What to Do & Where to Go at Night in Taipei
Nightlife in Taipei is so busy and bustling that the city is almost livelier after dark than during the day! There is a lot to choose from, ensuring that most tastes are accommodated and most visitors will find something entertaining to see or do every evening. This includes a thriving nightclub scene, a variety of bars and pubs, cultural theatre, countless night markets and Taiwan’s favourite pastime – karaoke (or KTV, as it is locally known).
Taipei nightlife is, to some extent, distinct in each district. Xinyi is the heart of the club scene, for example, while Ximending is home to a choice of more traditional experiences including top markets and theatres. Daan has the best of the speakeasy style bars while Zhongshan is known to have the largest pub scene. Check out the lists and pages below, which are sorted by area and highlight the real must-see places to visit in Taipei when the sun goes down.Read More
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This is a student hangout and because it is located near the Taiwan National University it attracts a huge crowd. This club offers inexpensive drinks and happy hours every night. Another advantage is that it has no dress code, and no cover charge.
- Location: 2nd Floor, 45, Hoping East Road Section 1, Taipei City
- Tel: +886-2 2321-2140
One of the most popular places to go on a Sunday night - mostly for the fact that the cover price pays for an all-night full open bar – Babe 18 the little sister of Room 18. Its name describes it perfectly, with the vast majority of the patrons being around that age and the venue being designed to appeal to the younger audience. A relatively small, one-room club, the dancefloor is a reasonable size and the DJ keeps it filled with commercial house, with demonstration dancers leading the way. Queues to get in can be long and the budget booze (entry fee varies around the NT$500 mark, depending on the night) means the atmosphere can be spoiled if the kids don’t pace themselves properly.
- Opening Hours: Wed – Sun 22:00 – 04:00
- Location: B1, No. 22, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 3078 5018
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
Beer & Cheese Social House
It’s not difficult to imagine what Beer & Cheese Social House specialises in. With a great convivial atmosphere in an industrial-style setting, they serve up a wide range of unusual craft beers, such as Lemon Tea Beer, Tankhouse Ale and many more. These are often served paired with flavoursome cheeses, though you can also ask for simpler cuisine like grilled cheese sandwiches or cheesy nachos. The place has a hipster vibe and is particularly popular with English-speaking students in Taipei.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 18:00 – 01:00, Fri – Sat 18:00 – 03:00, Sun 12:00 – 01:00
- Location: No. 169, Jianguo S. Road, Section 2, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)9 1654 9373
Blue Note is a very popular music venue. It offers many live jazz bands and is conveniently located in the Shi Da University area, close to the Shi Da night market and a number of bars and cafes. It is not as large as the Hard Rock Café, so it is advisable to get in here on time and grab a table. The interior is cozy and comfortable, while the music is hot.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 01:00, Performance times: 21:30 – 24:00
- Location: 171, Luo Xi Fu Rd. Sec.3 4F
- Tel: +886-2 2362-2333
- Price Range: weekdays- min. 250NT per person, weekends and holidays- cover fee 300NT (includes one drink)
Formerly named Club Wax, Box has a new and bright look on the outside, with a gritty, simple décor inside. Being close to Shida University and playing hip hop and R&B, it has a young crowd of students and expats, including appropriately themed nights (Student Party Fridays and Foreigner Wednesdays, with discounts if you bring appropriate ID). As with many clubs in Taipei, the cover charge (NT$600 for men and NT$350 for women) pays for all you can drink. Lacking the posh décor of the Xinyi clubs, it is more approachable and friendly, particularly given that the venue is smaller than many, giving it an intimate feel.
- Opening Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat 22:30 – 05:00
- Location: B1, No. 67, Section 2, Roosevelt Road, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 3365 3041
The Brass Monkey
Styled along the lines of a western (particularly American) sports bar, The Brass Monkey is well-liked among the city’s expat crowd, but draws a mixed and lively bunch. The place is popular for its numerous flat-screen televisions showing major sporting events from around the world, as well as fussball tables, dart boards and fairly cheap drinks. The quiz nights are fun, the DJs keep up a lively vibe and the owners are friendly and popular, keeping the place pretty busy most nights.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – late
- Location: No. 166, Fuxing N Road, Zhongshan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2547 5050
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
Carnegie’s Bar & Restaurant
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
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
Opening in January 2015, Elektro made a big splash when it hit the Taipei club scene. As the successor to much-loved Spark club, it had some big shoes to fill and managed it well, appealing to the same EDM-loving crowd. Even with a big room with simple décor, the place is often packed with fun-loving your clubbers, with big-name DJs gracing the stage most weeks. Elektro is two floors below Club Myst and shares a similar view through the windows which make up one wall. It also shares the high cover charge and drinks prices, but the fact that the dance floor is frequently packed proves its popularity.
- Opening Hours: Wed – Thu 22:00 – 03:30, Fri - Sat 22:00 – 04:30
- Location: 7F, No. 12, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 7737 9887
Hard Rock Café
Famous worldwide, Hard Rock Café Taipei is one of the most spacious and roomy Hard Rocks. The café is very spacious and doesn’t feel crowded even when jammed packed.
- Location: Basement 100, Tun Hua North Road, in the Asia World Hotel.
Run by the team behind Club Myst (and located in the same building), Hive Club has some really innovative features, including a small bar in the large elevator which takes you up to the club, ‘all you can drink tables’ (available from NT$2,000 for eight people) and the largest number of podium and show dancers of any club in Taipei. The honeycomb theme suggested by the name is carried onto the spacious dancefloor and parts of the décor. The hip hop music brings a mostly local crowd, many invited via Club Myst. With the average age range being around the mid-20s and over, it is a good place for the more experienced party animal.
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 22:00 – 04:00
- Location: 7F, No. 12, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 1143 9897
In the basement of the Neo19 building, Lava calls itself the ‘ultimate party place and night club’. Sure enough, it is another close contender for the top spot on our list and has a funky, colourful décor, with lightshows coming from the bar, stage, walls and floor. DJs spin a range of progressive house and R&B, attracting the young and trendy crowd. Its popularity means that the queue to get in can be pretty long, particularly since many people refuse to leave until closing time once they’re inside. It is particularly popular on Sunday, when your entry fee (NT$700 for guys, NT$400 for girls) includes an all-night open bar.
- Opening Hours: Wed – Sun 22:00 – 04:00
- Location: B1, No. 110, Songshou Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 3389 3189
Taipei’s top Latin music nightspot is particularly popular with expats and international students. The music style includes salsa, jazz and Caribbean alongside electro, pop and hip hop. The entry fee, which is usually low for a Xinyi club (around NT$300) covers all you can drink and there are lots of special party nights, with bonus discounts and drinks and special prizes if you bring the right kind of ID or dress right. A fun and lively place, it often has a long queue outside, in spite of its very late opening time, and attracts a very wide age range.
- Opening Hours: Fri - Sat 23:00 – 05:30
- Location: 3F, No. 456, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 1751 8822
Marquee Restaurant & Lounge
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
Founded in 1975, My Place was the first pub founded in Taiwan. This pub is styled in the traditional English way, and is still going strong.
It is one of the finest hangouts in the ‘Combat Zone’ situated just behind the Imperial Hotel. Cozy and good for a drink, it’s also a good starting place for visiting the other bars within crawling distance. Another positive feature is the moderately-priced draught beer. Besides excellent grub and beer the place has a pool table, a 100-inch plasma T.V.
The staff is very friendly and it’s a good place to go with friends.
- Opening Hours: 18:30 - 21:30
- Location: 3-1 Lane 32, Shuang Cheng Street, Taipei City
- Tel: +886-2 2591-4269
Rising from the ashes of the extremely popular Luxy Nightclub, OMNI has a funky - almost Tron-like – look with exotic show dancers, a cool young crowd and hot contemporary music. Being owned by the prominent LOOP Productions, it is sure to attract big-name DJs and be the home of some huge parties. However, as it only opened relatively recently (May 2015), it has yet to build up the reputation of the club it is replacing, though it is likely to become a fundamental feature of the Taipei nightlife soon.
- Opening Hours: Wed, Fri and Sat 22:30 – 04:30
- Location: 5F, No. 201, Section 4, Zhongxiao E. Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 8380 3388
Boldly claiming to be ‘Taipei’s Only Real Pub’, On Tap is a detailed recreation of the British-style drinking spot, to the extent that the logo resembles a London Underground sign. A popular place for watching and even taking part in live sports, it is the home of a darts league and several amateur football teams. Popular with the expat community, it has a very social, friendly atmosphere and, as you would expect, European draft beers, first-rate pub grub, a pool table and regular popular party nights.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - late
- Location: No. 21, Alley 11, Lane 216, Zhongxiao E. Road, Daan
- Tel: +886 (0)2 2741 5365
The Opium Den has developed into one of the best clubs in the city and has become one of the places where you have to wait up in a queue to get in on a busy night. It is the watering hole for the sophisticated business people and is particularly crowded at weekends. Mostly frequented by customers over 30 years of age, the Opium Den is the place to be seen in Taipei.
- Location: Basement, 32 Jen Ai Road Section 3, Taipei City
- Tel: +886-2 2705-8922
OTS Chess Club
Much more intimate and exclusive than other venues in Taipei, Chess Club is a relatively small place, but makes up for its size with its sophisticated modern style and creative use of space. As you’d expect from its name, it has a classy monochrome décor. This is one of the best places in Taipei to hear trap and hip-hop. Some consider this more of an after-party venue than the sort of place you start your night, but attracts a friendly crowd to its laidback atmosphere (albeit one that has a dress-code and expects you to behave yourself). The crowd at OTS Chess Club consists of models, celebrities and business folk.
- Opening Hours: Wed 22:00 – 03:00, Fri - Sat 22:00 – 05:00
- Location: 2F, No. 297, Section 5, Zhongxiao E. Road, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)9 0578 8321
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
Plush, as the name says, is associated with luxury and comfort. So if you are a person who cares about the ambience and food Plush is for you. This place has private dining tables for the customers and good music.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 (dining), 21:00 – 04:00 (club)
- Location: 138, BaDer Rd., Sec. 4, 12F Taipei
- Tel: +886-2 3762-1600
- Price Range: Minimum NT$350 weekdays, NT$700 weekends and holidays. Lounge reservation required.
This is a good pub, with lots of space and good pub grub. Foreign businessmen feel comfortable here, as all the staff speak English, thus removing the language barrier.
- Location: 1st Floor, 78 Tien Mu East Road Shih Lin District, Taipei City
- Tel: +886-2 2874-0631
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
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
Shilin Night Market
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
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
TU is all about small, smoky, close quarters. This prolific bar is situated opposite the Howard Plaza Hotel. The place is full of young folks grooving to the good music.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 24:00
- Location: Basement 249 Fushing North Road Section 1, Taipei City
- Tel: +886-2 2704-7290
Taipei’s rainy weather means that the skyscraper-studded horizon does not feature many rooftop pools and bars. Woo Bar, on top of the W Taipei hotel, is practically the only one and is a popular party place as a result. The home of regular pool parties, Woo Bar features a modern, colourful style, with a number of signature fruity drinks including citrus-infused vodka. The food offerings are likewise unique and include vanilla vodka with premium chocolate crème. The poolside location gives the place a laidback tropical atmosphere in the middle of the city.
- Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 10:00 – 02:00, Fri – Sat 10:00 – 03:00
- Location: No. 10, Zhongxiao E. Road, Section 5, Xinyi
- Tel: +886 (0)2 7703 8887
Ziga Zaga is one of the restaurants of Hotel Hyatt and attracts an elite crowd. When the disc jockey takes over at 22:00, the place just rocks yet customers over 40 can still feel comfortable here, as the crowd is mixed. The place is a little expensive but again it is meant for a particular class of people. This bistro has a classic cocktail menu and excels in Italian cuisine.
- Location: 2nd Floor, Grand Hyatt Hotel 2, Sung Sho Road, Taipei City
- Tel: +886-2 2720-1200 ext. 3288