FYI SOUTH Magazine, August 2005.

Castle Lounge

77, MinSheng 1st Rd., Kaohsiung City
(07) 222-7757
Hours: Fri~Sat 8 pm-4 am; Sun~Thu 8 pm-3 am
Visa and Mastercards accepted.

--By Pieter Vorster Transiated by Annie Liu

Located on the ground floor underneath DNA, Castle Lounge opened about 3 months ago. The meticulous effort that has been put into this stylish, up-market lounge is evident even from the outside, designed to look like an actual castle. Upon entering, the decor is equally impressive. They have managed to create a perfect blend of comfort, practicality and artistic style reflecting the theme. With a more intimate ground floor section and a spacious bar, dining and lounge area upstairs, there is more than enough space for customers to enjoy fine imported spirits, wines and regular live music. The seating is comfortable and can easily be rearranged to accommodate larger or smaller groups.

Over and above their huge collection of single malts, triple-refined vodkas and wines that will please any connoisseur's palate, Castle Lounge offers a large selection of cocktails, including a great Long Island Iced Tea (NT$250). Most of the regular imported beers are available for NT$150 and they have a few draughts for NT$250. Another impressive feature is their food, which is satisfying in both its preparation and presentation. The Duck in Orange Sauce (NT$320) and Fried Chicken in Sour Sauce (NT$300) comes highly recommended. Customers should note that there is a well-deserved 10% service charge added.

The management and staff are friendly and take obvious pride in their establishment. Due to their efforts, Castle Lounge is the perfect place for a more affluent crowd to go and enjoy themselves. You are not likely to find a rowdy crowd chasing all-you-can-drink specials here. Rather, Castle Lounge provides a much-needed setting for informal meetings, classy get-togethers and even a date with someone special. That having been said, the atmosphere is far from stiff and any given evening at Castle Lounge is bound to be an enjoyable one.