23 is another Taiwanese brewery that is slowly gaining prominence in Taiwan. With their 23 Public bars – one branch located near Shida Night Market, and another in Xinbeitou, they are proving to be a couple of the best spots for a nice ale and decent grub.
The city branch has a black board on the back wall serves as the ale menu, a pastiche of vibrant colours akin to a Gasper Noe title sequence. Twelve crazy sounding ales, eleven of them brewed by 23 and one guest ale.
My eyes were drawn to the Mojohito, a lager mixed with pineapple and lime. Not entirely sure why it was named as such, as there was no mint or rum involved. But it sounded fun so I gave it a go.
A very summery drink – refreshing and zingy, it was a crisp clean lager that went down nicely.
With other drinks including cucumber sour, passion fruit sour and heavy scotch ale, I’ll probably try one of the flights next time, consisting of five smaller sized glasses.
Both branches of 23 Public have a modern feel and are nicely decked out. They are both cosy places, with room for only a couple of dozen drinkers. The Beitou branch also occasionally has some live performers.
This is the best picture I has here, as it was taken a while ago before I started this blog.
The city branch is light and airy, with huge windows lapping up the sunlight.
23 Public is a good spot for a quick drink. I’ll be back again to see if there food is any good too.
- Good selection of interesting ales
- Ales aren’t that cheap
Level of English: Good (English on menu)
You can purchase a flight of five small ales for NT$580
23 Public Locations
Closest MRT: Taipower Station (green line – exit 2)
Closest MRT: Xinbeitou Station (beitou line – exit 1)