Taipei Nightlife: Best Bars, Nightclubs, & Attractions

This is an overview of Taipei’s nightlife. I’ll talk about the best things to do, different places to check out, and where to stay to have the best nightlife experience possible.

I’ve lived around Taipei for more than 5 years and have tried doing a bunch of fun stuff at night. That inspired me to write this guide on recommendations of places to try.

What to Do at Night in Taipei

The following sections will cover all the best places to check out in Taipei City at night. I’ll do my best to provide accurate pricing and hours. However, these could change at any time.

Let’s dive in.

1. Bars: Best Bars in Taipei for Foreigners

Let’s compare all the best bars for expats, tourists, and locals:

BarDrinks ServedPrice *Open Hours
Brass MonkeyBeer, cocktails, & American cuisine.$$Fri & Sat: 5 PM–2 AM
Thur: 5 PM–4 AM
Sun, Mon, & Wed: 5 PM–12 AM
AHA SaloonCocktails, Tapas$$Daily: 8 PM–2 AM
The Speakeasy Irish BarCocktails, Beer$$Tue–Sat: 7 PM–2 AM
Closed Sunday & Monday
Draft LandCraft Beer, Cocktails$$6 PM–1 AM
RevolverCocktails, Whiskey$$$Fri & Sat: 6:30 PM–4 AM
Sun: 6:30 PM–1 AM
Mon–Thur: 6:30 PM–3 AM
OunceCocktails, Wine$$$Fri & Sat: 6 PM–3 AM
Sun–Thurs: 6 PM–2 AM
ROXY TaipeiCocktails, wine, & draft beer$$Mon–Sat: 10 AM–4 AM
Sun: 9 am–4 AM
Barcode TaipeiCocktails$$$Fri & Sat: 9 PM–3 AM
Sun, Wed, & Thur: 9 PM–2:30 AM
Closed Monday & Tuesday
KOR TaipeiCocktails$Fri–Sat: 9 PM–4:30 AM
Closed Monday & Sunday
Tue–Wed: 9 PM–2 AM

I hear many expats and tourists talking about Brass Monkey. That would be the first place to check out if you’re after a bar/restaurant with many other foreigners.

Revolver is my favorite bar just because they also serve nachos and burritos. And they have a bunch of dope Star Wars art.

I don’t know much about the other bars, but I recommend checking them out.

Bring your passport. The staff will card you to ensure you’re at least 18 (legal drinking age).

I’m not going to talk about the best pickup bar in Taipei. That’s up to you to find out. The Speakeasy Irish Bar is the closest thing you’ll get to an English pub in Taipei. And some of these bars may have metal bands playing at them occasionally.

Let’s talk about music venues.

2. Music Venues in Taipei

Music venues in Taipei include:

  • REV-NOW
  • Revolver
  • Sappho Live
  • Legacy Taipei

I haven’t seen live music in a long time. Hence, I don’t have experience at most of these places, except Revolver. Revolver is also a bar that serves great-tasting nachos and burritos. One of the few places in Taipei to get decent-tasting Hispanic food.

However, it’s always packed in there. I recommend getting to Revolver immediately when they open. 

3. Night Clubs: Best Nightclubs in Taipei

Consider one of the following nightclubs in Taipei City:

NightclubGenreCover Charge *Open Hours
OMNI NightclubEDM, Hip Hop, Top 40NT$1,000 (men)10:30 PM–4:30 AM
NT$600 (women)Closed Monday & Tuesday
WAVE CLUB TaipeiEDM, Hip Hop, Top 40NT$500 (men)10:30 PM–4:30 AM
NT$300 (women)Closed Mondays
M TaipeiEDM, Hip Hop, Top 40NT$1,000 (men)Fri: 11 PM–5:30 AM
NT$600 (women)Sat: 11 PM–5 AM
BOX NightclubHip Hop, R&BNT$600 (men)Fri: 10:30 PM–4 AM
NT$350 (women)Sat: 10:30 PM–5 AM
IKONEDM, Hip Hop$$$Wed–Sat: 10:30 PM–4:30 AM
Closed Sun–Tue
FRANK Taipei80’s, Chillout, Funk, Hip Hop, HouseNT$600Fri & Sat: 9 PM–3 AM
Sun–Thurs: 9 PM–2:30 AM

Many search for the following clubs that are now permanently closed:

  • Club Myst
  • B1
  • Elektro
  • Klash Taipei
  • Room 18

Bring a passport with you whenever entering a nightclub, as they’ll check whether you’re over 18 years old—legal age to enter nightclubs or lounges.

Much of the information in the table above may differ from what you’ll experience. Most of these clubs did not publish their prices, which made me rely on reviews. Or the clubs could raise their prices.

4. Night Markets: Best Night Markets in Taipei

The following sections will provide details on the following best night markets in Taipei to visit:

  • Raohe Night Market
  • Shilin Night Market
  • Shida Night Market
  • Ningxia Night Market
  • Huaxi Night Market
  • Linjiang (Tonghua) Night Market

I’ll suggest foods to eat at each market, talk about their hours and address, then cover any other relevant information.

1. Raohe Night Market

Raohe Night Market, Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan
HoursDaily: 5–11 PM
AddressRaohe St., Songshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 105
Food/s to tryBlack pepper bun, stinky tofu, & mochi.
Chinese Name/s饒河街觀光夜市 (Ráo hé jiē guānguāng yèshì)

Raohe Night Market is one of Taipei’s oldest and most popular night markets. It’s located in Songshan District, near the Songshan MRT Station.

The market is about 600 meters long and divided into 3 sections. The first section has all of the food stalls. Find all sorts of Taiwanese delicacies here. From savory dishes like oyster omelets and stinky tofu to sweet treats like shaved ice and bubble tea.

The second section of the market sells various goods, such as clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and household items.

The third section of the market is home to the Ciyou Temple (慈祐宮), a Taoist temple close to 300 years old. The temple is a popular tourist destination and an excellent place to take a break from the bustle of the market.

2. Shilin Night Market

shilin night market
HoursMonday–Friday: 4:00 PM–12:00 AM
Saturday & Sunday: 4:00–11:00 PM
AddressNo. 101, Jihe Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111
Food/s to tryOyster mushrooms, fried chicken, & vermicelli noodles.
Chinese Name/s士林夜市 (Shì lín yèshì)

Shilin Night Market is one of Taipei’s largest and most popular night markets. It’s in Shilin District, near the Jiantan MRT Station. The market is excellent for finding Taiwanese street food, souvenirs, and other goods.

It has more than 500 stalls; you’re sure to find something you like. Some of the most popular food items at Shilin Night Market include oyster omelet, stinky tofu, and bubble tea. Many stalls also sell clothes, accessories, souvenirs, and household items.

3. Shida Night Market

Shida Night Market, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan
HoursMon–Fri: 4:00–11:00 PM
Weekend: 4:00 PM–12:00 AM
AddressLane 39, Shida Rd, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Food/s to tryFried chicken, pineapple buns, & fried dumplings.
Chinese Name/s師大夜市 (Shīdà Yèshì)

Shida Night Market is a small but popular night market in Da’an District, Taipei. It’s known for its trendy fashion and accessories and its selection of local snacks and desserts.

The market’s also a popular spot for students and young people, often crowded on weekends.

If you want a unique shopping experience or a taste of Taiwanese culture, then Shida Night Market is a great place to visit. It is a fun and lively place to spend an evening.

4. Ningxia Night Market

ningxia night market
HoursDaily: 5:00 PM—1 AM
Address103, Taipei City, Datong District, Ningxia Rd, 寧夏夜市
Food/s to tryShredded Chicken on Rice, oyster omelet, & papaya milk.
Chinese Name/s寧夏夜市

Ningxia Night Market is a small but lively night market in Taipei. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and try various Taiwanese street food.

There’s not much else to talk about with this night market.

5. Huaxi Night Market (Snake Alley)

HoursDaily: 4 PM–12 AM
AddressHuaxi St., Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Food/s to trySweet soup, steamed minced pork w/ pickles in broth, & steamed buns.
Chinese Name/s華西街觀光夜市 (Huáxī Jiē Guānguāng Yèshì)

Huaxi Night Market is a two-block-long night market in Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan. It was known for its snake-based dishes, but the last snake-based eatery closed in 2018. 

The market still sells other delicacies, including turtle blood and meat, deer penis wine, and seafood. It also has stalls selling local snacks and restaurants that serve traditional Taiwanese dishes.

I’d avoid Huaxi because there isn’t much to do there.

Instead, consider this next night market.

6. Tonghua / Linjiang Night Market

Entrance sign at Linjiang Night Market, Taipei, Taiwan
HoursDaily: 6 PM–12 AM
AddressLinjiang St., Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Food/s to tryYu Pin Yuan Iced & Hot Tangyuan, stinky tofu, & stir fried dishes.
Chinese Name/s通化夜市 (Tōnghuà Yèshì) or臨江夜市 (Línjiāng yèshì)

Tonghua Night Market is a small but lively night market in Taipei. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and try various Taiwanese street foods.

Furthermore, it’s a great place to wander around, people-watch, and buy cheap clothing or cellphone accessories from some stands and stalls.

5. Best Tourist Hotspots at Night in Taipei

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Historical site

Taipei 101

Vista

Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall

Historical site

Beitou Hot Spring Resort

Hot springs

Daan Forest Park

Daytrip, for families

Miramar Ferris Wheel

For families, shopping

Treasure Hill

Historical site

Maokong Mountain

Vista, hiking

Ximending

Shopping

Where to Stay in Taipei for Nightlife

Here are all the best districts to consider for placing yourself near Taipei nightlife:

  • Xinyi District: The most popular tourist district in Taipei & home to many of the city’s best hotels, restaurants, & bars.
    • Also close to many of Taipei’s most popular nightspots
  • Daan District: Home to a number of art galleries, cafés, & restaurants.
  • Zhongshan District: Home to a number of bars & clubs, making it a great place to stay for those looking for a more authentic Taiwanese nightlife experience.
  • Wanhua District: Close to the Red Room bars in Ximending.

Specific hotels to consider include:

  • The W Taipei
  • Hotel Indigo Taipei Zhongshan
  • Silks Place Taipei
  • Hotel Popei
  • Meander Taipei Hostel
  • SleepBox Hotel Taipei
  • Dan Hostel Taipei

Taipei Nightlife Map

Map thanks to Wanderlog, a trip planner app on iOS and Android

FAQs for Taipei Nightlife

Keep reading to find frequently asked questions about Taipei’s nightlife.

What Is There to Do at Night in Ximending?

Check out the street food, watch street performers, and go to one of the many bars around the Red House.

Footnotes

  • * Prices are estimates & could change anytime.