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Taipei Nightlife

Taipei’s nightlife has changed quite a bit over the past 20 years, and continues to change at a fairly rapid pace. Taipei has four main areas of night time activity, with each having quite a different flavour:

 

- Shida Road and Nat’l Taiwan University area

- Xinyi District

- Anho Road

- Shuang Cheng St. (aka “The Combat Zone”)

- Other venues

Regardless of where you might go, please remember not to drink and drive. Take a taxi if you’re going to drink. Taxis are inexpensive and widely available.

Shida Road and Nat’l Taiwan University area

This area benefits from its proximity to two major universities - National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Taiwan Normal University (“Shida” in Chinese). The Shida Night Market is one of the most crowded and active in the city. In terms of pubs, they tend to be relatively small and informal, but can be a good place for people watching and has an active vibe. Prices tend to be reasonable. (More)

Xinyi District

Ooh la la. This is the relatively new “clubbing” district in a newer part of town. The venues are a bit far apart, and not always easy to find, but this is where the beautiful people go, and those who want to have a gander at the beautiful people therein. Not very cheap, and a little inconvenient, but this is where the “upscale” end of Taipei nightlife is migrating. (More)

An Ho Road Area (between Xinyi and Hoping)

The number of pubs and bars in this area has dwindled a bit in recent years, but it remains home to two popular bars - Carnegies and Saints & Sinners, as well as several smaller pubs. An Ho is an interesting street to walk along, and it’s an area that’s easier to navigate than the previous two. Low stress. (More)

Shuang Cheng St. (aka “the Combat Zone”)

The Shuang Cheng area’s hay days began in the 1970s when it was an R&R area for soldiers in the Vietnam War (one reason behind the moniker “Combat Zone”). The peak period was the 1980s through mid-1990s, with foreign businessmen and local expats providing the main fuel for business. Since then it’s been on a steady decline, but it retains some of the interesting grittiness of the old days. (More)  

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