The nightlife at Marco Polo Lounge TaipeiThe Taipei Nightlife Guide for Your 2018

Offering everything from wild parties to chilled lounges with live music, it is a joyful combination of the best things Taipei’s night scene has to offer. A nightlife filled with modern venues, reasonable prices, friendly people and approachable singles, all waiting for you to experience.


The Taipei nightlife scene is considered by many expats as the one of the best in all of Asia. It’s commonly said that the busy and bustling city becomes livelier after dark than it is during the day.

Ensuring that most tastes are happily accommodated for, expats will find something entertaining to see or do every evening. This includes a thriving nightclub scene, a variety of bars and pubs, lively night markets and, of course, Taiwan’s karaoke (locally known as KTV).

Here’s the guide list. Tap any from below to go straight there:

Bars and Pubs

Cocktail Bars and lounges

Nightclubs

Karaoke Bars (KTV)

Night Markets

Bars and Pubs

1. Revolver

The nightlife at Revolver outside

Revolver is a popular nightlife spot for many locals and a growing number of foreigners alike. The bar serves some of the cheapest drinks you’ll find in Taipei, at just NT$80 for a draft Taiwan Beer and highballs during the weeknight of Happy Hour from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. They also offer a range of local and imported options that appeal to a variety of tastes. It has a second floor for their live stage performances, along with a dance floor which hosts local and international underground acts.

The main bar is on the ground floor, which often gets pretty packed on weekends as the crowd spills out onto the busy sidewalk with street-side seating. It’s conveniently located nearby the C.K.S. Memorial Hall station, between the MRT exits 4 and 5.

The nightlife at Revolver Bar inside

What their nightlife reviews suggest

Revolver is commonly over crowded, you’ll quite possibly need to push yourself through the outside and inside crowds to get served at the bar. The place is very packed, but with friendly foreigners, so you are able to meet people and make a lot of new friends there. The music played is generally pretty loud which gives the alternative bar its lively atmosphere. It also caters to Taipei’s underground music scene while being surrounded by the offbeat but beautiful artwork that decorates the walls.

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Revolver Bar & Music Venue

Revolver on Facebook

Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 6:30pm – 3am

Fri – Sat: 6:30pm – 5am

Sun: 6pm – 1am

Phone: +886 (0)2 3393 1678

English Address: 1-2, sec 1, Roosevelt Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

Chinese Address: 中正區羅斯福路一段1-2號 Taipei, Taiwan 100

Closest MRT: C.K.S Memorial Hall Station – Exit 5 (green & red line)

2. The Brass Monkey

The nightlife at Brass Monkey sports bar in Fuxing

The Brass Monkey is a well renowned sports and party bar for expats in Taipei. In recent years, it has developed itself to become a spacious, Western-styled sports and dining bar offering a full restaurant menu. There are two of them in the city, located in the Fuxing and Xyni area, both having their own individual events, sports schedule and reviews. The Brass Monkey in the Fuxing area is the main and biggest branch of the two.

The popular sports bar manages to appeal to almost everyone while hosting parties and great sporting events on their surrounding large screens. You are able to enjoy craft beers on tap in addition to the usual tap beers, all whilst watching the live international sports. In fact, you are able to watch US college football playoff games, 6 Nations Rugby, Superbowl, Formula 1 Racing and the English Premiership League. The Fuxing bar also has a full-sized football table at the back, along with a pool table, all free to play!

The nightlife at Brass Monkey Sports Bar inside

Source: Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey is well known for hosting some of the best Halloween, NYE and St. Patrick’s Day parties in the city. Therefore, it’s always worth taking a look on their updated weekly schedule. The schedule shows what’s going on for each day of the week, along with what sports games will be shown on their big screens. – Note: Be sure to check both of their bar schedules at each location for the games you want to see. Also note that some games are only shown at one of their bars, or shown without sound at one of their bars.

In addition to their TV sports events, The Brass Monkey also collaborates with various local Taipei groups to host events for foreigners. For example, they host groups for foreigners to meet new like-minded friends and have language exchange sessions.

The Brass monkey has a solid selection of liquors for cocktails or straight-up. Their draft beer selection is very impressive, with eights taps of exceptional craft beer and an additional six taps of macro-brews. You can enjoy a decent happy hour from 6 to 8 pm, and it’s not too expensive afterwards. They also have a 3 beer sampler (3x 250ml) costing just NT$360.

The nightlife at Brass Monkey Bar

What their nightlife reviews suggest

The Brass Monkey makes a great place for the nightlife but it appeals more toward the older expats in Taipei.

Entering the sports bar will make you feel as if you’ve just transported straight into America, with a highly energetic party-mood atmosphere. As a matter of fact, The Brass Monkey has came a long way from the improvements made by their new management. Now managed by super helpful and attentive staff, suggests that they should be rated higher than average online. Perhaps implying their old ratings may of pulled down their score a bit.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Brass Monkey & Events

Brass Monkey on Facebook

Hours:

Sun – Weds: 5pm – 1am

Thurs: 5pm – 4am

Fri & Sat: 5pm – 2am

Phone: +886 (0)2 2547 5050

English Address: 166 Fuxing North Road, Taipei 104, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 台北市中山區復興北路166號

Closest MRT: Nanjing Fuxing Station (green & brown line)

3. On Tap

The nightlife at On Tap Entrance in Taipei

On Tap is a popular English Pub for both expats and locals alike to grab a pint in the Zhongxiao East Road area. Located in the heart of Taipei, the pub is conveniently situated between the Sun Yat-Sen and Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT. They have two floors, 2 bars and a decent-sized beer garden.

Due to its spacious floor space and many large TV screens, the British style bar is among the best places in Taipei to watch the sports, especially the Premier League and NFL games. On Tap has a variety of fun filled entertainment options for their drinkers. They have aJenga blocks that tower over 2 meters, a giant Connect 4, and of course, a standard-sized pool table and dartboards.

The nightlife at On Tap Pub in Taipei

You can enjoy On Tap’s happy hour every weeknight from 5pm to 8pm, and 11am to 8pm on weekends. Also, they offer a full range of Western drafts, including Carlsberg, San Miguel, Stella Artois, Kronenbourg Blanc, Guinness, Somersby Cider. But, be aware that On Tap tacks on an additional 10% to every bill as a service charge.

In contrast to the common trend, On Tap runs amazing daily specials each night

Monday is burger night, get a classic burger and a beer (or soft drink) for just $199, (usual price of $450).
Tuesday is pasta night, buy one get one free on all of our delicious pasta dishes all night.
Wednesday is lads night, meaning happy hour prices on beer all night.
Thursday is NT$10 chicken wings night, offering chicken wings at just NT$10 each all night, with 6 sauces to choose from.
Friday is ladies night, NT$100 cocktails for ladies all night.
Saturday is weekend madness, happy hour 11am – 8pm, brunch and live sports all weekend.
Sunday is spicy Sunday, Mexican dishes + a beer or tequila shot for $199.

The nightlife at On Tap Pub in Taipei

What their nightlife reviews suggest

Many expats totally agree that On Tap is one of the best English style pubs that you can find in Asia (outside of Hong Kong) that lives up to the common sports bar standards. The location gets praise for being in a convenient spot, and as a perfect place for some after work beers on the early evenings in their spacious beer garden patio.

The main drawback, however, is that many have stated that the drinks are slightly overpriced outside their happy hours. While the price range is essentially in line with the local area of Taipei, the beer list is fairly basic for what it’s priced at. Although their whiskeys are found them to be pretty impressive, of which, their scotch stands out and has been strongly recommended by the pub’s regular drinkers.

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On Tap & Upcoming Events

On Tap on Facebook

Hours:

Mon – Sun – 5pm until late, daily

Phone: +886 (0)2 2741 5365

English Address: No 21, Alley 11, Lane 216, Zhongxiao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 106台北市大安區忠孝東路四段216巷11弄21號

Closest MRT: Between Zhongxiao Dunhua – Exit 3 & Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall – exit 2 (blue line)

4. Carnegie’s Bar & Restaurant

The nightlife at Carnegie's Bar Restaurant in Taipei

Source: Carnegie’s

Since opening in 2001, Carnegie’s has successfully established itself as the leading western bar & restaurant that immediately became a well-known expat hangout. The bar is located within the Da’an district, which is a short walk from the Xinyi Anhe MRT station.

You’ll notice from the instruments and album covers of well-known bands decorated on their walls, that Carnegie’s lives up the 70’s spirit of Rock ‘n Roll. The spacious and authentic looking (and even smelling) bar is fully stocked with beers, wines, a huge range of cocktails, spirits and liquors. In fact, they require a ladder to reach all their behind-the-bar stock, including over 300 shooters!

The nightlife at Carnegie's Bar and Restaurant in Taipei

Source: Carnegie’s

They offer long Happy Hours from 11:30am to 9pm, and all day on Sunday. They also offer what is known as Asia’s original “Crazy Hour”, which prices their beers, house wines & standard cocktails all at NT$99 each from 6 to 7 pm. Carnegie’s also has an impressive and highly acclaimed western food menu, including a wide selection of steaks and pastas with NO 10% service charges!

Carnegie’s has ‘club’ nights on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. This is when the bar and restaurant turns into more of a rowdy nightclub, with dancers on the bar and DJs spinning discs until early in the morning. Alongside that, Wednesday is their ladies’ night, allowing women free unlimited champagne sparkling wine after 9:00pm!

On Friday & Saturday Night: it’s NT$300, which also includes one free drink after 10pm.
On Wednesday (Ladies Night): Ladies enter for Free while men pay NT$300, but get one free drink after 10pm.

The nightlife at Carnegie's Bar and Restaurant in Taipei

Source: Carnegie’s

What their nightlife reviews suggest

What makes Carnegie’s such a popular place with the long returning patrons is its ultimate nightlife that Carnegies offer on their rowdy club nights. However, many have spoken out about the NT$300 entry fees being quite steep to get in. On the upside, the fee would approximately be about $10USD, which does include a first free drink, making it not that bad of a deal at all considering it’s also in the capital city.

Although it still has a lingering reputation of having an older-male dominated environment that had once driven away much of the younger crowds in the past, Carnegie’s are starting to see those healthy crowds return with their attractive ladies’ night offers and successfully lively club nights.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Carnegie’s & Latest News

Carnegie’s on Facebook

Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 11:30am – 2am

Weds, Fri: 11:30am – 4am

Sat: 10:30am – 4am

Sun: 10:30am – 2am

Phone: +886 (0) 2 2325 4433

English Address: 100, Section 2, Anhe Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Chinese Address: 安和路二段100號1樓

Closest MRT: Xinyi Anhe – Exit 2 (red line)


Cocktail Bars and Lounges

2. Woobar

The nightlife at WooBar Cocktail Bar in Taipei

Woobar is located on the 10th floor of the W Taipei, which is just outside the Taipei City Hall Station. It also claims to deliver the most exquisite nightlife experience in Asia. The trendy cocktail and lounge bar has a poolside lounge, complete with comfortable lounge sofas. This is infused with their minimalist decor to provide you with the perfect place for a night out in Taipei. In addition to their stylish pre-club crowd on the weekends, you are always bound to find their chalkboard schedule full of nightly events.

Their skilled bartenders at Woobar mix up some of Taipei’s most innovative cocktails at the aims of pleasing everyone. What’s more, they offer a diversed range of signature drinks involving creamy chocolate, fruity and exotic flavors. Although, if you’re just looking for a beer, then they’ve also got you covered! Their menu includes a wide range of European lagers alongside Taiwan Gold Medal Beer, priced at NT$190 a bottle.

The nightlife at WooBar Outdoor Pool in Taipei

What their nightlife reviews suggest

Unlike what you’d expect at most bars in Taipei, Woobar isn’t that crowded, even for a typical Friday night. As much of this really improves the overall experience at Woobar, it maybe a result that their drinks are quite pricy and, despite being 10 floors up high, it doesn’t give much of a stunning view.

Appreciating that Woobar is affiliated with a 5-star luxury hotel, their Taiwan Gold Medal Beer is priced at a steep NT$190 for a small bottle. Despite the hefty prices of their drinks, Woobar never fails to deliver a high-class and attractive nightlife that one has come to expect from the W Hotel brand. The outdoor poolside balcony is arguably Taipei’s best place for the summer nights when you are able to relax there with a drink.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

WooBar’s Official Website

WooBar on Facebook

Hours:

Sun – Thurs: 10pm – 2am

Fri & Sat: 10pm – 3am

Phone: +886 (2) 7703 8887

English Address: 10th floor, No. 10, Sec. 5, Zhongxiao E. Rd. Taipei, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 忠孝東路5段10號

Closest MRT: Taipei City Hall Station – Exit 2 (blue line)

2. The Marco Polo Lounge

The nightlife at Marco Polo Night View of Taipei

the Marco Polo Lounge is for those that want a luxurious and relaxing evening in front of the beautiful cityscape of Taipei. It’s arguably one of Taipei’s most scenic dining spots. If you’re looking to unwind after a long week, you can enjoy the live music by their young and skilled DJs as they play every Friday and Saturday evening from 9:30pm to 12:15am. Marco Polo’s happy hour deal is a buy-one-get-one-free on selected drinks, such as NT$200 for 2 glasses of wine, or NT$150 / NT$180 for two beers. Also, happy hour runs from 6pm to 9pm (Tues – Sun).

The Lounge is on top of the Shangri-La Far Eastern Hotel, located on the 38th floor of the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel. As they are managed by a 5-star luxury hotel, smoking is not permitted in Marco Polo Lounge, and there is a dress code policy of smart casual.

You are able to sit back with a dazzling variety of drinks and cocktails, served by their friendly staff. Alongside a good assortment of wines and champagne options, they also serve Tea-infused Cocktails and whiskey getaways. If you are bringing your own bottle of alcohol, there will be a corkage fee of NT$1000 per bottle.

The nightlife at Marco Polo Lounge Cocktail Bar in Taipei

The nightlife at The Marco Polo Day View of Taipei

What their nightlife reviews suggest

Sadly, their staff and service are slow, and perhaps less professional for what you’d expect for the standards of a 5-star hotel. Despite that, they are said to be steadily improving. It is strongly suggested that you order your next drink much ahead of time while at your table. In fact, they have a good selection of wines and enjoyable cocktails at the lounge, but they are rather pricey outside their happy hour.

What really boosts (saves) their reputation, is their astounding view across Taipei, although, it’s more spectacular during the day.

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The Marco Polo Lounge

Hours:

Mon: Closed

Tues – Sun: 2:30pm – 1am

Phone: +886 (2)7711 2080

English Address: Level 38, No. 203, Section 2, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106

Chinese Address: 台北市大安區敦化南路二段203號38樓

Closest MRT: Liuzhangli Station (brown line)


Nightclubs

Some quick nightclub tips for Taipei Nightlife.

Smoking

At the time of publishing this guide, you’re currently allowed to smoke inside clubs despite the ever growing political pressure against it.

Dress codes

If in doubt, go smart casual. Even though many clubs are not that strict, it’s strongly advised that you DO NOT wear shorts or sandals.

Prices

Mixed alcoholic drinks average about NT$200, Cocktails can be typically bought for around NT$300. Depending on the club, the entrance fee will be between NT$500 and NT$1000 with one or two free drinks. As for men, they can often get free / cheap entry by showing up before 11pm, and most clubs will let in the ladies for free before 11:30pm.

ID Requirements

**Important – You should always bring an official photo ID with you, even if you look 45. As for foreigners, only a passport is accepted and the bouncers are very much likely to ask you for it. The police also do occasional ID check raids in most clubs in Taipei from time to time.

1. Babe18

The nightlife at Babe18 Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Babe 18

Babe 18 is a daughter club of Room 18, and is one of the most popular all-you-can-drink venues for the local and foreign student market. It’s located by the Neo19 complex, and it’s about an 8 minutes’ walk from the Taipei 101 MRT Station. With the highest quality alcohol, Babe 18 holds sway as one of the hottest places for the younger night lifers due to adopting the trendiest Japanese hip hop vibes.

Babe 18’s door entry schedule:

Wednesday:
Ladies: Free before 1am, NT$200 afterwards.
Men: NT$300 before 1am, NT$500 afterwards.

Thursday:
Ladies: Free before 1am, NT$200 afterwards.
Men: NT$300 before 1am, NT$500 afterwards.

Friday & Saturday:
Ladies: Free before 11:30pm, NT$400 afterwards.
Men: NT$500 before 11:30pm, NT$700 afterwards.

Sunday:
Ladies: Free before midnight, NT$200 afterwards.
Men: NT$300 before midnight, NT$500 afterwards.

The nightlife at Babe18 Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Babe 18

What their nightlife reviews suggest

Despite having a low-class reputation, Babe 18 plays pretty decent music like hip-hop and Rn’B. Also, the waiting time in the queue for entery isn’t generally that bad for a Taipei nightclub, but it’s usually packed with men. One of the reasons why people flock to this place is due to the unlimited drinks one can order. In fact, you just have to line-up and make sure you always keep your glass with you as that’s what they refill with to get your unlimited drinks.

However, As what would expect from the all-you-can-drink club, you are quite likely to see a few people passed out during your night there. If you’re looking to party it hard and get messed up while you dance the night away to oblivion, then it’s not a bad place to go. It is suggested that the best night is on Sunday as the other clubs are closed.

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Babe18 on Facebook

Hours:

Weds – Sun: 10pm – 4am

Closed on: Mon – Tues

(If special events arise, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly, so please check their Facebook events schedule).

Phone: +886 (0)930 785 018

English Address: B1, No.18, Songshou Rd, Xinyi Dist, Taipei 110, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 信義區松壽路18號b1 Taipei, Taiwan 110

Closest MRT: Taipei 101 – Exit 4 (red line)

2. Triangle

The nightlife at Triangle Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Triangle

If you’re unsatisfied with the standard Xinyi clubbing scene, and prefer something more alternative, then Triangle is exactly what you’re looking for. The club is located in the Yuanshan Flora Expo Park, placing it far away from most other nightlife destinations in the city. Rest assured though, it’s easily accessible on the Yuanshan MRT Station, and let’s face it, the taxi fares in Taipei aren’t that bad after midnight when the MRT closes.

Triangle takes its name from the physical shape of the club, despite being relatively small by Taipei club standards, Triangle boasts the vibe or an industrial warehouse club. Triangle’s small size also makes it an excellent intimate venue for DJ’s, which is why the music at Triangle is worth going out of your way to pay it a visit. As for the drinks, they are a fully stocked bar that offers all types of highballs and cocktails at very reasonable prices. However, their beer selection is limited to macro lagers.

The nightlife at Triangle Nightclub in Taipei

Source: Triangle

What their nightlife reviews suggest

Triangle is seen as a very foreigner friendly spot within the Taipei nightclub scene. In fact, a lot of the hard work has gone into the club to attract a large range of niche groups. Also, it holds a respectable reputation with students, foreigners and the rest of the younger generations.

With a combination of reasonably priced drinks and the place not being that big, the dance floor is pretty lively most of the time. It’s also known as the go-to after party spot for most foreigner-targeted events such as summer pool parties and Halloween.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Triangle on Facebook

Hours:

Mon – Tues: Closed

Weds & Thurs: 8pm – 2am

Fri: 8pm – 4am

Sat: 3pm – 4am

Sun: Closed

Phone: +886 (0) 970 397 200

English Address: No. 1, Yumen St, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104

Chinese Address: 104台灣台北市中山區玉門街1號花博公園

Closest MRT: Yuanshan Station – Exit 1 (red line)

3. OMNI

The nightlife at ONMI Nightclub in Taipei

Source: OMNI

OMNI took over the once most renowned nightclub in all of Taipei, Luxy. In their aims to live up to their predecessor nightclub, OMNI had renovated the club with plenty of lasers, fog to give you an impressive and blown away clubbing experience. They also installed an award-winning design 360° LCD panel that circulates the dancefloor. The club expanded to a second floor to include a lounge area to provide space for those looking for a break from the intense and pulsating dance floor madness. The music the club usually plays is EDM, trance, hip hop or house. As for their DJs, they’ve previously had guests from the DJ Mag Top 100!

The entry fee is free for ladies on Wednesday nights, and Men can expect to pay an average of NT$800 at the doors. On weekends, women pay NT$800, and men are expected to pay a whopping NT$1000 at the doors. Note that prices are expected to increase for their special occasions and events.

The nightlife at ONMI Nightclub in Taipei

Source: OMNI

What their nightlife reviews suggest

The obvious must be expressed, the city’s leading nightclub with an extravagant lighting and visuals system won’t cater to those on a budgeted night out – So, yeah, OMNI is far from cheap. If OMNI is in your plans for a clubbing night out, it is suggested to go with many friends, and, if you don’t mind spending a few hundred US dollars for the night.

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OMNI Official Website

OMNI on Facebook

Hours:

Weds: 10:30pm – 4:30am

Fri & Sat: 10:30pm – 4:30am

Phone: +886 (0) 2 2772 1000

English Address: 5F, No. 201, Sec. 4, Chung Hsiao East Road, Taipei, Taiwan

Chinese Address: 台北市忠孝東路四段201號5樓

Closest MRT: Zhongxiao Dunhua – Exit 1 (blue line)


Karaoke Bars (KTV)

The Taiwanese karaoke is quite different to what you’re used to in the Western world. Karaoke houses give you and your group of friends a private room with an unexpectedly awesome stereo system. You can sing from a selection of songs, order drinks and food, and even add time to your booth (usually by the hour) to your heart’s delight.

1. Party World

The nightlife at Party World KTV in Taipei

Party World, also known by its official name, CashBox, is a chain of karaokes offering private room rentals in Taipei. There are two main branches in Taipei, the original branch is in the Ximending District, at the Dunnan Store (Dunhua South Road), and the other is in the Da’an District, nearby the SOGO mall. Party World are pretty much the dominant player within the popular KTV scene, with the other smaller competing players being New CB Party and Holiday KTV. However, they are less foreign friendly, and mostly play Taiwanese / mandarin songs.

The rates can vary between each branch, with weekend prices costing approximately NT$400 per person for three hours of singing. Also, you are able to order more time, drinks and food from your KTV booth by a touch screen computer.

The nightlife at Party World KTV in Taipei

What their nightlife reviews suggest

KTV is exceptionally good value for money, you would most likely get your very own private washroom! It doesn’t end there, the alcohol is also cheap which is why many party goers use this advantage to pre-drink here before a night out on the town, or even to carry on the party post-clubbing.

Many expats have a lot of fun with friends here as they compliment how the rooms are very spacious and clean, and how the sound system is easy to use. The only issue you’ll find with Party World, is that they still strongly target the Taiwanese market, meaning not all of their karaoke systems will have a full English translation. To make matters slightly wore, most of the English songs are said to be quite outdated!

Although they are leaders in the KTV market for Taiwan, Party World are increasingly developing this market for foreigners. Nevertheless, an increasing amount of only English speaking groups do go here and have a great time.

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Party World’s Website

Party World on Facebook

Hours:

24 hours, daily

Phone: +886 (2) 2361 9898

English Address: No. 55, Section 1, Zhonghua Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, 100

Chinese Address: 台北市中華路一段55號(中華路衡陽路口; 捷運西門站4號出口)

Closest MRTs:

Zhongxiao Branch (SOGO): Zhongxiao Fuxing Station – Exit 3 (blue & brown line)

ZhongHua Branch: Ximen Station – Exit 5 (blue & green line)


Night Markets

The Taipei nightlife doesn’t just end at the clubs and bars, as the best quality of the night scene can be found at Taiwan’s iconic night markets.

The Taiwanese have a penchant for snacking and a desire to eat with friends all night long. So, to get a real Taiwanese nightlife experience, skip the high priced and unhealthy and Western influenced convenience stores, and head out on the town for a night market excursion at these must-visit night spots in Taipei!

1. Shilin Night Market

The nightlife at The Shilin Night Market in Taipei

The Shilin Night Market in Taipei is one of the largest and most popular night markets in Taiwan. The night market is located in Taipei’s Shilin District, a mere 70 meters from the MRT Jiantan Station, between Dadong Rd, Danan Rd, Wenlin Rd, and Jihe Rd.

It surrounds itself with a variety of local, traditional, and international merchandise that attract a lot of locals and foreigners alike. What’s more,The Shilin Night Market showcases Taiwan’s nightlife culture with vivid colors along with a friendly atmosphere. You’ll find friendly vendors offering food for you to taste to prove its deliciousness.

The nightlife at The Shilin Night Market in Taipei

Many of Taiwan’s traditional foods are found and bought for reasonable prices from the tourist-friendly locals. Many are eager to let you sample a taste of the unique flavours of their traditional recipes. You find such delicacies as Giant Fried Chicken SteakTempuraBubble TeaOyster Vermicelli Oyster OmeletteFried Buns and the most notorious Taiwanese goodie, Stinky Tofu.

In addition from the food vendors, there is an actual food court in the basement floor (B1), under the carnival area where there are as many as 94 food vendors offering wide selections of Taiwan snacks. What’s more, there’s also a carnival-like area where kids can play games and win prizes.

What their nightlife reviews suggest

If you only have time to go to one night market, we strongly consider the one in Shilin. The food and souvenirs are likely to be cheaper than the other night markets as it’s the largest night market in the whole of Taipei. In fact, many expats advise to go back again and again to truly get the most out of Shilin as you simply can’t enjoy all that it offers in one trip.

Although the market usually begins bursting with activity every day in the late evening, it doesn’t stop until past midnight. Most food vendors will have left by midnight, so if you want to get a taste of this unique dish, you need to get there early!

Many claim that shopping is much cheaper than the markets in Ximending. Moreover, the merchandise quality is pretty much the same everywhere else. This night market is one of Taipei’s top attractions that is definitely worth visiting when you are in the city.

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Hours:

Mon – Sun: 3pm – 1am

Phone: +886 (0) 2 2881 5557

English Address: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City, 111

Chinese Address: 台北市士林區基河路101號

Closest MRT: Jiantan Station – Exit 3 (red line)

2. Raohe Night Market

The nightlife at The Raohe Night Market in Taipei

The Raohe street night market is arguably Taipei’s second best night market after Shilin. Raohe is one of the oldest night markets in the city. In fact, it makes visiting this night market an ideal must visit destination for that authentic Taiwanese experience. The bustling market is a stone’s throw away from the Songshan MRT Station, hence making it an easily accessible attraction.

Without a doubt, Raohe predominantly sells Taiwanese and other Asian delicacies like rice noodles and seafood. But that’s not all, you can also expect some Western-inspired dishes such as baked pastries and French tarts.

You are able to browse in the quaint shops and stalls, and play carnival games to win prizes. The market is a long street with two walking lanes going in a single direction that U-turns at each end. Each side has food vendors and storefronts of merchandise. The sitting areas are in the center of the market where visitors can rest and eat as crowds pass by.

The nightlife at The Raohe Night Market in Taipei

What their nightlife reviews suggest

Raohe is another famous night market in Taipei, and it’s hugy popular with foreigners and locals. In fact, Raohe brings in pretty large crowds on the weekends and holidays after 5pm. We therefore advised you to avoid those days if possible.

In any case, The Raohe Night Market is truly a vibrant place with lots of energy, and it should be on everyone’s to do list!

Check out what others are saying about it on TripAdvisor.

Hours:

Mon – Sun: 4pm – 12am

English Address: Raohe Street, Songshan District, Taipei City, 105

Chinese Address: 台北市松山區饒河街

Closest MRT: Songshan Station – Exit 3 (green line)

Updated: January 2, 2018 – Taipei.Expats

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