I will be going to Hsinchu for the summer. Can anyone tell me what are the popular nightlife hotspots? I have heard of the Pig and Whistle, but that places sounds like more of a restaurant. Are there any other places, and does anyone know which places are the best time to go on certain days? Thanks!
First, you need to keep in mind that Hsinchu isn’t Taipei.
Then, we can speek about nightlife hotspots, but don’t make any comparison.
Pig and Whistle is a pub-restaurant on the first floor and a dancing pub on the second. There’s a stage with bands playing on the weekend. That’s near the ambassador hotel, the highest building in Hsinchu.
The pig pen is another popular place for dancing. Band and DJ play alternatively. The music isn’t great but go to shake your butt anyway and you’ll have some fun. It’s near the city hall.
The flying pig (they have a problem with pigs in this town), isn’t bad either. The dance floor isn’t big but it’s a good excuse to get close to the nice women. It’s near the Dongmen (center downtown).
There’s another one called Tibet but I’ve been there one, quite drunk, and I don’t really remember how it was…
These place are popular but also a bit impersonnal. You can go there for 6 months everyday, asking for a corona. They will always ask you what you want to drink.
In the same street than the flying pig, you’ll find several small bars but with good atmosphere (B52, pumpkin, 4Q2, Mr7). My favourite is 4Q2 because their food is good, they’re friendly and the boss give free shoots quite often.
The best I think is to start in one of these bar and then move to one of the dancing place. You’ll find that some of these place are more or less popular depending if you’re an english teacher or working in the science park. Don’t ask me why, I’ve never figured that out.
And this is true only for the week-end. It’s real quiet during week days.
I’m not a night animal, you may find other places.
Thanks for all your help Frederic, it is appreciated. What do you mean when you said “You’ll find that some of these place are more or less popular depending if you’re an English teacher or working in the science park.” I will be working at the science park. Do you mean that some places are more hospitable and fun for people who are English teachers, while other places are more hospitable and fun for people who work at the science park? Thanks again for your information.
Go to Taipei on the weekends.