Mr, Guitar Bar: It's rock n Roll, but not as we know it.
It's difficult to give you a flavour of what this place is about without explaining a little about the Burmese taste in music. Apart from their own local heroes "Iron Cross" (see seperate tip), who specialise in covers, the musical taste seems to run to "soft rock" and pop. Karaoke is very much King in Myanmar, with Burmese lyrics substituted for the original English. The current "big thing" is Ronan Keating and Westlife. They are everywhere. Failing that, any Bryan Adams, early Bon Jovi or similar will suffice.
This place was opened by a famous Burmese singer, and the house band is very good. Apparently, top Burmese stars also turn up here to jam. I was offered a chance to jam with the band myself, but declined due to an unusual bout of sobriety. Expect things like John Denver's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" to be one of the highlights of the evening. Despite that (or maybe because of it) it's still one of the hippest places in town. Food is served and a wide range of drinks available. Closes at 11 (late for here).
The webpage provided gives an interview with the owner.
Dress Code: Anything at all.
- Beer Tasting
Several night spots: Yangon nightlife is fantastic!
In no particular order:
- The Music Club (at the Grand Plaza hotel)
- BME 2 (probably the best expat bar)
- BME 1
- JJ's (local entertainment plaza)
- Paddy O'Malleys at the Sedona hotel
- Asia hotel (best local entertainment plaza)
- Pioneer (at the Yuzana Garden hotel)
and many others - just walk around early evening
don't believe what you read in Lonely Planet - this place rocks
Dress Code: no particular dress code
- Business Travel
BME 2: Clubbing
dancing, hanging out. BUT beware they are clsoed at 12:30 then you can move to BME 1, at the University avenue where they open up until 3:00am.
IF you are stay at the downtown area, music club at the Grand Royal Park Hotel is the choice. Entrance fee about 5 USD. Live Fillipnio band plus DJ, decent place for clubbing.
- Budget Travel
China Town plus Pioneer Club: Yangon Night
This is the most fun club in Yangon night life because it only holds until late at night around 2 or 3 AM next morning. You can find no other late club than the Pioneer. The most famous DJs there are DJ Phyo & Jay; plus others, fashion show & band alternatively. It's good to go there after 09.00 PM after you have your booze. For me, we boozed at China Town, 19th Street in Latha Township. There was a local favorite ROCK band on that night, Emperor. It was really a fun because you will not know what you can do nightlife in Myanmar.
1) No picture, no video
2) No guns
3) No drugs
2) Sex deals
3) Dance *(except UG)
Dress Code: No dress code, just casual ..
- Study Abroad
- School Holidays
The Ultimate Clubbing in Yangon
Well, most say there's pretty much nothing to do in Burma when it's come to nightlife or clubbing, well, they are wrong. I used to be among those people who thinks that there's nothing to do in Burma when it's come to Nightlife due to curfews and dangers. Well, all those are in the past, Burma has changed and it has in fact moved along with the western culture and developed as well. Here in my review, I will suggest the best places that you could go and with very reasonable prices as well. There is no extra charge for tourist, we all pay the same amount along with the locals.
To start with, I am a hard drinker myself, and when I party I like to party until morning, well there are many things that you can do that last till morning. For me I like to start at normal beer stations, which you can find everywhere in Yangon, once you see dim lights and a big place where there is a stage and a girl singing, please do enter. They provide with cat-walks and model shows as well where you can actually buy flowers for the girls for like 5000 kyats or so and they will come and sit with you till their next walk or singing part. (wouldn't suggest for tourist though because majority can't speak English and it would be awkward, lol, but you may try :D ). One place I would suggest where many people go would be Power Light beer station located right downtown near Kandaw Gyi palace. There's model cat walks and singing and so on. You can start here once the sun has set. Also you can buy whisky outside and drink inside kandawgyi park where you will need to just buy mixers.
Then after you are a little intoxicated (haha) you can head to the clubs. There are different types, dancing clubs, watching the model shows clubs etc. But they combine both of these essence. Most of the clubs provide with model shows till like midnight or 1 am then no more and you can dance on the dance floor. Those places you might wana hit at 9 pm on wards, too early will be awkward and too late you will miss the show. T
he name of the places where they provide with a good model shows along with good drinks and sound and music would be Channel V, JJ, Tein Gyi Zay Plaza. Channel V and JJ are located in the same huge building with different floors, these clubs you have to pay a cover charge of let say 4000 kyats up for entrance provided with a drink. There will be model cat walk shows and also working girls will be there. There are also several similar clubs in the surrounding, once you arrived in the cab the representative of the club will surround you and you will have to choose the place, don't worry once you say the place you wana go other representative will go away. all the club around are similar and they all have same cover charge and same routine.
If you are looking for real clubbing experience then, the night clubs such as Pioneer (not in Yuzana Garden anymore, it moved right between Yangon International Hotel and Summit Parkview Hotel downtown. A cover charge would be 6000+ kyats with complimentary drinks. Other clubs include The Music Club in Park Royal Hotel, BME 2 in Inyar road, Sports Bar in Myeiknyo Hotel, DJ Bar (many working girls and youngsters), 225 etc. All with similar ambiance music and closing time till 3am+
Well opening a bottle of whisky at a night club would be costly at least 60,000 kyats, but if u opened you will be like VIPs cos no one usually open lol. The working girls also start at the price similar to whisky bottle so costly as well lol.
My usual plan on a night out would be 7-10 beer station watching cat walks or drinking at Kandawgyi Park. 10pm- 2am either go see more cat walks and drinking at clubs or go partying at the nightclubs. If I choose the cat walks then after that 2am till morning I go massage (not sex massage though, located 8th floor and 9th floor of the same building as Channel V and JJ) if I go partying at nightclub instead, then I would bring a girl to a hotel most likely after club closes :D. That's about it, there's many more places to explore and I will update if anyone wants me to. The places I mention every taxi knows and located downtown so I didnt mention where the exactly location is.
If anyone wana have a good night out I can join and show you around even, I don't charge cos I love to party myself and enjoy socializing. Just in case, you plan to do so, you can mail me at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Dress Code: wouldnt suggest too casual cos i will look lame so wear normal on a night out jeans shoes (no sandals pls, I hate people going to clubs in tradional long gyi and sandals or sleepers, discusting lol)
- Beer Tasting
anywhere in the center: Street stalls in Yangon
Go for a beer at night to one of the many street stalls in the city center of Yangon.
It's an experience! But take a torch, in case the electricity breaks down.Otherwise you won't find your way back home!
Dress Code: Dress well (long trousers and long sleeved shirt), the poorest Burmese does, too!
19th street: BBQ street
This street is where, in the evening, the road turns into a long line of BBQ restaurants. Ok, the restaurants are there in day-time too but then the street is still 'open' to cars. At around 5 the street gets taken over and the restaurants expand their business to outside.....
It is a nice place to sit and have some BBQ-ed fish, a beer, or whatever else you'd like. You choose a BBQ stand that has items you like and they'll serve your food to you.
One thing that you can't find but should ask for is Malahin (not sure if this is the correct way of writing it but that is how you pronounce it). It is a spice mix of vegetables, meat, and noodles (they can also make this vegetarian). My favorite dish in this street.....
50th street Bar: Good place to hang out
This place in popular with expats and locals alike, especially in the weekend. They have live music in the weekend (at least on the Saturdays when I've been there). They also have very good food with a more interesting choice than the so many so-called western (or european) places that spring up nowadays where a cheese burger is a bun with melted cheese since the cook is Myanmar hand has no idea...
Shwe Dagon Pagoda: Shwe Dagon Pagoda
How about religious night ? Golden pagoda in night is very beautiful and time is gone peacefully. Sitting on the floor with local people, you will feel at ease.
There are many people until 10 o'clock night.
Nightlife? What nightlife? ...
Nightlife? What nightlife?
Sometimes the curfew(s) starts at 10pm... and you'd see soldiers carrying guns patroling the streets. The streets would become deserted because everybody's home - hiding. No, I didn't have the chance to go pub crawling (if there are any).
Well, for the nights when no curfews are imposed, you may wish to hail a cab and tour the city. The one monument that'd definitely catch your eye is the Shwedagon Temple glistening in the night (see pic below). It's an awesome sight to behold!
Nightlife in Rangoon?? You've...
Nightlife in Rangoon?? You've got to be kidding!! Well, there is some nightlife but, in my mind, any 'nightlife' that ends by 11 PM is pretty, well, lame. Due to the off and on 'curfew', most shops close around 8 PM and 'bars' (except for the Strand Hotel) close around 11 PM/12 AM. If you are dying to go out, there are places to go so start early and head home early....you don't want to be on the streets after the curfew starts.
Of all the places that I went to, Mr. Guitar Cafe was the best. It is a 'rock & roll' club run but a man who used to be one of Myanmar's premier modern musicians. The atmosphere is great and musicians stop by from time to time to entertain and practice.
If rock & roll clubs aren't your thing, try a Burmese tea shop. Bring a book or the latest New Light of Myanmar newspaper (if you can handle the 'Big Brother' commentary), have a hot cup of strong, sweet, milky tea and all the pastries you can eat....for almost nothing. Tea shops don't seem to worry about the curfew and many are still open to early in the morning -- as long as there are customers and they are drinking and eating.
Dress Code: If you're up for it, buy yourself a loungyi (a type of men's sarong that is sewn into a tube -- no surprise 'flashes of skin') and some velvet sandals and head out. In the head and humidity of Rangoon, a loungyi is very comfortable and cool..... Give it a try...otherwise, just about anything (as long as you are covered up) is alright....but be respectful.
Your own: Night date with Shwedagon... with beer
Just night silent sleepin` city , tired palms and shiny Shwedagon not far from you and... beer
Dress Code: Naked
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Beer Tasting
- Family Travel
Mr Guitar: Mr Guitar
Small smokey bar with snacks teas and coffees, great atmosphere, cheap food and live country and classic music with guitar accompanyment. Yangons beautiful people at play.
Dress Code: Whatever
La PAlace: La PAlace
For Kyat 1000, step into a place thats well run and safe. Good music and atmosphere and consciencious security.
Dress Code: None
Club Pioneer: Club Pioneer
One of the most popular discos in Yangon, (government owned). Frequented by foreigners and businessmen.
Dress Code: Dress to impress