For those who love to party, Taipei in Taiwan is full of handcrafted cocktail bars, dance clubs, ex-pat hangouts and karaoke venues. If you’re a visitor, find a quiet hotel in Taipei to sleep during the day and add some after-dark experiences to your itinerary, as the city is known for being one of the best cities in the world for nightlife. To help you experience the best the city has to offer, here is a guide to Taipei’s nightlife.

For those who love to party, Taipei in Taiwan is full of handcrafted cocktail bars, dance clubs, ex-pat hangouts and karaoke venues. If you’re a visitor, find a quiet hotel in Taipei to sleep during the day and add some after-dark experiences to your itinerary, as the city is known for being one of the best cities in the world for nightlife. To help you experience the best the city has to offer, here is a guide to Taipei’s nightlife.

Ounce

Ounce, Taipei
Photo: Ounce, Taipei / Facebook

Taipei’s hot new speakeasy, you’ll need to do a bit of detective work to figure out how to get into the underground establishment. Your taxi driver will drop you off in front of Relax Coffee Shop, which will all make sense later. Once inside, the barista will point you in the direction of a bare wooden wall. If you’re like me, you’ll try everything to open the wall, pulling at floor boards and wall tiles. Hint: The answer lies in the artwork, although even knowing this you’ll still need to solve the puzzle. It’s worth the work, though, as once you enter you’ll step into an authentic western-style speakeasy. There is no menu, and bartenders craft well-balanced cocktails using quality product based on what you tell them about yourself. Best of all, Ounce carries many labels not found anywhere else in the city.

Trio

Trio Cafe, Taipei
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For those who love custom cocktails based on your personal preference, Trio is a top choice and less than a two minute walk from Ounce, meaning you can explore Taipei’s handcrafted cocktail culture in one trip. Although Trio is upscale it still has a cozy cafe feel to it. Mixologists serve craft cocktails on two floors, and there is no menu to order from, as staff enjoy getting creative and trying new things, turning drink making into an art.

Spark

Spark, Taipei
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For those looking for a dance club experience, Spark 101 is one of your top choices in Taipei. Located in the basement of the famous Taipei 101 — the tallest and largest green building in the world and the planet’s second-largest building in general — the venue plays a mix of house, hip hop, R&B and electronic. Best of all, even when it’s crowded there always seems to be room to dance. The crowd is chic and the decor is elegant with live video mixing visuals and a light-up ceiling add an energy to the interior.

Luxy

Luxy, Taipei
Photo: Luxy

If you’re looking for a fun expat bar, Luxy is a great option. The city’s oldest and most famous club, Luxy is most known for their ability to bring in big-name performers like Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, LMFAO, Flo Rida, Armin Van Buuren and more. Moreover, their beautiful shot girls and dancing Luxy Girls enhance the experience. The decor is contemporary, spread out over two floors and three separate areas for hip hop, electronic and a lounge area.  Tip: Get there before 11pm for reduced admission.

PARTYWORLD

PARTYWORLD, Taipei
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For those who want an authentic Asian karaoke experience (called KTV in Taiwan), PARTYWORLD has locations all over the city. This upscale venue is open 24/7 and serves an all-you-can-eat buffet until midnight. There are several private rooms where you and your friends can sing your heart out without having to worry about your voice being judged by strangers. Song lists come in English, Chinese and Japanese.

Woo Bar

Woo Bar, Taipei
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Located at the top of W Taipei Hotel, Woo Bar is the place to see and be seen. While during the day the venue is a swanky lounge, after dark it transforms into a night club with DJs playing electronic and trance music. They offer an extensive selection of spirits and an array of creative cocktails. Try the “Dessert,” concocted with whipped chocolate vanilla vodka, housemade vanilla-infused vodka and premium chocolate creme, or the “Wonderful Cosmopolitan” crafted with housemade citrus-infused vodka, orange liqueur, fresh lime, cranberry juice and a cotton candy topping. In addition to making delicious and strong cocktails, their fries with truffle aioli are a winner as is their WOOBURGER featuring Wagyu beef, foie gras, melted Tallegio and smoked salmon with grapefruit confit and eggplant caviar. At night, enjoy poolside aerial views of the city lit up and twinkling.

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Nightlife Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

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