Drinking and nightlife in North Korea

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    Kumrung Coffee Shop

    This rather stylish place in Eastern Pyongyang is a good place for a relaxing drink and a pastry. The low-lit space is presided over by an all-female team who pride themselves in their excellent brews. It's certainly one of the very few places you can get a cold-brew coffee or a real cappuccino in North Korea.

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    Mansugyo Beer Bar

    This regularly visited beer bar is a great way to socialise with locals who come here in droves after work. You'll find a boisterous crowd standing around tables drinking one of seven types of locally produced beer and sharing snacks such as nuts, eggs and fish.

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    Pauläner Brauhaus

    Inside the Haemaji Shopping Centre you'll find this German-run venture where beer is served up to a mixture of locals and visitors in the capital. Brews are pricey here and not necessarily any better than in a normal bar, but it’s unusual to be sitting in a genuine international bar in North Korea. It's popular with tour groups.

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    Taedonggang No 3 Beer Bar

    This bar near the Juche Tower has seven different types of beer on tap, plus cocktails and meals. It's a good chance to see how the local middle classes spend their time, and its quiet gentility is a world away from typical North Korean bars, which tend to be full of people drinking beer while standing around tables.

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    Diplomatic Club

    The Diplomatic Club is a complex full of bars, karaoke rooms and restaurants and it boasts an excellent pool aimed at international residents, although tourists are regularly taken here. More often than not though, it’s utterly deserted. It's one of the few places open until late at night in Pyongyang, though.