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Lesbian Hang-outs in Taipei?

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lesbians in Taipei

Postby lmnop » 16 May 2010, 22:21

Where are they???

I know of a few clubs (like Taboo) but it's really noisy and not conducive to socializing (just dancing) and I'm looking for some bars where people regularly go, so I can get to know people slowly and get involved in the community, rather than just meet a few people here and there.

Some of the girls I've talked to so far have told me there is no tight lesbian community, and everyone is very closeted. I agree that for the most part, this is probably true, but I think it's possible I've just been asking anti-social girls so far and there MUST be a small community out there that I'm just not aware of.

The gay men's community seems to be very active, with the red house bar area in Ximending. But there are no (last I was there) lesbian bars.

Also, there are some bars that some people have told me are gay bars, but when i go there, there don't seem to be any gay people (except the owners) so it doesn't seem like much of a gay bar. What about a very active gay bar, with lotsa lesbians?

If it is true that there is really not a community, I think we should organize one! I know for a fact that there are a lot of frustrated foreign lesbians here in Taiwan looking for a community.... We should unite!! lol

Any suggestions on where some good bars are would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: lesbians in Taipei

Postby Dougster » 16 May 2010, 22:42

Have you checked out Shi-Da? I'm sure there's some lesbian friendly bars in that area, off Shi-Da Rd.
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Re: lesbians in Taipei

Postby cranky laowai » 16 May 2010, 23:10

See this post, which lists Taipei places and info sources as well as ones for other cities.
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Re: lesbians in Taipei

Postby bababa » 17 May 2010, 15:43

lmnop wrote:Also, there are some bars that some people have told me are gay bars, but when i go there, there don't seem to be any gay people (except the owners) so it doesn't seem like much of a gay bar.

Yes, this is because going to a lesbian bar to look at the lesbians is a popular spectator sport among some Taiwanese and Japanese. I have had several practically beg me to take them. They all claimed to be heterosexual, but maybe they were closeted. Or just curious. Anyway, it sometimes then happens that the bar is full of spectators, all thinking the others are real lesbians.
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Lesbian Hang-outs in Taipei?

Postby swifferlover » 06 Oct 2010, 01:07

I just arrived in Taiwan and I'm not familiar with the areas further off from Shi-Da and Gongguan. So I'd like to know if there are any lesbian hang-outs near the Shi-Da or Gongguan areas. Coffee shops, night clubs, pubs, etc? I'm just open to meeting new people and making new friends.

Furthermore, is the lesbian community here tolerant of new faces coming in into their haunts? I wouldn't want to be chased away if they're territorial and all.

Or if you guys know of any exceptionally cool place that's not in the aforementioned 2 areas, please feel free to post it as well. Might be worth a visit.

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Lesbian Hang-outs in Taipei?

Postby bigbeauties » 06 Oct 2010, 13:51

don't know if this helps but the pride parade will be held at the end of this month and you can definitely make friends, snoop for info, join groups (a lot of different ones) and mingle with single Ps there... ;-)

(and there are mostly handsome men replying in this forum and might not know the answer...)
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Re: Lesbian Hang-outs in Taipei?

Postby sandman » 06 Oct 2010, 13:52

bigbeauties wrote:don't know if this helps but the pride parade will be held at the end of this month and you can definitely make friends, snoop for info, join groups (a lot of different ones) and mingle with single Ps there... ;-)

(and there are mostly handsome ageing men replying in this forum and might not know the answer...)
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Re: Lesbian Hang-outs in Taipei?

Postby ichbinjenny » 07 Oct 2010, 07:48

The Jailhouse is at Gongguan. The owner is a sweetheart and she speaks English. Esha (sp) and Taboo are also worth checking out. Taichung has a lot more ladies' bars.
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Re: Lesbian Hang-outs in Taipei?

Postby swifferlover » 07 Oct 2010, 12:54

ichbinjenny wrote:The Jailhouse is at Gongguan. The owner is a sweetheart and she speaks English. Esha (sp) and Taboo are also worth checking out. Taichung has a lot more ladies' bars.


Hi Jenny, thanks for your reply! Where is Jailhouse located in Gongguan? Is it a club or a bar? Also yeah, I saw Esha and Taboo mentioned in some online articles, but are they quite far from Shi-Da?

Do you go to those spots, too? How would you describe the crowd? Are they warm and welcoming or do they tend to leave you alone?

Thanks a lot. I really am kinda lost here.
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Re: Lesbian Hang-outs in Taipei?

Postby ichbinjenny » 07 Oct 2010, 20:58

I'll PM you.
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