It's more of a bar than a club, so I've put it as an eating and drinking place rather than a dance hall.
Th atmosphere is cosy and tropical (apart from the weather outside) and the drinks are sufficiently strong to make you forget about the pains from your latest trek.
Dress Code: Closed toed shoes, pants and shirt. Denim is okay.
I highly recommend Amsterdam night club in Pokhara. Spacious club, big, strong and inexpensive drinks, tasty food and nice back garden if you need quiet conversation. And the most important thing - nice Nepali rock band singing well known European/American rock songs.
We experienced the nightlife of both Kathmandu and Pokhara. I prefered Pokhara, as there were less offers/ harassment to buy drugs or to visit certain clubs.
A very nice bar in Kathmandu is the Buddha Bar in Thamel. It is a lovely place to relax, have a few drinks and meet some local people. They play good music, and gets very busy during week-ends.
A great bar in Pokhara is th Firefly. A new bar with live music and good food.
There are many dancclubs in Nepal, which provides entertainment for foreigners and locals alike. Dancers miming on Bollywood music seems to be the main attraction?
Restaurants close from 21h00 onwards.
There are many power cuts, which plays a role in the safety of certain areas at night.
Thamel is good for about 1 night but a word of caution! Do not make Thamel a daily activity.
Tourist are raped, beaten, robbed and set up by the cops everyday. This area of town is a very dangerous place. I worked for the US Embassy for a couple of months and most of the debriefs about security in Thamel are very accurate. If your staying at a hotel or hostel in Thamel you are asking for very big trouble. There are a lots of bars in Thamel and drugs are rampent. The last place you want to be is in jail in Nepal, your not going home!
Be cool, stay alert and stay alive. Dont bother getting dressed up or your hair done, after 3 hours in this hole you will have a film of dirt on your cloths, hair, teeth and your shoes will look like dirt clods. Its very-very filthy, all locals including women constantly spit on the ground for some unknown reason that no one could explain to me.
If your looking for a bar thats clean and good prices go to the Ice Bar next to the Radisson. The owners name is Ragu, very cool dude.
Dress Code: What ever you want, no one cares!
Brand New for 2008, This is a Very Popular bar, right in the heart of Thamel, Live music most nights, good band, just don’t expect to much Reggae Music – I think they just picked the name out of a hat ;-)
Never-the-Less it is a great place to go, have a drink (or 6) and listen to some music
Prices are fair, a bit more than average but when you take the music into consideration it is ok.
Give it a try !!
If you are looking for a Good night out in Lake-Side, Pokhara then there are now three bars, Club Amsterdam, Bar Paradiso and Busy Bee, my personal recommendation would be the Busy Bee. It's the least expensive of the 3 bars in Pokhara and I think has the Best Atmosphere,Western Style Live Music is performed by a local band every night and can they play !! Friendly Bar Staff, You have a choice of sitting inside or outside, there is a good fire on outside in cooler times, Food available and Don't forget to say Hi to Monique who uses the place as her office for The Hearts and Tears Motorcycle Club.
I got back into Busy Bee a couple of times on my 2008 trip and pleased to report that it is as Busy as ever ;-)
Yet another of may Old Favourites is “The Maya Pub”
This is one of the older pubs in Thamel, I have been going there “Occasionally” since 1994 and it has always been popular !!
Right in the heart of Thamel, Just a couple of doors down from The Kathmandu Guest House and on the same side of the road.
Drinks are fairly priced and there is a large Selection of Cocktails for the Adventurous ;-)
There is also a Happy Hour if your budget is a bit tight !!
Give it a try !!
Due to the amount of hiking we did each day, the fresh mountain air and the lack of heat in the lodges in general we did not have many late nights. One of the only big nights we had was on arrival at the Kongde Lodge where we ate excellent food prepared by one of Kathmandu’s best chefs and knocked back bottles of Everest beer with our sherpas and guides who also treated us to some traditional dancing and singing. Here is a picture of our guys doing the sherpa dance.
In any case, at 4200 meters the Everest beers that come in 650ml bottles and have 5.75% alcohol by volume carry quite a punch. And we drank quite a few that night. At 550 rupees per bottle they were also the most expensive beers we drank, but what can you expect when everything has to be carried up by porters. The higher and farther you go from the main route the more expensive beer gets. I am surprised they schlepped bottles at all? I would have expected aluminum cans instead. Much lighter.
Well, there you go. Nightlife in Nepal. Woo hoo! ; - )
All in one @ this traveller's place
At Via Via Cafe you can find low budget accommodation, a meeting point with other travelers, a platform for national and international artists (exhibitions, movies, dj`s), as well as a restaurant and bar with worldwide food and drinks. And if that is not enough ..
Guests can avail of travelers information and guidance (library, day trips, tours and trekking), and enjoy intercultural activities (cooking courses, meditation and healing, pottery course).
It was quite an experience and my place to be ...
Hope you`ll enjoy it ..
btw: the female owner is incredibly stunning ..
Dress Code: no codes
Have you ever seen the film " Caravan " ( sometimes called Himalaya ) This Really is a Great film, About Tibetan Life but filmed in Nepal and well worth seeing -- Wonderful Story and Amazing scenery !! I know that at least one place in Pokhara shows it every evening and I would think it is possible to see it in Kathmandu too !! Also you can buy in Very cheaply on DVD -- a Smashing Souvenir or Present !!!
2006 -- I am 100% Sure that the information in this tip is still as good now as when I wrote it in 2004 -- Happy Travels in Nepal -- Rob
When the Last Night of the trip comes, What better thing to do than to have a meal and a few drinks with all those friends that you met "On The Road" -- That's Exactly what I did this last trip, pictured here from the left, Myself, Nirmal and his children then his wife (My Good Nepali Friend who look after me ever so well Every time that I go to Nepal) Marion, Matt, Urska and last but not least Val.
The upstairs terrace was a lovely way to spend the evening drinking cocktails! They also have a pool table and do a good range of snacks! Mind the winding iron stairs though, if you have had one too many drinks!
If you have any energy left to dance after your trek then this is the place to come. There is a good mix of locals, ex-pats and tourists, and the music isn't half bad either. Mainly R&B and some dance.
Even though Nepal is not renowned for its nightlife - thankfully! There are still some nice places to go out and have a drink and a dance, but remember most places are closed by 11pm at the latest and others a lot earlier.
This place had a really relaxed feel about it and was a great place to meet other travellers as well as some locals. Even though it is advertised as a reggae bar, they do play a variety of music. There is a wide range of drinks and a good place of you like imported spirits such as Bacardi and Smirnoff.
Dress Code: Casual
This is a great place right in the center of Thamel that has both live jazz bands playing and Nepali bands. It is situated in a lovely courtyard and has a wonderful atmosphere. I am also putting this as a restaurant tip because the food is lovely too.
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