Situated in northern Taiwan, Taipei attracts visitors with its ample shopping, restaurants, and cultural attractions. This city offers remarkable nightlife and exceptional bars that cater to different tastes and preferences. From trendy speakeasies to rooftop marvels with breathtaking views, read on for our list of Taipei’s top bars.
1001 Nights Hookah Lounge Bar
As one of Taipei’s most popular shisha hotspots, 1001 Nights Hookah Lounge is a smart choice for a night out on the town. In addition to high-quality Middle Eastern tobacco, guests can also enjoy dinner and drinks. The lounge’s menu features Persian food, as well as cocktails and beer. Each night includes a variety of performances such as belly dancers, tabla drummers, and international singers. Once the DJ arrives, guests can hit the dance floor in-between drinks and shisha. With such a fun and vibrant atmosphere, this lounge is a worth a visit.
Guests at Fourplay won’t have to bother with a menu, because there isn’t one. Rather than choose from a set list of drinks, thirsty travelers can simply tell the bartender what they’re in the mood for and then receive a drink fitting their tastes. The bartenders are true mixologists, crafting playful, colorful cocktails that make the bar more of an experience than a simple watering hole. While tables and booths are available, guests can opt for bar seating to watch the mixing in action.
Hidden away in an alley in Daan District, Wootp exudes classy, old-world charm. With wooden decor, comfy armchairs, and inviting sofas, the bar is a draw for the artsy and hipster crowds. Behind the sleek copper bar, bartenders whip up an array of cocktails from beloved classics to more inventive creations. Guests feeling peckish can order from the food menu, with options mostly including pastas, burgers, and sandwiches. The bar also offers a sweet range of desserts like cheesecake and apple pie topped with ice cream.
With a reputation as Taipei’s first speakeasy-style bar, Ounce is a sophisticated choice for a night out. Dim lighting and dark wood lend the place a quiet elegance, but it’s the bar’s secret entrance inside an inconspicuous cafe that gives it an air of secrecy. Guests can enjoy their drinks at tables or along the polished bar, where bartenders mix up cocktails using high quality spirits. Ounce prides itself on serving handcrafted drinks that are perfected through finesse, precision and skill, and seeks to educate guests on the art of the cocktail making.
A quiet night out can be found at MoD, a casual bar with low-lighting and soft music flowing throughout. MoD is a top pick for handcrafted drinks, with the shelves behind the bar lined with high-quality spirits. The bar is especially known for its excellent scotch, with bartenders inspired by the technique made famous by Japanese scotch bars. Staff members are knowledgeable and can offer suggestions for guests who are unsure about what to order. For a night out with quality drinks, a visit to MoD will be sure to impress.
Though Mono Mono may be easily overlooked based on its unassuming exterior, visitors will be pleased they gave it a chance once they’ve made it inside. Dim lighting and inviting sofas give the space an intimate atmosphere where groups of friends can lounge or couples can chat quietly. In addition to cocktails and shots, the bar also offers late-night dining. The menu features appetizers such as poached octopus and sautéed duck breast. Entree options include grilled rib-eye steak, pasta with scallops, and salmon steak.
Perched on the fifth floor of the NEO19 shopping center, Barcode serves up more than just classy cocktails. From the sofas scattered along the bar’s balcony, guests can enjoy fresh air and excellent views of the city below. Barcode’s atmosphere is chic, with dim lighting and lounge-style seating, as well as a pool tables where guests can test their skill in-between drinks.
Travelers seeking beer over cocktails should head over to On Tap in Daan District. The bar calls itself ‘Taipei’s Only Real Pub’ and offers a more casual alternative to the upscale lounge bars scattered throughout the city. As its name suggests, the pub offers a wide selection of beers, as well cocktails and shots. Drink options aside, hungry visitors can also indulge in one of the many menu items. From baked potatoes and pastas to pitas and Mexican dishes, diners have their pick of tasty food. On Tap’s sports-bar atmosphere and wide range of drink and food options make it a great place to chill with friends.
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