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Home Hotel

90 SongRen Rd., XinYi Districtwww.homehotel.com.tw

Arguably one of the city’s hottest hotels, Home is located in the Xinyi district in the heart of Taipei. Notable Taiwanese architects have designed the look and feel of the space, while acclaimed artists Jeff Wang and Nicole Teng have shaped the brand’s corporate identity. Inside you’ll find some of the best products, not to mention impeccable service. And its location in Taipei’s sprawl cannot be beaten with some of the best shopping and clubbing right on your doorstep: Taipei 101, the Mitsukoshi Shopping Centre, Eslite bookstore, and the Taipei World Trade Center are just a stone’s throw away from the aptly named Home Hotel.

Spark

B1, 45 Shi-fu Rd. Xinyi Districtwww.spark101.com.tw

Since opening in 2009 this high-end nightclub situated in Taipei 101 (the world’s fourth tallest building), is the place to be seen. With an incredible sound system, a translucent glowing dance floor, a ceiling filled with LEDs and an interior designed by the legendary Howard Liao there’s nowhere else quite like it. The music ranges from hip-hop and R’n’B to electro and house, and on any given night you’re likely to find yourself partying alongside the rich and beautiful. It’s the club that sets the trends for glamorous Taipei residents, and alongside its sister club in Beijing (featured in our third issue), it’s one of the luminaries on the Asian dance circuit. If you go to just one club in Taipei, you have to make sure it’s Spark.

Myst

No.12, 9F, Song Shou Rd., Xinyi Dist.www.facebook.com/myst.taipei

As luxurious as Space and Spark, but with an added edge for those looking for something more daring, Myst is another of Taipei’s legendary nightspots. With a huge dance floor replete with pole dancers, and more of a focus on R’n’B, this place is where the young and fabulous go to get down and party like there’s no tomorrow.  Consistently hosting top international DJs and with many nights sponsored by the likes of Hennessey, this is about no-holds-barred entertainment.

Space

B1F., No.171, Songde Rd., Xinyi Dist.www.clubspace.com.tw

With VIP tables and a range of local and international DJs spinning R’n’B and electro-house, Space is definitely worth a visit. The interior is dark and inviting, with intricately designed LEDs to set the right mood. The club is also in fashionable Xinyi, and on most nights the focus is on luxury and seduction. There are plenty of themed nights for you to dress up on and this is when the city’s most gorgeous men and women are out in full force.

Fourplay

No. 67, Dong Feng St., Daan Dist.www.facebook.com/FourplayCuisine

There’s no cocktail menu at Fourplay. Instead, just tell the skilled mixologists what you like and they’ll whip you up a cocktail specially designed just for you. The name came from the four bartenders who got together and decided to bring the art of crafting the perfect cocktail to Taipei’s thirsty residents. Using only the freshest ingredients, with the drinks made up right in front of you, these experts have livened up East Taipei. And uniquely, they’ve even invented cocktails made with Taiwanese liqueurs such as Kaoliang for an extra-special experience.

Barcode

5/F, 22 Songshou Road, Xinyi Districtwww.facebook.com/Barcode.Taipei

This place is less of a nightclub and more of an elegant lounge bar, catering to the city’s varied expat crowd as well as locals. It’s particularly well known for its excellent cocktails, and the space also features a terrace, private rooms, as well as two pool tables. The interior is particularly creative and varied, with a combination of sleek, industrial black and wooden floors, plush white sofas, and a bar made entirely from marble. If you’re feeling in the mood for something a little less raucous than the bright lights of Myst, a cocktail at Barcode is the order of the day.

Blue Note

4F, No. 171, Sec. 3, Luosifu Rd.+886 2 2362 2333

There’s really nothing quite like winding down at an intimate jazz bar after a busy week of work, or play. Named after the distinguished record label, Taipei’s Blue Note club is worth a visit for those that like to get lost in the music without having to expend too much energy. The cocktails all reference famous jazz tracks and artists from yesteryear, and there are wonderfully evocative paintings of jazz musicians adorning the walls. But be warned, it’s a small joint so prepare to squeeze in.

The Wall

B1, Section 4, 200 Luosifu Rdwww.thewall.com.tw

Arguably Taipei’s premier venue for alternative live music, The Wall has been a mainstay in the city for some years now. This is where the musically conscious urbanites go to see the best local and international bands – although you’re advised to check the schedule, as it could be anything from an electro band to indie or folk. The space is also a decent size, but as usual it’s always good to get there early or buy tickets in advance.

Room 18

B1, 88 Songren Rd., Xinyi Dist.www.room18.com.tw

For those who like their music a bit harder, and a clientele that’s ever so slightly less scantily clad, then Room 18 is the place to be. With more of a variety of music to rave to and a proper ‘big club’ atmosphere, this Taipei mainstay is the place to visit. Most weekends you can get down to some proper hip-hop and hear some of the world’s top DJs, such as UK drum’n’bass legend Andy C – among others. If you like your music hard and fast, check out Room 18, and you’ll see a whole new side of Taipei’s party people.