Last time i went to Yen bar on the top floor of the W hotel (with the waitress in mini black dress and high heels), this time i went to woobar, which does a lounge bar, afternoon tea, lunch…
The menu is only in English, so some Taiwanese may have a problem with that (but then if you’re a foreigner that’s perfect for you).
I asked for a White Russian: vodka, Kahlua and cream, which is perfect for a coffee and cream lover like me. It’s really nice! Loved it. However i’m not really fond of the place, too dark and the music is too loud. Just like the Yen bar, it’s nice if you want to go to party after or if you’re trying to seduce a girl/boy in the puffy pillows. Liked the drinks though. And you have a view on the outdoor swimming pool which is quite nice.
A thing also to notice is that even though both W and Le Méridien belong to the same company, their guests are totally different. Le Méridien is more for families, business men and it’s pretty calm, while in W you have a lot more foreigners, young, fashionable, like to show-off and daring people. As a worker i definitely prefer Le Méridien and as a guest…it just depends the event. But for a room, as when i travel i want a quiet place, i would not choose W.
10F W hotel
That day I got quite lucky. I was offered a Fresh Mango Frappé from Le Méridien. It’s pretty nice, just a wee bit too sweet for me. Easily made with mago purée, mango juice, mago syrup, ice, fresh mango and a hint of mint for the freshness. Actually i think the mint makes it good and increase the flavors.
So far my favorite lounge in Taipei is on the 38th floor of the Shangri-La hotel. There is an amazing view on Taipei 101, the cocktails are good and with a lot of flavors i like (i would like to try them all in one night but well, that would be quite bad). I’ve been there 5 or 6 times so far, and it’s pretty nice. The only thing is that it’s a little too dark at night, but that’s better for the view. It’s nice to go there to see the sunset before going to a restaurant or at night before going to a night club, even though for the nightclub, the W bar has a better vibe. It all depends if you want to cool down and stay in a cozy environment, or if you want to get excited and in a more fashionable place. I personally prefer the Marco Polo for the first option.
Just the elevator of the W hotel makes me sick, and the waitresses there look kinda…. too sexy? i would say. I also saw that a W just opened in Paris.
On wednesday i tried a vanilla espresso and yesterday i went for a “apricot mango”. I’ve also tried the Dr. Evil and Bird of Paradise. I love cocktail names, it’s always so beautiful.
A bar-restaurant providing latino/jazz live concerts and a danse floor, that makes it a must see.
You can choose between 2 sets with appetizer, soup, main dish and dessert, or “à la carte”. We picked the first set.
Hum, the ‘salad’ had nothing to do with a salad actually: it was salami with melting cheese. This was nice.
I didn’t want any soup, so i’ll skip this part.
The main dish was a risotto with roasted chicken. The chicken was ok, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the case for the risotto: too much pepper, too much cheese, and the sauce was really too strong. The rice was overly cook for me (but it depends how you like it).
The crème brulée with berries was nice, even though it lacked berries (4 berries in a crème brulée, that’s a little light).
As for the cocktail, i chose the “Paris Runaway”, which was too sweet and chemical (the strawberry sirop). However my friend’s cosmo was ok, so i guess it depends which cocktail you pick.
The live concert was really nice. We had a latin girl singing, and Taiwanese dancing quite well! Looking at them, they all had salsa class before. The atmosphere is really nice and the place also trendy with nice lights. I suggest you to arrive before the concert otherwise all the seat will be full.
Count at least 560NTD for the dinner and around 350NTD for a drink.
110 Songren Road
On top of the W hotel, you can find the Yen bar, with a nice view over Xinyi area. The bar is really small, so you better come early. The place is fancy and trendy, and the cocktails quite good. I tried the Ms W with truffle infused vodka, rose, vanilla and champagne (if i remember well). Quite pricy (it starts around 600NTD), but the bar is nice and you have free refill of sweet potato chips. It’s a good option if you want to go to clubs after.
34th floor (i think)
W hotel in Xinyi area
Then we went to a nice bar that a friend told us about. You can see her blog here. She takes amazing pictures so if you want some to see the real thing about Taiwan, go and see her. Anyway, i took one of her pictures because my camera didn’t work since it was too dark.
The bar was at the 38th floor of the Shangri La hotel, and have an amazing view on the city and Taipei 101. The cocktail were not that good for some of my friends (mojitos and long island ice tea, which i thought was nice because it wasn’t too sweet and a little bit sour, but maybe that’s because i really don’t know anything at cocktails.).
But the one we took with another friend was awesome: Bird of Paradise: Baileys, banana cream, Tia Maria, milk, cinammon, and maybe grenadine, i can’t remember. Delicious but too small!
The view is worth coming, and the environment is nice and cosy. Count around 450 TWD for a cocktail.
201 Section 2 Dūnhuà S. Rd,
Daan District, Taipei