9/27/16

James Joyce Irish Bar



Address: No.1, Lane 136,Section 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, Taiwan 100 / 台北市中正區羅斯福路4段136巷1號

MRT: Gongguan

Hours: Mon-Sun: 11:00 - 3:00

Named for one of Ireland's most famed poets, novelists and heavy drinkers; James Joyce is an Irish bar and coffee shop in the middle of the bustling Gongguan area. This fine establishment has been serving top-notch coffee, fresh draught beer, and elegant cocktails since 2016. With a location just steps away from Taiwan’s top university, National Taiwan University, James Joyce Irish Bar offers students and local residents a place to sip coffee through the afternoon and even-more grown up beverages late into the evening .

James Joyce Irish Bar provides something that Taipei has been short of in recent years, Irish pubs. James Joyce brings authentic Irish styling and, more importantly hospitality to the busy student neighborhood of Gongguan. The interior of bar may be small and intimate, but additional outdoor seating that spills onto the busy night-market lane is also available.

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, with awesome specials, several nights of the week.  On Mondays you can get a pint of Guinness for just NT$200, and on Wednesdays bottles of beer are available for just NT$130.  Regardless of the night, drinks are always affordable at James Joyce.



In recent years, the Gonguan 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 should surely become 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: 3 / 5


Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 17 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

9/8/16

The Beat




Address: No. 27, Section 2, Fùxīng South Rd, Daan District, Taipei City / 台北市復興南路二段27號B2

MRT: DaAn

Hours: Fri - Sat: 22:00 - 04:30

On the busy street-side of Fuxing South Road all seems peaceful, apart from violent hum of passing scooters and the rattle of the MRT tracks overhead; little hint is given of the raging party just two floors below.   Below the footsteps of uninformed pedestrians the Beat is pounding and pulsating with tracks spun by some of the best Dj's in Taipei.  

Opened earlier this year (2016), in the same location as the most recent incarnation of Roxy99, The Beat has brought new life and energy to a venue that has a history as the best place to be, that isn't in Xinyi.    The Beat continues the alternative nightlife tradition that Roxy99 started.  In an area that is easily reached by the students of several major universities in Taipei, The Beat is well on it's way to becoming the best alternative nightclub in Taipei.

The Beat has quickly gained popularity from it's distinctive music style that features both house and hip-hop as an alternative to the EDM that is consistently favored by most clubs in Taipei.   The Beat's regular hip-hop nights have filled a niche in the Taipei nightlife scene that had been open since Chess Club went upmarket and moved to the ATT building in Xinyi.  At The Beat, dancing to hip-hop is inexpensive and unpretentious, as is the vibe of the club and it's friendly patrons. The Beat plays excellent music on state-of-the-art sound systems, and always hosts amazing local Dj's in addition to an impressive lineup of international Dj's.

The Beat is not only a excellent place to dance, but it's also affordable, with most nights costing just $300NT, or less including a drink. Drinks inside are also inexpensive and the regular club drink selection can be expected with beers limited to Heinekens and Taiwan Beers.  

The Beat is a great club and it is likely the best place to dance to real hip-hop in Taipei right now!  As an affordable nightclub that throws parties that rival and outdo the Xinyi scene, The Beat is the best way to switch up your party schedule, and then make it a frequent occurrence. 







Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5


Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 17 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

8/17/16

OMNI


Address:  5F, No. 201, Sec. 4, Zhong-Xiao E. Road, Taipei / 台灣台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓 

Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 22:30 - 04:30
         
MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua

One of  Taipei's biggest and best; Luxy was, perhaps, the most renowned nightclub in Taipei providing some of the best entertainment in the city. In early 2015, following a 12 year run,  Luxy closed it's doors for good; however, the mourning was short-lived as several months later, like a phoenix from the ashes, it was reborn as OMNI.

Since it's reincarnation, Omni has re-attracted Taipei's party lovers.   Major updates to it's sound, lighting and visual displays, have reestablished Omni as an epicenter of  Taipei's nightlife. The redesign also opened up and expanded the second floor lounge area providing greater space for those looking for a break from the pulsating dance floor. The upgrades have not only earned the club notoriety in Taiwan, but also several major design awards for nightclubs in Asia.


With such great aesthetics and visuals, Omni is an ideal venue for the world class Dj's and musicians that periodically take the stage.   In addition to phenomenal guest performances, Omni has retained Luxy's splendid seductive dancers, the Luxy Girls, who stage sultry performances in a variety of costumes on a nightly basis.  

Extravagant lighting and visuals can't be expected for budget prices, so it is no great shock that Omni is not cheap.   While entry is free for ladies on Wednesday nights, Men can expect to pay NT$800. On weekends women pay NT$800 and men pay NT$1000.  Prices are increased for special events,


OMNI takes it's name from a prefix that means "all", a name that is fitting, as this club has it all; an excellent sound setup, amazing visuals, sexy dancers, and great music!

http://www.omni-taipei.com/


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Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2/ 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!