As we know there are some of you who won’t settle for cheesy music even if it’s Halloween but would still like to join a cool theme party, and there are some of you who are more adventurous and prefer a more local atmosphere. Well, check out this music-savvy insider’s Halloween party guide to see where the unconventional Taiwanese hipsters are heading this weekend.
Party Animal + Organik at The Wall
Two of Taipei’s leading underground party organizers, Cloud Party and Organik, are teaming up for this Halloween special. So if you’re down for a real musical journey and dancing with all the house heads and techno fanatics, this is your party. In the Organik room is Field Records showcase featuring Dutch DJ/producer Delta Funktionen who’s known for his eclectic and energetic DJ sets combining Detroit techno, Chicago house, old-school electro, Italo disco. And in the Cloud room, local all-star house DJs Nina, Bunjibeat, KJ Stone, and Q Mo will be keeping it housey and funky all night long. Those who follow the dress codes (“black & evil” or party “animal”) will get complimentary drinks.
■ B1, 200 Roosevelt Rd, Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路四段200號B1)
■ Tonight from 11:30pm to 5am
■ Entrance is NT$1,000
Apocalypse Halloween at Riverside Red House 河岸留言
This all-you-can-drink event on Taipei’s west side is ideal for a pre-party warm-up. In addition to party games, there will be live music supplied by reggae/R&B band Wailin’ Soul and some of the finest house music you’re likely to hear by Texan expat DJ Sona.
■ 177 Xining S Rd, Taipei (台北市西寧南路177號)
■ Tonight from 8:30pm to 11:30pm
■ Entrance is NT$800
Good Quality Night at The Bird Club (Tainan)
Tainan hipsters’ new favorite hangout The Bird Club is throwing its biggest theme party and inviting you to join the fiesta. Good quality house sets are guaranteed with DJ’s Mic, Nina, Dakar, Keigo and Zach on the decks with the Funktion-One sound-system in use, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes! The dress code is classy and dressy. Girls who wear a bikini will get complimentary drinks all night.
■ 192 Minchuan Rd, Sec 2, Tainan City (台南市民權路二段192號)
■ Tomorrow from 9pm to 3am.
■ Entrance is free.
Halloween at Hide Out Lounge Bar (Chungli)
Probably the best-kept secret in Chungli, Hide Out (藏匿) is a proper cocktail bar (tucked away in the middle of the Zhong Zheng Park) staffed with professional bartenders specializing in creating all sorts of delicious mixed drinks and lots of comfy seating (both indoor and outdoor). For the Halloween bash they are working with BPM Production, a reputable crew that’s been organizing parties in the Taoyuan area for years. The music will be supplied by DJ’s Fion, Jia Ping, Jimmy 5 and Allen W.
■ Tomorrow night from 10pm to 2am.
■ 76-10 Chungmei Rd, Chungli City. (中壢市中美路76-10號)
■ Entrance is free
Retro Halloween at Coastal Bar 臨海酒吧 (Kaohsiung)
Take advantage of being in Kaohsiung when you can party in a venue like this with such a fantastic location. The harbor warehouse bar was originally built to film a Taiwanese mafia movie, and it’s now become one of the most unique nightspots in Taiwan (the interior has a mafia vibe — and the water views are spectacular). Be sure to dress “retro” and expect lots of 80’s and 90’s classics that you can sing along to tomorrow night. DJs include Duckie, Gina and Peter Ya.
■ 1 Dayong Rd, Kaohsiung City (高雄市大勇路1號)
■ Tomorrow night from 9pm to 4am.
■ NT$250 for those dressed “retro;” NT$500 for those who aren’t
Halloween at Manhattan Gold Burger
Despite its name, Manhattan Gold Burger is definitely not your regular burger joint. With its snazzy decor, tasty American-style food and some of the best hip hop in town, it’s more like a lounge bar. Resident DJ Vicar will be keeping smiles on faces and feet to the floor all night with funk, soul, disco and old-skool hip hop. There will also be a costume competition. Winners can walk away with NT$5,000 and other prizes.
■ 21, Ln 7, Alley 181, Zhongxiao E Rd, Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段181巷7弄21號)
■ Tomorrow from 8pm to 2am
■ Entrance is NT$1,000 for guys and NT$500 for ladies. (all-you-can-drink and free snacks all night)