The Vinyl Word

By Olivia Wycech  /  Contributing reporter

Fri, Jun 21, 2013 - Page 10

Taipei’s pool party season is on, and there are so many options that you might spend more of your summer splashing than sweating. Here is your complete summer of 2013 guide to getting wet.

Liquid Lifestyle kicks off its pool party series called Oasis tomorrow. There are four parties, all happening at the glamorous pool of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Expect upscale everything — vibe, service and experience.

Billed as the sexiest pool party in Taiwan, Oasis offers DJs to match. Tomorrow’s all-girl DJ lineup features DJs QP from Japan, Cookie, Nina and Doris. Oasis also has a bigger budget this year, which means you can expect more international DJs. Liquid Lifestyle promoter Elroy Tay said that music programming reflects a “sunnier version of what you might hear in a nightclub.”

Oasis starts tomorrow from 1pm to 9pm at the Grand Hyatt Taipei, 2 Song Shou Road, Taipei City (信義區松壽路2號). The remaining three parties happen on July 6, July 27 and Aug. 31. Tickets are available at the door only and are NT$300 for women, and NT$500 for men before 2pm and NT$700 after. For more information, call 0917-840-519.

If you prefer something less chlorinated, I recommend tomorrow’s Rum in the Sun riverside party. Along the Shuanghsi River (雙溪河), there are fields for football and volleyball, as well as yachts and jet skis for rent. Caribbean and Spanish food will be served by La Caja de Musica, and the cocktail menu offers sangria, pina coladas and rum punch. DJs Rick Kraft and Antonio will hold down the dance floor with sounds from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, as well as some house, hip hop and salsa.

Rum in the Sun riverside party kicks off tomorrow from 2pm to 9pm at the No. 21 Riverside Park (河雙21號公園) on Zhoumei St (洲美街), Taipei City. They continue all summer long on July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug.17, Aug. 31, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28. Tickets in advance are NT$500 and can be purchased at 0983-733-964. Admission at the door is NT$700. Ladies in bikinis can enter for free between 2pm and 3pm.

Frog in the Sock took last summer off from pool parties, but returned last week with the first of this season. The event was so much fun that it could be hard to top. But Frog in the Sock has 12 more tries, each with entertainment by international artists.

Fare includes frozen margaritas, mojitos, BBQ and burritos. The music this Sunday shifts a bit over to the live front, with Funky Brothers and Skaraoke performing. The DJ lineup also includes Kid Millionaire and Zo. Updates on international acts are posted weekly to the event’s Facebook page.

Sunday marks Frog in the Sock’s second party, which runs from 11am to 9pm at the Taipei Country Club (台北鄉村俱樂部), 1 Qing Yun St, Taipei City (台北市信義區青雲街1號). Parties happen almost weekly, with the next on June 29, then July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17, Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 14 and Sept. 21. Entrance is free from 11am to 1pm. Admission after 1pm is NT$300 from women and NT$400 for men. Includes a drink.

For those eyeing the pool on the Wet deck of the W Hotel, Sundays are your only chance for a dip unless you pay for a room. Every fair Sunday, Sunset Splash opens its pool to the public and DJ Spin puts on the music. Watch the W Hotel’s website for special guests, such as Hed Kandi from July 27 to 29.

Sunset Splash happens every sunny Sunday until Sept. 1 from 3pm to 9pm at the W Hotel, 10, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市信義區忠孝東路五段10號). Admission is NT$900 and includes a drink. For more information, call (02) 7703-8887.