Every place is deserted & depressing, as are all the shop owners and nearly everyone else, at the end of rainy season here. One can forget all that in the extensive courtyard of Electric Pagoda, where the many trees & plants make the air cleaner, the music & decor are tasteful, and the cobblestones & wrought iron tables & chairs, with umbrellas, remind me of classy outdoor cafes in Manhattan.
Myself and Basu went for live Rock music at Irish Pub and also had a drink. They have happy hours 5.00Pm to 8.00PM when they offer one plus one. But the price is bit expensive but at the same time a live local band is also playing. The singer and the guitarist are really good, one has to appreciate them and their singing ability. Copying Western Rock singers by local Nepali youth is surely not an easy job. Since, I too am a rock fan and had the opportunity to hear many good bands in India , I can surely say they are simply good. You can spend a couple of hours at Irish pub if you like live rock band but I suggest that you sit outside the hall in the terrace as the hall is too noisy for your ear drums.
A nice place to spend the evening.
Please see the video and judge for yourself their singing/ musical capability.
I can't for the life of me remember the name of this hotel/bar/restaurant, but it's one of the ones situated behind Kathmandu's Durbar Square site office, down the little alley leading from Basantapur Square at the top of Freak Street.
We joined a friend here for a few drinks in the evening, and although a little pricey by our standands, the views over Kathmandu and the surrounding valley were superb.
Jazzmandu - http://jazzmandu.org/ - is a yearly jazz event attracting international artists to Nepal. The success has been phenomenal. The overall topic - beyond jazz - is peace.
If you are there in October (every year), go check it out - you'll be surprised at the lively music scene in Nepal.
Dress Code: Jazzy???
Jazz Upstairs in Lazimpat is a stayer, but an unlikely one, given the location, basically in a tight loft space, split between two, three rooms, doors removed.
They play very good jazz here, mostly avantguarde and blues-like fusion. Drinks, pillows, chairs, when the music is on there is nowhere to talk, so come for the music.
Dress Code: Nothing special.
Jugal Dance Bar is located in Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu
It is one of the numerous dance bars.. and incidentally its signboard did say "shower bar"..
I went there with three of my colleagues at 10.30 PM... several dancers came on the stage, and danced to the tunes of Indian songs. Nothing vulgar .. nothing obscene. As in the case of other such establishments, police comes and closes down the dance bars at 11 PM
However, I would like to warn the visitors about the rip-off practice of dance bar management. After 30 minutes, we ended up paying 11,600 rupees .... We have no idea how the bill got to that amount. One of my colleagues said "I just had one Fanta". It seemed as if everyone in that place were paid for by us. That perhaps explains why there were so few people in that dance bar.
Dress Code: No dress code required
Just carry enough money for the big surprise at the time of departure
The Buddha Bar in Thamel is a lovely place to relax, have a few drinks and meet some local people. It is quite new, according to the co-owner we met there. They play good music, and it does get very busy during week-ends.
They call their bar a Chillout Lounge, and that is very much the case.
I can recommend this bar anytime.
Dress Code: There is an area where no shoes are allowed
I was a bit surprised to see that everywhere in Kathmandu there is a Dancing Bar of Bangkok style and most of them are located in Thamel area! It starts with just music in the evening as the night progresses it turns into a Striptease joint!! Just next to my Hotel in Thamel, The Great Wall, there is a dancing bar, who blares music at full volume and let me tell you it is very difficult to sleep with the blaring music. I thought of changing the hotel, even talked to the manager, he said that law and order in Kathmandu has deteriorated in the last ten years. All the wrong people go there, mostly Nepalese youth. But where do they get all that money??
To find out what is going on I just peeped into the joint for a second and I was almost dragged in to sit beside an ugly looking woman( certainly a hooker!). The second incident, while having dinner with our VT friend Urvashi & her husband Dibya Rana at China Town, I went to the rest room for a while, there I was approached two well dressed boy and girl saying" hey friend(?) I will give you free pass if you join us for dancing in next door night club! Well Kathmandu surely has progressed!!!
Dress Code: Sorry again I have no photographs as I did not visit any of these!! I just discovered that I have taken a photograph of this dancing joint somewhere in Kathmandu ( not Thamel). I regret for not taking a photo of Thamel Bars. In thamel area there are many Dancing Bars!
As you walk around Thamel in the evenings you will hear local bands playing '70's, classic rock covers. Me, I was sick of the format by the late '70's, but no matter how much I hate "Alright Now" for the billionth time, I couldn't help but laugh hearing it in Kathmandu.
In general there is a lack of spots where you can genuinely say a Night Spot. In the eighties the King allowed opening of Casinos at Kathmandu's Five Star hotels. This was done to earn foreign currency and to improve Nepalese economy. Nepalese citizens are not allowed to enter into a Casino as there is a chance to loose the hard earned income out there. that will a blow to local economy. Where as the tourist come and play with a fixed budget, there is no chance to loose everything on bet as you will not be allowed to play more than the limit.
Its a favourite joint for the tourist from India and other places of the world!
Sorry, I have no photograph as I did not go there. I dont gamble either!
Dress Code: Decent formal dress!
Jatra is very relaxed and chilled. Either sit in the courtyard or upstairs looking out on to Thamel. They have live music at the weekends, such as Brazilian/Indian fusion. Makes a change from the majority of the live music available in Thamel. Good selection of cocktails and wine available by the glass. Food isn't bad either. Mixture of locals, expats and tourists. Opens at 5pm.
Dress Code: No dress code
Sam's is a great place to meet other people, travellers, aid workers etc. It has a lively atmosphere without being overwhelming. Beer isn't badly priced. If it starts raining, they are pretty quick putting the roof accross
Dress Code: No dress code
Went to see a Nepali cultural performance in a hotel. Nothing much to do at night and found this is an interesting activity for a night.
On another night, went to a casino that offered free rides to their hotel. Need to show passport to get entry.
I usually dont like Irish bars outside of Ireland due to loud Brits and Westerners but this bar is a great place to watch the buzzing life and energy of Thamel. You can sit down next to the window that is located on the 3rd floor and overlook the main traffic lanes and squares of Thamel while enjoying a beverage. This place has an outdoor terrace and live music but I would rather sit inside next to the window and watch the buzz and chat with the friendly local workers.
If you're ever looking for something to do during the evening in Kathmandu come to G's Terrace, have a drink, and enjoy the live music. There's no cover to get in, the beer is cheap, and atmosphere is friendly. G's also has specials in the afternoon for cheap San Miguels if you like to get an early start on the drinking.
Dress Code: No dress code at all. Bring a jacket as the evenings in Kathmandu can be cool.
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