Top ChoiceMicrobrewery 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...

Top ChoiceBar 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.

Cafe 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...

Microbrewery 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...

Cafe 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...

Bar 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...

Bar 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...

Club 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.

Bar 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.

Club in Thimphu

Viva City

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

Bar 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...

Bar 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...

Club 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.

Cafe 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.

Teahouse 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...