If you want to have a drink and some Hors d'oeuvre at a lounge with a great view of Taichung, the lounge at Hotel One is the place to be. It has a great atmosphere with soothing music. A fabulous place to end the night in. You will see plenty of other foreigners here, so you can also knock up a conversation with someone that speaks English here. Majority of the staff are fluent in English.
One thing that is a turn off is their requirement for minimum-charge of 350NT. The average drink price there is 250NT, so it forces you to basically order two drinks.
Dress Code: I would say it is business casual type of dress code. Lots of business people come here to relax.
This night market is packed with youngsters, mostly college & university students. Most of the foods are fast foods & drinks, either deep fried or pan fried, such as the famous pepper salt chicken, Taiwanese sausages, pancakes, fried oyster, etc...
Dress Code: Casual.
This place is a common cafe with no rules or regulation. The owner make it look like a bus station where they decorate it with a lot of traffic signs and direction. The most important things for sale here is thier night scene, you can see Taichung at night. Their coffee may not be the best in town; however, their view is one. I saw fire flies here too after 3 years, I finally saw another one, I mean REAL one.
Dress Code: NONE!!!!!!! Being casual and easy, you are not going anywhere serious!
FM is a place that is generally laid back and is a good place to meet experienced vets of the Taichung scene.
Usually it gets going around 11Pm on weekends, and is where many people start their evenings off before moving on to other more interesting clubs. FM has decent DJ's which vary from evening to evening, and the drinks are well priced and mixed. There are plenty of couches around to lounge around in and tables. the dance floor is small but its possible to get out and get funky when you feel like it.
groovy, funky retro music is generally what is played. 80's and 90's stuff.
Dress Code: no special requirements. try to wear clothes. you might get stared at if you are nude.