5/11/13

Old Bar 45


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Address: 2F, No. 45, Section 1, HePing East Rd., Taipei /,和平东路第45号,第1节,  2F


MRT: Guting

Hours: Mon – Sun 16.00 – 04.00


In a quaint location, above a traditional Chinese medicine store, this well-hidden bar is a popular student post-studies, drinking spot. Just footsteps away from ShiDa, international and local students alike have long frequented this upstairs bar making it a NTNU neighborhood mainstay.

The walls are adorned with black and white photos and seemingly random American memorabilia which may provide a Western atmosphere to the local crowd; however, North American foreigners are likely to be turned off by the TGIFridays style "flare".

They serve a vast variety of cocktails, beers, carbonated drinks, or just coffee; and also bar snacks such as fries or chips and salsa. Prices are relatively affordable but a bit higher than you're average student bar.



Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 1 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 2 / 4

Total: 10 / 20

If you're in the Area.


5/6/13

Café Odeon


Address: No. 11, Lane 86, Section 3, XinSheng South Rd., Taipei / 台北市新生南路三段86巷11號

MRT: Gongguan

Hours:  Mon : 19:00 - 24:30
              Sun, Tue - Thu : 17:00 - 24:30
              Fri - Sat :17:00 - 01:30

Thanks to its convenient location near Taida, Cafe Odeon is a popular student hangout. The extremely laid-back and cozy atmosphere provide and excellent setting to sample the vast selection of imported beers.

The friendly bartenders and servers are a wealth on knowledge on the beers they serve and are happy to provide recommendations.   Beer prices tend to be on the the high-side (starting at around NT$190 per bottle) but many a beer connoisseur would argue that the superior products warrant the high prices.   That said, it's not an ideal place to pound pints on the cheap.

As the name states, Odeon is a Café and appropriately offers a range excellently prepared western dishes.

For it's home-style comforts and one of Taipei's best beer selections, Café Odeon is a great place to spend a mellow night in the Gongguan area.

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Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 14 / 20

A Worthy Watering hole.

5/3/13

The Speakeasy


Hours:
Sun - Thu: 19:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat: 19:00 - 04:00

Address: 554號, Guāngfù South Road
Daan District, 台北

MRT: Sun-Yat-Sen Memorial Hall

The Speakeasy  is one of only a few Irish bars in Taipei and it is arguably the best. The familiar classic decor of an Irish pub is always welcoming and the Speakeasy is no exception.  A friendly staff greets patron and cold beer and a selection of high class pub grub can be had for affordable prices. A necessity of any pub claiming to be Irish, Guinness is served in addition to a full range of import beers and exceptionally mixed cocktails.  Wednesday's 8pm - midnight feature specials on Irish beers, whiskeys and creams.

Sports fans can enjoy English premier league games on the weekend coupled with a few games of the oval ball variety during the rugby season.

All-in-all, the speakeasy is an excellent Irish bar in the heart of Taipei.  The vibe is relaxed and the staff and regular patrons are a friendly bunch.  A pint or two at the Speakeasy Taipei is highly recommended!


Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!