Welcome to Taipei/Taiwan. I’m not sure what you mean by “going out,” but I agree that going to the Forumosa Happy Hours can help. Though, I’ve been here for about two years and have only gotten to two. So, maybe I don’t know whereof I speak… or, however the phrase goes…
If you are talking about clubbing, pubbing and such, there are clubs in Taipei – both gay & straight, depending on your preference. There are also pubs, etc… you can go to. Check out the Restaurant, Pubs & Clubs forum and/or ask around. I do know there is one bar in Tianmu that is “British.” Exactly what that means, I’m not sure. I’ve been there twice, but since I have only been to a few pubs in England, I’m not sure how much it will feel like home.
If you like movies, there is the movie-goers club via Forumosa. Maybe someone can tell him how to join, since I’m not a part of it.
You can also “troll” the threads and see if anyone here has similar opinions beliefs, interests, etc… as you. If you find someone, send them a private message (click the “PM” button) and see if they are interest in meeting.
Sorry I can’t be of much help. But, I tried. I’m more of a homebody. However, I’ve realized I need to make a few more friends (For those who were following the drama of my “Adjusting to Taiwan” thread… I have made two more friends, Taiwanese and foreign… YAY for me! ) So, I just went to the last happy hour. I met one of the fine members of this forum and had a great chat.
If you decide to go to the next one, look for me and I’d be happy to chat with you (though, since I don’t know many of these guys by sight, I can’t introducte you). I’ll be the big, tall mountain with the beard…