Drinking and nightlife in Bhutan

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Paro

    Namgyal Artisanal Brewery

    Beer drinkers should make a beeline for Bhutan's premier microbrewery (beers Nu 120) to try its flagship Red Rice lager and hoppy IPA (our favourite, only available on tap). The huge taproom and restaurant is a professional set-up, with live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and if you like what you taste, you can can buy bottled beer to go.

  • Nightlife in Paro

    Champaca Cafe

    The bright, spacious upstairs of this coffeehouse (coffee Nu 90 to 150) is the best place in town to recover from sightseeing over a reviving espresso hit and free wi-fi. The South Indian coffee is roasted in Thimphu and packs a punch, while the kitchen serves hard-to-find breakfast dishes (granola, waffles etc) plus cakes and light lunches (mains Nu 200 to 300).

  • Nightlife in Thimphu to Punakha

    Ser Bhum Brewery

    Bhutan’s first craft brewery is hidden down a bumpy 4WD track near Hongtsho, just off the road to the Dochu La. Visitors can book a tour of the tiny brewery or enjoy Bhutan Glory amber ale or Dragon Stout in the taproom or sunny deck – the perfect end to a hike to Trashigang Goemba or as a pit stop between Punakha and Thimphu.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Thimphu

    Hi Jinks

    The sophisticated leather-and-wood bar at the Hotel Druk is the perfect spot for a grown-up pre- or post-dinner drink, especially if you can score one of the bar-side armchairs.

  • Nightlife in Paro

    Book Cafe

    This modern place serves good Lavazza espresso alongside traditional Bhutanese snacks such as khule (breakfast pancakes), puta (buckwheat noodles) and the owner's family bathup stew recipe. Coffee costs Nu 100 to 150, mains are Nu 150 to 400. There's no wi-fi, as visitors are encouraged to put away their phones; instead there's a wall of books that guests are welcome to read.

  • Nightlife in Thimphu

    Benez Bar

    Gazing out over the city from the top floor of a modern block, Benez is popular with a grown-up crowd, who come for the views, the globe-trotting food menu (Nu 150 to 450) and the drinks lined up behind the curving wooden bar. B ukhari heaters keep things cosy and there's a separate smoking room.

  • Nightlife in Paro

    Park 76

    The only real pub in Paro, this modern place has a sports-bar vibe, with suitably dim lighting, weekend live music and three beers on draught from the local Namgyal Artisanal Brewery (beers Nu 200 to 250). It also offers Bhutanese and Indian bar food, plus full meals like chicken tikka masala with rice.

  • Nightlife in Thimphu

    Space 34

    A lively basement club (entry Nu 300 to 350), with live music and thumping electro beats courtesy of local DJs. It's downstairs in the same building as Lungta Handicraft.

  • Nightlife in Thimphu

    Om Pub

    A relaxing place for young Thimphu movers and shakers, on the 2nd floor of the faded Jojo's building; the entrance is on the north side of the block.

  • Nightlife in Thimphu

    Viva City

    Live bands and deafening DJs get the crowds moving at this youth hang-out behind the local bus stand.

  • Nightlife in Phuentsholing

    Hotel Sinchula

    This local hotel located next to a grand peepul tree is mainly of interest to foreign travellers for its alfresco rooftop restaurant and bar. Grab a cold beer (Nu 150 to Nu 180) and a chicken sizzler and kick back under a blanket of stars.

  • Nightlife in Haa

    Deki Hotel

    This local bar is little more than a couple of grubby tables jammed into a local shop, but if you want to grab a beer or a shot of moonshine with some locals it offers an undiluted dose of cultural immersion. If you're feeling brave, grab some beer snacks from the counter or order a round of hoentey dumplings. There's no alcohol on Tuesdays.

  • Nightlife in Thimphu

    Club Ace

    Popular youth hang-out just outside the centre of Thimphu, with a big dance floor, DJs and thumping electronic beats. There's a Nu 250 cover charge.

  • Nightlife in Mongar to Trashigang

    Coffee Café

    The Coffee Café is adjacent to Kori La along the route between Mongar and Trashigang; here you can get a hot drink, instant coffee or tea and a packet of biscuits.

  • Nightlife in Mongar to Trashigang

    Choden Hotel General Shop Cum Bar & Lodge

    This roadside hotel next to a giant prayer wheel is a decent enough place to break the drive for a cup of masala tea (Nu 25). It can get busy when passengers pile out of the buses running from Trashigang to Mongar to get breakfast here.