In years gone by, Tianmu was thought of as the expat district in Taipei, and as such there was always a wide range of pubs and bars to cater to the community. These days, while it’s not the expat haven it once was, there are still plenty of places to enjoy a nice cool drink in the heat of Taipei. Here are seven of the best.
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Formerly the legendary Green Bar, this bar is the place in Tianmu to catch some sports on the big screen. They cover most of the major sporting events, but it’s the craft beers and great food that makes this place so popular. It should come as no real surprise that a bar named Patio84 has a covered patio, which is great for the warm weather. There’s even a heater if the weather ever (it rarely does) get chilly.
To call this place eclectic would be an understatement yet there’s no other word that accurately describes Kidsorrow. From the kitsch décor to the enthusiastic owner and staff, this place is truly one of a kind. They pride themselves here on their selection of beers, so for those beer connoisseurs out there, this place is a must on any night out in Tianmu.
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Live sports, draft beers, bottled craft beers and of course cocktails – lots and lots of cocktails. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Hangout Cocktail Bar specializes in both signature and regular mixed drinks, and does so with great pride. Some very slick modern décor and extremely professional staff make for a perfect combination that has cocktail lovers flocking to this place in droves.
One of the liveliest and most popular bars in the neighborhood is, without a doubt, Club 49. Pumping music and a decent selection of cocktails make this place an ideal late night stop, especially for a few drinks after having some pizza in Alleycats next door. The crowd is young and energetic, and definitely party-minded.
Beer and sports go hand in hand at this small bar that has a lively atmosphere. Irene’s Lounge has an extensive drinks menu, a plethora of TVs and, of course, a pool table. There’s not much more you can ask for from a bar that stays open into the early hours of the morning. It’s an overall great place with a friendly vibe.
What you might call a small hole-in-the-wall bar, Holy Day Bar is ideal for those that enjoy a good Scotch or Bourbon in relaxing surroundings. The owners know their spirits, and the selection behind the bar is not the usual run of the mill bottles of whiskey. Expect to find a few rarities on the menu, and even a good selection of bottled craft beers.
Eddy’s Cantina is a restaurant that has become one of the best places in the neighborhood to get some authentic Mexican food, while enjoying some sports on the big screen. Even though it has more of a restaurant feel to it than a bar, it’s still a great place to relax with a few drinks. They also have locally brewed craft beer on tap, and offer specials from time to time.