Plush is for the posh. Since its opening last month, Plush has rendered the
stylistically comparable Room 18 last week's news. Leggy blonde models
hiding their faces under sunglasses and ultra hip hats can be found in the
corners as in Room 18, but Plush surpasses Room 18 in square footage and
frankly, it's plusher.
You won't find many people in denim standing around Plush's 10m-long bar, or
lounging in its oversized booths in the VIP room, where reservations go for
at least NT$8,000. Instead, the latest Prada shoes, Louis Vuitton bags and
Donna Karan designs adorn the fabulous faces and figures crowding into
Plush, where the atmosphere just exudes "Cool."
By no means are the crowds icy, though. The mainstream tunes keep the dance
floor full of party goers exchanging glances, giggles, and phone numbers.
The bar's wide selection of beverages, including unlisted specials such as
the "Plush Lady" (NT$300) and "Lamborghini" (NT$400) may be another reason
why everyone seems to be having such a grand time. Bartenders are quick to
serve up a variety of drinks starting at NT$200, and one is included with
the NT$600 cover charge on weekends. The cover is less, of course, if you
are one of the many famous young celebrities at Plush on a Friday or
There will be no shortage of celebrities this evening in particular, as
Plush celebrates its grand opening with an invitation-only event. Doors will
open to the public after midnight, but prepare for a higher cover charge.
To get there, navigate the perplexing elevators in Core Pacific Mall to the
11th floor and, as the invite to the grand opening event reads, "dress hot." Plush is located at 138 Pate Rd., Sec. 4 in Taipei
(臺北市八德路四段138號11樓). For reservations, call (02) 3762-1600.
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