2, WuQuan West 6th St, West District
Hours: 1-8 pm cafe, 8 pm-2 am lounge
Credit cards not accepted. No service charge.
Chinese-only menu. Minimum 1 drink order per person.
Free wireless Internet.
This little 18-seat corner cafe/lounge near the Art Museum was opened by six youthful partners who wanted a place where people could grab a coffee during the day and a drink at night. On the coffee side, patrons can savor a variety of Italian and American style brews, plus specialty drip coffees (NT$150-250) carefully prepared by the veteran barista from custom-roasted beans. There are also desserts like macarons and cheesecake. From basic NT$220 items like gin tonics to exotic, hard-to-find cocktails such as the Zacapa Mojito (NT$380) or authentic James Bond Martini (made with a Lillet apertif). Check Facebook for monthly coffee-tasting and arts events here. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Angel Pu
A. Representing Bitters' two main directions, experienced barista "JGB" Chiang (left) and drinks specialist Dan stand shoulder to shoulder preparing their concoctions.
B. One of Dan's very creative inventions, The Zen (NT$300), mixes high-end Chinese "tieguan yin" tea, Grand Marnier liqueur, garnished with tea leaves--giving it an aromatic cypress tree tea flavor. He always serves it with a side cup of the hot tea.
C. Like The Zen, the Bitters Special (NT$280) is another caffeine-and-alcohol invention, featuring a mixture of espresso coffee, lemon and Polish Zubrowka vodka, giving it a layered taste of lemony scent and a slightly sour flavor while enhancing the sweetness of the coffee.