Breaking back into the Kaohsiung Scene
By Sean Cooper Translated
by Annie Liu
Photos by Annie Liu
165, LinSen 1st Rd, 15F, Kaohsiung City
Hours: Fri & Sat
6 pm-4 am; Sun to Thur 6 pm-3 am
(kitchen open all night)
Chinese & English menu.
No service charge. Smoking section.
For the last three months, lovers of
Kaohsiung nightlife have really missed Roof Lounge.
The club was a great place for special parties, lounging
on a couch with some friends and a beverage, or just
dancing the night away. During this three-month hiatus,
Tony, the owner and operator, has been busy making major
renovations and preparing for a magnificent reopening.
After over NT$250,000 of remodeling
and one small name change, "Roof Park" is
ready too be a hot nightspot again.
When asked about the facelift and name
change, Tony explained that Roof Lounge had already
been open for four years and it was time to shake things
up. Instead of being mainly a lounge space he wanted
it to have a more club vibe. So that's what he did.
The removal of a wall opened up Roof
Park into one big club with a panoramic view of Kaohsiung's
skyline. The vast ocean of divans in the back lounge
area has been replaced with a new fully equipped DJ
booth and impressive new light and sound system. The
main seating area has moved into what was once the "club"
room, where the walls provide a natural buffer from
the music so you can still have a place to relax and
Besides the major changes, Roof Park's
new interior design borrows from upscale Singaporean
clubs with a deservedly urban Taipei feel. The idea
is to create a different kind of club in Koahsiung:
Modern, classy, and swank. To keep things safe, Tony's
put in a new security system which scans your ID and
puts it on their database in case of emergency, so bring
your ID people! He's also put in place a Friday and
Saturday night age limit. On these nights women must
be 20 to enter and men 22. I got a pretty good feeling
from the new Roof Park, and plan on watching a few sunrises
from its balcony.