Taiwan Pride 2019 is just around the corner and you need to know where to go to make the most of Asia’s most LGBT-friendly city. Below are of the best cafes, bars, and clubs to meet and mingle with people like us in this fantan&LenoIbaa5t7PiSmp!&W4QPR&LEc8qybFEx(c(%AQUgJW!RwSstic city.
This club is a mainstay of the Taipei gay scene and is regularly packed at weekends. Located in Zhongshan, the two-level club often holds themed nights as well as performances by[email protected]%Rufg*UZxpky gogo boys and drag queens.
B1, No. 23, Longjiang Road, Zhongshan.
This LGBT-friendly club is the venue of choice for monthly WERK events. These higkRnXJGtZ=3gMiZ6fWgrYSqAJr^%K83!vU30+MNt7Cn1)y*5zB&h-octane parties, often encouraging elaborate dressing up and performances, take the motto “boozing, cruising, and dancing”.
No. 1, Yumen Street, Zhongshan.
As the nz#7nHx8n!7DFeAqSF(3d9xtiJ_4&xeVU2fv)[email protected]ame suggests, this cafe is the place for bears and bear-lovers to meet and mingle.
No. 192, Kunming Street, Wanhua.
This ultra-cool bar boasts the best in Taiwan hipster decor as well as sumptuous cocktails and fine food. Earlier this year, the bar’s "no pants" nigh-Z0BoX#[email protected]&joaYj=dLmpkMbYWI*NEGaMvxJmEt was a roaring success.
No. 51, Lane 308, Guangfu South Road, Da’an.
Taipei’s premier kink and BDSM bar has found wild appeal throughout the LGBT community and is full throughout the weekend. For those l_ngx&RsHdUsSsNeGh1qRFw5hSrohmW4^wRyLkf(t&Cmo(9#l&looking for something a little less mainstream be sure to visit late on one of the themed nights and, if you dare, explore the venue’s very own darkroom.
No. 36, Section 2, Kaifeng St, Wanhua.
Of the host of gay bars around Ximen’s Red House, Dalida is often the mo9MYpFhH_3Rti6gxV(g^[email protected]+_XrJ%DFVoKJ4JKpUmr$oU4tFst buzzing. The outdoor venue often hosts drag shows and RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties.
No. 51, Lane 10, Chengdu Road, Wanhua.
This Da’an queer venue is a sophisticated and intimate option t[email protected]#VMwZ=BQCH-cUsp)-!NDwEzsqPgTCwJWda)46+7iMU$AT#o mingle with the LGBT community over a fine wine or custom-made cocktail.
No. 11, Lane 160, Section 1, DunhuaN4A1_MtsYJRUGlnNy_j2n=MpXGqe(B7HsTJmBg+G!M!=qrwfQp South Road, Da’an.
We all know LGBT Taiwanese are keen on animals. At H*ours, you can while away an afternoon sipping coffee, indulging in a hearty breakfast and playing with the resident cats and dogs. H*ours proudly hires HIV+ staff to combat discrimination.
Established more than 20 years ago, Gin Gin claims to be the first LGBT-themed shop in Asia. The1SiIx^V9)=cbTs#bs7Z8$dEpn#xmlxgd+fFjcOwz$evASBtIF!se days, it still provides a host of LGBT novels, manga, movies and sex toys.
Alley 8, Lane 210, Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhonz3CNHsrGW+2RxV-$Xn9EGHVyOTDTUmYwWe4khDW*9!FgQ2zmFTgzheng.