Central District’s steady revitalization, including recently beautified river banks and brand-new bus and rail terminals, also features a flood of new boutique hotels, making it a hub for tourists and other visitors. Whether you’re a visitor or, like me, a resident that simply loves hanging out in the oldest part of town, Sachsen was a welcome addition when it opened a year ago as a spot to relax and sample a very large selection of beer and other drinks, as well as some decent western dining.
Located on the corner of ChengGong and TzuYu roads, this is the sister branch to the QingHai Road Sachsen and offers a warmly-lit interior with seating and bar downstairs and a larger upstairs area with great views of the action outside through giant windows, as well as a projection-screen TV with sports (including World Cup) and other videos.
Like its sister branch, Sachsen’s biggest claim to fame is its beer selection. The branch manager almost apologetically notes that his store “only” has about 150 types of beer, compared to about 300 at the other branch. About 80% are Belgian (mostly NT$200+ range) but there are also German and American (like Elysian) beers, local Taiwan Head craft beers, various ciders, wines, whiskies, Taiwan Beer (NT$150 large bottle) and a NT$999 3,000ml Budweiser dispenser ideal for a group or 1-2 very thirsty customers. On tap is a German Schneider Meine Blonde Weisse (NT$220 500ml). Popular among ladies are 11 proprietary cider-draft beer flavored mixes (NT$250).
Despite all the booze, food is a strong point here, too, with a weekly-changing selection of pizza, pasta and risotto entrees (last order midnight), plus plenty of appetizers and fried finger foods–from Polpette Al Sugo Italian meatballs (NT$300) to five kinds of wings (NT$180-200).
中區成功路105號(成功店) (04) 2223-2235
105, ChengGong Rd, Central Dist (Chenggong branch)
週日至四/Sun-Thu 5:30 pm-1 am, 週五、六/Fri-Sat 5:30 pm-2 am (每月第三、四個週二休/closed 3rd/4th Tue each month)
每人低消200元/Minimum NT$200/person bill.