Entertainment in Nepal

  • Entertainment in Kathmandu

    House of Music

    This beery bar is the best place in Kathmandu to listen to original Nepali rock, reggae and R ’n’ B music, mostly on Friday and Saturday. It’s in northern Thamel but miles away from the cover bands of the centre. Upcoming concerts are posted on the venue’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/houseofmusicnepal). It’s part-owned by the drummer of 1974AD, one of Nepal’s biggest bands.

  • Entertainment in Kathmandu

    Jazz Upstairs

    It’s worth schlepping out to Lazimpat on a Wednesday and Saturday night (from 8pm) to catch the live jazz in this tiny upstairs bar, recently relocated to new top-floor digs. The stage is intimate, the vibe is friendly and the clientele is an interesting mix of locals and expats. Monday brings live blues.

  • Entertainment in Pokhara

    Movie Garden

    This makeshift outdoor 'cinema' is a lot of fun. Built into an old rice terrace but surrounded by budget hotels, it's a good example of Nepali enterprise and resourcefulness. Movies start at 7pm, so get here at 6.30pm to find a seat and settle in with a drink and popcorn (or pizza).

  • Entertainment in Patan

    Moksh Live

    Moksh has some of the best live rock, funk and folk music in town (not just the standard cover bands), most frequently on Friday from 7.30pm but also some acoustic bands on Tuesday. Other nights there are pizzas from the outdoor oven.

  • Entertainment in Bhaktapur

    Downtown Pub & Grill

    This plush eating, drinking and entertainment venue sits just outside the southern boundaries of the old town. The food, cocktails and entertainment (Fridays only at this stage) have filled a need in sleepy Bhaktapur.

  • Entertainment in Kathmandu

    QFX Jai Nepal Cinema

    This is the most convenient place to catch the latest Bollywood-style Hindi or Nepali hit. Not understanding the dialogue is really only a minor hindrance to enjoying these comedy-musical ‘masala movies’.

  • Entertainment in Bhaktapur

    Dé Ghurkas

    On Friday evenings this place hosts live bands. It is also a decent spot to head for a rooftop beer or meal in the shadow of the towering Nyatapola Temple.

  • Entertainment in Kathmandu

    QFX Civil Mall

    The main cinema for English-language Hollywood blockbusters, with 50% weekday morning discounts.

  • Entertainment in Pokhara

    Hotel Barahi

    Bookings are required for the buffet dinner and cultural show from 6.30pm (Rs 1240).

  • Entertainment in Pokhara

    Hungry Eye Restaurant

    One of many long-standing dinner and show venues. This one is indoors.

  • Entertainment in Kathmandu

    Casino Royale

    Pull your tuxedo out of your backpack, polish up your best Sean Connery impersonation (‘Aaah, Mish Moneypenny…’) and make a beeline for this former Rana palace at the Yak & Yeti Hotel. Hang around the tables (not the slots) long enough and staff may ply you with a dinner buffet, though sadly the Russian dancing girls have gone back to Moscow.

  • Entertainment in Chitwan National Park

    Accoustica

    This funky restaurant is defined by its live music, complemented by veggie, chicken or buffalo burgers. They also set up elephant walks similar to those pioneered by Tiger Tops.

  • Entertainment in Chitwan National Park

    Gig House

    Follow the early-evening sound of live music in downtown Sauraha and you're likely to end up at Gig House. It's definitely not the club scene you are used to, but it beats another night at the hotel. There's also a multicuisine menu (Rs 350 to Rs 450).

  • Entertainment in Chitwan National Park

    Sauraha Tharu Culture House

    Nightly shows of traditional Tharu songs and dances for guests, including the popular stick dance, where a great circle of running men whack sticks together in time. It’s very much a tourist experience, but fun.

  • Entertainment in Chitwan National Park

    Tharu Culture Program

    Offers nightly performances of the Tharu stick dance. Touristy, but fun.