This city never sleeps… Well, not on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays anyway. (Although some bars and clubs open throughout the week too.)
Taipei Nightlife 101: General Tips and Guidelines
- We’re no fans of lighting up, but if you smoke, you’ll be pleased to know that it is allowed in most clubs.
- Keep your ID on you; the bouncers will check it, and police checks are conducted regularly.
- All-you-can-drink nightspots charge guests per entry rates, while the others typically have a minimum spend (for tables). In general, it is cheaper to go on weekdays than weekends.
- The drinking and clubbing scene in Taiwan is generally safe and “peaceful”, so while you may see passed out teens and puking drunkards, fights rarely break out. Obnoxious and violent behaviour is not tolerated (especially from tourists), and offenders will be apprehended.
The Best Bars: Chill Out Session
Address: No. 67, Dongfeng Street, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 18:00 – 1:00; Fri to Sat 18:00 – 2:00; Closed on Sun.
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Imagine going to a bar and being able to order anything you want. That’s exactly what a night at Fourplay is like: The bar has no menu; instead, guests will chat with the skilled mixologists cum bartenders who will whip up cocktails and other beverages to suit their guests’ tastes and moods. The drinks are also usually very Instagram-worthy, so make sure you snap some shots before lapping it up.
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Address: No.1-2, Sec. 1, Roosevelt Rd, Jhongjheng Dist, Taipei City
Opening hours: Mon to Thu 18:30 – 3:00; Fri to Sat 18:30 – 5:00; Sun 18:00 – 1:00.
Branding themselves as a “bar, art house, and event venue”, Revolver is a hipster hideout for the indie crowd. Make no mistake though, the two-story party house is not one bit pretentious. Serving up some of the cheapest beers in town and great live music, Revolver is a great place to kick back and chill out.
Address: 5F No.22 Songshou rd., Taipei, Taiwan (Neo19)
Opening hours: Daily 21:00 – 3:00.
An upscale nightspot, Barcode features exquisite decor that scream luxury. There are lounge-style sofa seats, as well as a balcony that overlooks Taipei’s dazzling cityscape. For the well-connected VIPs, there’s an exclusive room called The Den within the club. Depending on the night and what the crowd is like, you may get complimentary entry into Barcode’s sister club next door, Room 18.
The Best Clubs: Go Hard or Go Home
#1 Babe 18
Address: Songshou Road No22, Xinyi District, Taipei 110
Opening hours: Wed to Sun 22:00 – 4:00.
Also located in Neo 19 (see Barcode above), Babe 18 is the most popular club in Taipei. The interior may not be the most stylish, but the music is good (R&B, Hip Hop) and the drinks are cheap. Pay a cover charge and you can guzzle all the alcohol you want, buffet-style. No gimmicks—you can order most drinks (with an exception of the high shelf liquor), so it’s not just the usual watered down free drinks.
Thanks to the affordable price, Babe 18 is somewhat of a teeny bopper spot, with a young and energetic crowd. It is also the only club open on Sunday, which is its most popular day. If you’re planning to go, we recommend getting there earlier than you normally would; the queues can get quite long.
Address: 8F, No. 12, Song Shou Rd.Taipei, Taiwan 110 (ATT 4 FUN)
Opening hours: Fri to Sat 22:30 – 4:00.
One of the few clubs that are great for small and big groups alike, you won’t need to pop any bottles and open any tables to enjoy a night at Halo. Located on the eighth floor of ATT 4 FUN—a massive shopping mall with night clubs—Halo’s biggest draw is the stunning view of Taipei 101, as seen from its outdoor patio.
Address: 106, Taiwan, Taipei City, Da’an District, Section 4, Zhongxiao E Rd, 201
Opening hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 22:30 – 4:30.
Omni is real swanky—it’s got LCDs, lasers, fogs, an impressive Void sound system, and more. With numerous design awards under its belt, Omni is perhaps one of the most well known luxe clubs. After opening for less than a year (Omni started in 2015), it bagged the coveted iF Design Award 2016, becoming the first in Asia to hold the title. Other awards include the German Design Award, I-Ding International Design Award, JingTang Prize, CIDA Award, and China Good Design Award. No wonder it’s managed to attract high profile guests, including Skrillex, Hardwell, and more.
Omni is located exactly where LUXY used to be. LUXY was a nightclub as well, and a pretty popular one at that: Although permanently closed, its legacy lives on and it is still widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the industry.
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