A year late, but this might help someone. (I last went out in Summer 2011 - I'll be back in Kaohsiung again in June)
Lamp - Not bad, not that TaiKu really, the dancing girl thing is a bit weird but I guess that's standard for Taiwan. Drinks are alright (it's all you can drink I think) and there's a 7/11 right next door (well, I suppose that's a given). Music has being getting better and better since I first went in 2010 (it was just Gangster rap all the time with people pretending to be ABC).
Brickyard - I suppose it's probably my favourite. My mate DJs there (Shank Dub) and the food is great. Get some people sharking the pool table (trying to be cool and hitting terrible trick shots for no reason), but that's not their fault. Ryan and Graham are stand up guys. Can be a little all over the place though, you get a real variety of performers (metal, latin, hip hop, dubstep), although that's not a bad thing.
La Vida (or was it Baccara?) - One of those two is shut now, I can't remember which one I went to, but the one I went to is still open. Think it's on the 4th or 5th floor of a building. Not bad, drinks are fucking amazing (Cuba Libres + all you can drink = happy Meadows). I went to a chill house night (they were playing music to an elongated version of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream". It was kinda surreal but it was good for dancing...I can't really remember. Probably a good thing.
Dreams - When I'm in Taiwan I live near Dreams (Yishin 2nd Rd). Yeah, don't go to Dreams, it's super Taiku. Unless you're a Taiku. Then you might like it.