Looking for a cool place to meet your friends before you hit the town? Then you have to check out AQ. Whether you’re looking for a bar to spend the night at or just a great place to pre-game before hitting the clubs, these bars are a great place to go because of their affordability, atmosphere, and location. I say bars because AQ has become so popular that it has managed to successfully open four locations all within a 5 minute walk from each other. Although each AQ is slightly different, you will find that all them have comfortable seating, decent music and lots of shots!
Of the four locations, we prefer to frequent Cava. Unlike the other locations, Cava is made up of one big room with many tables packed tightly together, as well as a two patios for smokers. While it’s not the most comfortable of the AQs, it is by far the most popular. Perhaps that’s because it is made as the ultimate pre-game destination with close proximity to Zhongxiao East road, one easy-access bar and lots of water. Because of its popularity, it is often difficult to find seating for bigger groups on a weekend. But of course, if you are traveling with a large party, you can hit up one of the other locations below:
For more information on Cava, check out the facebook page here.
Lane 223, Section 4,Zhongxiao East Road | 忠孝東路四段223巷口2F
Casa is a good place to go if you have a big group. The upstairs sports many tables which are generously spaced and will make your experience a little more intimate. Even better, there is a basement level with its own bar. In fact, if you have a big enough party, you will want to book the basement level as it has much more comfortable seating and lots of space. While the drinks you can order are more limited here, there are still plenty of them to go around!
Phone : 2711 – 9809
No. 63, Lane 223, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road | 忠孝東路四段223巷63號
iBar is the newest bar in the AQ family. This location has only one small room and generates way less traffic than Casa and Cava, which gives it a warmer feel. It’s definitely a place for those who would like to get up close and personal, meaning depending on what you’re in to, this may be a good quick stop to bring a date if you wanted more of a private setting.
Phone : 2721 – 1990
No.63, Ln. 223, Sec 4 | 忠孝東路四段223巷63號
If you want to avoid the crowds and just get some drinks, Club is most likely the AQ for you. The smallest of the four bars, Club only has one table and is set up more like a small tea shop than a lounge bar. Like the other AQs, you can get a wide variety of drinks on the cheap and may even meet some new friends.
Phone : 2721- 8706
No. 135-1 Yanji Street | 延吉街135-1號
AQ has the widest range of shots that you’ll find anywhere in the city. There are over one hundred different shots and drinks on the menu with many varieties of alcohol, liqueurs, beer and mixers . There are also many signature cocktail shots you can order which taste great and are not too overpowering.
The price of drinks here is unbeatable. For standard choices, each shot costs NT$50 and specialty shots cost NT$100. If you like a little boost with your drinks, you can also purchase energy drinks for another NT$50NT.
However, purchasing is done a little bit differently at AQ.
The first option is to buy a tray of nine shots all together for NT$400. You can either mix and match by yourselves or choose from one of the many AQ sets in the menu. You have to buy two tickets (worth NT$100) at a time. If you buy eight tickets ( NT$400) up-front, you comes with a free shot (which you select from a side menu).
Of course, with such great prices, you can bet you aren’t getting top-shelf alcohol. But then again, shots aren’t made for savoring so chances are you won’t mind.
Regardless of what environment you are looking for, there is an AQ location to fit your taste and purpose. The prices are unbeatable and the drink selection is extensive. The quality of alcohol is what you would expect from paying $50NT per shot, but the cocktails are mixed well and the presentation is surprisingly impressive.
For more information on AQ, events, or to take a look at the drink menu, click here.