No review of Taipei’s nightlife would be complete without at least a passing reference to Carnegie’s. Because my mission is to completely cover every nightlife venue in the city, I’ve decided to allocate it a full review. Let me say that Carnegie’s has changed a bit from the place it was when I first visited Taiwan, many years ago (back when I still had most of my hair!) Back then, it had a bit of a sleazy reputation for being the go-to place for Male expats or travelers to go and meet local women who were interested in foreigners, or potentially to meet working girls. Well that’s changed a bit, the joint has really cleaned up its act, and while some elements of the past are still present it does feel a lot cleaner and less seedy in recent times.
There are really only 3 nights of the week to visit Carnegie’s if you want to party, and these are Wednesday night (probably the best, as it’s Ladies night), and also Friday & Saturday night. These are the nights that the venue gets the most packed and you’ll probably have the most fun. Taken directly from their Facebook page is the following text which sums up what you can expect: “Carnegie’s is famous for encouraging its customers to get on the bar, let their hair down, and dance the night away with the help of Asia’s longest shooter list (366 in all!) and a wide variety of cocktails and spirits. Long Happy Hours and Asia’s original “Crazy Hour” (NT$99 for beers, house wines & standard cocktails!) together with a comprehensive international menu and late-night snacks make Carnegie’s Taipei the most fun place in town! Wednesday-Ladies Night, free unlimited champagne sparkling wine for women after 9:00pm.”
Yes, if you’re a fan of dancing on the bar (or indeed, watching drunk folks dance on the bar and sometimes almost fall off) then Carnegie’s is the place for you. I once had a Taiwanese woman dance on the bar in front of me, which was fun for a while until she accidentally kicked a bottle of beer in my face. My nose has never looked the same since! But apart from that I can’t find too many bad things to say about the venue. Yes, it’s often filled with drunk older foreigners looking to find girls, but if you look past that it’s actually a fun joint to have a few drinks before bouncing somewhere else. Or, if you have enough fun, it’s good enough to spend your whole night there – the drinks are cheap enough!
1F.,No.100,Sec.2,An-He Road 安和路二段100號1樓, Taipei, Taiwan 10680
Carnegie’s is open every night of the week, although the main nights to go if you’re hoping for a bit of a party are Wednesday night (Ladies night!) and Friday/Saturday nights – the joint is open until 4am on each of these nights and until 2am on all others.