The 10 Best Nightlife in Taipei is a very mixed bag of cultural theatre, fashionable nightclubs, busy bars and swanky lounges, reflecting the city’s very cosmopolitan population. The city is not exactly renowned as a party town, but it still has an impressive night scene, as popular with the locals as it is with visiting tourists. The clubs in the prestigious Xinyi District are especially upmarket, so make sure to bring your glad rags with you if you plan to make a night of it!
Our pick of the top 10 Best Nightlife in Taipei are more about having fun than they are about being a socialite, though. Our list includes the city’s top venues over a range of tastes, many of which are widely rated as absolute must-visits for anyone visiting Taipei. The city has a pretty clean reputation, making most of our choices are, if not family-friendly, at least not particularly sleazy.
Barcode is described as the place to see and be seen in Taipei, so make sure you dress to impress. The ‘see’ part comes in the form of an unmissable view. The club is on the fifth floor of the NEO19 building in Xinyi shopping district, giving an impressive outlook of the area’s skyscrapers from the balcony and from indoors, through tall windows. Barcode has a chic, modern look and DJs playing a wide range of tunes, from classic house to acid jazz, funk, new wave and more. The London-trained bartenders serve a unique selection of custom champagne cocktails while the kitchen serves a range of light bites. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 21:00 – 02:30, Fri – Sat 21:00 – 03:00
- Location: 5F, No. 22, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 2016 8269
Brown Sugar is one of the best high-class lounge bars in town. There is plenty of comfortable seating for dates, groups and business events, but it gets crowded very quickly from 21:00 onwards and table reservations are always required. The food on offer is very high quality and the drinks selection is expansive, with the wine being especially impressive. With live music every night from the house jazz group, this is one of the most cultured night spots in Taipei. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00
- Location: No. 101 Songren Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 8780 1110
Following a major renovation in mid-2014, Room 18 has rapidly become an extremely popular upmarket club and a firm favourite among locals and visitors in Taipei. A live DJ plays techno and R&B tracks to a large floor, usually filled with the young and fashionable party-goers of the city. There is also a separate lounge bar – 18 Lover – if you want a break from dancing. The drinks list is impressive (if a little on the expensive side) and spirit-heavy, with a broad range of whiskey and brandy. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat 22:30 – 04:30
- Location: B1, No. 22, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 5811 1188
One of the largest clubs in Taipei, Myst is found at the top of the ATT4FUN building. It has a large outdoor patio with a great view of Taipei 101, as well as four bars, private rooms, a lounge area and a waterfall. Despite a NT$700 cover charge and fairly expensive drinks, you should always expect a long line to get it – it’s just that popular! The inside is elegant and chic, with live DJs spinning mostly commercial house music from the big stage, which gets the huge floor filled up. Show dancers get the young and trendy crowd going with short demonstrations every 15 minutes.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Tue 21:00 – 02:30, Wed – Thu 22:00 – 04:00, Fri – Sat 22:00 – 04:30
- Location: 9F, No. 12, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 1143 9997
This first-class theatre presents a nightly 90-minute showcase of Taiwan’s broad and fascinating culture. Featuring aboriginal dance and music, local skills, folklore, traditional opera, martial arts displays and more, it is a highly enjoyable, educational, family-friendly performance. Taipei Eye is particularly renowned for the quality of the Beijing opera section, which is usually the focus of the second half of the show, the first half being focussed on Taiwan’s aboriginal culture. The whole show changes every three months, keeping it fresh and exciting and always worth a return visit.
- Opening Hours: Mon, Wed and Fri 20:30 – 21:30, Sat 20:00 – 21:30
- Location: No. 113, Section 2, Zhongshan N Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2568 2677
Revolver is a well-established favourite in the underground music scene in Taipei, with some of the top bands and DJs playing in a friendly rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere. Covering three floors, Revolver caters to many tastes, though the live music stage on the second floor is a particular favourite. The third-floor lounge bar and ground floor street bar are both cool places to chill out and have a drink with friends, particularly with the famously low beer prices – as mere NT$115 for a pint! There are also craft beers and imported European lagers from about NT$180.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Fri 11:00 – 03:00, Sat: 11:00 - 0500
- Location: No. 1-2, Section 1, Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng
- Tel: +886 (0)2 3393 1678
Visiting a night market may not be your first thought when it comes to planning a night out, but Taipei’s offerings are extremely popular with locals as well as tourists. Shilin Night Market, in particular, has a great deal of variety to offer. It is focussed around the Yangming Theatre and Cicheng Temple - both of which are worth visiting – and the surrounding streets are home to popular cinemas, karaoke bars and video arcades. The selection of street food available is unrivalled and is one of the main attractions of the market. If you still have energy left over after all that, you could always pick up a few bargain souvenirs, too.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
- Location: In the area of Dadong Road, Danan Road, Wenlin Road and Jihe Road, Shilin
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2882 0340
An old favourite among the expat crowd, Carnegie’s has become one of the city’s top spots for tourists, too. Born from the Hong Kong-based brand of English-style pubs, the food menu includes typical pub grub and Indian curries. The drinks menu, however, is the real highlight, featuring over 300 shooters. Cool décor, popular music choices and a lively, fun atmosphere where patrons frequently show off their dancing skills on the bar has given Carnegie’s a legendary reputation, which it well deserves.
- Opening Hours: Mon, Tue and Thu 11:30 – 02:00, Wed and Fri 11:30 – 04:00, Sat 10:30 – 04:00, Sun 10:30 – 02:00
- Location: No. 100, Section 2, Anhe Road, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2325 4433
Taipei’s first speakeasy bar recreates a 1920s American Prohibition vibe particularly well, to the extent that it even looks like an espresso bar from the outside. Pass through the ‘hidden’ door to one side, however, and you’ll find a fantastic collection of skilfully crafted cocktails. The décor is heavy on the dark woods, giving the bar a cosy, secretive feel. With a huge range of raw ingredients to work with the bartenders are the stars of the show, throwing together unique concoctions with impressive displays of skill and dexterity, as well as building the fun and friendly atmosphere.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 19:00 – 02:00
- Location: No. 40, Lane 63, Section 2, Dunhua S Road, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2708 6885
Popular with the city’s socialites and celebrities, Marquee’s elegant Victorian-era-inspired interior reflects the high-class clientele it attracts. The spacious lounge and restaurant serves up a selection of high-quality western cuisine, but the long bar with award-winning bartenders and an extensive range of premium liquors are the real attraction. Even a simple gin and tonic gets the full care and attention of master mixologists, many of whom have taken top spots in the Diageo World Class Bartending awards. Skilled house DJs make sure that the swanky club does not become too pretentious, making a cool and popular place to party.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 02:00
- Location: 1F, No. 16-1, Section 5, Xinyi Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2729 5409