---By Yuta Lee Translated
by Annie Liu
48, ShaoChuan Street, Gushan District,
Hours:Tuesday - Sunday
6 pm-3 am (Closed Mondays.)
Visa and Mastercards accepted.
Appropriate to its seaside setting,
Zero Bar is nestled in a corner of ShaoChuan Street
at the Kaohsiung harbor. It is a tempting stop on the
way back from a day at the beach near Jhongshan University,
or from a day of sailing (a relatively new and fast-growing
hobby in Kaohsiung). Zero Bar is a two-tiered establishment
with a stage for live music, a fully-stocked main bar,
ample seating and a giant projector on the main floor.
The outdoor seating on the second floor overlooks the
harbor and is a great place to pass an afternoon on
a nice autumn day. The decor is maritime, highlighted
by a steering wheel, round porthole windows and a bell
to be rung after big tips.
Pictures of professional sailing yachts
adorn the walls. This is entirely understandable, as
both the owners (Hans Gollek and John Chui) are avid
sailors, with their yachts parked just down the street
in the harbor. Zero Bar is also home to the Kaohsiung
International Sailing School and Dockside Culture Club.
If you are interested in learning to sail, drop by for
a drink, get something to eat and meet the instructors.
Along with their other offerings Zero Bar also serves
decent food, which includes a great currywurst and a
fantastically creamy pasta salad. They are open throughout
the week, only closing for a break on Mondays. Tuesday
evenings are Nautical Nights, when the sailing club
and potential sailing hobbyists meet. Wednesdays are
Band Jam nights, with regular competitions held for
local rock bands. Thursdays are comedy nights, where
local comedians get a chance to showcase their talents.
Fridays and Saturdays are party nights, with the themes
of parties varying weekly, so keep an eye out for flyers.
Sunday nights are Rainbow Nights, an evening of activities
for gay and lesbian patrons.