New year means new destinations, and the time has come to visit Asia’s new boomtown Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city. The concept and tradition of drinking in Myanmar are different from other parts of the world. Although it can be difficult to find places that operate past 9pm in Yangon, the city’s nightlife scene is growing.
- 7th Joint Bar & Grill
Address: G-A10, Shwe Asia Building, Corner of 48th Street & Mahabandula Road, Botahtuang Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: From 6pm onwards
The 7th Joint Bar & Grill aims to introduce Caribbean culture and lifestyle to Myanmar. The reggae bar’s friendly service and easy-going, welcoming atmosphere attracts a diverse crowd, and features nightly live bands and guest DJs playing a wider range of music genres. This is definitely the place to let you hair down and dance the night away.
- 19th Street
Address: 19th Street, La Tha Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 5pm to midnight
Chinatown’s 19th Street is where the locals go to drink and make merry. It drums up huge crowds every night of the week, which stands as testament to its great atmosphere and unbeatable offerings.
- Vista Bar
Address: Shwegondaing Road, Bahan Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 6pm to 1am
Vista Bar is a pleasant rooftop hangout with some of the best views of the Shwedagon Pagoda, a shining golden temple, the city has to offer. Known to be very popular among the expat crowd, it offers great cocktails at reasonable prices as well.
- Union Bar & Grill
Address: No 42, Strand Road, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm
Union Bar & Grill has been at the forefront of the Yangon restaurant scene ever since it opened its doors three years ago. It provides a relaxed atmosphere, as well as a top-notch menu of mouth-watering food and drinks.
- Yangon Yangon
Address: 339 Bogyoke Aung San Rd, Sakura Tower 5th floor, Kyauktada Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 4pm to 11pm
Located on the rooftop of the Sakura Tower above Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro, guests are able to take in the gorgeous panoramic view of the city’s skyline on the open rooftop, while having a glass of champagne or two. Best enjoyed at night when the atmosphere is cool and relaxing.
- Blind Tiger
Address: 93/95 Ground Floor Seik Kan Thar Road Lower Block Kyauttadar Township, Yangon, Myanmar
Opening hours: 4pm to 12am (closed on Sundays)
Launched in November 2014 and relocated to its current address in the heart of downtown Yangon in March 2016, this very popular bar draws a regular crowd of discerning cocktail fans with their potent concoctions, beautifully designed interiors and cool vibe. Inspired by the slang term for speakeasy bars during the American Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s, Blind Tiger also serves up a delectable selection of tapas and promotes local artists with artworks adorning the walls, which are also for sale. Keep a lookout for its early evening drink specials and weekly promotions to make the most of your visit.
Address: 535 Merchant Street, Kyautoda Township, Yangon Myanmar
Opening hours: 11am to 11pm daily
This snug little Japanese-inspired yakitori grill and whisky bar is located in the historic and beautiful Sofaer Building, the hub of a Baghdadi-Jewish family enterprise during Rangoon’s turn-of-the-century heyday. One of the key highlights of the place – open bar and delicious Asian bar bites aside – are the beautiful floor tiles imported from Manchester, England, and the historical photographs on the walls. Singapore’s famous 28 Hong Kong Street consulted on the drinks list, so the libations are strong, too.
- The Basement
Address: 785, Mahabandoola Road, Lanmadaw Township, Yangon Myanmar
Opening hours: 4pm to 12am daily
Located in a former hair salon, the 88-seater basement bar and grill restaurant opened its doors in early 2016 and has been serving up signature and classic cocktails since, alongside a delectable menu that focuses on fresh ingredients sourced from the local market every morning.