Taipei is a bustling metropolis which runs at a frenetic pace, and the action doesn’t slow down very much at night. There’s a wide variety of nightlife options so rather than limit my picks to the usual club options I’m going to cover a range of styles.
Brass Monkey (166 Fushing N. Road) is a friendly party bar that’s a great place for meeting expats living in Taipei. The crowd is mostly non-Chinese, there’s international sport on the screens (including Australian Rules football) and the vibe is generally laidback although DJs pump up the energy some nights. Doors open early and don’t close until late, so it’s a great pre-club meeting spot.
If you’re looking for a break from the usual house beats, Brown Sugar (101 SongRen Rd) is an excellent jazz club where you can have your ears massaged by smooth jazz, blues, funk, fusion, R&B and Latin music. It’s always packed, even mid-week, and there’s quality food to go with your drinks if you’re hungry. Expect elegant design, good service and an awesome vibe.
For a more energetic evening, Club Jump (B1 8 Kee-Lung Rd) keeps the crowd jumping with house and electro and international DJs are often on the turntables. There are many gay nights so expect lots of shirtless musclemen but the vibe is friendly and fun and the club is nicely designed and features a good cocktail list.
Taipei’s skyline is dominated by the Taipei 101 skyscraper and one the city’s best clubs is in the tower’s basement. Spark 101 provides house, electro, R&B and hip-hop to stylishly dressed club kids in a swanky venue with state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The dance floor and ceiling both glow and there’s usually a sparkling crowd to add to the luminosity, including a sprinkling of local celebrities and models.