The Underbridge

The Underbridge (Qiáo Xià 橋下) There’s a line in the movie Swingers in which they ask why all the cool bars in LA are difficult to find and never have a sign. The first part of the equation – difficult to find – seems true for Tainan as well. It also seems to help if the place … Continue reading

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Taikoo – Retro Bar and Furniture

Taikoo (Tài Gǔ Bǎihuòdiàn 太古百貨店) Retro bars are becoming a popular trend in Tainan. This one falls on Shennong Street, an arts street where many of Tainan’s oldest surviving houses have been re-ferbished. This bar is built into one of them near the intersection of Kang-le Street. Subtitling itself Mid Century, this bar aims at reviving the 50s … Continue reading

Blue Print

Blue Print This iconic bar gains more attention for its exterior than its interior. The facade is an art piece with a design inspired by architectural blue prints (thus the name of the bar). The buildings exterior, which is ironically an interior wall of a former residence, attracts curious locals and tourists alike who all get … Continue reading

Kinks Pub

Kinks Pub Grandma’s house is now a bar! Just along the railroad tracks near Qingnian Road is a lounge bar that you’d never find unless you were shown by someone in-the-know. Renovated from an old home, this one-story bar really feels like you’re in someone’s old house. It’s been decorated with vintage furniture from the … Continue reading