As we’ve stated before, while we here at Taipei543 love coming up with a plethora of fun activities to do during the sunny hours in our lovely city, it’s nothing compared to how much we love our Taipei nights. There’s just something sexy and exciting about the city at night, as the sun sinks and the sky darkens, emphasizing the brilliance of 101’s glittering lights. As the lines form behind red velvet ropes and black-suited men walk to take their posts at the shimmering doors of luxurious lounges, the message is clear: night has come to Taipei, the city is now our playground. And what a marvelous playground it is. In fact, the virtues of Taipei nightlife were recently extolled by the Wall Street Journal:
Pound for pound, Taipei’s as good as anything you’ll find in Asia. It’s got better service than Beijing or Shanghai. It’s more fun than Singapore and less uptight than Hong Kong. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s cheaper than all of them.
Here are our recommendations for the top locations to drink and dance the night away. Though all fabulously decorated and crammed full of beautiful people, each has its own unique qualities that keep the lines snaking outside their doors, whether at the base of 101 or at the top floor of ATT4FUN. In addition, all the clubs offer Ladies’ Nights on Wednesday, when the sexy women of Taipei come out to party at all the clubs listed below- -absolutely free. (Note: For the most updated information on cover charges, opening hours & special events, please call in advance or check each club’s Facebook Page or website.)
So slip on your club clothes (make sure you stay away from shorts and sandals as a general rule, as many clubs enforce a strict dress code), and try these hotspots out one by one. Or try them all in one night if you dare. But you didn’t hear that recommendation from us.
1. Club Myst
When Myst opened last year at the top floor of the newly renovated ATT4FUN complex, every other club scrambled to renovate. After all, it’s hard to compete with the city’s biggest dance floor, a stunning view of 101, and Vegas-style flourishes like a giant, glittering waterfall. Since its opening, Myst has effortlessly snagged the top spot as the hottest place to go for a night out in Taipei, as shown by the long queues outside and table service that often sells out more than a week beforehand. After dancing, head out onto the balcony for a breather and take in an incomprable night view of the city. Myst is definitely not to be “missed,” as it truly is the “must-see” club in Taipei.
Entrance Fee: 700NTD (2 drinks)
Tip: If you’re aching to see that waterfall at Myst but don’t have the inclination
to fork out 700NTD for entrance, head over after 3am, when club admission
magically becomes free.
(photos via Myst)
2. Spark 101
If partying at the base of the Taipei’s famed 101 doesn’t appeal, we don’t know what else would. The world’s second tallest building deserves an equally impressive club, and Spark 101 more than delivers. Though compact in size, Spark maximizes the use of its space by filling it with the best dance music in town; along with jaw-dropping features like its unique lighted ceiling and dance floor. Spark’s glowing dance floor is consistently packed until close on both ladies’ nights and weekends, a testament to its ability to keep even Taipei’s most insatiable clubbers on their feet all night long. Don’t be surprised to find yourself dancing next to models, or sipping drinks in the extensive VIP area with partiers from all around the world–
it’s all part of the ‘spark’ that keeps the club at maximum capacity night after night.
Entrance Fee: 700 NTD (2 drinks)
Tip: Since Spark tends to rapidly reach full capacity regardless of the night, get there early to avoid
waiting in a long queue.
(photos via Spark 101)
It would be impossible to discuss a night out in the city without mentioning Luxy, for the name has become synonyous with Taipei nightlife. Though secure in its position as the city’s oldest and most famous club in operation, Luxy isn’t simply content to rest on its laurels and coast on the fame of its name. Rather, the club constantly amazes with its ability to bring in world-class performers (recent guests have included Snopp Dogg and LMFAO) for performances that dazzle. With nightly special flourishes like their vodka girls (shots, anyone?), the Luxy girls (who put on incredible dance performances each night) and the famous laser-beam grid greeting you at the entrance, it’s no wonder that party-goers find themselves at Luxy’s doors again and again.
Entrance Fee: 300NTD before 11pm, 600 NTD after (2 drinks)
Tip: Save some money by stamping into the club early: before 11pm, admission is 300NTD instead of the usual 600NTD. Get stamped, then go spend all that money you saved on drinks while you wait for the party to start.
(photos via Liquid Lifestyle & Luxy)
In the Taipei nightlife scene, the name “Primo” has always been associated with luxury and wealth, where “VIP” is the operative term. If your idea of a perfect night out involves seeing and being seen, head to Primo to be dazzled by Taiwan’s most exclusive club. Even the location of Primo gives testament to the club’s exclusivity; a bit further away from Taipei’s typical nightlife districts. It’s the luxury and exclusivity that makes the club a favorite hangout of Taipei’s elite, where celebrity-spotting and free-flowing champagne aren’t at all unusual things to encounter on a night there. And with recent renovations that resulted in a newly remodelled dance floor and a chic redesign, Primo proves even more how it deserves its glittering reputation.
Entrance Fee: 800NTD (2 drinks)
Tip: It’s good to be a girl in Taipei, especially at Primo. Though there’s no set time, Primo has been known to offer ladies free-flow champagne before midnight. Check the Facebook page for updates to make sure you and your girls don’t miss out.
(Photos via Primo)
**Primo has been closed since Nov. 2012, please check out OTS Phoenix for more info**
5. Room18 & Babe 18
After closing for several months this past year for a full renovation, Room18 re-opened this spring, eager to please and re-insert itself into Taipei’s nightlife scene. It’s obvious that the renovations were not in vain. But Room18 has also recognized that dazzling wall panels and spacious table space aren’t the only components to an amazing night out. With recent partnerships with internationally recognized party-makers like Space Ibiza and a slew of fun summer events on its roster, Room18 is well on its way on regaining its throne as the place to be for a night out in Taipei.
Babe18, the younger sibling to Room18 in the 18 Entertainment group, is a party-wonderland specially designed for a younger crowd. With creative parties, energetic hip-hop music and a reasonable cover, Babe18 has established itself as the hotspot for Taipei’s young party-goers.
Entrance Fee: 1000 NTD (3 drinks)
Tip: Room18 often has some amazing deals & discounts, check their Facebook page before you head out. For example: during July and August, all foreign passport holders will receive free entry on Wed, Fri & Sat before 1am.
Tip: If you happen to have an insatiable urge to party on a Sunday, we hear that Babe18’s Sunday-night parties (all-you-can-drink, anyone?) are suprisingly fun. And ladies: get to Babe18 before midnight on Thursdays & Sundays for free entrance.
(photos via Room18)