6/21/16

Zhang Men Brewing Company掌門精釀啤酒-台北永康店



Address: No. 10, Lane 4,  YongKang Street, Daan District / 永康街4巷10號 Tapei, Taiwan

MRT: Dongmen

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 13:00 - 00:00
             Fri-Sat: 13:00 - 01:00
             Sun: 13:00 - 00:00











While most foreign visitors to Taipei quickly learn then Mandarin expression "gan bei", meaning 'bottoms up', few will learn the local Taiwanese expression of the same meaning: Ho'dala. Previously named Ho'dala, Zhang Men Brewing Company's Taipei taproom serves up great beer that will have customer giving cheers in whichever language they speak. 

Technically, Zhang Men is neither bar, nor pub, but is an off-site tasting room of an excellent local brewery.   To comply with local brewing laws Zhang Men's wholly owned brewery is located outside of Taipei City's limits; however, their wide range of beer styles are served fresh, on-tap at their Dongmen outlet.

With 16 beer-taps, Zhong Men offers a wide range beer styles agree with any beer lover's preference or palate.  Maintaining a inventory for 16 taps is a challenge for any bar, let alone supplying most taps with beer from their own brewery usually complemented by a few local guest taps.


As a tasting room, Zhang Men serves beer and beer alone; no cocktails or spirits grace their menu.  The locally brewed craft beers don't come cheap, starting at $200NT for a 330ml glass, but the beer is of high-quality.

Zhang Men is a fairly small bar with limited seating, so one should arrive early to claim a seat, or table.   The bar staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can happily recommend a beer to suit your taste.



Zhang Men, is the first dedicated brewery tasting room in Taipei and it is a must-visit for local beer lovers and visitors alike.    The selection and quality of Zhang Men's beers should have customers gleefully cheers-ing Ho'dala!


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Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value:  2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4/ 4

Total: 17 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole.

5/30/16

Triangle

Address: Yuanshan Flora Expo Park / 圓山花博廣場, Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Yuanshan


Hours: Tues:  20:00 - 00:00
             Wed-Thurs:  20:00 - 02:00
             Fri:  20:00 - 04:00
             Sat:  15:00 - 18:00
                      20:00 - 04:00

If geometrically named bars are your 'thing', it can be assumed that you've already visited Box and Korner; however, if you've never been to Triangle, you have no idea what shape-bars can offer.

Triangle takes its name from the physical shape of the club, which is relatively small by Taipei club standards.  Despite lacking the size, Triangle boasts the vibe or an industrial warehouse club.   Triangle's small size also makes it an excellent intimate venue for Dj's, which is why the music at Triangle is worth going out of your way to pay it a visit.  It's location in the Yuanshan Flora Expo Park places it far away from most other nightlife destinations in the city, but it's easily accessible on the MRT and let's face it, taxi fares in Taipei aren't bad.

The fully stocked bar offers all types of highballs and cocktails at very reasonable prices; however, the beer selection is limited to macro lagers. The staff are friendly and helpful and maintain the trendy underground vibe of the club.   The crowd varies based on which Djs are playing and what the musical theme of the night is, but the party-goers are sure to be the Taipei-nightlife-know.

Triangle is not the typical Taipei club venue, it is something different.   If you're unsatisfied with the the standard Xinyi club scene and "something different" is exactly what you're looking for, then be sure to check out Triangle.

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

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!