12/19/16

Beau


Address: No.11, Lane 408, Section 4, Ren Ai Road, Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall / Xinyi - Anhe

Hours:  Sun - Thurs 18:00 - 01:30
            Fri - Sat 18:00 - 03:00

On a quiet lane off of Taipei's major thoroughfare Renai Road, Beau brings true beauty to your drinking experience.  Taking its name from the French word meaning beautiful, Beau does not fall short of living up to it.


Beau's interior, set under high ceilings and a beautiful chandelier, is spacious, comfortable and pleasing to the eye.   Vintage furniture adds additional coziness to the well-designed lounge bar.  A loft to the back provides additional space and seating.

Beau is, first and foremost, a cocktail bar, and imaginative cocktails are the highlight of their menu.   A large list of wines are also available, in addition to several major brand beers, including Hoegaarden on draft. Beau also has a food menu, if you're the type to hinder your drinking, by eating. If you're looking to get the best value for your buck, head there early for Happy Hour, 6-8pm.

Beau is a great place for jazz lovers, as they host live jazz performances every Wednesday.  Friday's and Saturday's pick-up the tempo with local DJ's spinning electronic lounge music.

Taipei has many great cocktail bars, however, few are more beautiful than Beau.  It's decor alone, makes Beau, worthy of a visit.

*We came across this bar using the Funnow app, check it out for some good drink deals and discounts at Beau.


Beau's Facebook Page


Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 1 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

11/29/16

Oxygen Café and Bar

Address: 100 Chongqing South Road, Section 1, Zhongzheng District /中正區重慶南路一段100號, Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: NTU Hospital / Ximen / Taipei Main Station

Hours: Mon-Sun 7:30 - 01:00


Looking for a place to catch your breath in the, sometimes smoggy, city of Taipei?  Time for you to get some Oxygen. Nestled in within walking distance of three busy MRT stations, Oxygen Café and Bar (O bar) is easy to reach and worth a visit.

Oxygen is not only a cafe and bar, but also a hostel, making it a great place to drink with friendly and thirsty travelers visiting Taipei from all corners of the world.  Oxygen offers great music, and tasty local beers which can be sipped while comfortably watching major sporting events on their projector screen.

The well stocked bar includes eight taps of premium local craft beer served at prices that even backpackers can afford. Additionally, there is a fridge full of local and imported bottled beers and shots and specialty coffees and teas are also available.

As a hostel bar, Oxygen far surpasses expectations.   A superb selection of local beers in a laid back and friendly environment, make O Bar a bar worth visiting, whether you are a traveler, expat, or local!





Oxygen on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 15 / 20
A Worthy Watering Hole!


10/25/16

Beer Cargo 精釀啤酒三輪車

Address: No. 72-1, Xining South Road, Wanhua District / 萬華區西寧南路72-1號 Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Ximen

Hours: Wed - Mon: 15:00 - 23:30

In as unassuming corner of  Ximending sits an unconventional bar that serves exceptional beer. Beer Cargo is a new breed of micro bar; the nomadic bar-cycle is a unique concept that puts craft beer on wheels.

Beer Cargo redefines what it means to be a bar. The smallest bar in Taipei, and maybe Taiwan, and the entire operation sits aboard a custom built tricycle. Patrons are able to drink the beers standing alongside the small bike-front bar,  and for those who prefer seated drinking a single table is on hand to accommodate them. In addition to the provided seating, Beer Cargo also takes advantage of available patio seating at an adjacent cafe which closes much earlier in the night.

The small size of the bar,ensures that the drink selection is limited to two taps of craft beer and a rotating selection of bottled beers and ciders. The prices are fair, with glasses of craft beer starting at NT$150 for a glass of draft and just NT$180 for a pint. 

Beer Cargo is cool little bar with a cool concept.  For craft beer lovers in Taipei a visit to this little beer-cycle is highly recommended.  As a result of its mobility, Beer Cargo might be hard to find, stay up to date with its current location by checking them out on social media.



Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 1 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

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/


On Facebook

Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2/ 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

8/2/16

The 58 Bar


Address: No. 58, Section 2, Kaifeng St, Wanhua District, Taipei City /  開封街二段58號, Taipei, Taiwan 


MRT: Beimen / Ximen

Hours: Mon-Thurs   17:00 - 00:00
             Fri 17:00 - 01:00
             Sat 11:00 - 01:00
             Sun 11:00 - 00:00

These days, craft beer bars have begun to pop-up in all parts of Taipei.  Many of these excellent bars pour delicious pints of craft beer from the best breweries, near and far; however, only one craft beer bar sets itself apart by serving only domestically produced craft beer and liquor.   The 58 Bar in trendy Ximending, packs it shelves, exclusively, with beer and liquor from every corner of Taiwan. 






The 58 Bar stocks more than 50 kinds of Taiwanese craft beer, in addition to Taiwanese liquors and it's world famed whiskey.  The local beer selection is far better than any other bar in Taipei, and it features beers from southern Taiwan, that are rarely seen in Taipei.   The craft beers are fairly priced starting around NT$200.  In addition to the craft beer, The 58 also offers the most famous local macro-brew, Taiwan Beer, on tap. The 58 bar also has food available to accompany beers, their chicken jerky is  notable, as a delicious companion to your beer!

The 58 Bar has two floors of bar space, complemented by a guesthouse on the third floor (in-case you drink too much to make it home).  The interior of the bar maintains a classic pub style and is dressed in a shade of red that represents "luck" in Taiwan's culture. The 58 Bar's staff are very friendly and happy to recommend a beer from their vast selection.

The 58 Bar is outstanding because it not only champions Taiwanese beer and liquor, but also presents warmth and quality in its service. The 58 Bar in Ximending is a must visit for anyone seeking out excellent local beers in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere!

The 58 Bar on Facebook

Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value:  3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 19/ 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!!

7/12/16

Digout

 


Address: No 307, Xinyi Rd. Section 4, Daan Dist., Taipei / 台北市 大安區 信義路四段 307號, Taipei

MRT: Xinyi-Anhe

Hours: Mon-Sun 19:45 - 01:30


While a dug out is place of comradery between teammates, a Digout is place of comradery for consumers of fine spirts, beers and wines. With it's location directly on the major through-way, Xinyi Road, it's a wonder how Digout goes unnoticed by most visitors to Taipei. The small and intimate bar, open daily, serves up bespoke cocktails and craft beers to a dedicated crowd of regulars and those lucky enough to stumble in off the street.

Digout is first and foremost a cocktail bar, and with no printed menu, the talented prohibition-styled bartenders will mix something flavorsome for you following a brief interrogation of your drinking preferences.  In addition to crafted cocktails, Digout also maintains a range of high-quality local and imported-Japanese craft beers. As is common for most bespoke cocktail bars in the city, prices aren't particularly cheap, but the liquor and craftsmanship is certainly of distinction.


The interior design of Digout is as classy and it's cocktails, with a natural wood bar-top, concrete walls and exquisite leather couches.   However, as classy as the interior design may be, the space is tiny, meaning it's shoulder to shoulder standing room on a busy night.

Digout is a great little bar that has earned it's reputation among locals as a place to have fun, socialize and have high-end drinks and service.   After just one visit to Digout, we're sure you'll be digging it as much as we do!








Digout on Facebook
Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value:  2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 17 / 20
A Worthy Watering Hole.

6/30/16

Chess ATT


Address: No. 12, 9F Songshou Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City / 台北市信義區松壽路12號9樓 Taipei

MRT: Taipei 101 / Taipei City Hall

Hours:   Wed 2:30 - 04:30
                Fri-Sat 22:30 - 04:30

       
Founded in June 2012, Chess has long established itself as Taipei's hip-hop hot spot; however, since it's relocation to the ATT4fun in Taipei's nightlife epicenter, Xinyi, Chess has solidified it's presence among Taipei's most renowned and revered party places.

The layout and decor of Chess unite hip-hop and style in a way that rivals Kanye West. Chess's design is punctuated with traditional Chinese elements including   While the music and vibe of Chess make the club worth seeking out, casual clubbers or solo travelers may feel out of place in club that consists mostly of a beehive of private party cubicles. Chess has clearly been designed to cater to patrons wanting private tables and bottles and, because of this, the public space of the club is very limited leaving little room for standing, let alone dancing. 



Since Chess's relocation to the ATT4fun building, the club has featured a number of reputable hip-hop DJ's and had monthly events with guest DJ's and producers. Chess's reputation as Taipei's best hup-hop club allows them to bring in major international artists.  Chess's door price remains unchanged for most events with special events and normal nights costing $1000 for men.

For any hip-hop heads in Taipei, or anywhere else in Taiwan, Chess is the place to be.   Guaranteed hip-hop every night in a classy and refined atmosphere.  While Chess isn't the best place to meet new people and prices aren't cheap, Chess continues to be Taipei's premiere hip-hop venue in Taipei!



Friendliness: 2 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value:  1 / 3

Overall Impression: 2 / 4

Total: 11 / 20
A so-so saloon.

6/21/16

Zhang Men Brewing Company 掌門精釀啤酒-台北永康店



Address: No. 10, Lane 4,  YongKang Street, Daan District / 永康街4巷10號 Tapei, Taiwan

MRT: Dongmen

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 13:00 - 00:00
             Fri-Sat: 13:00 - 01:00
             Sun: 13:00 - 00:00











While most foreign visitors to Taipei quickly learn then Mandarin expression "gan bei", meaning 'bottoms up', few will learn the local Taiwanese expression of the same meaning: Ho'dala. Previously named Ho'dala, Zhang Men Brewing Company's Taipei taproom serves up great beer that will have customer giving cheers in whichever language they speak. 

Technically, Zhang Men is neither bar, nor pub, but is an off-site tasting room of an excellent local brewery.   To comply with local brewing laws Zhang Men's wholly owned brewery is located outside of Taipei City's limits; however, their wide range of beer styles are served fresh, on-tap at their Dongmen outlet.

With 16 beer-taps, Zhong Men offers a wide range beer styles agree with any beer lover's preference or palate.  Maintaining a inventory for 16 taps is a challenge for any bar, let alone supplying most taps with beer from their own brewery usually complemented by a few local guest taps.


As a tasting room, Zhang Men serves beer and beer alone; no cocktails or spirits grace their menu.  The locally brewed craft beers don't come cheap, starting at $200NT for a 330ml glass, but the beer is of high-quality.

Zhang Men is a fairly small bar with limited seating, so one should arrive early to claim a seat, or table.   The bar staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can happily recommend a beer to suit your taste.



Zhang Men, is the first dedicated brewery tasting room in Taipei and it is a must-visit for local beer lovers and visitors alike.    The selection and quality of Zhang Men's beers should have customers gleefully cheers-ing Ho'dala!


On Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value:  2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4/ 4

Total: 17 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole.

5/30/16

Triangle

Address: Yuanshan Flora Expo Park / 圓山花博廣場, Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Yuanshan


Hours: Tues:  20:00 - 00:00
             Wed-Thurs:  20:00 - 02:00
             Fri:  20:00 - 04:00
             Sat:  15:00 - 18:00
                      20:00 - 04:00

If geometrically named bars are your 'thing', it can be assumed that you've already visited Box and Korner; however, if you've never been to Triangle, you have no idea what shape-bars can offer.

Triangle takes its name from the physical shape of the club, which is relatively small by Taipei club standards.  Despite lacking the size, Triangle boasts the vibe or an industrial warehouse club.   Triangle's small size also makes it an excellent intimate venue for Dj's, which is why the music at Triangle is worth going out of your way to pay it a visit.  It's location in the Yuanshan Flora Expo Park places it far away from most other nightlife destinations in the city, but it's easily accessible on the MRT and let's face it, taxi fares in Taipei aren't bad.

The fully stocked bar offers all types of highballs and cocktails at very reasonable prices; however, the beer selection is limited to macro lagers. The staff are friendly and helpful and maintain the trendy underground vibe of the club.   The crowd varies based on which Djs are playing and what the musical theme of the night is, but the party-goers are sure to be the Taipei-nightlife-know.

Triangle is not the typical Taipei club venue, it is something different.   If you're unsatisfied with the the standard Xinyi club scene and "something different" is exactly what you're looking for, then be sure to check out Triangle.

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

5/13/16

**Closed: Beer and Cheese Social House

****Now Closed!



Address: No. 17 Keelung Road Section 2,  基隆路2段117號, Taipei

MRT Station: Xinyi-Anhe / Taipei 101-TWTC

Hours:  Tue - Thu: 18:00 - 01:00
              Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 03:00
              Sun: 18:00 - 1:00


A pairing usually reserved for wines; when paired with beer, cheese can bring both harmony and contrast.  Beer is as versatile as it is diverse, much alike cheeses, and the founder's of one of Taipei's first American-style craft beer taproom recognized this when they named their bar Beer & Cheese Social House.   

The former Jianshan Road beer-stronghold has updated and expanded to a new location on Keelung Road, a short walk from the Taipei's densest clubbing district.  The new bar features two sprawling floors with comfortable booths on the first floor and long tables for larger parties on the second.   Each floor features a bar, with the lower maintaining a 10-tap selection of draft craft beer.  Among the best features of the new Beer & Cheese is their beautiful red-felted pool table on the second floor that patrons can play-on, free of charge! 

As the name suggests, Beer & Cheese offer both fine drinks and fine food. They have a range of American comfort foods available, including an excellent selection of grilled cheese sandwiches that will put your loyalty to your mother's home cooking to the test!

Cheese aside, beer is the focus of Beer and Cheese, and they have an impeccable selection of imported and local craft beers as well as regular tap-takeover events highlighting renowned breweries from Taiwan and abroad.  The craft beer prices are not the certainly not the cheapest in the city; however, for those who are inclined to the location and plush seating will not be disappointed. 

Beer & Cheese is well into it's second iteration now; it came onto the scene as one a Taipei's original West-coast American craft-beer bar and in it's new location it continues to hold up it's legacy.    Beer & Cheese, may have updated and relocated but it continues to deliver delectable beer and chill vibes in it's new, and much larger, venue.  Craft beer lover's in Taipei would be foolish to miss this place! 

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!