James Joyce Irish Bar

Address: No.278, Section 3, Roosevelt Road Taipei, Taiwan / 台北市中正區羅斯福路3段278號

MRT: Gongguan

Hours: Mon-Fri: 4:30 - 2:30
             Sat-Sun:  3:00 - 2:30

From it's humble beginnings, nestled into a tight space in the Gongguan Night-market, James Joyce has expanded and upgraded to firmly solidify it's position as Taipei's official Irish bar.  Named for one of Ireland's most famed poets, novelists and heavy drinkers; James Joyce  Irish Bar brings the charm, ambiance, and liveliness of a genuine Dublin pub to Taiwan.

Originally founded in 2016, James Joyce Irish Bar has provided something that Taipei had long lacked in recent years, a bona-fide Irish pub. Now in a new, and much larger location, James Joyce continues to bring it's authentic Irish styling and, more importantly, hospitality to the busy student neighborhood of Gongguan. The bigger venue provides space for a stage and the bar has embraced it's new identity as a music venue by presenting live music every weekend!

The man, James Joyce, was known, not only for his drinking habits, but also his frivolity with money. Appropriately, James Joyce Irish Bar offers affordable prices on a nightly basis. At James Joyce you can get a proper pint of Guinness for just NT$250, and a bottle of locally brewed craft beer for just NT$190.  If that's still beyond your budget, a pint of 'Tai-Pi' (Taiwan Beer) is only NT$170NT.   In addition to beers, James Joyce has a range of cocktails, with their mint-loaded Mojito being particularly noteworthy.  For those looking for a pick-me-up while getting a little messed-up, the menu features a great selection of alcohol blended coffees.

In recent years, the Gongguan area has seen a welcomed resurgence of bars.  James Joyce Irish Bar, helps to ensure that this resurgence will not be short lived, as a high quality and fairly priced establishment that will surely be one of the area's most popular bars.  As James Joyce, himself, once said "The sacred pint alone can unbind the tongue..", so why not head down to the pub of his namesake to have a delicious, and sacred pint?

James Joyce's Website

Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 19 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!

Wicked Wolfpack

Address:  No. 29, Section 7, Zhongshan North Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan / 士林區中山北路七段29號1樓 Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Shipai (+ a long walk, or taxi/bus)

Hours: Sun - Mon 16:00 - 23:00
             Wed - Thur 16:00 - 23:00
             Sat - Sun 16:00 - 00:00

The expat enclave of Tienmu has seen it's status as a prominent bar destination diminished in recent years. The area has fallen out of favor with bar-goers as it transitioned into a family friendly international community.  Though, in recent years, Tienmu no longer draws drinkers from around the city, Wicked Wolf Pack provides reason for beer lovers to make it an obligatory destination.
Wicked Wolfpack is a very sleek and modern bar.   The white walls and minimalist design of this stylish bar draw parallels to an Apple Store.   Instead of overpriced electronics, Wicked Wolfpack stocks an superb selection of imported and domestic craft beer.  The beer 'geniuses' behind the bar are friendly and happy to help in selecting a beer perfect for you palette.
Wicked Wolf Pack is an impressively well designed bar with an equally impressive selection of beer.  This bar, alone, should be incentive enough to make the trek to Tienmu!

Wicked Wolfpack on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 17 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!


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