What’s the deal with all the seemingly high alcohol prices in Taiwan? Or is it just Taipei? I’m looking at sites for pubs and clubs, and it seems the going rate for a nip of Johnnie & Coke is around NT$150.
Here in Brisbane (Australia), that’s the equivalent of about AUS$6.50 – really the most you would ever expect to pay. The usual price is about AUS$4-$5.50 (~NT$90-$125). Even on the ritzy Gold Coast, you’d be hard pressed finding a club that charged more than $7.50 at an absolute max (~NT$170).
Now we have some pretty high taxes on alcohol here in Oz, so those prices I see online seem quite steep! So am I:
(a) looking at the wrong sites, or
(b) mistaken as to the economic situation in Taiwan?
What are you guys normally paying for drinks over there? And just for a comparison, how much is a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red from a bottle shop over there? Here is costs about AUS$25-30 (NT$575-690) for a 700mL bottle.