By Claire Tyrrell
Translated by Sho Huang
143, AnHe Rd, Sec 2
Hours: 8 pm-4 am daily
Credit cards accepted. 10% service charge.
Smoking section allowed.
Minimum charge: NT$300
Named after Baccus, the God of
Wine, Bacco's deep-red decor certainly pays homage
to the deity, although the atmosphere is not quite
as raucous as the images his name can sometimes
conjure up. In fact, Bacco, billed as a jazz bar,
plays unobtrusive jazz CDs which range from Classic
to Latin and provide a relaxing environment in
which to kick back. Co-owner Gloria says that
the design approximates a European bar, where
anyone can feel at ease coming with friends or
alone, happy just sitting at the bar and chatting
with the staff. It is the bar's comfortable nature
that has turned curious patrons into regulars.
Bacco offers a full bar, though
guests tend to favor the good red wines and whiskeys;
the latter selection is larger than many nearby
establishments and includes rarer bottles such
as Springbank or Lagavulin (NT$450/7200). The
bartenders pay a lot of attention to preparing
the best drink possible. If your beverage of choice
is a martini (NT$280), Gloria suggests ordering
it with Noilly Prat, a French vermouth not readily
available elsewhere in Taiwan. For my gin and
tonic (dry preference), she recommended the quality
English gin Tanqueray No. Ten (NT$320) out of
a fair selection and insisted that they only use
Canada Dry tonic water for the best flavor.
Roasted Sirloin Steak with Japanese Sauce NT$480
Bacco has developed three unique
cocktails, too. All three come highly recommended,
though they pack quite a punch. All use high-proof
vodka and Bacardi 151 as a base. The sweet and
fruity Fatal Pills is a favorite with the ladies.
A good menu enhances any evening. At Bacco, the
most popular choice is tasty Roasted Sirloin Steak
with Japanese Sauce (NT$480). However, the Roasted
Fish Roe (NT$500) and the ever-popular Fried Oolong
Noodle (NT$220) are always a hit with local and
Busy AnHe Road provides enough
cocktails to suit any palate. For the discerning
drinker who enjoys a knowledgeable staff and a
welcoming ambience, Bacco certainly hits the spot.