There’s so much more to Taipei’s night scene than just night markets and clubs. If you prefer chilling and lounging around with your travel buddies, rejoice — KKday explored the streets of Taipei to find these 5 bars you absolutely have to visit during your holiday in Taiwan. It’s time to go bar hopping in Taipei!
1. Beer & Cheese Social House (Now closed)
Remember those bars that kept appearing in western series/movies? Dying for something English in a Chinese speaking country? You’re in luck! Beer & Cheese Social House mimics bars in the States, serving an eclectic range of beers. If you have a specific type of beer in mind, Beer & Cheese Social House got your back! Other than beers, the bar also serves up a mean plate of grilled cheese.
You’ll never get bored of this bar because they’re always up to something new — promotions, themed nights and many more exciting nights awaits you! Head over to Beer & Cheese Social House to unwind for the night after a whole day of fun and excitement in Taiwan.
No. 117, Section 2, Keelung Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Monday to Thursday: 6pm to 1am
Friday and Saturday: 6pm to 3am
Fourplay is famed for providing entertainment to its customers, from creative cocktails to drinking games. Colourful cocktails? Rainbow shots? Prepare yourself for many rounds of games as you get intoxicated by those brightly coloured alcoholic drinks. Bottoms up!
Never tried drugs but curious about its taste? Fourplay gives you a chance to try marijuana, cocaine, heroine — not the real deal of course, silly! These drinks are just named after the drugs, duh. After downing a shot of happiness, take a deep breath of nitrous oxide to hear yourself sound like Donald Duck.
No. 67, Dongfeng St, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Monday to Thursday: 6pm to 1am
Friday and Saturday: 6pm to 2am
3. R&D Cocktail Lab
Remember when your mom taught you to never judge a book by its cover? Positioned inconspicuously between alleys, R&D Cocktail Lab doesn’t seem like much on the outside and might even look like a shady bar, but you’ll be surprised by this gem once you step into it.
Remember when your Chemistry teacher told you to not mix chemicals around? Well, the owner of R&D Cocktail Lab is obviously a rebel. Founded by a foreigner intrigued by the sheer amount of unique bars in Taiwan, this bar is known for using Science to concoct new drinks. Don’t bother looking for a menu when you’re in R&D Cocktail Lab — allow the bartender to work their magic as they create a drink from scratch, fitted just for you.
No. 36 Jiaxing St, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Tuesday to Thursday: 7pm to 2am
Friday and Saturday: 7pm to 3am
Sunday: 6:30pm to 12:30am
4. Bunker 1942
Unlike your usual bar where it’s just all laughter, gossip and drinks, Bunker 1942 brings fun to a whole new level.
Pretty sure everyone who’s reading this blog right now, hasn’t experienced what it’s like to live during a war — specifically WWII. Inside Bunker 1942, lies a mini shooting range for you to try shooting with a gun similar to those used during the WWII. Grab your drink and have a go at the shooting range to test your accuracy — would you be able to survive during WWII?
There are ongoing promotions and games at Bunker 1942 every other day; the most interesting one is possibly the Bunker Iron Challenge — don an iron armour and chug down mugs of beer while embracing attacks from Bunker staffs. Hear the crowd cheering for you as you try pouring the beer in to your system despite the incessant attacks. Press on, warrior!
No. 24, Lane 177, Section 1, Dunhua S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Monday to Sunday: 5pm to 2am
5. Ounce Taipei
Coined as Taipei‘s most mysterious underground bar, Ounce Taipei topped TripAdvisor’s list of expat’s must-go places and is recognised by CNN as the one of the world’s seven most attractive Speakeasy bars. It’s no wonder Ounce Taipei is known by almost all Taiwanese!
Ounce Taiwan is hidden behind the wall of an espresso cafe called R/X Relax. Find the right doorbell and a waiter will gladly guide you in to the bar, where you’ll be delighted to see bartenders hailing from all over the world. Similar to R&D Cocktail Lab, Ounce Taipei has no menu because the bartenders believe in concocting a new cocktail specially for their esteemed guests, leaving your body tingling and asking for more!
No. 40, Lane 63, Section 2, Dunhua S Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Monday to Saturday: 7pm to 2am
If you’re a die-hard fan of bar hopping and don’t have the chance to try interesting cocktails in Singapore, simply because alcohol is too expensive here, KKday highly recommends you to visit these five quirky bars to get the best drinking experience in Taiwan. They won’t fall short of your expectations, trust us on this! And if you’re driving in Taiwan, remember to NOT drink and drive. Stay safe!
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