Kathmandu is not famous for its nightlife, but there are options for those seeking some evening entertainment. Most of the nightlife in Kathmandu is based in Thamel and on Freak Street, and there are also quite a few bars to be found near Pulchowk in Patan.
By law, music isn't allowed to be played after 10pm but many bars and clubs stay open until later. In Nepal's capital, travellers are sure to find a venue to suit their tastes, whether it be a backpacker bar, trendy club, upmarket cocktail lounge, or cultural show at a traditional restaurant.
Popular bars in Kathmandu include Tom & Jerry's and the upmarket Tamas Spa Lounge in Thamel, as well as Absolute Bar in Patan. Nightclubs in Kathmandu generally have a cover charge. Tourists can also catch a movie at the Kathmandu Mini Vision in the Kathmandu Plaza.
They can also try their luck at one of the city's popular casinos or enjoy some live music. Noisy cover bands tend to be the order of the day, but New Orleans Café is a Kathmandu institution and is a good spot for some jazz and blues.
Visitors can find information about events and current entertainment in local publications, such as the Kathmandu Post and The Himalayan Times. Walking around the city late at night isn't recommended. Once the streets start emptying after 9pm, it is better to get a taxi home.
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