The Crazy Yak Troupe entertains at a couple of different venue in Lhasa, including the Crazy Yak Restaurant and the Shangri La Restaurant. Best to book in advance, as they are very popular.
The show starts with short performances of various aspects of Tibetan Opera, carries on with a drinking song which everyone is encouraged to take part in, and culminates in a sketch symbolising how nomads subdue and tame wild yaks into domestic animals. A pantomime yak comes on stage and appears to be wild before being restrained and he then walks round kissing members of the audience. The show finishes with the nomad riding out on the back of the yak. A very amusing and entertaining evening indeed.
In Lhasa, some hotels have nightclubs or KTV entertainments. Generally speaking, there are not too much evening activities. I was there in 1986 so please don't use me as a reference, guess Tibetan Guest houses with other travelers will be great with tales from other travelers enroute to Katmandu or Chengdu......You have to get up at the crack of dawn and make use of daylight. We had airpipes coming out of bubling water in our hotel room to make Alt.Sickness less of a prob. 1 poor old guy had a bad heart and his wife was screaming at the receptionist for a doctor, the girl didn't speak more than VERY basic English and didn't understand the distressed woman...Oh my.
There is now a Tibetan Opera usually for tour groups and there is the Shoton Festival.
I SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING IS THE BEST THOUGH:::
In the early Summer evenings Barkhor square takes on the atmosphere of a medieval carnival with entertainment provided by musicians and wild Khampa nomads from western Tibet.swarms of people still linger on downtown's Qingnian, or Youth Road, which is renowned for its high concentration of clothing stores. Some of the stores remain open until midnight. I hear in 2002 that Fred, from Holland, opened a restaurant serving Western food on Lhasa's Beijing Road, attracting many Western travelers seeking home-style food and drink.
Tibetan residents in Lhasa usually prefer the "Langma" halls, Tibetan-style recreational centers. Visitors to the halls can drink beer and enjoy traditional Tibetan singing and dancing by professional and amateur artists.
"Langma," which means "royal music" in Tibetan, used to be a privilege reserved for noblemen, but is now the favorite pastime of ordinary Tibetans.However, pop music and Western classics also have a market in Lhasa, mostly among the young Tibetans and people from outside the region.
Dress Code: Mountain boots or very good walking shoes.Weather resistant clothes .Bring your own oxygen mask and cylinder. Crampons good in the winter with Sunlotion factor 25
While sipping the infamous butter tea, we are entertained by the Tibetans about their culture & dancing.
The food proved to be more popular with the guests though I think the ones we had at Snowland & Dunya were much more delightful!
Cultural Showcase at Mad Yak Restaurant. It's nothing fantastic, just a display of the Tibetan costumes & some form of dancing & singing.