This cool bar creatively combines a World War II fighter aircraft theme with cocktails to create an awesome and unique spin to the Taipei nightlife scene.
This spot makes a great place to hang out with friends and enjoy drinks from a creative cocktail menu. They also have a decent food menu – making it convenient if you’re coming straight from work or haven’t eaten yet.
Hawkeye is located in Da’an, but they’re not very close to any MRT stations. The best route to get there from the MRT is from Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, Exit 2, (blue line) being about a 10-minute walk.
They’re pretty much an equal distance from Da’an Station, exit 6, which would be a 12-minute walk if you’re coming from the red line.
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The atmosphere was chilled and quite upbeat when we visited on a Friday evening. Dim lights were glowing in different colors which matched the trance-style pop music playing in the background.
It’s fairly spacious inside as they have plenty of bar stools as well as sofas and tables for people that come to hang out in groups.
The tables are also for eating since they serve food here. We found that out as we were sitting nearby the back where the kitchen is, and some of the smells were making us salivate.
Most of the decorations seem to represent vintage elements of the American and British air force – and it’s pretty cool!
We couldn’t help but admire the huge aircraft models elegantly hanging from the ceiling.
The bar doesn’t have many game machines like other typical bars or micro-pubs in Taipei, however, they do have two modern dart machines in the corner.
The drinks menu had a wide range of classic cocktails along with their own signature cocktails. However, we were told that they were improving their menu and adding new cocktails to it.
In light of that, they offered us to try their new cocktails that are not on the current menu to which we were happy to check out.
Our first cocktail came in a large and tall wine glass ($400), made with early gray tea, whiskey, and blueberries which gives it its red color. The drink comes with a lit cinnamon stick on top which smokes away to create a sweet aroma as we drank it.
We loved it — the combination of fruit and tea made a slightly bittersweet, refreshing drink that was still strong enough to get the party started. This was a great cocktail to begin the night.
The next cocktail to arrive ($400) came in a glass cloche filled with mist which dispersed when the mixologist lifted the lid off.
Once the mist cleared, it presented a vibrant and elegant-looking fruity drink.
Gin was used at the base, with the added ingredients of green apple, honey, and elderflower.
The green apples and honey gave it a sweet and fruity flavor which was delicious, although we couldn’t taste the alcohol at all.
We came to Hawkeye pretty early in the evening and hadn’t eaten dinner yet, so we ordered a few things off the menu to go with our drinks.
Stir-Fried Clams ($300)
We started with something light from the stir-fry options of the menu, but to our surprise, the clams were fairly big and juicy.
Another thing we didn’t expect was that they’re spicy, although only mildly which would probably go quite well with beer.
We loved how this plate goes with the aviation theme as it looks a lot like a propeller.
As for the price of this dish, we figured it was more intended to be shared with a group of friends – similar to the food at a KTV.
Taiwanese Dry Beef Noodles with Sauce ($320)
The next dish we ordered was from the noodles section of the menu. We were very impressed with the quality of beef in this meal. It was tender and deep in flavor which reminded us of the beef in a decent beef noodles restaurant.
The noodles, hidden under the beef and broccoli, were tender on the inside, but still firm to the bite on the outside.
We must point out though, that this dish was slightly spicier than the clams, just a bit more than mild.
Thai Stir-Fry with Pork ($300)
The last dish we ordered was another from the stir-fry options. We really enjoyed sharing this meal between us as the juicy and chew pork blended the flavors well with the peppers.
Just as the name implies, it was pretty spicy, perhaps more than the clams and the beef noodles combined.
So, if spicy food is your thing, as it can make food more interesting, then we recommend the Thai stir-fry with pork.
The bartender advised us they will be redoing their cocktails menu soon, but this what they currently have:
Hawkeye makes a very cool and easy hang-out spot to enjoy with friends for the evening on sofas with a table.
We found the bartender to be very accommodating and friendly when we asked questions about our drinks or wanted anything.
A lot of effort and creativity goes into their food and cocktails, so we wouldn’t mind visiting again to check out their new and improved menu.
If you’re worried about getting a table, we found they have a booking service (in English) after browsing around their Facebook page – so feel free to check that out.
Government Health Warnings on Alcohol:
– Excessive consumption of alcohol is dangerous,
– It is prohibited for minors to drink alcohol.
English address: 92, 1F, Section 3, Ren’ai Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106
Chinese address: 106台北市大安區仁愛路三段92號1F
Zhongxiao Fuxing Station (about 10 minutes)
Da’an Station (about 12 minutes)
🗓️ Visited: April 2021 – Taipei.Expats