5/13/16

Beer and Cheese Social House


Address: No. 17 Keelung Road Section 2,  基隆路2段117號, Taipei

MRT Station: Xinyi-Anhe / Taipei 101-TWTC

Hours:  Tue - Thu: 18:00 - 01:00
              Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 03:00
              Sun: 18:00 - 1:00


A pairing usually reserved for wines; when paired with beer, cheese can bring both harmony and contrast.  Beer is as versatile as it is diverse, much alike cheeses, and the founder's of one of Taipei's first American-style craft beer taproom recognized this when they named their bar Beer & Cheese Social House.   

The former Jianshan Road beer-stronghold has updated and expanded to a new location on Keelung Road, a short walk from the Taipei's densest clubbing district.  The new bar features two sprawling floors with comfortable booths on the first floor and long tables for larger parties on the second.   Each floor features a bar, with the lower maintaining a 10-tap selection of draft craft beer.  Among the best features of the new Beer & Cheese is their beautiful red-felted pool table on the second floor that patrons can play-on, free of charge! 

As the name suggests, Beer & Cheese offer both fine drinks and fine food. They have a range of American comfort foods available, including an excellent selection of grilled cheese sandwiches that will put your loyalty to your mother's home cooking to the test!

Cheese aside, beer is the focus of Beer and Cheese, and they have an impeccable selection of imported and local craft beers as well as regular tap-takeover events highlighting renowned breweries from Taiwan and abroad.  The craft beer prices are not the certainly not the cheapest in the city; however, for those who are inclined to the location and plush seating will not be disappointed. 

Beer & Cheese is well into it's second iteration now; it came onto the scene as one a Taipei's original West-coast American craft-beer bar and in it's new location it continues to hold up it's legacy.    Beer & Cheese, may have updated and relocated but it continues to deliver delectable beer and chill vibes in it's new, and much larger, venue.  Craft beer lover's in Taipei would be foolish to miss this place! 

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!



5/6/16

Revolver 左輪手槍

*updated 2016/05/06
Address: No.1-2, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd, Jhongjheng Dist, Taipei City / 中正區羅斯福路一段1-2號

MRT: Chiang-Kai-Shek Memorial Hall


Opening Hours:  Mon-Thurs: 18:30 - 03:00
                              Fri-Sat: 18:30 - 04:00
                              Sun: 18:30 - 01:00

A popular nightspot for locals and expats alike, Revolver has some of the cheapest beer prices in Taipei and hosts some of the cities best bands and DJs on a weekly basis.

Formerly a gay dive-bar, the current edition of Revolver was opened in December 2010 and was a welcome addition to Taipei's underground music and live-house scene. Boasting two floors of partying, Revolver caters to many tastes and it's second floor live stage and dance floor plays host to local and international underground acts it is sure not to disappoint.  The main bar is on the the ground floor which is often so busy that the crowd spills out onto a busy sidewalk with street-side seating

Revolver's staff are very friendly and uphold the rock'n'roll atmosphere of the bar.   The patronage are primarily expats, but it also sees it's fair share of local students and hipsters. Drink prices are, quite possibly, the best in the city with happy hour (weeknights 6:30-9:30pm) pints of Taiwan Beer and selected highballs going for just NT$80. In addition to Regular priced pints of Taiwan Draft are still at a mere NT$120. Since adding local and imported craft beers to it's repertoire, Revolver has become one of the most affordable bars in Taipei to sample some of the best beers in the city.  In addition to Taiwan Beer, Revolver now offers an exceptional selection of craft beer, both on draft and in the bottle.   Some craft beers are also available for a happy or price of just NT$150 per pint.

Revolver is a excellent bar to drink with friends and to make new ones. What makes Revolver a special is it's affable crowd of regular patrons and a laid back atmosphere that is accommodating and welcoming.   Revolver's prices, drink selection and friendliness make it a most-visit bar for both locals and tourists.

For up coming shows and events, check their Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/revolver.taipei


Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 19 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!

4/20/16

Alphadog Craft Beer

Address: No. 270 Yanji St., Daan District, Taipei /  大安區延吉街270號, Taipei, Taiwan 106

MRT: Xinyi Anhe

Hours:  Tues-Thurs: 16:30 - 23:00
              Fri-Sat: 16:30 - 01:30
              Sun: 16:30 - 23:00



Move over, other craft beer bars, there's a new alpha-dog in town. Alphadog Craft Beer is, yet another welcome addition to Taipei's burgeoning craft beer scene.  With a solid stock of local and domestic bottles and a stylish bar, Alphadog has begun to establish itself as a leader of the pack.

Alphadog Craft Beer is located just off of Guangfu South Road within striking distance of Taipei's most popular party district, Xinyi.   Alphadog features a well stocked shelf of craft beer with a wide selection of excellent international and domestic ales and lagers.   Given the stylish design and decor of the bar, once might expect high prices; however, one of the best features of Alphadog is that their beers are very fairly priced.  While they don't offer budget beers, like Taiwan Beer, Alphadog's premium craft beers are affordable and most fall around NT$200 and not too much more.


Alphadog has a long and inviting wooden bar that beckons patrons to imbibe the pleasures of craft beer.   The gray concrete and wooden design of the Alphadog provide a comfortable, yet modern, atmosphere, that encourages one to spend some time enjoying excellent beer.  The staff and owner are friendly, informative, and clearly passionate about beer.

Alphadog Craft Beer is great craft beer bar with style and charisma.    They have an superb selection, at great prices, that should not be missed.   Overall, Alphadog Craft Beer is an impressive beer bar the supplies Taipei's thriving thirst for craft beer!

Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 18 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!