Drinking and nightlife in Myanmar (Burma)

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Yangon

    Burbrit Taproom

    Sample some of Myanmar's first generation of craft beers at this taproom-cum-sports-bar in the leafy embassy district. Most ales are European-inspired but some, such as its very refreshing dragon-fruit-and-mint-infused Red Dragon lager, have a distinct Burmese twist.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Burbrit Brewery

    Myanmar's first craft-beer brewery and tasting room has a great location beside the Pazundaung Creek. Most ales are European-inspired but some, such as its very refreshing dragon-fruit-and-mint-infused Red Dragon lager, have a distinct Burmese twist. Sample 10 of its beers in a tasting flight for K6000.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Yangon

    Cafe Salween

    A pioneer of Yangon's blossoming third-wave coffee-shop scene, Cafe Salween goes all out for hipster status, making drinks in a variety of methods with an impressive range of local single-origin beans. Sample four different coffees in a taster set (K6500), served in test tubes nestling in a beaker of ice along with tasting notes.

  • Nightlife in Mandalay

    Given Coffee

    A recent entry to Mandalay's burgeoning speciality-coffee scene, Given is the most committed to the local authenticity of its product. It works with Burmese farmers growing the beans, and tells the accompanying story. As you might expect, the espressos are strong and expertly made; frappes, shakes and 'wellness' teas also are good. Walls exhibit work from local artists.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Winstar

    Very much a local party scene, Sanchaung St has beer stations and small bars, cafes and restaurants, all a short walk north of People's Park. Winstar is the biggest beer station along the strip. It has an English menu and a relaxed vibe popular with all ages.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Yangon

    Penthouse

    This sophisticated rooftop space draws the local elite. You'll have to cram into one small corner of its spacious outdoor area to get a view of Shwedagon Paya, but otherwise the soft-cushioned horseshoe seating around low tables creates a mellow vibe for cocktail-sipping and Myanmar star-spotting.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Mandalay

    Goffee Coffee

    Easily mistaken as a Brooklyn cafe by way of Scandinavia (in terms of its minimalist decor), Goffee offers typically contemporary choices, from pour-over to frappes, with a handful of excellent pastries and cakes to tide you over while swiping on your phone or tapping at your laptop.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Yangon

    Blind Tiger

    Giant paintings of Myanmar girls, faces daubed in thanakha, dominate the walls of what is one of Yangon's top cocktail bars (cocktails from K6500). Selected drinks are half price during the daily happy hour (5pm to 7pm). It has great burgers and tapas, too.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Pansodan Scene

    Cleaning up in the Instagram stakes is this rainbow-bright and roomy art cafe where hand-painted bamboo platters and papier mâché masks (all for sale) line the walls. Check its Facebook page for various events, usually art- and media-related.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Pyin Oo Lwin

    Barista-Khine Coffee Shop

    The best coffee shop in town. The baristas really know how to present the coffee with an artistic flourish. There are also light snacks available, and the fruit salads and ice cream are rainbow-coloured extravaganzas.

  • Nightlife in Old Bagan

    Fantasia Jetty & Garden

    Aside from running sunset cruises on the river, Fantasia has a peaceful garden with serene views over the river. Order a cold drink, sink into a shaded lounge chair and watch the river traffic slowly drift past.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Roof Alchemy

    If you'd rather photograph your drinks than actually drink them, this is the place for you. A 'cocktail professor from Amsterdam' designed these crazy concoctions, involving smoke, homemade infusions and syrups, ice baking and other molecular monkey business. However, few live up to their visual promise on the menu – the lurid green-hued, rum-based 'Lonely Planet' included.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Yangon Yangon

    Its tag line is '250ft in the sky', and you'll certainly know it when you step out onto Sakura Tower's open rooftop with its powerhouse views across downtown Yangon. A great spot to catch the sunset (happy hour, when all drinks are K5000, is 5pm to 7pm) and party on into the night. Admission is K5000 to K10,000.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Red Dot Brewhouse

    This Yangon outpost of a Singaporean craft brewery offers a spacious semi-open space in which to enjoy cask ales, including a Czech-style pilsner, weizen, IPA and the signature Monster Green lager. There are often events and live-music shows here at weekends.

  • Nightlife in Mandalay

    Royal Lake Cafe

    This lakeside complex has a boardwalk seating area with stage for live music. What's more remarkable, however, is a gilded wooden 'royal barge' moored 650ft around the shore. Once a feature of the central moat, the barge is far more boat-like than the bigger, concrete Yangon version. When it's quiet, you can have a beer without eating a meal.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    50th Street Bar & Grill

    One of Yangon's longest-established Western-style bars, in a handsomely restored colonial building, 50th Street continues to draw in a largely expat crowd with its mix of event nights, free pool table and sport on the TVs. Happy hour is 6am to 8pm Monday to Friday and all day Sunday. The pizzas and burgers are decent, if a little expensive.

  • Nightlife in Mindat

    Hornbill Coffee Cafe

    This cosy little cafe, opened in early 2019, is one of the few spots to enjoy a frothy, high-quality cappuccino or strong espresso in all of Chin. The local entrepreneur owner has bigger ambitions, and now grows and processes his own beans, which are marketed as a brand and sold throughout Myanmar. Hours can be irregular in the low season.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Sarkies Bar

    Named in honour of the four Armenian brothers who originally founded the Strand Hotel, this classic bar offers an impressive range of liquors, including barrel-aged cocktails, behind its polished wooden counter. There are also cigars and a billiard table for the full 'British club' effect.

  • Nightlife in Yangon

    Atlas Rooftop Bar

    Regularly tipped as Yangon's best rooftop bar, Atlas occupies a lofty perch in laid-back Sanchaung. It's certainly very slickly designed with plenty of branding for a particular French Champagne label. Tapas bites are provided by the restaurant Mahlzeit on the building's ground floor. Note that it closes during the rainy season.

  • Nightlife in Hsipaw

    Mr Shake

    It does what it says on the sign, and that is wholesome fruit shakes blended up by a friendly family, plus some naughty but nice options like Oreo shakes. Also known as Yuan Yuan Fruit Shake, this place even rustles up some alcoholic options including a zesty mojito, and will add a shot of rum to your shake for K200.