I have noticed that nobody has mentioned Rogers’. Which was my local (I lived across the street) and he has the best record collection (vinyl) on the entire island, bar none. It’s a quiet bar that only attracts music nerds like myself. He’ll play any sort of music you want. I’m sure he’s still there, he’s been around since 1987. Likewise, the Kinks is right down the road - great selection of music, but with a younger crowd (these guys were ex record store clerks), near the train tracks. DJ’s also is a good pub for those who want to hear classic rock, but with a bigger crowd and a more crowd-pleasing atmosphere.
Roger’s also attracts motorcycle nerds, as well. A very interesting guy to have a beer with (he doesn’t drink, but tends the bar 7 days a week, more or less). Extremely knowledgable about music (he gives lectures at record stores regularly). Really, if there’s one bar to sit down and have a beer in Tainan, it’s Roger’s on Dongmen Road (right after the train tracks), simply because he’s one of the most interesting local characters to meet – and has an amazing record and motorcycle collection, only part of which is on display. Very few customers because the bar is small and dingy (it ain’t called “Dirty” for nothing).