By Monica Lin Translated by Ann Lee
Photos by Alon
24, WuFu 1st St, SinSing District
Hours: 3 pm-3 am
While driving past Surf Paradise, you will most likely spot a bunch of young dudes hanging around outside with white tank tops, beach shorts and sandals; well, first impressions sometimes can tell you everything about a place.
Inside, you'll see a long board hanging on the wall, facing the main entrance. From that, you can tell this is a bar with a surfing theme. The group that runs this place is, of course, made up of surfers. When the weather is nice, they head on down to Kenting for the day. At night, they return to their bar/hostel to open up shop.
There isn't much room inside this drinking spot; you will find two sets of sofas, that, not too much surprise, are made from driftwood that they have hand crafted into chairs and other furniture. The owners will even tell you the dents on the chairs are actually stray hammer marks.
Unlike the places that put up fancy decorations and keep everything glamorous, Surf Paradise emphasizes casual, relaxing, come-as-you-are surf culture. As a bar, they offer cooling drinks, and anything that would help guests take away the heat on the beach through bottles (NT$100), draft (NT$120), and pitchers (NT$350). Cocktails and other beverages run around NT$150 a pop. If you're hungry, you can't go wrong with classics like fried chicken and French fries.
Apart from drinks and food, Surf Paradise also sells surfing gear, clothes, and other knick-knacks. Surfboards, board shorts, Hawaiian shirts, and even unique candles really give the store a beachy atmosphere. Surf Paradise has got it all--except for the actual beach, that is!