Drinking and nightlife in Ulaanbaatar

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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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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'.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Basement

    Head downstairs to this cool, grungy basement club in Seoul St to hang out with the local indie kids. There's regular live bands and DJs, and it's a good place to meet a friendly, alternative crowd.

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    Blue Sky Lounge

    This cocktail bar at the top of the iconic Blue Sky Tower is a stylish place for a drink. There's great views, as expected, and it also does a menu of pizzas, burgers and the like.

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    Ikh Mongol

    Jugs o' beer to fill your gut (T4500 for 500ml), daily live music (9pm) and a large beer patio built on two levels. It’s located on the east side of the State Circus.

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    18cm Lounge Bar

    One of the few LGBT options in Ulaanbaatar, this lively city bar is popular with a young gay and lesbian crowd (girl's night on Wednesdays), but it's welcoming to all.

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    Salm Brau Pub

    A part of the all-encompassing Modern Mongol chain, this resto-pub is noteworthy for brewing its own beer using traditional Austrian techniques. Most folk are here to eat German-style beerhaus food (mains T9900 to T30,000), waited on by staff in Bavarian uniform, but it also draws decent live bands and DJs. It's located across from Metro Mall.