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 !!
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
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 !!
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.
If you go to Chitwan on your trip to Nepal, the best possible night time activity you can do is just sit at a campfire and watch the lovely stars at night. If you are lucky like I was, you might be able to convince your hotel guides to serenade you with Nepalese music. The nights in Chitwan with no electricity are so peaceful and remote.
Doodles (Forty And A Half Thousand Foot) Bar in Thamel, Kathmandu has walls covered in Everest summiteers signatures, including Sir Edmund Hillary's. They will sell you a book if you want to know the whole history of the bar. The summiteers are allowed to eat and drink here for free for life, so they claim. They also do food.
The bar at Namche Bazaar claims to be the highest in the world. True or not, just remember alcohol doesn’t help acclimatisation! Depending on the security situation the bar may close at 7pm when there is a curfew in place (most likely at present) so you will have to drop in early. Take a marker pen with you to immortalise yourself on the bar or wall !! The beer is also expensive.
PLEASE visit the Irish Bar when in Kathmandu. The staff are great and if you are lucky enough to visit when the resident band are playing you'll hear some great classic rock music.
(No Guiness though! But hey, this IS Nepal!!)
There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Pokhara. Many of the restaurants show films in the evenings for a little light entertainment, though the quality varies a good deal.
Laylas was a favourite with the backpackers (on the main street in Lakeside) and has free pool.
Watch out if you decide to take on any Nepali who challenges you at a game of pool for a beer. They'll probably end up doing a lot more drinking than you will !!
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.
I guess I've seen everything now. The folks back home would never believe me if I told them about the bar scene at the neighborhood 7-Eleven.
Twizzlers and Cola Slurpee Shots. I wonder if they have Lotto here?
Dress Code: Anything goes at the 7-Eleven!
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.
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
For the most part, Nepal shuts down easily by 9 pm. And outside of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, and possibly Pokhara, no "night life" exists whatsoever. However, in the "cities" (more like overgrown towns) above some forms of "night life" may exist. In Kathmandu in specific, live music performances have become more popular, with the increase of young tourists. In fact there are some reggae bars now out there to satisfy the "euro trash" customers (sorry, I just found that term riveting). There are also some more "legit" places to hang around at night. The Himalate Cafe, which is very good might I add, does on occasion have some live music performers and may stay open to around 11 pm. If anything, it is just fun to look around Thamel to see if anything is happening at night. Although "nightlife" is on the rise, it still isn?t popular amongst the Nepalese, and even the most popular "nightlife" places close easily by 1 am.
PS: be careful of the "hashish whisperers" on the street, they lurk when the sun goes down.
Dress Code: Nothing, but in general no sleeveless shirst in Nepal
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