Drinking Districts

Anhe Road: The number of pubs and bars in this area has dwindled a bit in recent years, but it remains home to some very popular ex-pat bars as well as several smaller pubs.  It's a nice street to go for a stroll and stumble upon some of the great smaller pubs.

Civic Boulevard: Underneath the massive elevated expressway, Civic Boulevard offers up a wide range of dining and drinking options.  From hot-fry restaurants to classy lounges, Civic Boulevard has something suited for most tastes.

Combat Zone: The Shuang Cheng area’s hay days began in the 1970s when it was an R&R area for soldiers in the Vietnam War (one reason behind the moniker “Combat Zone”). The peak period was the 1980s through mid-1990s, with foreign businessmen and local expats providing the main fuel for business. Since then it’s been on a steady decline, but it retains some of the interesting grittiness of the old days.

DongQu 東區The areas surrounding the MRT stations Zhongxiao Dunhua and Zhongxiao Fuxing and everything in-between play host to a large number of drinking establishments.   Everything can be be found here, including one of Taipei's most renowned nightclubs.

Gongguan/TaiDa: The area that surrounds Taiwan's most prestigious university is not quite a party hot spot; however it does have it's fair share of relaxed cafe-bars as well as a few notable live music venues.

LinSen North Road: A remnant of Taiwan's Japanese colonial history, is the Linsen North Road entertainment area.   Japanese restaurants, stores, bars, and ,yes, even brothels pack the allies off of Linsen Bei Lu.   While many of the bars in this area are hostess bars or 'fronts' for other services, there are also quite a few legitimately great bars.

Ximen: Ximending has been called the "Harajuku of Taipei" and the "Shibuya of Taipei".  Ximending is the source of Taiwan's fashion, subculture, and Japanese culture. Ximending is also the main LGBT district of Taiwan, with a host of many clubs and pubs surrounding the area.

Xinyi: Xinyi District is the financial center of the city, and since the completion of Taipei 101, it is rapidly becoming the commercial center, too. This is the relatively new “clubbing” district in a newer part of town. The venues are a bit far apart, and not always easy to find, but this is where the beautiful people go, and those who want to have a gander at the beautiful people therein. Not very cheap, and a little inconvenient, but this is where the “upscale” end of Taipei nightlife is migrating.

ShiDa University Area: This area benefits from its proximity to the National Taiwan Normal University (“Shida” in Chinese). The Shida Night Market is one of the most crowded and active in the city. In terms of pubs, they tend to be relatively small and informal, but can be a good place for people watching and has an active vibe. Prices tend to be reasonable.

Other: Many bars are scattered across Taipei outside the realm of the familiar drinking districts.  Think of these as destination bars or bars for when you find yourself in an unfamiliar corner of the city.