咖啡小自由 libero coffee

Address: 1F, No.1, Ln. 243, Jinhua St., Da'an Dist.  / 台北市大安區金華街243巷1號1樓

MRT: Guting / Dongmen

Hours: Monday - Sunday 13:00 - 23:00

With a name that includes the word "coffee", one would be excused for assuming that Libero Coffee is little more than your local java joint.  But don't be fooled by the deceptive name, Libero is an excellent bar with an outstanding collection of whiskey.

Libero is comfortably seated in the Shida student neighborhood.  While appearing as a simple coffee shop from the exterior, the interior reveals an impressive bar and deeper still, gives way to a luxurious whisky lounge in the back room.

Libero offers coffee, craft beer, and an extensive assortment of whiskey.  Whiskey's range in price from $400 all the way to $2500, while most craft beers are priced around $250.  The service staff is very friendly and helpful and happy to offer recommendations in both English and Chinese.

Libero's best feature is their ambiance.   Red velour seats and impressive chandeliers adorn every room, and the entire bar has the style and feel of a very exquisite and comfortable home.

Libero is so much more than a coffee shop; it is an refined beer whiskey bar that should never be overlooked.  Libero is a must visit for NTNU students or any whiskey lovers in Taipei, or even Taiwan.

Libero on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worth Watering Hole!


Roxy J

 Address: Daan District, No. 22,  Heping East Rd.  / 和平東路一段 22 號
Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Guting

Hours:  11:30am - 4:00am

The latest contribution to a more than 30 year legacy of Taipei bars and nightclubs, Roxy J is a throwback and a homage to the original Roxy bar, which stood on the exact same soil as Roxy J does today.    The original Roxy established a precedent for the style and attitude of all future Roxy bars, and this newest addition, named for the owner's wife, does not fall far from the Roxy tree.

Roxy maintains every aspect of the Roxy feel, with vinyls lining the back wall that DJs who have been spinning since the original Roxy will happily play on request.   The rest of the walls are graffitied with the most renowned musical artists from past and present.  Several panels on the wall pay homage to the Roxy legacy featuring the logos of Roxy bars that have came and went.

The staff at Roxy J is as friendly as a Roxy patron would have come to expect, and the crowd is a mix of loyal Roxy mainstays and a new generation of potential 'Roxyers'. Drink selection is, disappointingly, largely unchanged from past Roxy bars.  While more and more students bars have adopted the craft beer trend, Roxy J only carries Taiwan Beer and Heineken.   Classic cocktails and highballs are also available.   In addition to alcoholic drinks, Roxy offers coffee beverages from their state of the art espresso machine.

Roxy J is a nice bar and cafe, but it remains to be seen what Roxy J can bring to the ShiDa neighborhood that makes it any different from Roxy Rocker (which is only a block away).  On the surface, Roxy J is a great spot to hang out and request your favorites on vinyl; however, one can't help but wonder why they vinyl room couldn't have happily remained in the back of Roxy Rocker.

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 1 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 2 / 4

Total: 13 / 20

A So-so Saloon.


Spring Break on the Beach 2017

While for many Taiwanese families, the coming of the Tomb-sweeping Day holiday means paying respect to ancestors and family outings; however for party-loving locals and foreigners far away from their families, it means the biggest and best party weekend of the year.  

Living up to its reputation, Spring Break on the Beach 2017 was a hell of a party! The best DJ's from North to South of Taiwan joined major international acts to blow the roof off of Kenting's Chateau Beach Resort.

As party-goers from all parts of Taipei continued to trickled into Kenting, the first day of the party kicked-off! By 6 pm the beach was bumping and by the time day-one headliner, Kryoman, took the stage it was practically causing earthquakes, island-wide. Kryoman, aka Andrew Moore, took to the decks, as ten-foot tall, smoke spouting robots rocked out on the stage. The awesome visual display alongside were sure to be a memorable experience for anyone still in a state to record memories at that point in the night.

The second day was well underway by mid-afternoon Sunday; sports, tanning and drinking, take over the beach in daylight hours. The party turned all the way up as the sunset, and all-you-can-drink beer from 5-8pm ensured that everyone was in party-mode. Dutch DJ Headhunterz, headlined after an excellent line-up of Taiwan-based DJs.   Headhunterz brought pounding hardstyle electro tunes practically liquefying the sand on the beach.

  • As partiers tire and wear out throughout the weekend, the final night of Spring Break On The Beach typically has lower attendance than previous nights; however, it is also consistently the wildest! The third and final night featured Australian electro duo, Bombs Away. With a little more space to dance, and the warmest weather of the weekend, Bombs Away had the party Lit!

Spring Break on the Beach 2017, lived up to its legacy as the best party of the year in Taiwan.   As competition rises from other major music events throughout Taiwan, the On The Beach crew has continued to up their game to stay well ahead of the pack.    It's only been one week since the party, but we are already counting down the days until next year!

On the Beach Facebook Page


Crafted Beer & Co. 精釀啤酒屋

Address: No. 1, Yumen St, Zhongshan District, Taipei  / 台北市中山區玉門街1號

MRT: YuanShan

Hours:  Tues, Wed, Thurs 16:30 - 23:00
              Fri 16:30 - 23:30
              Sat 12:00 - 23:30
              Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Since opening in 2013, Taipei's Maji Square has provided topnotch food, arts and entertainment to visitors of the Yuanshan Expo Park.  Many of the stores and vendors in the square sell artisanal products, however until the opening of Crafted Beer & Co. there had been a notable lack of artisanal beer.

Crafted is a small, but well stocked bottle shop and bar. They carry a wide selection with more than 100 imported and domestically produced craft beers and ciders. Draft beer comes courtesy of 4 taps.  Beers are fairly reasonably priced, with domestic bottles starting at NT$200 and draft pints starting at NT$250; however, there are no low budget options for penny pinchers.

It's location adjacent to Maji Square's old-fashioned merry-go-round, makes for a pleasant view from the shop's window-side seating. Additionally, as it is footsteps away from the popular alternative nightclub, Triangle, Crafted is an ideal predrink spot for beer lovers.

Whether preparing for a long night of dancing or enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the park, Crafted Beer and Co. check out to satisfy your craft beer needs!


Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 13 / 20

A So-so Saloon.


23 Public

Address: Daan District, No. 100, Xinhai West Road Section 1  / 大安區辛亥路一段100號 Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Taipower Building

Hours:  Mon - Sun 15:30 - 23:45

Bringing American brewing methods to Taiwan, 23 Brewing, broke new ground in Taiwan's beer scene as one of the first local beer producers of bitter North American style craft beer. 23 brewing has long been a front-runner among the independent brewers in Taipei, and in order to showcase their excellent products, they have opened a friendly and comfortable bar.

23 Public is located on Xinhai road, directly between the Shida and Taida university neighborhoods, in a perfect spot to draw in thirsty students.   The brew-house is well designed with natural elements of wood and stone.   23 Public may seem like a fairly small bar but a rear stairwell to the reads gives way to a large basement floor, perfect for hosting events or watching international sporting events.

While the delectable beer may have you wishing that 23 Public had 23 taps of beer, they have a respectable selection poured on 12 taps, with a hand-pump tap available on "Real Ale Fridays". 23 public stocks a strong lineup of their own pale ales, IPAs, stouts and sours, complemented by Orion draft and a rotating lineup of guest taps.   A small selection of tasty food and bar snacks are also available to pair with your pints.

23 Public is a testament to the recent success of Taiwan's craft beer scene. The mere fact that several passionate home brewers were able establish a successful brewery and subsequent bar in just a few years speaks volumes about Taipei's thirst for craft beer. With great beer and friendly service, 23 Public does well to satisfy that thirst.

23 Public on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!


Mikkeller Taipei 米凱樂啤酒吧

Address: Datong District, No. 241 Nanjing West Road,  / 大同區南京西路241號Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Zhongshan

Hours:  Mon - Thurs 16:00 - 12:00
             Fri - Sat 16:00 - 01:00
             Sun 14:00 - 11:00

The famed Danish brewers Mikkeller have opened a wonderful bar in Taipei. MikkellerTaipei is located in a heritage building in the historic Dadaocheng neighborhood and brings Danish beer and style to one of Taipei's oldest neighborhoods.

Mikkeller Taipei is a beer bar, and beer is certainly their focus.  24 taps of imported Mikkeller beer and several guest brews will definitely not any craft beer lover. Apart from beer, some wine and spirits are available, as well as a selection of bar snacks. Prices are similar to other craft beer bars in Taipei, with glasses of beer selling for around NT$200.
The interior design of Mikkeller Taipei features Scandinavian simplicity and provides a comfortable environment to enjoy the excellent beers being poured. Additionally, the walls are adorned with the familiar characters of the Mikkeller beer labels.

Mikkeller has become an icon in the brewing world, and their beers rank among the best in the world. Taipei is fortunate to be one of less than 10 cities in the world to host a Mikkeller beer bar.  For both travelers and locals, Mikkeller Taipei should be a destination bar, for it's excellent selection of beer served up in an exceptional part of Taipei.

Mikkeller Taipei website

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection:3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 18 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!