BARS AND RESTAURANTS
The Brass Monkey is already fully booked for its New Year’s Eve dinner, but there’s plenty of standing room for revelers throughout the evening. Admission is NT$300 for women, who are treated to free drinks until midnight, and NT$450 for men, the price of which includes two drinks. 166 Fuxing N Rd, Taipei City (台北市復興北路166號), tel: (02) 2547-5050
Carnegie’s will be showing fireworks shows from all around the world via live satellite TV feeds. Admission is NT$300 for women, which includes free sparkling wine from 9pm to midnight, and NT$500 for men, which includes two drinks. Those fees are waived for those who come early for dinner of either roast beef or grilled salmon at NT$1,500, which also includes unlimited house wine from 6pm to 9pm. 100, Anhe Rd Sec 2, Taipei City (台北市安和路二段100號), tel: (02) 2325-4433
Italian restaurant Capone’s is offering New Year’s meals ranging from NT$1,480 to NT$1,880. Main course items include roast pork tenderloin, broiled lamb chops and steak with Bearnaise sauce. Its locale in Taipei’s East District (東區) makes it easy to catch a glimpse of the fireworks at Taipei 101. For bar patrons, there will be a minimum charge of NT$700. 312, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段312號), tel: (02) 2773-3782
Popular British-style pub On Tap will also be airing the countdown on big screen TVs, and will hold a prize raffle. Admission is NT$350, which includes two drinks, until 1am (free afterwards). Tables can be reserved at NT$2,000 per each for two hours, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine. 21, Alley 11, Ln 216, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路四段216巷11弄21號), tel: (02) 2741-5365
Sports bar The Tavern is offering a New Year’s dinner buffet from 6pm to 10pm for NT$1,000 per person. 415, Xinyi Rd Sec 4, Taipei City (台北市信義路四段415號), tel: (02) 8789-0892
FIREWORKS FROM AFAR
You can still enjoy the fireworks without watching TV or having to deal with huge crowds — that is, if you’re willing to do a little exercise. Various mountaintop spots around the city offer great views of Taipei 101. Although the following areas have trails that are well-lit in the evening, be careful, especially if it’s raining, take a flashlight and travel with friends.
Xianjiyan Temple (仙跡岩廟) in Jingmei (景美) offers great views from the southern part of the city. Start at the Xianjiyan Hiking Trail (仙跡岩觀山步道), which is on Jingxing Road (景興路) and runs along the hill parallel to Jingmei Street. The trail is a five-minute minute walk from Jingmei MRT Station (景美捷運站).
Various spots in Fuzhoushan Park (福州山公園), located on a hilltop 10 minutes away from Linguang MRT Station (麟光捷運站), have excellent, unobstructed views of eastern Taipei. The trails are lit at night, but keep in mind they are not well-kept in certain sections. Be especially careful on the stairs, which can get very slippery when it rains. An easy to way to get there is to leave Linguang MRT at Exit 1, turn left, and walk along Wolong Street (臥龍街). The entrance is several blocks past Fuyang Street (富陽街).