7/4/17

咖啡小自由 libero coffee

Address: 1F, No.1, Ln. 243, Jinhua St., Da'an Dist.  / 台北市大安區金華街243巷1號1樓

MRT: Guting / Dongmen

Hours: Monday - Sunday 13:00 - 23:00

With a name that includes the word "coffee", one would be excused for assuming that Libero Coffee is little more than your local java joint.  But don't be fooled by the deceptive name, Libero is an excellent bar with an outstanding collection of whiskey.

Libero is comfortably seated in the Shida student neighborhood.  While appearing as a simple coffee shop from the exterior, the interior reveals an impressive bar and deeper still, gives way to a luxurious whisky lounge in the back room.

Libero offers coffee, craft beer, and an extensive assortment of whiskey.  Whiskey's range in price from $400 all the way to $2500, while most craft beers are priced around $250.  The service staff is very friendly and helpful and happy to offer recommendations in both English and Chinese.

Libero's best feature is their ambiance.   Red velour seats and impressive chandeliers adorn every room, and the entire bar has the style and feel of a very exquisite and comfortable home.


Libero is so much more than a coffee shop; it is an refined beer whiskey bar that should never be overlooked.  Libero is a must visit for NTNU students or any whiskey lovers in Taipei, or even Taiwan.

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Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worth Watering Hole!

6/5/17

Roxy J

 Address: Daan District, No. 22,  Heping East Rd.  / 和平東路一段 22 號
Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Guting

Hours:  11:30am - 4:00am

The latest contribution to a more than 30 year legacy of Taipei bars and nightclubs, Roxy J is a throwback and a homage to the original Roxy bar, which stood on the exact same soil as Roxy J does today.    The original Roxy established a precedent for the style and attitude of all future Roxy bars, and this newest addition, named for the owner's wife, does not fall far from the Roxy tree.

Roxy maintains every aspect of the Roxy feel, with vinyls lining the back wall that DJs who have been spinning since the original Roxy will happily play on request.   The rest of the walls are graffitied with the most renowned musical artists from past and present.  Several panels on the wall pay homage to the Roxy legacy featuring the logos of Roxy bars that have came and went.

The staff at Roxy J is as friendly as a Roxy patron would have come to expect, and the crowd is a mix of loyal Roxy mainstays and a new generation of potential 'Roxyers'. Drink selection is, disappointingly, largely unchanged from past Roxy bars.  While more and more students bars have adopted the craft beer trend, Roxy J only carries Taiwan Beer and Heineken.   Classic cocktails and highballs are also available.   In addition to alcoholic drinks, Roxy offers coffee beverages from their state of the art espresso machine.

Roxy J is a nice bar and cafe, but it remains to be seen what Roxy J can bring to the ShiDa neighborhood that makes it any different from Roxy Rocker (which is only a block away).  On the surface, Roxy J is a great spot to hang out and request your favorites on vinyl; however, one can't help but wonder why they vinyl room couldn't have happily remained in the back of Roxy Rocker.

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 1 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 2 / 4

Total: 13 / 20

A So-so Saloon.

4/11/17

Spring Break on the Beach 2017


While for many Taiwanese families, the coming of the Tomb-sweeping Day holiday means paying respect to ancestors and family outings; however for party-loving locals and foreigners far away from their families, it means the biggest and best party weekend of the year.  

Living up to its reputation, Spring Break on the Beach 2017 was a hell of a party! The best DJ's from North to South of Taiwan joined major international acts to blow the roof off of Kenting's Chateau Beach Resort.

As party-goers from all parts of Taipei continued to trickled into Kenting, the first day of the party kicked-off! By 6 pm the beach was bumping and by the time day-one headliner, Kryoman, took the stage it was practically causing earthquakes, island-wide. Kryoman, aka Andrew Moore, took to the decks, as ten-foot tall, smoke spouting robots rocked out on the stage. The awesome visual display alongside were sure to be a memorable experience for anyone still in a state to record memories at that point in the night.

The second day was well underway by mid-afternoon Sunday; sports, tanning and drinking, take over the beach in daylight hours. The party turned all the way up as the sunset, and all-you-can-drink beer from 5-8pm ensured that everyone was in party-mode. Dutch DJ Headhunterz, headlined after an excellent line-up of Taiwan-based DJs.   Headhunterz brought pounding hardstyle electro tunes practically liquefying the sand on the beach.


  • As partiers tire and wear out throughout the weekend, the final night of Spring Break On The Beach typically has lower attendance than previous nights; however, it is also consistently the wildest! The third and final night featured Australian electro duo, Bombs Away. With a little more space to dance, and the warmest weather of the weekend, Bombs Away had the party Lit!

Spring Break on the Beach 2017, lived up to its legacy as the best party of the year in Taiwan.   As competition rises from other major music events throughout Taiwan, the On The Beach crew has continued to up their game to stay well ahead of the pack.    It's only been one week since the party, but we are already counting down the days until next year!





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