Drinking and nightlife in Mongolia

  • Nightlife in Bayanzag

    Three Camel Lodge Bar

    Let's be real: milky tea and fermented camel's milk have their limitations. So when cocktail hour strikes in the Gobi consider steering toward Three Camel Lodge, where in the stone lodge itself is a bar stocked with some of the world's finest whiskys, cognacs, tequilas and wines.

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    UBean Coffeehouse

    Ulaanbaatar's best spot for coffee, the stylish American-owned UBean specialises in pour-overs using single-origin beans sourced from farms from Ethiopia to Honduras. All coffee beans are roasted on-site, and prepared by knowledgable baristas; there's also 12-hour cold drip for summer. Food is another reason to drop by, with homemade bagels, doughnuts, BLT sandwiches and cakes on offer (mains from T8000).

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    Hops & Rocks Brewery

    Mongolia's first genuine producer of craft beer is this bar set up by a team of locals who brew a Crazy Shaman IPA, a Two Rams pale ale and a Red Cheeks amber ale. There are also a few seasonal brews, along with bar food. It's in the same entrance as the Ikh Mongol beer hall, northeast of the circus.

  • Nightlife in Dalanzadgad

    Kahn Uul Pub

    This 1st-floor bar calls itself a pub, but it looks and feels like a lounge, with black-and-white vintage photos of Paris and New York on the walls, cushy booths filled with good-looking, well-dressed types and loud music blaring. The beer is cold and they serve food deep into the night.

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    Coffee By The Boot

    Named for its location next to a 3½m-high Mongolian gutul (traditional riding boot), this cosy spot is decorated with murals of snow leopards and argali sheep. It has the best (only?) real coffee in the aimag, brewing the full gamut of caffeinated treats from espressos (T2000) to Americanos (T2500) to hazelnut lattes (T3500). It also has tea, juice and shakes.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    Revolution

    Playing its part in revitalising Seoul St is this happening pub fronted by an inviting terrace beer garden where owner Nasaa can usually be found behind the bar. Inside it's decked out with a dark-wood English-pub decor and a stage for regular live music, DJs, comedy and open-mic nights. It's equally popular for food, with Mongolian and Western dishes served in huge portions.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    ROC Caffeine Bar

    Hidden away in an affluent south UB neighbourhood, this hip coffee roaster uses seasonal beans sourced from around the world. As well as knocking out a great flat white (T5000), you can get Aeropress, siphon and pour-over coffees to enjoy with avocado on toast for brekkie or the likes of Korean fried chicken burger for lunch (mains from T10,000).

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    Matchbox Cafe

    Catering to the local student crowd, Matchbox is a cool bar decked out with crate furniture, an old-school Sega console (with a heap of games), a foosball table and a good selection of board games. A guitar sits side of stage awaiting any budding musos. As well as cold beer and locally roasted coffee from UBean Coffeehouse, it's popular for food.

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    Dund Gol

    One for lovers of obscure, indie music, Dund Gol is a hip little bar that doubles as a record store, stocking an impressive collection of Soviet and post-communist vinyl. You'll come across some fascinating genres, from Polish psychedelic to Russian disco, all for purchase or to listen to. It's a cool place to hang out with retro lounge decor and an art-filled front beer garden.

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    17 Sky Bar

    One of UB's best spots for a cocktail is this ritzy rooftop bar atop the Central Tower, featuring wonderful views of the city and surrounding hills. Drinks are well made by friendly bar staff, though order off the menu if you're after something more classic. There's also bar food and international cuisine (mains from T17,000). DJs and live music on weekends.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    VLVT Lounge

    In this dimly lit den of luxury, Ulaanbaatar's young entrepreneurs cut business deals over pricey cocktails (from T10,000) and platters of sushi while sitting at a translucent bar made from marble. In a separate room, revellers arrive late for DJs spinning the latest hip-hop and dance mixes (cover charge T10,000). Dress code is smart casual.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    Revolution

    Compared to its heaving main bar on Seoul St, this neighbourhood pub is a much more intimate affair. It's popular with cool, young Mongols here for local beers on tap, as well as good food (meals from T8500) enjoyed on its outdoor patio. It's across from the State Department Store.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    D.d / h.z

    Ulaanbaatar's main hang-out for the local LGBT community, this relaxed neighbourhood pub has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Its owner Zorig Alima also ran Hanzo before its controversial forced closure, but this is a more laid-back incarnation. There's no clear signage, so look out for the bar named 'Kelvin's'.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    MB Beer Plus

    This popular city microbrewery produces four beers on-site, with the standout being its amber ale; it also does a lager, weiser and dark ale. It gets packed on weekend evenings with young professionals here for beers accompanied by plates of pub food, and it has a terrace beer garden for summer.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    Peaberry

    One for those who take their coffee seriously, this cool microroastery brews beans from across Africa and Latin America. Coffees (T4500) are made by expert baristas using your choice of Aeropress, siphon, drip, cold brew or old-fashioned espresso, including flat whites and long blacks.

  • Nightlife in Sükhbaatar

    Amora Coffee

    This cute cafe, located on the southwestern side of the town square, is popular with the young, hip Mongolian kids of Sükhbaatar; it feels like a 1950s soda fountain, if said soda fountain served ice coffee drinks and existed near the Mongolian-Russian border.

  • Nightlife in Darkhan

    Erdenes Plaza

    Ready to get down? This complex includes a karaoke pub, small cinema (most movies are shown in Mongolian, but some Hollywood blockbusters have subtitles), a nightclub (open from 8pm until midnight) and video game arcade. Everything closes at midnight.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    Vegas

    Located in the basement of the landmark Blue Sky Tower is this bunker-like nightclub that runs a variety of events through the week. Expect anything from R&B, to electro and salsa. It attracts a good mix of foreigners and locals.

  • Nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

    Chinggis Beer Club

    Enjoy a pint of Chinggis while watching the brewers in action at this German-style tavern that produces this popular brand of Mongolian beer. There's also a full menu of hearty pub food (mains T13,000 to T27,000).

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    iLoft

    This multi-use venue transforms into a pulsing nightclub after dark. There's leather seating, a large dance floor, techno beats and a mature crowd. It’s located behind the Best Western Tuushin Hotel.