Moonight Sky Bar
By Douglas Habecker
Translated by Anna Yang
77, ShiZheng Rd, Xitun Dist (Millennium Vee Hotel)
(04) 3705-6199, ext. 73800
Hours: 7 pm-1 am (Fri/Sat open to 2 am);
last food order 1 hr. before close; last drink order 30 min. before close
NT$350 +10% minimum bill per person.
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Parking lot available.
With its well-earned reputation for a pleasant year-round climate, Taichung is the perfect location for an open-air sky bar like Moonight, perched on the roof of Millennium Vee Hotel's 24-floor building. The surrounding, beautifully-illuminated luxury highrises ensure that this is one of the swankiest, most romantic city spots to chill out with a drink.
Moonight's variety of seating includes low and high tables, sofa areas and a bar, with enough separation to ensure a good measure of privacy. The background music leans towards house styles, with DJ Digital D creating a livelier atmosphere Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. on.
Another big draw is the excellent cocktails, including over a dozen exquisite in-house inventions known as Millennium Cocktails (NT$300-350), prepared by head bartender Ting and her staff. Popular from the beginning for its combination of fruity and fragrant tea flavors, the appropriately-named Moonight is made with fresh apples, Longevity Flower tea, Smirnoff No. 21 Red Vodka, and Lime Juice. Another juice-tea concoction, MVT Planter Punch (a classic tiki bar drink, says Ting) offers a tropical blast of flavors and is created with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, orange and pineapple juices, and oolong tea, garnished with rosemary and fresh pineapple.
In July, Moonight is upgrading its drink selection with new choices like Disclosure (NT$380), whose combination of Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon, fresh grapefruit juice and peach liqueur offers a strong alcoholic kick in the pants that men will like, but also a fruitiness that appeals to ladies. There's also no ignoring the equally-good selection of classic cocktails, beers and other liquors, including dozens of single malt scotches, not to mention coffees and juices.
Millennium's Executive Sous Chef Louie Huang ensures that customers won't go hungry with excellent snack and BBQ items, such as the (pictured) Fried Combination Platter (NT$380), served with pineapple salsa, yogurt-based, and ketchup-fermented rice dips; BBQ Combination Platter (NT$420); and fries served with various sauces.
And what if it's raining? Just head downstairs one level to continue enjoying great views and drinks at Moonight's sister bar at The Prime Grill.
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