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Entertainment & Nightlife in Nepal


There’s no wild nightlife scene in Kathmandu, but there are plenty of late bars and nightclubs, some with live music, around Thamel and the city’s 5-star hotels. Some restaurants put on traditional Newari dance shows for tourists and there are a couple of casinos. Watch movie blockbusters on DVD in restaurants around Thamel or sample Hindi films at cinemas.

Almost every restaurant and hotel that caters to the non-backpacking, up-scale market hotels, hosts a nightly culture show complete with local dances, music, songs and costumes. In Pokhara many restaurants have a cultural dance show on every night. Sign boards outside the restaurants advertise what’s happening.

Discos are becoming popular and dancing sometimes breaks out at local bars. Because of cultural attitudes toward men and women contact, local people general dance with the same sex. A general rule: if you see local women dressed in jeans, they've been cultured abroad or family ties extend outside the country.


There are four Casinos in Kathmandu located in the premises of the city’s top hotels which offers 24 hours of non-stop fun and games like baccarat, blackjack, flush, poker, pontoon, roulette, and other card games and slot machines. All the games are played in chips and they can be bought with US dollars or Indian rupees. Nepalese are officially forbidden from entering in casinos.

There are several bars scattered around Thamel in Kathmandu, all close to each other. Each one has its own style so have a look in each one to choose which appeals to you.

Tom & Jerry Pub (upstairs, opposite to Pilgrims Book Store), has been opened for a long time; the pub has pool tables. Close by on the same side of the road is the New Orleans Café; a popular place to eat good food and often has live bands. In the same area is the Jump Club; a popular bar with DJ and a small dance floor. Further north is the Tunnel Club; a top-floor place with very loud music and opens till late. Directly opposite is Sam's Bar; a small place with good music that opens after 5 pm.

A well known bar is the Rum Doodle Restaurant & Bar. it's a favourite meeting place for mountaineering expeditions, and you can eat here free for life, but only if you conquer Mt. Everest first. The Pub Maya, which is associated with Maya Cocktail Bar has remained a favourite haunt for a long time. Close to Thamel Chowk is the Underground Bar, which always has its music up pretty high. Further along on Tridevi Marg, there is Studio 54.

Right near Yin Yang Restaurant is Paddy Foley's Irish Bar. It's a favourite among expatriates, especially on St. Patrick’s day.

Kathmandu has a couple of discos, popular with the more wealthy Nepalese. The Moon Sun Disco (Heritage Plaza in Kamaladi) and Club X Zone (Durbar Marg) open late every night but are probably not ideal for visiting tourists.

Theatres in Nepal play popular Hindi movies from Bollywood, mostly without English subtitles. But catching a Hindi movie is worth it since understanding the language is not essential to enjoy these comedy-musical spectaculars. Recently, a few local venues have popped up serving English language movies that are about 6 months behind their market release.

A number of restaurants in Thamel offer pirated videos or laser discs on TV's, almost as soon as they are released at the cinemas in the west. These places usually require you to eat at the restaurant and the movie is included. You'll see the movies written up on chalk boards on the pavements.

There are films shown at the Russian Cultural Centre in Kamal Pokhari. They are foreign language films with English subtitles.





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