Must-see nightlife in Myanmar (Burma)

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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)…

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    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…

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    Cafe' Cafe'

    It's not just the tempting array of cakes and baked goods that draw in customers to this cafe so good they named it twice. The semi-outdoor seating area…

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    Ginki Mandalay

    At Ginki, a branch of the same-named Yangon bar-restaurant, you can imbibe on the romantically lit terrace shaded by palm trees – a step up from drinking…

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    Hi Snack & Drink

    That rare thing: a genuine bar in a provincial Burmese town, Hi is the size of a closet and boasts a fun, speakeasy feel. If you haven’t had its trademark…

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    Min Thiha

    Three trees grow through the roof of this archetypal, busy teahouse, its walls pasted with Buddhist aphorisms, bread pictures and English Premier League…

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    The Rock Gastro Bar

    One of the city's few Western-style pub spots with live music and draught beer. The vibe aspires to a bit of rock meets biker bar, with the typical…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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)…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…