Entertainment and Nightlife in Nepal

Nepal is an agricultural based society which means most of the locals go to bed early and get up with the rising sun – working like a dog and sleeping like a log but this does not mean that life goes to sleep too. The life is still wide awake and young to many who need to keep themselves fully entertained and you will find plenty of places to fulfill your desire. Most of the restaurants in the main tourist areas like Thamel close after 10 pm but a number of bars stay open until after midnight. Note that the city laws in Kathmandu means all music needs to be put off by 10 pm and people on the streets should be on their way home. In this magnitude too, you still can be merry in the fascinating action packed Casinos or shake a leg or two in some discotheques.People travel to Nepal for various reasons and one of the reasons for their travel especially for the South Asian people has been to play in the Casinos of Nepal and try their lady luck smiling upon them.
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. You’ll get free food and sometimes a disco if you put some money on the tables. Nepali’s are officially forbidden from entering in Casinos.To keep yourself amused from dawn to dusk, you can get yourself engaged in different things from a short trek, sight seeing, mountain flight, movies to dining in a nice and cozy restaurant that offers cultural programs and witness the diverse and fascinating ethnic and cultural traditions of Nepal.
Enjoy your visit to Nepal all the more by visiting in the following entertainment places in Kathmandu:
In Pokhara many restaurants have a cultural dance show on every night. Sign boards outside the restaurants advertise what’s happening.
Local Bands, the Bar Scene and Dancing – Look for local bands in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara that may even get away with staying open past the 10pm curfew. 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 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 open for along time, it’s noisy and has pool tables. Close by on the same side of the road is the New Orleans Cafe – 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 popular top-floor place with very loud music and open late hours. Almost 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 favorite meeting place for mountaineering expeditions, and you can eat here free for life, but only if you conquer Everest first! The Pub Maya, which is associated with Maya Cocktail Bar – has remained a favorite for along time. Close to Thamel Chowk is the Underground Bar, which always has its music up pretty high. Further along on Tridevi Marg, Studio 54 is currently popular.
Right near Yin Yang Restaurant is Paddy Foley’s Irish Bar – a very popular place, especially on St. Patrick’s day! Kathmandu has a couple of discos, popular with the more wealthy Nepalis. The Moon Sun Disco – at the Heritage Plaza in Kamaladi, Club X- Zone near Durbar Marg. Both are open late every night but are probably not ideal for visiting tourists. If you want to dance bars in Thamel are a lot better. Caution: with over 50 ethnic groups, drunken brawls are not uncommon whenever people are warmed up enough to cut-a-rug.

Movies – The only theaters in the country 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.

Update: The Inter-Cultural Film Society – Starting in March 2000, this non-profit organization promises to “bring diverse feature films from different cultures around the globe … for promotion of inter-cultural understanding”. Call Prem Basnet or Susi Groeli at: 4481659 or 5537551 for detail information.
There are films shown at the Russian Cultural Center in Kamal Pokhari. They are foreign language films with English subtitles.
Please don’t forget Nepal is an agricultural based society. This means locals go to bed early and get up with the sun. You will have to find your entertainment, after 9pm, in the tourist areas. Note that city laws in Kathmandu mean all music needs to be off by 10pm and people on the street should be on their way home.

Casinos – 24 hour night-life does take place in the 4 Casinos of Nepal. You’ll get free food and sometimes a disco if you put some money on the tables.

Casino Entertainment
The sun never sets on the casinos in Nepal. Excitement and gaming goes on 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the casinos of Nepal with international games like Blackjack, Baccarat, Pontoon, Roulette, Flush, Beat the Dealer and Slot machines, providing the best night life in the region. The casinos are perfect places to unwind during a visit to Nepal, whether you have flown in from overseas for a few days or are in Kathmandu /Pokhara for a few hours. They operate their own international standard bar, offering hot, cold, hard or soft drinks. Along with drinks, you’ll enjoy Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes as well and while you are playing you can also enjoy a variety of tantalising snacks.
CASINO ANNASituated in the premises of Hotel de L’ Annapurna, Durbar Marg, Casino Anna is an ideal place for both beginners and good players. Once you enter Casino Anna you will have an enchanting experience. Your voyage to the casino is full of fun, excitement and thrill. Complimentary refreshments are provided at your table while you are betting. You can enjoy the game of your choice ranging from Blackjack to Paplu, Baccarat to Mahjong and Kitty to Roulette.

CASINO EVEREST
What makes Casino Everest so special is that no visitor ever gets bored. There is a regular entertainment in the form of dance performances, gazals, songs, fashion shows, lotteries and many other programmes. Mouth-watering complimentary food is available and everyday a buffet dinner is laid out.
Casino Everest provides everything that you could possibly be looking for. Guest Relations Officers create a friendly atmosphere without any
disturbances.
CASINO NEPAL
Situated in the premises of Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza, Casino Nepal is the oldest casino in the town. Quiet atmosphere, well trained gaming staff and stylishly furnished spacious gaming hall are what make the casino totally unique. Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Pontoon, Flush, Tri-Flush and Marriage are some of the interesting games available at the casino. Flush and Paplu tournaments are also organized occasionally. American Roulette, high-tech slot machines are another attraction for the players.

CASINO ROYALE
Once part of a palace which belonged to the Ranas – the aristocrats of Nepal, Casino Royale lies in the regal grandeur of Hotel Yak & Yeti. Succulent complimentary food and beverages are available and a matching service is given that makes one have an aura of royal treatment. Waiters, Croupiers and Guest Relation Officers are not only smartly dressed but will eagerly and courteously fulfill your requirements.
CASINO RAD
The casino at the Radisson Hotel is well located at strategic point surrounded by embassies and consulates. Small but cozy, Rad has a homely atmosphere with a great care. With Roulette, Blackjack, Mini-flush, Baccarat and Slots, this casino offers a peaceful venue for 24 hour gaming in Kathmandu. It also features live entertainment every evening. The service here is of international standard and the overall gaming atmosphere is fantastic.
CASINO TARA
Casino Tara welcomes tourists to a whole new experience of fun and entertainment. Located at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, the casino offers an unparalleled gaming experience. Tara is fancied by peace-loving players because it is a little away from the city centre. The interior design is extraordinary and the food is just mouth-watering. Players are not only tempted by the surreal hospitality offered therein but the exotic and extravagant ambience will make one feel cozy and relaxed.

Note: Information on Gaming, Specials, Packages and all Pricing is subject to change without notice Please check with a Casino representative when arriving in Nepal for clarification of any information included on this web-site.
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Culture Shows – Almost every restaurant and hotel that caters to the non-backpacking, up-scale market hosts a nightly culture show complete with local dances, music, songs and costumes.

Local Bands, the Bar Scene and Dancing – Look for local bands in the cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara that may even get away with staying open past the 10pm curfew. 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.

Caution: with over 50 ethnic groups, drunken brawls are not uncommon whenever people are warmed up enough to cut-a-rug.

Movies – The theaters in the country play popular Hindi movies from Bollywood. Recently, a few local venues have popped up serving English language movies that are about 6 months behind their market release. Most of the tourist centers (Thamel & Freak Street) still offer pirated videos on TV’s with volumes exceeding the comfort level. These places usually require you eat at the restaurant and the movie is included.

DISCOS IN KATHMANDU
DISCO THEQUES – Babylon Discotheque, Sundhara, 4248-755
Club 2000 – Sundhara, Tel : 4256-779
Club Dynasty – Durbar Marg, Tel : 4222-686
Club X-Zone, Durbar Marg, Tel : 100, 4231-054, 4244-413
Moon Sun Restaurant & Bar, Kamaladi, Tel : 7469, 4 247 485, 4 226 571
Oriental Dyansty Restaurant & Bar, Durbar Marg, Tel : 4 222 515
Royal Bowling Center, Durbar Marg, Tel : 4 252 723
The Tunnel Club, Thamel, Tel : 4 429 943