9 Featured Bars in Taipei 2016-11-02
Lagers & Tunes

Taipei’s (social) nightlife is anything if not full of options. You’ve got your rechaos, your KTVs, clubs (from the all-you-can-drink’s to fancy places that make you think, “this drink is worth my whole rent”, and everything in between), bars, pubs, parties, concerts-- anything for every taste and palate! So to help you out, dearest reader, we decided to put hard work into researching la crème de la crème amongst Taipei’s bars. We did it just for you. All jokes aside, the following is a compilation of bars, under categories we deemed the most appropriate. And so, without further ado, this is a compilation of ten bars that oscillate between Beer, Live Music, Rock Bar, and Live Sports.

-Beer & Cheese Social House (BEER)
Recently relocated to the vibrant nightlife area of Xinyi, Beer & Cheese is the favorite spot of the lovers of home-brewed beers. The place not only has daily selections of their house beer, but also has a wide selection of imported beers and a few other cocktails. As a must, try their comfort food with base of imported top-quality cheese to pair with your drinks. They new location counts with a pool table and an arcade classic Street Fighter to challenge your friends for a round or two. If beer is not your strong field, the staff is readily available to solve this issue, they are all very knowledgeable of the menu and will always have some recommendations for you. The place is perfect to pamper yourself after a week filled with work and school.

We recommend: ask the staff for the local tap and a sure bet, go for their grilled cheese sandwich and their nachos.

Address: 基隆路2段117號 / #117 Keelung Road, Section 2, Taipei, Taiwan
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/beerandcheese/timeline?ref=page_internal
Strategically located in the Civic Blvd. area, where most of the Japanese BBQ pubs, bEErU comes as a larger most upscale option for beer lovers. With the three beer tanks which are brewing the house varieties on-the-spot, bEErU welcome their patrons with a not so subtle suggestion to try their fresh beer. Following the trend of the restaurants of the area, the gastropub also counts with a large variety of food, mostly bbq style, thus giving you a full experience. The two-floor warehouse space is decorated on a trendy style, with dim lights and tall wooden tables. The first floor suits better to a more relaxed evening, perfect for a first date. The second floor has been designed for larger groups, where the computarized system placed on each table allows you to fill pitchers of the three kinds of their house beer for your own comfort. Birthday parties or large group meetings are the rule for this space. The music, which tends to be well-mixed, can be better enjoyed on the lower floor, as the second floor is more often than not packed with guests who pay less and less attention to the volume of their voice. We can certainly blame this on the alcohol consumption level.

We recommend: gather a large group of friends, give them a call and make a reservation to make sure you get a table and try all the house beers. As an Asian tradition, you might as well pair it with a few order of bbq skewers.

Address: 105, Taipei City, Songshan District, Section 4, Civic Blvd, 129號
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/craftbeeru/
Revolver is fantastically located near the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall (MRT exit 4* DOUBLE CHECK YIXIA). It is usually a nice little melting pot between foreigners and locals, brimming at the seams from 8:00 to 10:00pm because of their happy hour (draft Taiwan Beer at NTD 80, and other cocktails). The main bar is in the first floor, the second floor being more or less reserved for live music and special events. There is a comfortable rock and roll atmosphere (Coldplay fans beware). Besides having draft beers, they also have cold, imported, specialty beers at your disposable. What we love the most is their readily available decks of cards and Jenga games. The Jenga pieces have been graffitied by a wide array of patrons time and time again with different dares or questions, so don't be surprised to find people inside the bar engaged in weird antics.
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We recommend: Getting there around 7:30 to score a nice table, gather a group of friends, enjoy some nice Draft Taiwan Beer, and order their nachos.

Address: Address: No.1-2, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd, Jhongjheng Dist, Taipei City / 中正區羅斯福路一段1-2號
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RevolverTW/
-Roxy Rocker (ROCK BAR)
Roxy Rocker is yours truly’s favorite place in Taipei. During the week, when the nights are slower, there is no entry fee and Roxy opens 2 of its 3 rooms (it does not open the Party Room). On weekends, there is a NTD 200 entry fee before 11 pm(which includes a drink) and it is at full capacity opening its 3 rooms.

The Party Room is the most “Billboard 100” of all the rooms, so to speak. The DJ will spin some current, popular party songs, but will also dip into disco classics or 90’s anthems, depending on how the night develops. It also boasts a considerably sized dance floor and its own bar.
The main bar is more of the rock and indie persuasion. It doesn’t have a dance floor per se, but you can find some wiggle room. Finally, the Vinyl Room, self-explanatory as that is, is a room full of vinyls that you can browse through at your leisure. If anything tickles your fancy, you can take it to the DJ and they’ll play it for you. It is also the quietest room, making it more suitable for sitting and talking than the first two. All DJ’s take requests (but don’t get too mad if they choose to ignore it). Their drinks selections is not necessarily ample, but they do have some interesting shots.

The best moment of the night will be when you and your friends are a few drinks in, and the DJ plays that one song that you consider your anthems, and you’re happily singing and dancing along.

We recommend: Blowjobs (shots) are not only fun to order, but they are fun to drink. They come in sets, you can only buy 6 or 10 at a time. So grab your friends, or some strangers (we’ve all been there) and enjoy!

Address:No. 177, Section 1, Heping E Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106 / 和平東路一段177號B1
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/taipeirocker/
-F*cking Place (ROCK BAR)
It is one of those places, you go and you feel cool and hip by just being there. This may in fact be so because its crowd is usually cool and hip. There’s a DJ playing music that ranges from indie pop to hard rock, but I will say it sways more towards the latter. If you ask nicely enough, he just may take some of your requests. The vibe is very laidback, and it is definitely fitting for both getting there with a group of friends, or riding it solo.

We recommend: Keeping it simple with some wine or a draft beer.

Address: 2 F. No. 169, Sec 2, He Ping E. Rd., Daan District, Taipei / 和平東路二段169號2樓
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/%E6%93%8D%E5%A0%B4FUCKING-PLACE-60347636106/

On Tap is amongst the best places to catch a match (be it american football, rugby, soccer, the likes), they have two floors with a comfortable number of large screens. We particularly like to go on Thursdays, when they slash the price on their wings, and serve 10 for NTD 100. As their name so implies, we recommend going there for beers, notwithstanding, they do still have different cocktails and soft drinks if you don’t want to adhere to this. It is also fun to go when you’re feeling playful- they have a life sized Jenga and Connect Four, dart boards, pool tables, and other board games. They have daily happy hour ever day from 5:00-9:00pm

We recommend:  abide by their day-to-day specialties, when their drinks and food tend to be cheaper. Our favorites being Thursdays (wings night), Sundays (Mexican dishes and a beer/ tequila shot for NTD 199), and Mondays, (a Classic Burger & a Beer (or soft drink) for just NTD 199).

Address: No 21, Alley 11, Lane 216, Zhongxiao East Road / 大安區忠孝東路四段216巷11弄21號
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/On-Tap-141391212589901/
-Carnegie’s (BEER / LIVE SPORTS)

Carnegie’s is for the most part known for being expat central. It is a good place to catch international sports games (see On Tap). Carnegie’s has a good stock of beer, and a wide array of cocktails and shots. Still, the place is good for its menu (which is both very western and highly assorted) making it a good spot for a boozy dinner. Every now and then they hold special events that cater different types of music, so you may want to look out for them. On otherwise chill nights, the music and environment match their decoration--which is comprised of 80s artists and movie posters, like The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

We recommend: Going for dinner just in time for the happy hour. Ease out of your dinner with a couple of drinks and enjoy the music.

Address: 100 Anhe St., Section 2; 安和路二段100號1樓
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/carnegiestaipei/

-Taiwan Beer Factory Shop 346倉庫餐廳 (BEER)

If you feel like going for a cheap and cheerful drinking time, the Taiwan Beer Factory Shop is the place to go. Gather a large group of friends and seat on the patio tables scattered around the place. Part of the fun is that you are your own DJ, so also bring along a pair of speakers and to spice things up, a deck of poker cards. At this shop you will find the entire selection of products the factory does (including a honey toothpaste) but you might as well go directly to the fridge area where the fresh beers will be waiting for you. The best part of all is that these are offered to unbeatable prices. There is only one catch, the store closes at 8 pm, so plan your night ahead so you’ll know where to move the party after.

We recommend: try the not so easy to find products, like the Taiwanese black beer (with strong notes of coffee and honey) and the lychee fruit wine.

Address: 85, Bade Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市八德路二段85號)
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