11/13/17

紅館 Red House - 東門店


Address:  No. 119 Jinshan South Road, Zhongzheng District / 金山南路一段119號
Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Dongmen

Hours: Mon - Sat 18:00 - 23:59


Located not far from the busy tourist street of Yongkang, Redhouse is a friendly beer bar with a robust selection of craft beer and Belgian ales.

The long established Shida Road restaurant with the same name, allowed it's owners to pursue a passion in beer with the opening of its second location.  Unlike the original restaurant, the Red House on Jinshan road only offers snacks to accompany beer.

Much like the original location, the walls are red and accents of raw wood complete the decor.   A steep staircase leads to the second floor featuring additional seating.

This venue exclusively stocks craft beer, and as such the cheapest beers  start at $155 and all prices are subject to an additional 10% service charge.  While i don't mind paying a service charge for a meal or even a well prepared cocktail, paying extra to have your beer uncapped rubs me the wrong way.

Redhouse is decent little bar that has very good beers.   A good selection of beer in an area without many craft beer bars makes 紅館 Red House worthy of a visit.

Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 1 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 11 / 20

A So-So Saloon

10/12/17

Mase Mase 喝酒專門店

Address:  No. 38, Lane 300, Baode Road, Songshan District, Taipei City / 台北市松山區八德路二段300巷38號

MRT: Zhongxiao Fuxing

Hours: Mon - Sat 19:00 - 00:00

Hidden away on a lane off of Civic Boulevard sits a giant keg that you can drink in!

…Well, sort of.  While the bar itself is not a keg, the large wooden doors at the entrance are certainly keg inspired and there is a great deal of beer inside. 

Mase Mase is a premium beer bar that has a six tap selection of craft beers and a well stocked back bar of spirits.   Complementing the draft taps is a well stocked beer fridge with bottled imported and domestic beer.   A back bar has a full lineup of spirits to meet your highball or cocktail needs.
The interior of Mase Mase is refined and and wood-paneled walls continue the keg theme initiated by the front door.   Framed vinyl records and album covers hang from the walls, in addition to the legs of cured hams suspended behind the bar.

Mase Mase is a chill bar with delicious craft beer.   Though located on a quiet lane that few pass through, Mase Mase is worth seeking out, for it's amiable service, enjoyable atmosphere and, of course,  delectable drinks.

Mase Mase on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worth Watering Hole!

10/6/17

Chess Neo19


Address:  B1, No. 88, Songren Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan / 台北市信義區松仁路88號B1, Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: XiangShan / Taipei City Hall

Hours: Tues 21:00 - 02:00
             Wed 22:30 - 04:00
             Thu 21:00 - 02:00
             Fri - Sat 22:30 - 04:00
Since Chess burst into the Taipei scene, it has been firmly established as the cities most lit hip-hop hot spot. Now in its third iteration, Chess continues it's legacy as one of Taipei's  most renowned and revered party places.


Since Chess's relocation to the NEO19 building, the club has continued to feature a number of high profile hip-hop DJ's and monthly events with guest DJ's and producers; however, the vibe and style of the club has become a little more gritty, and a lot more social. Lower booth dividers and no free movement through the main room has made Chess a great place to meet people and to dance.  Chess's door price remains unchanged for most events with special events and normal nights costing $1000 for men.
For any hip-hop heads in Taipei, or anywhere else in Taiwan, Chess is the place to be.   Guaranteed hip-hop every night in refined yet street-inspired atmosphere.  Chess has fixed any faults of the past edition and become a cool place to dance, chat , and chill. Chess continues to be Taipei's premiere hip-hop venue in Taipei!

Chess on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 1 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!