious venue in comfort, you can enjoy a plethora of well-concocted mixed drinks such as the Space Gin Smash (NT$300) or Desire (NT$300), or sip a well-aged whiskey from Aman King's selections. Bottle service is also available (NT$3,500-6,000), and they'll store your bottle until next time if you can't finish it all. Buying more than one bottle will often get you a nice discount, too.
When it comes to food, the menu also has plenty of great dishes, averaging around NT$300 each, for patrons to snack on. I was treated to a delectable dish of crispy chicken in a teriyaki sauce with onion, sesame seeds and kimchi that was both succulent and filling--a perfect snack for two.
Unlike most clubs around Taichung, Aman King does not have a cover charge to get in, nor a dress code, so you can dress up or dress down as you please. There is a minimum order of NT$500 per person, though, so come hungry and/or thirsty. Once you find yourself at a table, you'll probably want to stay for at least a couple of hours to listen to the live house bands that play daily. One Band and WangPai are the most popular draws, and the bands generally take requests, if you've got a special song that you'd like to hear.
Whatever your mood or pleasure, Aman King has you covered. This is one of the best upscale, but low-key, bars in the city and definitely worth a trip out.