Rum Doodle, Kathmandu
This place has no atmophere. It's reputation is based on being voted one of the best bars voted by times magazine in 1985. It claims to be the only place in Kathmandu that can cater for large groups, I'm not sure that is still the case. I personally did'nt try the food. It is also one of the most expensive places for drinks in Thamel. Don't waste your money here.
Dress Code: No dress code
This has been a Kathmandu institution where trekkers from all over the world who have climbed or attempted to climb Mt Everest or Annapurna come over to celebrate their achievement. Yeti footprints cutouts are handed over to the revelers for their signatures as a token memento.
The food is an average fare and quite expensive for a Nepali hangout.
Dress Code: Trekkers clothes
Well, I would not recommend the night life in Kathmandu as it did not really look safe ( I might be predjudiced). However, the spots around Thamel especially Rum Doodle was great. The history behind this place is great, thats why it was listed in Time magazines list of bars. Especially the memorabilia you can leave behind by writing your name and views. Prices are fine. Dont miss it.
Dress Code: Whatever comfortable
A very nice place to go to is The Rum Doodle in Kathmandu.
Very special about The Rum Doodle is the interior of this bar/restaurant. Behind the bar you can see signatures of mountaineers (like Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner, etc) who climbed the Mount Everest.
The beer-mats are in the form of a foot and on larger footprints, which are hanging in the bar, you can write your own signature, name or message.
When you are lucky you can meet mountaineers who just came back from a trip to the Mount Everest.
Dress Code: There is no dress code for this bar/restaurant.
I have written about Rum Doodle in the restaurant tip pages - go there for details.
Do not miss out Rum Doodle for a bit of night life on the decent side. Here is good music, mostly good people and good drinks.
Definitely on the bar route in Thamel!
Dress Code: Nothing particular, informal. dress up for your own occasion. This is a climbers' place and they may come in their salopettes...