8/31/17

酒肆西門 Ximen Beer Bar

Address:  83-2 Wuchang Street Section 2, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan / 萬華區武昌街二段83號之2

MRT: Ximen

Hours:  Sun - Thur 18:00 - 01:00
              Fri - Sat 17:00 - 02:30

Bright lights, loud music, and the shrill shrieks of excited youths; the chaotic glowing streets of Ximending can be overwhelming to the inexperienced. An excellent way to take a break, while in Taipei's youth entertainment district, is by slipping into Ximen Beer Bar for pint of craft brew.


Located along Ximen's famed movie theater street, Ximen Beer Bar is a small but comfortable craft beer bar dedicated to serving the best beer that Taipei has to offer.  With a rotating draft beer selection from six taps, Ximen Beer Bar stocks great local craft beer starting at NT$200, and Taiwan Beer at just NT$130.  In addition to beer, the back-bar holds a selection of sparkling wines, champagnes and spirits.


The staff are friendly and happy to pour you a pint, though they may not make an effort to engage in conversation.   The bar is small and intimate with the majority of the seating bar-side, so it wouldn't be too difficult to strike up a conversation with fellow intoxication enthusiasts.
Ximen Beer Bar's best asset is it's location, adjacent from some of Taipei's busiest movie theaters. This is an excellent place to have a delicious beer before, or after, catching a movie.  As the number of craft beer bars in the Ximending area continues to rise, Ximen Beer Bar is well on it's way to becoming a Ximen mainstay.

酒肆西門 Ximen Beer Bar on Facebook

Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 13 / 20

A So-so Saloon.

8/15/17

Another Brick


Address:  1F., No.31, Sec. 1, Xinhai Rd., Zhongzheng Dist.,  /台北市中正區辛亥路一段31號ㄧ樓
Taipei City 100, Taiwan


MRT: Taipower Building

Hours: Wed - Thu 18:00 - 00:00
             Fri - Sat 18:00 - 02:00
             Sun 18:00 - 01:00
The student neighborhoods of Shida and Taida have seen the highs and lows of their local bar scene.   Residents of the area had seemingly won their battle against fun and festivity as many of the bars in the area were forced to permanently shut their doors. However, In recent years the area is experiencing a resurgence.   Several bars now line the high traffic thoroughfare, Xinhai road; one of these is the Belgian beer bar, Another Brick.  While it is located near two of Taipei's most prominent universities, Another Brick reminds us that "we don't need no education," since, we are all "just another brick in the wall."

Another Brick's musical theme doesn't stop at the name, the back wall of the bar is lined with  vinyl record covers.  The remaining bar decor is comfortable and welcoming. A long bar-top offers seating to pair or individuals, while several tables provide an intimate atmosphere for groups.

Another brick posseses a large selection of Belgian craft beers.   With 15 or more bottled Belgian beers available, a Belgian beer lover is unlikely to leave thirsty. They also have two draft taps, one with Stella Artois, and the other with a different Belgian beer.  Beer prices are very reasonable, with bottled beer and draft starting at just NT$180. In addition to beer, Another Brick offers wine, liquor and a limited selection of cocktails.

Another Brick is comfortable bar with a great selection of beer.  An excellent addition to the university neighborhood, Another Brick does its part to break down the barriers that have have stood in the way of Shida's nightlife.


Another Brick on Facebook

Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

8/7/17

啜飲室 Landmark

Address:  No. 68 Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan / 信義區忠孝東路五段68號 Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Taipei City Hall

Hours:  Mon - Thur  17:00 - 23:30
              Fri, Sat 15:00 - 01:30
              Sun 15:00 - 23:30

As craft beer bars continue to appear like pimples on a pubescent boy, you may never find yourself far from one in Taipei. On a popular pedestrian street in the Xinyi district of Taipei city 啜飲室 Landmark pours word class beers from an impressive 15 tap system.  Pronounced Chuai-yin-shi, 啜飲室 Landmark is a taproom of a major force in Taiwan's craft beer renaissance, TaiHu brewing.

啜飲室 Landmark provides something that few other craft beer bars in Taipei offer, outdoor tables, that happen to be located within Taipei's most popular pedestrian shopping area.  This  is an excellent place for taking break from a day of shopping or sightseeing in the Xinyi area.

As previously mentioned, 15 taps of delectable beer await you at 啜飲室 Landmark.  Many of the taps contain TaiHu's locally brewed beers , while others flow with imported craft beer from abroad.  Among the coolest features of this bar is that, with a small canning machines, it is able to package any of it's draft beers in 500ml cans for freshly poured take-away.  In addition to the many taps of craft beer, the bar also stocks a large menu of bottled and canned beers.  Draft beers start at NT$200.

啜飲室 Landmark is a very welcome addition to the Xinyi scene.   Bringing some of the best locally available beers to passing tourists and local shoppers, Chuai-yin-shi Landmark helps to promote Taiwan's burgeoning beer scene while educating visitors to the city of it's ever growing presence.


啜飲室 Landmark on Facebook

Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!