Nightlife of Nepal: An Exhaustive Guide To Nepal's Stellar Nightlife


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Best Areas to Explore the Nightlife in Nepal

Most Nepalis come from an agrarian background, which means that they're the type that sleeps early and rises early too. Most tourist hubs in Nepal are trekking spots and cultural hubs but don't be deterred. There are a few places in the country which boast of a thriving nightlife, and this is where you can go if you're a night owl!

Thamel, Kathmandu

This area of Kathmandu is the best place for nightclubs and pubs in the entire country. From swanky bars, thriving discotheques and karaoke bars, Thamel has it all. Durbar Marg is a street in Kathmandu where many Shisha bars, pool clubs and pubs are situated too. Thamel is also quite lenient when it comes to noise laws, which means that you can party well up to 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM.

Thamel, Kathmandu Nightlife
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Jhamel 

Jhamel is located in Patan and has many bars that have live music stalls and great alcohol. It is an affordable option when compared to Thamel or Pokhara.

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Pokhara

Pokhara is a gorgeous place which offers tourists amazing options to rest and rejuvenate. One can rest by the charming Lakeside Pokhara and make maximum use of the many pubs and bars around the area as well. We love!

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Nightclubs, Discos and Bars

If you're a party animal, these bars, pubs and clubs are your best bet! With great options for food, drinks and company, Nepal has some great gigs lined up.

1. Rum Doodle Restaurant and Bar

You can't afford to miss this bar, especially if you're into mountaineering and trekking! This is Nepal's oldest nightspot. Legendary for its patrons and signature Yeti footprint mementoes given to each guest, the bar is full of avid trekkers who are eager to share their adventures and tales. The Bar offers free food for life - if you can conquer Mt Everest! How's that for a challenge?
Location: Bhupi Road, Kathmandu, Nepal
Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Approximate cost: Starting from NRP 300 (for alcohol and appetisers)
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2. Tom & Jerry Pub

This British-style pub is a crowd favourite because of its great dance floor, pool table and great drinks. The pub also regularly hosts game nights and sports screenings. Classic rock music is a favourite here - live music nights are held every Friday evening. Thursday is ladies' night, so what more incentive do you need to let your hair down? Make new friends here!
Location: Chaksibari Marg, Kathmandu
Timings: 4:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 400 (for alcohol and appetisers)
Tom and Jerry Pub, Nightlife in Nepal
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3. Maya Cocktail Bar

Location: Thamel, Kathmandu
Timings: 2:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 300 (for alcohol and appetisers)
Maya Cocktail Bar, Nepal Nightlife
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4. Buddha Bar

Location: Narsingh Chowk Marg, Kathmandu
Timings: 2:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 400 (for alcohol and appetisers) 
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5. Sam's Bar

Location: Chaksibari Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu
Timings: 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 300 (for alcohol and appetisers)
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6. Tamarind Resto Bar

Location: Jhamsikhel Road, Patan
Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 400 (for alcohol and appetisers)
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7. Old Blues Bar

Location: Lakeside Pokhara, Nepal
Timings: 6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 300 (for alcohol and appetisers)
Old Blues Bar, Nepal Nightlife
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8. Moksh Live Bar

Location: Lalitpur, Patan, Nepal
Timings: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 300 (for alcohol and appetisers) 
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9. Moon Sun Disco

This disco bar is usually crowded with Nepali youngsters and foreigners alike, as it boasts of a video game lounge, pool and snooker tables and a dance floor.
Location: Heritage Plaza, Kamaladi
Timings: Up to 1:00 AM
Approximate cost: Starting from NPR 700
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10. Studio 54

Location: Tridevi Marg, Kathmandu
Timings: Up to 1:00 AM
Approximate cost: Entry is usually free for foreign nationals
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Casinos

11. Casino Mahjong

Location: Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Tahachal Marg, Kathmandu
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12. Casino Anna

Location: Hotel de l'Annapurna, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu
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13. Casino Rad

Location: Lazimpat, Kathmandu
Casino Rad, Nightlife in Nepal
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14. Casino Royale

Location: Hotel Yak & Yeti, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu
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Cultural Shows and Film Exhibitions

Nepal is full of rich culture, made of complex variations and combinations of its many tribes. Every upscale hotel and restaurant hosts cultural shows every night, which include local dance forms, music, tableaus and food. You can expect to find details on signboards at every venue. You can also watch films at local theatres, although you are most likely to find only Bollywood films being screened. Multiplexes are few. You'd be better off at a cultural show.

1. Himalchuli Cultural Group:
The Himalchuli Cultural Group performs every night at the Festival Restaurant and Bar in Lazimpat, Nepal, from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Be sure to catch this show to get a glimpse into authentic Nepali culture!
2. Russian Cultural Centre:
The Russian Cultural Centre at Kamal Pokhara screens foreign language films with English subtitles late into the night, making it a perfect movie date!
3. Everest  Cultural Society:
Performed at the Hotel de l'Annapurna in Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, the show has conventional folk performances and dinner as well

Cultural show, Nightlife in Nepal
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Activities for Singles


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Activities for Couples

Tips & Etiquette

  • As with any tourist place, it is essential for you to keep your documents and essentials safe. Keep your wallet and passport safe, and report theft immediately
  • If you want to enter a casino, you will have to produce your passport as Nepali citizens are denied entry
  • Casino dress codes apply for entry into all casinos - this means no flip-flops or shorts
  • Noise regulations restrict loud music to 10:00 PM, but some locations in Thamel have a relaxed curfew. Keep timings in mind before you visit pubs and discos
  • Some pubs may impose dancing regulations, asking men and women to dance separately. This is not very common though
  • Nepali locals in traditional costumes may not be very approachable to outsiders when in a pub scenario. Keep that in mind
  • Women may wear shorts, dresses, jeans, shirts, tees or tank tops, but avoid anything too skimpy
  • Men may opt for shorts, jeans, trousers or even tank tops. Avoid anything skimpier
  • The temperature may drop steeply at night since the entire area is at a high altitude. Carry coats so that you can cosy up if it gets too cold!
  • Standard bar rules apply at pubs and lounges
  • Usually, transactions are carried out in Nepali rupees, so keep some local currency handy
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This post was published by Nivedha Narayanaswamy

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