Pipe Live House

Address: No. 1 Siyuan Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, (Riverside Park) / 台北市中正區思源街1號(自來水園區/公館水岸)

MRT: Gongguan 

Hours: Check listings for event hours.

When was the last time you partied in a water-pumping station?  If your answer is 'never', then you're due for a visit to Gongguan's Pipe Live House!  Located in the Gongguan Riverside Park, Pipe is aptly named as it is actual historical pumping station; complete with pumps and, of course, pipes. The archaic pumping equipment give Pipe Livehouse an excellent industrial atmosphere that fuels the parties hosted there.

Pipe hosts a range of musical acts; however, the industrial setting is particularly great for the electronic music DJ's that are frequently found jockeying Pipe's turntables.

A relatively small space, at just 10 meters wide, and 20 meters long, Pipe has a unique advantage in Taipei of completely avoiding any noise restrictions.  It's location in the Gonguan Riverside park insures that the pounding bass at Pipe is far from disturbing any neighbors.

Pipe has a limited drink selection, but nobody is headed there for the drinks.    Cover charge varies according to the event but it is usually quite reasonable.

As one of Taipei's live-houses that survived the recent crackdown on such venues, Pipe is must visit.  Pipe is the only club in Taipei that is not only historical site, but also an awesome place to party.

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Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 1 / 3

Value:  2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4/ 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole.


The Bottle Shop

!!update: Closed permanently!! 

Address: Zhongxiao East Road, Sec 6 , Lane 553 , Lane 14-1 / 忠孝東路四段553巷6弄14-1號  Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Taipei City Hall

Hours: Tues - Thurs: 12:00–00:00
             Fri - Sat:  12:00–02:00
             Sun:  12:00–20:00

Retail craft beer store, café, bar; The Bottle Shop has many identities, the most notable of which may be "craft beer aficionado clubhouse".  Located in the backstreets between SongShan Cultural Park and Taipei City Hall MRT Station, The Bottle Shop is a perfect stop-off for those en-route to the Xinyi nightlife district. Whether you're in the mood for a bottle to enjoy at home, a caffeinated pick-me up, or a draft beer and a chat with a friendly and knowledgeable barman, The Bottle Shop has what you're looking for.

The Bottle Shop is by no-means large, with just two tables and limited bar seating; however, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beer-selection.   The Bottle Shop stocks a large bar fridge of imported beers alongside a range of shelved take-away beers.  In addition to the bottled beer, a keg of craft beer is always on tap, and they maintain an excellent range of whiskeys.

Where The Bottle Shop's greatest strengths lie are in the knowledge and friendliness of their staff.   Those serving the beers at The Bottle Shop are well-informed about their products and cheerful as they serve them.

In addition to being a great place to pick up a reasonably priced six-pack of craft beer, The Bottle Shop is an extremely pleasant place to have a beer or whiskey at just about anytime of day.   The beer selection and long hours, alone, make The Bottle Shop a must visit location for any craft beer lover visiting or living in Taipei.

Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value:  3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4/ 4

Total: 18 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!


ABV Bar & Kitchen

Address: No. 39, Lane 260, 1st Floor, Guangfu South Road, Da-an District / 大安區光復南路260巷39號1樓 Taipei

MRT: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

Hours: Mon - Sun: 11:30–1:30

Abbreviated as ABV, alcohol by volume, is a standard measure of how much alcohol is contained in drink.  By choosing to name their establishment after a measure of alcoholic potency, ABV Bar and Kitchen has firmly positioned themselves as an eatery for drinkers who dine, as opposed to diners who drink,

A gastro-pub in the DongQu (東區) area, ABV offers a range of Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine to accompany they assortment of imported beers that fill their three-door fridge. In addition to beers A solid selection of wines, whiskeys and other spirits are also on-hand.  

While ABV Bar & Kitchen presents itself as a Gastropub, the brightly lit restaurant provides little pub-like atmosphere.

As another addition to Taipei's growing craft beer scene, ABV is a cool new place to grab a meal and a great beer.

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Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value:  2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3/ 4

Total: 13 / 20

A So-So Saloon!