Top Choice Jazz in Xinyi

Brown Sugar Live & Restaurant

A bit hidden off Songren Rd is Taipei's preeminent club for R & B and jazz mixes. Brown Sugar hosts local house and guest musicians from around the world. Happy hour before 8pm and live music every day starting …
Top Choice Puppet Theatre in Zhongshan & Datong

Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum

A combination interactive museum, workshop and theatre, this complex is a must-visit for anyone interested in traditional performing arts. For starters, the Asian puppet collection here is the largest in the world. …
Concert Venue in Zhongzheng

National Theatre & Concert Hall

Located inside Liberty Sq, the National Theatre and Concert Hall host large-scale concerts and cultural events including dances, musicals, Chinese and Western opera, and concerts of Chinese and Western classical and…
Jazz in Da'an

Blue Note

Taipei's longest-running jazz club, Blue Note has been in the same location since 1978. It's a moody little cavern in dark blue. Check its Facebook page (search for Blue Note 藍調) to see who's playing. Take Exit 3 fr…
Cinema in Zhongshan & Datong

SPOT – Taipei Film House

This excellent art-house cinema is housed in a beautiful white colonial building that was once home to the US ambassador, and which dates back to 1925. The leafy garden has a cafe, a perfect place for a postfilm gla…
Dance in Tamsui

Cloud Gate Theatre

An experimental contemporary dance group; the theatre also play host to international acts.To get here just walk past Hobe Fort and follow the signs. This new swanky building houses a 450-seat theatre, and a 1500-se…
Live Music in Zhongzheng

TAV Cafe

For live foreign jazz and folk music most weekends check out this small bar/cafe inside the Taipei Artist Village. TAV has a surprisingly large garden area out back with lots of trees for shade during the day. See t…
Performing Arts in Zhongshan & Datong

Taipei Eye

Taipei Eye showcases Chinese opera together with other rotating performances, including puppet theatre and indigenous dance. This is a tourist show, but it's well regarded and booking can be done online in English. …
Live Music in Zhongzheng


One of Taipei's liveliest spots for drinking and live music. Very popular with expats and foreign students, who start spilling out on to the street by 8pm. This bar/pub/dance club is a great place to catch a live mu…
Live Performance in Songshan

Taipei Arena

Vast, cavernous and shaped like a flying saucer, the Taipei Arena hosts concerts, and sporting and theatrical events. Some top international names have played here – Madonna performed at the arena in 2016.