3/30/13

Club Wax (Closed- now known as Box)


**UPDATE: now known as Box Nightclub



Address: B1, 67 Roosevelt Rd., Sec. 2;  羅斯福路2段,67號B1

Hours: Wed: 22:00 - 05:00, Fri - Sat: 22:00 - 05:00

MRT: Guting

Not the prettiest or poshest venue on Tiapei's club scene, Wax benefit's from its location near to Shida University and a rowdy student crowd.

Club Wax attracts many university students and expats.  The all-you-can-drink club offers plenty of specials such as a Sexy Party Fridays, Mini Dress Saturdays, and even Foreigner Wednesdays when all you can drink is just NT$350 for men with a foreign ID (NT$600 for locals) and NT$100 for any women.  Weekend cover charge for males is NT$600 and NT$350 for females.

A wide range of cocktails and shots are available with the all-you-can-drink service but beer is limited to cans of Blue Girl.

Club Wax is a bit grittier than the expensive Xinyi clubs, but it’s an enjoyable party scene filled mostly with crowds of students and younger foreigners.


Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3/ 3

Overall Impression: 2 / 4

Total: 12 / 20

A So-so Saloon.

3/29/13

*** closed*** Room 18


*******EDIT********* Room18 Closed permanently







B1, No. 88, Songren Rd. 台北市松仁路88號b1

Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:30pm to 5:00am

MRT: Taipei City Hall

Room 18 is one of Taipei's swankiest nightspots.  Located in Taipei's premier nightlife and shopping district, Xinyi, 18 is the place to be seen rubbing shoulders with Taipei's beautiful youths.

The atmosphere is hip, young and happening. The DJs pump a wide range of electro and hip hop tunes, and the notably young and attractive staff give the club a very "in" atmosphere. It has a room for both techno/house and hip hop, the latter has a dancefloor that is packed to the brim on weekends.

They stock a good array of whisky and brandy but like most nightclubs in Taipei, the beer selection is very limited. Drink prices can be pretty steep (around NT$200) but this place is a cut above and the bartenders are fast with getting you your drink.  Cover charge is a steep 700 NT for both guys and girls (includes 2 drinks).

When you weigh it all up, the high costs of drinks and entrance can be worth it for a nightclub that is a cut above the rest and potentially worth the hit to your wallet if a young, posh atmosphere is exactly what you're looking for.

Friendliness: 2 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 1/ 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 12 / 20

A So-so Saloon.


3/27/13

Luxy


!!Update:  Renovated and now called Omni!!




Address: 5F, No. 201, Sec. 4, Zhong-Xiao E. Road, Taipei

Hours: Wed, Fri - Sat: 22:00 - 04:00

One of Taipei's biggest and best; Luxy is a classic mainstay nightclub that provides some of the best entertainment in the city.   Luxy has an impressive layout beginning with a Mission Impossible style laser grid for patrons to bend through immediately as they exit the elevator.

The club expands outward into 2 massive rooms each with a large dance floor.  The larger of the two has stage which is regularly adorned with sexy scantily clad dancers while world-class performers take the stage for special events.

The smaller of the two rooms is most often far less crowded albeit equally as impressive as a DJ spins electronic music from their perch in a LED lit wall above the dance floor.

Award winning bartenders make a good selection of drinks, and cocktails while the beer selection is mostly limited to Heineken.

Cover charge is a bargain at only NT$400 weekends/ NT$300 Wednesday before 11pm (including 2 drink tickets)!
After 11pm the cost is NT$700 for everyone, excluding Wednesdays when ladies are free and men are just NT$600..



Friendliness: 2 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3/ 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

3/22/13

AQ


Address: See Below

MRT: Zhongxiao-Dunhua 

Hours: Mon - Thu: 18:00 - 01:00. Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 02:00. Sun: 18:00 - 01:00

A great place to pre-game before hitting the clubs, AQ's (Alcohol Quotient) range of bars are great places to visit for their affordability, atmosphere, and excellent location.   Aq's four venues are all located in the trendy Zhongxiao-Dunhua neighborhood.

AQ has the widest range of shots that you’ll find anywhere in the city. There are over one hundred different shots and drinks on the menu with many varieties of alcohol and liqueurs; however, if you are a beer drinker, you may find the selection rather limited.

The prices of drinks here at these bars are unbeatable.  For standard shots the cost is a mere NT$50 and specialty shots cost only NT$100.

To purchase drinks, you must first buy tickets. Two tickets (worth NT$100) is the minimum purchase while if you buy eight tickets (NT$400) up-front, you receive one free shot.

AQ Cava is one big room tables along with two patios for smokers. It’s the most populare of the AQ bars and therefore the best for meeting new-friends.

Address: Lane 223, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road  忠孝東路四段223巷口2F

AQ Casa is a good place to go if you have a big group. The upstairs has many tables; even better, there is a basement level with its own bar.  The drink selection is slightly more limited at Casa but the selection is more than enough to please most drinkers.

Address: No. 63, Lane 223, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road  忠孝東路四段223巷63號

AQ iBar is the newest bar in the AQ family. This location has only one small room.  It’s a nice place to bring a date if you'renot in the mood for meeting anyone new.

Address: No.63, Ln. 223, Sec 4 忠孝東路四段223巷63號

AQ Club is the place to head if you want avoid the crowds and just get some drinks. The smallest of the four bars, Club only has one table and a bar.

Address: No. 135-1 Yanji Street  延吉街135-1號


Friendliness: 2 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3 (Shots 3/3; Beer 1/3)

Value: 3/ 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 13 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!


3/19/13

Green Door 綠門



Address:  No. 6, Déhuì St, Jhongshan District, Taipei City / 德惠街6號,中山區,台北市

MRT: Zhongshan Elementary School

Hours:

In business for over 35 years, this Combat Zone mainstay has been entertaining patrons since it was made popular by American military personnel stationed in Taiwan during Vietnam War.

A nostalgic atmosphere perseveres despite changes to the area around it.  Many bars in the neighborhood have seen their business gradually decline, but the Green Door maintains a dedicated crowd of regulars.

The traditional British-style bar offers traditional British meals, such as fish & chips, Yorkshire Pudding, Steak & Kidney Pie, and many others.  A decent selection of imported macro brews in addition to the standard bottled Taiwan Beers ($150 Classic/$180 Gold Medal).  Be forewarned: prices at this bar do not include the 10% service charge.



Friendliness: 2 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 2 / 4

Total: 10 / 20

A So-so Saloon.

3/14/13

Ol' Fart's



Address: 2F, 38, Sec. 3, Roosevelt Road, Taipei / 2樓,38號,第3節,台北市羅斯福路

MRT: Taipower Building Station

Hours: Tue - Sun 17:00 - 12:30



An inconspicuous and quiet upstairs dive, marked by a sole lighted sign, Ol' Farts is a pleasant place to enjoy a relaxing drink.  The interior of this small bar is far nicer that the dark stairway leading to it would have you believe.  The owner, bartender and resident ol' fart, Lin, offers up friendly conversation to patrons and a TV hung above the bar makes it a suitable venue for watching sports.

Ol' Farts has a range of imported bottled beer priced at just NT$100 in addition to the standard big-bottle Taiwan Gold Medal at NT$150.  The bar's specialty is it's large collection of whiskeys available at very reasonable prices.

Definitely a bar worth checking out if you're in the mood for a quiet drink.



Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

3/10/13

Club Myst



Address: 9/F, No. 12, Songshou Road  松壽路12號9樓

MRT: Taipei City Hall / Taipei City Hall - WTC

Hours: 
Mon - Tue: 21:00 - 02:30
Wed: 22:00 - 04:30
Thu: 21:00 - 02:30
Fri - Sat: 21:00 - 04:30
Sun: 21:00 - 02:30
  

Sitting atop the ATT4FUN building in the trendy XinYi shopping district, Myst is one of Taipei's hottest and largest clubs.  Myst boasts a huge stage and dance area, along with a lounge area, private rooms and 4 bars. Myst’s most distinctive feature is it's enormous outdoor patio with the best view of Taipei 101 in the city.

Myst is consistently packed full on weekends and a long line at the door should be expected.  With an entrance fee of $700NT and high-priced drinks, a night at Myst can be an expensive outing.   For those looking for a  more economic option, head over after 3am, when club admission becomes free. Additionally, entry is free for males on Wednesday before 11pm ($600 after) and free for ladies all night.

Myst is a clubbing experience not to be missed in Taipei.  The breathtaking night view's alone make a visit money well spent (especially if you took advantage of a free cover option).

www.club-myst.com




Friendliness: 2 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 1 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 14 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

DV8



Address: 385, Fuxing S Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市復興南路二段385號), between Heping East (和平東) and Xinhai (辛亥) roads.

MRT: Technology Building Station

Hours: Everyday 21:00 - 03:00

Great little bar located at the South end of Fuxing Rd, DV8 has a long history of serving up drinks and music to thirsty locals in Taipei.   After over 20 years at it's original location, DV8 reopened in it's current locale in 2008 where it continues it's legacy.

DV8 offers a wide selection of import beers and cocktails as well as Taiwan and Carlsberg drafts.  A free pool table, and coin operated dart's games provide ample entertainment on top of the trendy music spun by resident DJ's.  The black paint on the walls has been left unsealed so customers can draw and write on it in chalk.   

Prices are very reasonable with draft Carlsberg pints going for $150NT and regular specials on Taiwan Draft for as little as $100NT.  

With everything this bar has going for in one would expect DV8 to be packed with partyers and loyal regulars on a nightly basis; however in recent times DV8 suffers from a lack of patrons making the ambiance disappointingly mellow even on a Saturday night.

Currently DV8 has a ton of potential but without proper promotion it may never be realized.  


Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 2 / 4

Total: 13 / 20

A So-so Saloon.

3/5/13

Bobwundaye 無問題




Address: 和平東路三段77號, No.77,Heping E. Rd. Sec3

MRT: Liuzhangli Station

Hours: Monday to Saturday 7pm-2am

Located footsteps away from the posh expat Anhe Road area, Bobwundaye is a great spot to check out some local talent in an intimate setting.

With just one small bar and seating for less than 20 people, what Bob's lacks in size it more than makes up for in character.  The walls are adorned with graffiti'd murals and live bands play in a stageless corner practically among the crowd of beer-drinking revelers.

Wednesday open-mike nights are a highlight when Taiwan Draft is on Special for NT$120 and the bar is brimming with ex-pats. Regular price for Taiwan draft is NT$150 and most other drinks are reasonably priced as well.

The staff is friendly and easy-going.  Bob's is great place to meet nice people.


Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

Underworld 地下社會 (Closed)


**UPDATE:  Closed

Address: Shi-da Rd., No.45, b1, Taipei 

MRT: Taipower Building Station

Hours: Weekends 9pm~5am; Weekdays 9pm~4am; Sun./Mon. off 

Taipei's most legendary live-house has seen it's share of controversy as of late.  Tucked away in a cramped basement on Shida Rd, Underworld has become the target of activists and officials hoping to curtail the "noise polluting" activities of late-night bar patrons.

Nonetheless, the Underworld lives on, offering one of the best and most intimate venues in Taipei to watch the future (and sometimes current) stars of Taiwan's rock music scene.  

Taiwan beer is available on tap or in it's large bottled form, priced at NT$150 and NT$180 respectively.  A range of cocktails and mixed drinks are also available at the small but well stocked bar.

A regular line-up of live acts hit the stage on Wednesdays and weekends.  Cover charge for live shows is as follows:
Wed. ($100 w/o drink) weekends ($300 w/drink).

Cover is free after the show finishes at 11 but the drinks keep flowing early into the following morning. 

For event listings:
http://www.facebook.com/underworldtaipei/photos_stream


Friendliness: 2 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 14 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!