5/19/18

Something Ales: Cerveceria

Address: 台北市大安區師大路135巷38號 / No. 8, Lane 135, Shida Road, Da’an District
Taipei City

MRT: Taipower Building

Hours:  Mon - Sun: 20:00 - 2:00 (variable)

Back and better than ever in a new location, Something Ales is a beer bar for those who truly care about their beer.   With a name like "Something Ales", patron's should consider themselves warned, that no lagers are served here, only a selection of Taipei's finest imported and local ales.

Something ales is small but stylish bar with bar seating, making it easy to befriend fellow beer lovers.   The owner and barkeep, Arvin, is cheerful, knowledgeable, and happy to share his wealth of information about craft beer.   Due to the minimal size of the operation, prices are kept very reasonable; however, one can still expect to spend upwards of $200NT for premium imported craft beers.

Something Ales, is located in the Shida student/foreigner neighborhood and is just around the corner from the Taipower Building MRT station.    Discreet and nearly non-existent signage should not deter new patrons from checking out this great little beer bar.

Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value:  3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 18 / 20
A damn good drinkery!

4/11/18

James Joyce Irish Bar

Address: No.278, Section 3, Roosevelt Road Taipei, Taiwan / 台北市中正區羅斯福路3段278號

MRT: Gongguan

Hours: Mon-Fri: 4:30 - 2:30
             Sat-Sun:  3:00 - 2:30

From it's humble beginnings, nestled into a tight space in the Gongguan Night-market, James Joyce has expanded and upgraded to firmly solidify it's position as Taipei's official Irish bar.  Named for one of Ireland's most famed poets, novelists and heavy drinkers; James Joyce  Irish Bar brings the charm, ambiance, and liveliness of a genuine Dublin pub to Taiwan.

Originally founded in 2016, James Joyce Irish Bar has provided something that Taipei had long lacked in recent years, a bona-fide Irish pub. Now in a new, and much larger location, James Joyce continues to bring it's authentic Irish styling and, more importantly, hospitality to the busy student neighborhood of Gongguan. The bigger venue provides space for a stage and the bar has embraced it's new identity as a music venue by presenting live music every weekend!


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. At James Joyce you can get a proper pint of Guinness for just NT$250, and a bottle of locally brewed craft beer for just NT$190.  If that's still beyond your budget, a pint of 'Tai-Pi' (Taiwan Beer) is only NT$170NT.   In addition to beers, James Joyce has a range of cocktails, with their mint-loaded Mojito being particularly noteworthy.  For those looking for a pick-me-up while getting a little messed-up, the menu features a great selection of alcohol blended coffees.



In recent years, the Gongguan 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 will surely be 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: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 3 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 18/ 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!

Beer to Go 啤酒土狗


Address:  No. 6-9, Xinsheng South Road Section 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan / 台北市中正區新生南路一段6-9號1樓

MRT: Zhongxiao Xinsheng

Hours: Sun - Mon: 17:00 - 0:00
             Tue: Closed
             Wed - Thu: 17:00 - 0:00
             Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 2:00

A four-legged friend that offers you delicious and cold craft beer may seem like a fantastical dream dog,  but Beer to Go, who's Chinese name (啤酒土狗) translates to "Beer Mutt", is no fantasy.

Located in the vicinity of Taipei's Guanghua Computer Market, Beer to Go brings great beer to both beer needs and computer nerds.  The bottle shop and bar  is also conveniently close to Zhongxiao-Xinsheng MRT station.
Beer to Go has an exceptional selection of local and imported craft beers in its 6 doors of refrigeration.   In addition to bottles and cans, two taps of draft craft are poured by the friendly and informative owners/staff.

Whether you're looking for a beer to go, or taking a seat and sipping, Beer to Go is definitely a good dog/bar. Let's hope Beer to Go is here to stay!

Beer To Go on Facebook

Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 2 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 15 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

3/20/18

碧耳貓 BeerCat

Address:  Lane 9, Section 1, Chengde Road, Datong District / 承德路二段1巷9號 大稻埕
Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Zhongshan

Hours: Sun - Mon: 14:30 - 23:30
             Tue: Closed
             Wed - Thurs: 14:30 - 23:30
             Fri - Sat: 14:30 - 00:00

While the age-old remedy, 'hair of the dog', may provide temporary relief from your hangover, some prefer to imbibe 'hair of the cat' accompanied by the comforting cuddle of a friendly feline.    Beercat, in Taipei's Datong District offers excellent craft beer alongside two cute cats.



Beercat has a top-notch selection of draft and bottled craft beer, with 8 taps and a well-stocked large double fridge.   Beercat is for beer (and cat) lovers as the drink selection, beyond beer, is somewhat limited.   The service at the bar is almost as friendly as the cats, and the two comfort kitties contribute to an overall comfortable atmosphere.

Since originating in Japan, cat cafes have spread the world over; however, cat bars are still hard to come by.  Beercat is provides a unique drinking experience that is worth seeking out, whether you're a local, or visitor to Taipei.    Go for the beer, stay for the pussy!


Beercat on Facebook

Friendliness: 5 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 17 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

1/18/18

Wicked Wolfpack

Address:  No. 29, Section 7, Zhongshan North Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan / 士林區中山北路七段29號1樓 Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Shipai (+ a long walk, or taxi/bus)

Hours: Sun - Mon 16:00 - 23:00
             Wed - Thur 16:00 - 23:00
             Sat - Sun 16:00 - 00:00

The expat enclave of Tienmu has seen it's status as a prominent bar destination diminished in recent years. The area has fallen out of favor with bar-goers as it transitioned into a family friendly international community.  Though, in recent years, Tienmu no longer draws drinkers from around the city, Wicked Wolf Pack provides reason for beer lovers to make it an obligatory destination.
Wicked Wolfpack is a very sleek and modern bar.   The white walls and minimalist design of this stylish bar draw parallels to an Apple Store.   Instead of overpriced electronics, Wicked Wolfpack stocks an superb selection of imported and domestic craft beer.  The beer 'geniuses' behind the bar are friendly and happy to help in selecting a beer perfect for you palette.
Wicked Wolf Pack is an impressively well designed bar with an equally impressive selection of beer.  This bar, alone, should be incentive enough to make the trek to Tienmu!

Wicked Wolfpack on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 17 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!