Best Speakeasy Bars in Taipei

Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, is known for its hot springs and epic Asian cuisine. But when then daylight disappears, the city has a vibrant nightlife.

Most visitors will flock to the city’s night markets, however, those in the know will head for some of the hidden speakeasy bars scattered throughout the city.

Like many western cities, Taipei has also experienced a surge in the number of bars with hidden entrances and exclusive door policies. In this guide, we’ll share some of the best speakeasy bars in Taipei and tell you exactly how to find them.

📍 No. 5, Lane 378, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Difficult to find • Small and Cozy • Frequented by locals

Bar Pun is one of the least well-known speakest bars in Taipei because it’s hard to find down an unassuming alleyway in Da’an District (hint: look for the door between the two pillars and press the red button next to it to gain entry).

Inside, the bar is small and cozy, it’s frequented by a lot of locals and expats as tourists don’t tend to hear about it. There’s lots of wooden décor, low lighting, and unique table decorations. As well as great cocktails, you need to try the truffle fries!

📍 No. 275, Wenchang St, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Disguised as a coffee shop • Industrial chic • Gin bar with over 300 gins

By day, Sidebar serves up coffee. However, when the sun sets, head through the discreet password-protected metal door to find the dimly lit speakeasy bar with industrial chic that attracts a crowd of local hipsters and expats.

Instead of serving cocktails like the other speakeasies in Taipei, Sidebar is a Gin bar with an eclectic collection of gin. There’s even an onsite gin museum called Museu Del Gin, this showcases lots of gin bottles made into lamps and other everyday items.

📍 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, Shuiyuan Road, 1-10號號 號
Exclusive members club • Cozy velvet seating • Luxurious

Staff Only Club is a members-only bar in Taipei. Members (which they call staff) must clock in on arrival with their membership card. Luckily, non-members can still get in with a travel pass.

The exclusive feel doesn’t stop at the entrance policy, throughout the bar, the décor and furniture are luxurious but still keeping that speakeasy-style 1920’s vibe. I especially love that they have unique Staff Only Club napkins with fun quotes on them.

📍 No. 10, Alley 32, Lane 216, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Enter through a bookcase at the back of a barbers – lively speakeasy bar

Visit this traditional English gentleman’s barbershop for a fresh trim, or head through the hidden bookshelf door to find one of Taipei’s best speakeasy bars. The two couldn’t be further apart from the traditional leather salon chairs to the warm cozy bar atmosphere in the bar.

As well as a broad selection of spirits, wines, and cocktails, Mozi also serves full meals here. You will need to reserve a space otherwise it’s unlikely that you’ll get in.

📍 Ounce, No. 309號, Section 4, Xinyi Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Hidden through a coffee shop – No menu, drinks made to your taste

When you first visit Ounce, you might think you’ve entered a coffee shop but head through a secret door disguised as a wall for access to the real drinks. This is one of the oldest speakeasies in the city and it has an old-fashioned feel inside.

There is no menu here. Explain what flavors you like in a cocktail to the bartender and he’ll create something to your preference.

📍 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, Section 5, Xinyi Rd, 16-1號2樓
Classy but laid back atmosphere – Hidden behind a bank vault door – Occasional jazz piano

Alchemy speakeasy bar in Taipei is hidden away on the second floor of Marquee cocktail bar. This is a through and through prohibition-style bar with baroque decor, wooden tables and chairs, and a dimly lit ambiance.

The atmosphere is very classy but laid back. There is no dress code but you’ll want to look smart to drink here. If you visit on a Thursday night, you’ll be treated to live jazz piano. Due to its popularity, there is a two-drink minimum per person.