The 10 Best Bars In Wanhua, Taiwan

Helen Randall

In Wanhua, the bars are its main attractions. If you’re on the West side of town and craving a drink, check out our top recommendations for the very best the Wanhua night scene has to offer. Most of the bars are gathered in one area, near Ximen station, just behind the Red House Theater.

Bear Bar Entrance

Bear Bar

Bear Bar is a gay bar, for bears. If the word bear conjures up images of Alaska or Winnie the Pooh, then think again. In the gay community, a ‘bear’ refers to a large, husky man with a lot of body hair. A good party atmosphere and very welcoming staff and clientele can be found at Bear Bar.

27 Lane 10 Chengdu Road, Wanhua, Taipei, +886 2 237 04 125

1. Nakhla Shisha

Bar, Restaurant, Taiwanese, European, Asian

Hookah Pipes
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This Arabian restaurant and bar spreads over several floors and serves great Thai fare, but the real appeal comes from the extensive hookah flavors paired with the sumptuous setting and long drinks menu. As well as staple beers and wines, Nakhla Shisha has a large-sized cocktail list with tempting drinks, such as their midori honeydew concoction or cassis and grapefruit.

2. Cafe Dalida

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Taiwanese, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Hanging plants
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Cafe Dalida is an open front bar, decorated with hanging plants and a large patio which altogether create a somewhat continental scene. Therefore Cafe Dalida has a slightly more low-key vibe compared to the other bars in this area. Food is available but not just the typically underwhelming bar snacks offered elsewhere; here, you can have fresh pizza brought directly in from the popular Taipei pizza restaurant, Alleycat’s, just next door.

Ximen Jimmy

This trendy little Japanese restaurant and bar is nestled in the maze of hipster lanes that make up the trendiest part of Wanhua. The food menu is lengthy and features high-quality food. There’s a great selection of Japanese and other alcoholic beverages. Here, customers can start or finish their nights with some Japanese whiskey and sake, set in a funky, yet relaxed setting. Look out for the sign which is only written in Chinese: 西門靖 .

122 Wucheng Street Section 2, Wanhua, +886 2 238 88 876


3. Sol Bar

Bar, Taiwanese, Wine, Beer, Cocktails

Courtesy of Sol Bar
This gay and mixed bar lies in the vicinity of the Red House Theater, just a few minutes walk around the corner from the main drag area. Sol presents a more artsy facade and customers can enjoy tapas or pizza on the terrace. This is a great bar for a romantic meal followed by drinks.

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