Drinking and nightlife in Nepal

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Narayangarh & Bharatpur

    Chulho

    Without a doubt the place to be in Narayangarh, this crowded bar and restaurant hums with unleashed activity. Perched on the top floor of a building overlooking bustling Sangam Chowk (look for the glass walls), it offers a full bar with a long drinks list and a multicuisine restaurant with creative fare unavailable elsewhere in the Terai.

  • Nightlife in Kathmandu

    Yeti Tap Room

    The epicenter of Kathmandu’s nascent craft-beer scene, this beer garden at the Thamel Eco Resort offers dozens of brews by the can alongside five taps offering an IPA, a pale ale and a saison, with two rotators. The beer mostly comes from Colorado but there are also brews from Vietnam and beyond, with local offerings in the pipeline.

  • Nightlife in Kathmandu

    Himalayan Java

    The various branches of this modern and buzzing coffeehouse are the place to lose yourself in a sofa, a laptop and a pulse-reviving Caffè Americano. There are also breakfasts, paninis, salads and cakes. The main Tridevi Marg branch has a balcony, lots of sofas and a big-screen TV for the football, but feels a bit like a hotel foyer; the smaller Mandala St branch in Thamel is quieter.

  • Nightlife in Kathmandu

    Jatra

    A quiet, intimate and pretty cool venue for a beer accompanied by Newari snacks or a full dinner (mains Rs 450 to Rs 600), with spacious indoor and terrace seating, a global soundtrack and live music on Fridays. Happy hour brings two-for-one cocktails between 5pm and 7pm.

  • Nightlife in Kathmandu

    Sam’s Bar

    A long-time favourite with trek leaders, mountain guides and other Kathmandu regulars. There’s reggae every Saturday. It's hidden upstairs just north of the Saatghumti junction.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Bhaktapur

    Garuda Bar

    A cosy rooftop bar where you can get a cocktail and order snacks, with stunning views over Taumadhi Tole towards Nyatapola Temple.

  • Nightlife in Kathmandu

    Himalayan Java

    Popular pedestrian street branch of the excellent coffeehouse chain.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Bardia National Park

    Sunset View Café & Jungle Bar

    Can it be true? In that desert known as Terai nightlife, here's a noteworthy exception...in the middle of the jungle! Offering a different kind of wildlife, this well-stocked thatched hut does coffee in the morning, Irish coffee in the afternoon and whisky shots beyond. There's also a small library to amuse yourself if necessary. Located opposite the elephant breeding centre.

  • Nightlife in Pokhara

    Bullet Basecamp

    Away from the Lakeside glitz and adjacent to a motorcycle repair workshop, Bullet Basecamp has an unmistakable storyline. Sprockets, driveshafts and Tata truck grills have been turned into light fittings and bar furniture. If you are travelling on an Enfield, this place is a must-do pit-stop. It’s located about a kilometre east of Camping (Hallan) Chowk on Phewa Marg.

  • Nightlife in Pokhara

    Olive Café

    This sophisticated yet relaxing cafe is brought to you by the folks from Moondance Restaurant. With Italian or local espresso, Baskin Robbins ice cream and their very own mischievously sweet Machhapuchhare ice-cream cake, it makes a great place to break a shopping spree. At night it becomes a romantic restaurant.

  • Nightlife in Dharan

    Nectar Juice Bar

    This splash of flavour is just the type of contemporary spin Dharan needs – and after a hard day of travel, you'll appreciate it too. Choose from a wild assortment of juices and smoothies from the Kiwi Mint Punch to the Cocoa Banana smoothie. Along the Putali Line, across from Baskin Robbins. You do have to be patient with the juicemakers.

  • Nightlife in Kathmandu

    Maya Cocktail Bar

    A long-running favourite; the two-for-one cocktails between 4pm and 10pm (some only until 7pm) and salsa music on the stereo are a guaranteed jump-start to a good evening, plus there are decent Mexican enchiladas and chimichangas if you get peckish (a main course gets you another free cocktail). Weekend happy hours bring free snacks.

  • Nightlife in Pokhara

    Busy Bee Café

    The Busy Bee has live bands rocking every night from 8pm, though Friday and Saturday are usually the best nights when locals and travellers converge en masse. There’s a restaurant and bar plus a courtyard with a fire pit, which is a great spot to meet other travellers, and there’s also a smoky pool room down in the den.

  • Nightlife in Pokhara

    Paradiso Sports Bar & Grill

    The occasionally boisterous Paradiso is a revamp of the venerable Club Amsterdam on the Lakeside strip. With live music (from 7.45pm), pool tables, cocktails and mocktails, and football on the big screen, it’s got it all covered. Head for the fire pit out back if you want a conversation.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Siddharthanagar (Bhairawa) & Sunauli

    TNT Rock Bar

    A rock bar in the Terai? Yes it's true, thanks to the heroic efforts of its dynamic young owners. There's always live music, no cover and a very young crowd, at least until the police shut it down (around 11pm). On Bank Rd 100m west of Devkot Chowk. Look for top-floor sign.

  • Nightlife in Pokhara

    Am/Pm Organic Café

    This cosy cafe, up a side street, is run by a Nepali who trained as a barista in London and boasts organic Himalayan coffee from Palpa (Tansen) plus tasty pastries from its German bakery. Also recommended for breakfasts, smoothies and light lunches.

  • Nightlife in Bhaktapur

    Daily Grind

    A neat little cafe at the east end of Durbar Sq, where you can grab a quick coffee or sit at the knee-bruising tables for a decent pizza. Also good for cool drinks, smoothies, momos and sandwiches.

  • Nightlife in Pokhara

    Old Blues Bar

    A super-relaxed option, the Blues Bar is popular with stoners, and large banners of Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon add to its appeal. Most nights there's a local covers band (from 7.30pm).

  • Nightlife in Kathmandu

    Tom & Jerry Pub

    This is a long-running, rowdy upstairs place that has pool tables and a dance floor. There's live music most weekends, frequent parties and Thursday is ladies’ night.

  • Nightlife in Patan

    Himalayan Java Coffee

    A bright and shiny branch of Nepal's very own coffee chain. Hot and cold coffee and other concoctions are available, as well as a small variety of bakery items.