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Yangon Nightlife - Best Nightclubs and Bars 2017

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
I was in Yangon (Myanmar) in January 2017 for two weeks. It was more than enough time for me to go to almost all the nightclubs and bars in the city.

Yangon nightlife is better than what I expected, even though it will need a few more years before it becomes travel-worthy. For now, it is still a bit rough around the edges and somewhat repetitive. I counted over 15 nightclubs, but only 3-4 that I really enjoyed. The others are either too loud, too quiet or they simply have too many prostitutes. On the plus side, I was happy to find out that they are usually open every night of the week, sometimes until late, and that Burmese are enthusiastic party-goers.

Finding information was a challenge. Most of what you'll read online about bars and clubs is outdated, inaccurate or completely irrelevant. Hopefully this review will make it easier for you. You can help me keep it up-to-date by leaving a comment below.

Note: The Myanmar currency is the Kyat (MMK). At the time of writing: 1USD = 1,360MMK

Yangon Nightlife - Quick Summary
If you don't have time to read my whole review, below is a short summary:

Where to stay?
To be close from both the nightlife and the tourist sites, stay in the downtown area near the Sule Pagoda.

→ 5-star:
Shangri-La Hotel Sule: 200$/night - Find the cheapest price on HotelsCombined.

→ 4-star:
Best Western Chinatown Hotel (80$/night) - Check the best rate on HotelsCombined.

→ 3-star:
City Star Yangon (40$/night) - Find a lower price on HotelsCombined.

→ 2-star and dormitory
Backpacker Bed and Breakfast (10$-20$/night) - Compare rates on HotelsCombined.

→ Hotels With Nightclubs
Parkroyal (Music 5), Yangon International Hotel (Pioneer), Inya Lake Hotel (DJ's Bar, Inya Bar) and Kandawgyi Palace Hotel (The Clubhouse).

Where to party?
Backpackers: Go to 19th street to eat, drink beer and meet other travelers (especially Kosan bar). You can also try 7th Joint Bar. If you feel like clubbing, I recommend Channel V or Pioneer.

Expats living in the North: Go to Kanbawza Street for eating, to Kan Yeik Thar Street for drinking. If you are young, Fuse Club in Myanmar Plaza or BME 2 are the best. If you are older (and a guy), go to DJ's Bar.

Tourists/Expats with comfortable budget: Sunset at a rooftop (Atlas, Penthouse, Yangon Yangon), dinner in Shwe Sa Bwe, Opera, Alamanda or Le Planteur. More drinks in Union, The Envoy or 50th Street. For party, open a bottle in Clubhouse or listen to live music in Parkroyal (if you don't mind the prostitutes).

Single guys: If you are adventurous, go to Mingalar Mon Market (JJ). Less adventurous, try Pioneer. Even less, go to Music 5 (Park Royal) or DJ's Bar.

Where to meet normal girls?
→ Tinder: Very limited unless you want to meet tourists/expats
Asia Dating: Some English-speaking profiles, you can check who's online by making a free account here.
→ Badoo: Only 10 girls online
→ WeChat, BeeTalk, Line: Only if you speak Burmese
→ Best bars and nightclubs to meet Burmese girls: Fuse, Eclipse, Harry's, Channel V, The Vibe, Cuba, BME 2
→ Best bars and nightclubs to meet foreign girls: 7th Joint, Kosan, Double Happiness Bar, 50th Street
→ During day time: Myanmar Plaza Mall, Junction Mall, Sule Plaza, United Living Mall (middle class)

How to get around?
Unless you have a car, you can only walk or use taxis.

Taxis don't have a meter so you need to negotiate directly with the driver. Crossing Yangon from Chinatown to Inya Lake costs about 4,000MMK. Traffic jams are a big problem during the day (average speed: 10 kilometers/hour) but it gets better after 8pm.

Walking is fine for short distances, especially during the cooler months from December to February. Sidewalks are generally well-maintained. At night, it is not so safe as the streets are dark and filled with stray dogs. Burmese drive like crazy and they'd run over you just to avoid slowing down.

Travel Insurance
Dog bites, dengue fever, car accidents, food poisoning, etc... Your health is more at risk in Myanmar and the proper hospitals (International Clinic in Parami Hospital) are very expensive. Make sure you have a solid travel insurance that covers your whole trip. If you don't have one, I suggest WorldNomads. You can easily get a quotation in 1 minute: How Much Does Travel Insurance Costs? (click on "Get a Price").

Nightlife Areas in Yangon
Overview of nightlife areas in Yangon
I created the map above to give you an idea about the different nightlife areas in Yangon. I also made a more detailed Google Maps that you can see at the bottom of this article.

The 6 major nightlife areas in Yangon are the following (ranked from North to South):

1) Inya Lake Hotel Compound
Within the Inya Lake Hotel compound, there are 2 upmarket nightclubs (DJ's Bar and Inya Bar). A few hundred meters away, in Kan Yeik Thar Street, there are some less expensive bars and restaurants targeting both expats and wealthy Burmese (Brave, The Vibe, Joe's Kitchen, Spy and Escape).

2) Myanmar Plaza and Bahan
One of the poshest neighborhoods in Yangon, it is also where you'll find the trendiest nightclubs and bars. They can be found in the brand new mall Myanmar Plaza (Fuse, Eclipse, Harry's), in Kabar Aye Road (Cask 81, The West) or in Kanbawza Street (Genki Kids, PorterHouse and a few more fine dining restaurants). BME 2 nightclub is also there.

3) Kandawgyi Lake and Shwedagon Pagoda
This is not exactly a nightlife area, but you have several rooftop bars and cafés targeting tourists and locals. You can have a drink there at sunset time. Vista and The Penthouse have a beautiful view on Shwedagon Pagoda.

At night, it becomes more sketchy. On the main road, you may encounter ladyboys looking for customers. There are also luxury KTVs such as VIP and The One.

4) Yangon International Hotel Compound
This popular complex next to the Summit Parkview Hotel and the Yangon International Hotel is home to Pioneer club, Muse, Mbox Karaoke and a few more bars.

5) Mingalar Mon Market
The dodgy Mingalar Mon Market is a red-light area with KTVs, massage parlors, freelance prostitutes, short time hotels and discos. Inside high-rise buildings, you'll find the famous JJ Entertainment (the  most popular among foreigners) and the more local Nasa, Channel V, 9 Floor and Asia Entertainment City.

6) Downtown Yangon, Chinatown (19th Street)
This is the older part of town where most tourists stay when they visit Yangon. The clubs, bars and restaurants are diverse and they are scattered around a large area. Some are popular with backpackers (part of 19th Street and particularly Kosan bar), some with Chinese visitors (Emperor KTV in City Central Plaza), some with NGO workers (7th Joint), some with Burmese (Cuba), some with businessmen (Club 5 in Parkroyal Hotel) and some with expats (50th Street Café, Union).

Best Nightclubs in Yangon
Yangon nightclubs are similar to each other, probably because they are owned and managed by just a few different individuals.

Below is a short description of each of them (you can click on the name to read my full review).

Note: Unless specified, the music is almost ALWAYS commercial EDM, especially fast-paced Top 40 remixes (old and new songs).

Fuse Nightclub (Myanmar Plaza)
Located on the rooftop of Yangon's newest mall, Fuse is easily the trendiest nightclub in the city at the moment. It has international standards, attracts a cosmopolitan crowd and welcomes guest DJs at least every two weeks. There isn't much space for dancing so it's better to book a table (and cheaper too).

→ Crowd: 85% rich Burmese (including celebrities and socialites), 15% young foreigners.
→ Prostitution: Not so obvious, but some girls are money-oriented (KTV girls who come after work).
→ Entrance fee: 20,000MMK for walk-in guests. 10,000MMK if you've already booked a table (and a bottle).
→ Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 3AM.

Channel V (Mingalar Mon Market)
One of my favorites in Yangon, it is perfect for those looking for a more local clubbing experience. Great atmosphere and cheap. Busy any night of the week.

→ Crowd: 99% Burmese, 1% random foreigners
→ Prostitution: Difficult to know, let's say 50% of the girls.
→ Entrance fee: 5,000MMK
→ Open every day until 2AM

Pioneer (Yangon International Hotel)
Maybe the most famous nightclub in Yangon. Crowded on most nights and not so expensive. Full of prostitutes. The DJs are better than average.

→ Crowd: 90% Burmese, 10% foreigners (tourists and expats, mostly guys)
→ Prostitution: 90% of the girls
→ Entrance fee: 10,000MMK with one beer
→ Open every day until 3AM

Club 5 (Downtown)
Live music bar and club of the 5-star Parkroyal Hotel. More expensive than average. Many freelance prostitutes.

→ Crowd: 20% rich Burmese, 80% foreigners from Europe, US, Australia and Asia (expats and businessmen)
→ Prostitution: 90% of the girls
→ Entrance fee: 12 US Dollars (16,200MMK) with a beer (free for hotel guests)
→ Open every day until 1AM

The Vibe and Brave Bar (Kan Yeik Thar Street)

Two popular hangout spots among young, upper-class Burmese. They'll normally be busy on Friday and Saturday. Hip Hop/Rn'B DJs start playing at 10PM in The Vibe. In Brave, the music is EDM. Reasonably priced.

→ Crowd: 85% Burmese, 15% foreigners
→ Prostitution: 10% or less
→ Entrance fee: Free (except when special events)
→ Open every day until 1AM (weekdays) or 3AM (weekends)

BME 2 (Bahan)
Upmarket bottle club near Inya Lake. Small but friendly crowd.

→ Crowd: 90% Burmese, 10% expats.
→ Prostitution: 20% + KTV girls/Hostesses.
→ Entrance fee: 15,000MMK with one beer.
→ Open every day until 4AM

The Club House (Kandawgyi Palace Hotel)
Modern club with international standards. Nice design. Good DJs. Unfortunately not so crowded when I visited.

→ Crowd: 80% rich Burmese, 20% foreigners.
→ Prostitution: None.
→ Entrance fee: I didn't pay any
→ Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 3AM (4AM on weekends)

DJ's Bar (Inya Lake Hotel)
Popular with foreigners (and prostitutes). It has 3 different areas: A beer garden with a large screen, a bar, and a small nightclub.

→ Crowd: 30% Burmese, 70% young foreigners.
→ Prostitution: At least 80% of the girls
→ Entrance fee: 10,000MMK with a beer or a glass of spirits
→ Open everyday until 4AM

Inya Bar (Inya Lake Hotel)
A nightclub walking distance from DJ's Bar. Rather small and quiet. Mid-to-upper class customers, including some working girls.

→ Crowd: 95% Burmese, 5% foreigners
→ Prostitution: I'm not sure but I would say more than 50% with some KTV girls.
→ Entrance fee: 10,000MMK with one beer
→ Open everyday until 4AM

JJ Entertainment (Mingalar Mon Market)
A very famous club among expats and tourists (looking for sex). The area is dodgy but the place in itself is luxurious by Myanmar standards. Early in the night, they will have a fashion show. Two floors above they have a spa with massage plus plus.

→ Crowd: 20% Burmese, 80% foreigners (Koreans, Chinese, Japanese mostly)
→ Prostitution: Close to 100%
→ Entrance fee: 5,000MMK for men and 3,000MMK for girls with a beer
→ Open every day until 2AM.

9-Floor (Mingalar Mon Market)
Also called 9-F, it is a large, local club with a very young crowd. Not very clean, a bit too dark, but friendly.

→ Crowd: 99% Burmese, 1% foreigners.
→ Prostitution: Hard to tell... Maybe 70%?
→ Entrance fee: 4,000MMK with 2 beers in a plastic cup.
→ Open every day until 2AM

Nasa Club and KTV (Mingalar Mon Market)
Maybe the most underground nightclub I've been to in Yangon. It is like a softer version of the ecstasy discos in North Jakarta. Busy on most nights, even during weekdays.

→ Crowd: 99% Burmese, 1% young foreigners (or less).
→ Prostitution: Probably more than 70%. There is a short-time hotel in the same building.
→ Entrance fee: 5,000MMK with 1 beer.
→ Open every day until 2AM

Muse (Yangon International Hotel)
A new club targeting wealthy Burmese, but not busy unless they have special events.

→ Crowd: 95% Burmese
→ Prostitution: There were very few girls, at least half were prostitutes.
→ Entrance fee: I didn't pay
→ Open every day until 3AM

Asia Entertainment City (Mingalar Mon Market)
The largest nightlife complex in Yangon, there is a spa, a KTV, a fashion show lounge and a disco. A bit old, mostly popular with Chinese.

→ Crowd: 40% Chinese, 35% Burmese, 20% Other Asians, 5% Westerners
→ Prostitution: Close to 100%
→ Entrance fee: 5,000MMK with a beer
→ Open every day until 2AM

Emperor KTV (Chinatown)
For mysterious reasons, this brothel is popular with tourists (even Western girls). Inside, you'll find a main room with mild "fashion" shows and several karaoke rooms.

→ Crowd: 80% Asian guys (Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Burmese), 20% Western tourists
→ Prostitution: 100%
→ Entrance fee: 5,000MMK with one beer
→ Open every day from 7PM to 12AM

J-One (Kandawgyi Lake)
When I visited, it was really empty. I think it only gets busy on specific nights. In particular, they hold LGBT friendly events and Hip Hop nights.

→ Crowd: 95% Burmese
→ Prostitution: No girls when I visited.
→ Entrance fee: 5,000MMK with a beer
→ Open every day from 9PM to 12AM.

Recommended Bars and Pubs
You can't just walk around and expect to find bars in Yangon. The city is too big and the number of bars too small.

Here are some of the most famous, by neighborhood (for the exact location you can see my Yangon nightlife map at the end of the article).

Downtown Yangon
This large area (3.5 kilometers long and 1 kilometer large) has the highest number of bars in Yangon. Some of my favorites are:

As I mentioned before, 19th street is the busiest nightlife area in downtown Yangon. Many backpackers will hang out there every night. The best bars are Double Happiness and Kosan (both belong to the same people). Friendly and cheap (1,000MMK for mojito, 800MMK for draught beer).

Note: Avoid the overpriced street food in the whole 19th street. Go to 18th street instead.

50th Street
It used to be the place to be among expats but it is now much more quiet. Still a cosy place to drink, eat, watch sports and play pool/foosball.

7th Joint:
A small, Jamaican reggae bar with daily live music. Open mic nights on Tuesdays are very crowded. Full review: 7th Joint Yangon.

Upmarket restaurant and bar, popular with expats. It was created by a group owned by an English guy who is also behind Parami Pizza and Tin Tin 118 (a tiny Mexican restaurant). Regular event such as Salsa and live music nights.

Japanese/Korean bistro with some of the best cocktails in Yangon.

Blind Tiger
Speakeasy bar popular among expats. Serves Western and Asian food.

The Envoy
Restaurant with live Jazz every Saturday night. They have DJ events with techno, deep house and minimal every once in a while.

Fat Ox British Pub
Expat bar, they have decent pub food but the prices are high. Pool table in the back.

Local bistro on two floors with a terrace. Very crowded at night with mostly middle class Burmese. The food portions are huge. One of my favorite places in Yangon for eating.

Hyper Pub
Similar to Cuba, it is a local bar with cheap beer and some local food.

Oriana 24
Another local pub with eclectic music, Western food and a few backpackers. In Chinatown.

Kan Yeik Thar Street
This is a good street to begin your nights out on Fridays and Saturdays (if you stay in the North). You can have dinner in Joe's Kitchen or Escape bar, then grab a beer in Brave (local crowd) and finish your night at The Vibe. The prices are reasonable.

Myanmar Plaza
The mall has several hangout spots but the best one is Harry's sports bar. You can also go to Eclipse rooftop (just next to Fuse) but it will be more expensive.

A Hard Rock Café will open there in 2017.

Kanbawza Street/Kabar Aye Road
On a 500-meter stretch of road, there are a few upmarket bars and gourmet restaurants. Expats tends to go to Genki Kids while very rich Burmese prefer the Whisky bar Cask 81.

Kandawgyi Lake
You need to pay to access the park around the lake (like 200MMK). Inside, there are several café, none of which really memorable. Two of the most busy when I visited were YGN Bus Café and Off the Beaten Track.

Yangon International Hotel Compound
There are several bars (P2, Alchemy Rooftop, The Cup Sports Café), coffee shops and restaurants. None are remarkable but they are interesting if you are planning to go to Pioneer later on.

Yangon Nightlife Map
I've listed all the venues mentioned in this review in the following map:

Pioneer Nightclub - Yangon (Myanmar)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pioneer is possibly the most famous nightclub in Yangon among tourists. They make up about 15% of the crowd there, and the rest is made of Burmese (including at least 20% of freelance prostitutes).

It is located less than 10 minutes from the downtown area (if you ride at night), in a complex with several other bars and restaurants, all of them next to Yangon International Hotel. It is a busy nightlife area by local standards, especially with middle class and older Burmese (the young and the rich will go to Myanmar Plaza instead).

The entrance fee for Pioneer is 10,000MMK and it includes a free beer. The club is quite simple and consists of just one large rectangle room (maybe 500 pax capacity) with a central dance floor, tables around it, a couple of VIP area and a mezzanine. There is only one small bar on the right as you enter.

It is quite dark, with lights flashing and a rather loud sound. The music is commercial (EDM, Top 40 and party anthems). The freelance prostitutes will normally approach you directly. No idea what they charge. Some are quite hot and speak an amusing broken English (a girl came to my table asking: "Tonite together sleeping?").

On the dancefloor, you'll be mostly surrounded by guys. It is a fun crowd who seems happy to talk with foreigners (some were so friendly they might have been gays).

Drinks are reasonably priced: 2,300MMK for a draught Tiger beer - 4,000MMK for a Jack D + Coke - 155,000MMK for French Champagne.

Not a sophisticated club but still one of the best nightlife venues in Yangon. Great for meeting other people (locals and tourists), relatively cheap and closing late.

Pioneer Nightclub (Yangon)
Yangon International Hotel Complex,
No-330, Ahlone Road
Yangon, Myanmar

Phone number: 09 510 8635 or 09 51 248 944  

Opening Hours:
Every day until 3am

Fuse Nightclub (Yangon) - Myanmar Plaza

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Fuse is the most happening nightclub in Yangon at the time of writing (2017). It was opened in May 2016 in the brand-new mall and lifestyle center Myanmar Plaza. It is in an affluent neighborhood about 8 kilometers from downtown Yangon (Chinatown). During the day, the traffic to go there can be hellish but at 1AM, it won't take more than 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can choose a hotel nearby, for instance the luxurious Sedona.

Fuse is on the 4th floor of Myanmar Plaza, right next to Eclipse, a nice rooftop bar with a beer garden vibe. I arrived in Fuse at 2.30AM on a Saturday night, just 30 minutes before closing time (3AM). I had been told it closed at 4AM otherwise I would have visited earlier.

Anyway, the club was still crowded and I managed to negotiate a free entrance. I was shocked to hear the entrance fee for walk-in guests was 20,000MMK (30,000MMK for VIP entrance), twice as much compared to any other nightclubs in Yangon. Drinks inside are also more expensive than average (7,000MMK for a glass of spirits + mixer). In fact, most customers book a table with a group of friends and share a few bottles (starting 85,000MMK). If you do so, you get a discounted entrance fee at 10,000MMK. It is the most recommended thing to do because there is no real dancefloor in Fuse.

Below are the bottle packages that you can buy:
As you can imagine, the clients inside Fuse are young, upper-class Burmese who are used to go clubbing elsewhere in the world. Some of them are obviously local celebrities/socialites/models. I also saw a handful of Westerners and maybe some Koreans/Japanese.

The resident DJs are among the most famous in Myanmar and they play mostly commercial EDM, Trap, Hip Hop and Top 40. Typically, there will be 5 DJs playing a one-hour DJ set each. They also welcome international guest DJs regularly, particularly from other Asian countries.

The venue is non-smoking. You can go outside to smoke on a terrace, probably the best spot to meet and talk to girls.

Opening Hours:
From 10pm to 3AM from Wednesday to Sunday

Fuse Nightclub Yangon
4th floor, Myanmar Plaza
1 Sat Mhu Road
Yangon, Myanmar

Reservation (from 2PM to 9PM): 09 44 000 77 88 

Instagram: Fuse Yangon
Facebook: Fuse Nightclub

I also wrote about Fuse in Best Nightlife in Yangon - Nightclubs and Bars.

9F or 9th Floor Nightclub, KTV and Spa (Yangon)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
9F Entertainment, also called 9th Floor, is a nightclub located in Mingalar market, in the same building as JJ (4th Floor) and Channel V (5th Floor). Note that the 7th and 8th floor have a massage parlor plus plus (4,000MMK for a body massage with a happy ending). I didn't try but I you have, you can leave a comment below...

From all the nightclubs in Mingalar Market, 9F is the cheapest but also the friendliest. The entrance fee is 4,000MMK and it includes 2 free small beers (served in a plastic cup).

It is a large, single-room club that could probably hold up to 1000 clubbers if full. During my visit, there were only about 100 people which was not bad considering it was a Tuesday.

I was the only foreigner there, and the staff seemed surprised by my presence. They kept saying: You want go JJ? You looking ladies?

After I said no, one waiter stayed next to me and didn't move. After each sip of beer I drank, he folded a paper towel and gave it to me so I could wipe. That's was a bit ridiculous but I played along and gave him a tip.

The Burmese crowd was quite young and not particularly fancy. There were some normal girls among them, but mostly freelance prostitutes. Gays and lesbians (tomboys) seem to enjoy the place as well.

The sound level was higher than anywhere else I've been to in Yangon. If you stay in 9-F too long I'm pretty sure you'll damage your ears permanently. Bring some earplugs if you are sensitive to noise.

The DJ was playing the usual pop and Top 40 upbeat remixes. Nothing really new here.

Overall: Just OK. Channel V is better.

Opening Hours:
Every day until 2AM.

9F - 9th Floor
9th Floor, Mingalar Mon Market
Set Yon Road, off Banyar Dala Road, Yangon

Inya Bar (Nightclub in Yangon - Myanmar)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Inya Bar is an upmarket nightclub located within the Inya Lake Hotel Complex in the northern part of Yangon. It occupies a small, independent building next to DJ's Bar and Opera Restaurant. It used to be called GTR.

If you are visiting from downtown Yangon, the taxi ride should last about 15 minutes and cost 4,000MMK. As long as you are in the area, you can also try Fuse club at the Myanmar Plaza Mall.

I made the mistake to arrive in Inya Bar way too early at 11.20PM. The place was deserted but the receptionist told me that it would eventually fill up after midnight. I waited and while a few groups came in, by 1AM there were only around 60 people.

Among them, I was the only foreigner. The rest of the crowd was made of Burmese in their late 20s, including a lot of girls. Some were probably prostitutes, but some looked normal. As often in Yangon nightclubs, they were all dancing with tremendous enthusiasm.

The club looks kind of new, but it is not that modern in design. It is a simple square-shaped room with 2 VIP areas on the side, around 30 high tables (with no chairs), and a dance floor. The DJ plays your usual Top 40 EDM remixes from an elevated podium. They have foreign DJs about once a month (Thai, Europeans, Australians).

The entrance fee is 10,000MMK and it includes one drink. Beers cost 3,000MMK for a Tuborg and 3,5000 for a Carlsberg. They don't seem to serve spirits by the glass as most people order bottles (starting at 40$).

Inya Bar
37 Inya Lake Hotel, Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, Yangon
Phone number: 09 25 88 35 885

Operating Hours:
Every day from 10PM to 4AM

The Clubhouse Nightclub (Yangon) - Kandawgyi Palace Hotel

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Clubhouse is a bottle nightclub located in the basement of the 5-star Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in Yangon (Myanmar).  It is one of the few nightlife spots in the city with Western standards, but unfortunately it isn't very crowded yet.

I went there on a Saturday night at 1.30AM and there were only a few tables occupied (maybe 30 people in total). There was a good ambiance though and almost everyone was dancing and having fun.

The Clubhouse is definitely upmarket but contrary to Fuse, it targets more mature clubbers + foreigners. It has a modern design with a low-ceiling, some comfortable sofas spread across the room and a great lighting/sound equipment. 

Most of the drink menu consists of bottles (see below). If you are alone, you have only a few options by the glass, all of which are cocktails. I didn't see any beer. I had a Mojito for 7,000MMK which tasted fine. Friendly, fast and well-trained bartenders.

The musique was EDM and top 40. Every Sunday, they have trance nights.

During special events they may have sexy girls dancing in golden cages.

Maybe the best-looking nightclub in Yangon but it isn't for individual clubbers. I recommend you to visit as a group and buy a few bottles.

I took this video inside:
General Info
Free entrance every day except during special events (check their Facebook page in advance to make sure)
Dress code: Casual. No shorts, no sandals.
Smoking inside is prohibited.
Drink menu in Clubhouse
Drink list part 2
Opening Hours:
From Wednesday to Sunday from 9pm to 3am (4am on weekends)
Ladies night every Wednesday with 50% off selected bottles.

The Clubhouse Nightclub - Yangon
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, Kan Yeik Thar Road
Yangon, Myanmar

Phone number: 09 979 017064

Facebook: Clubhouse Yangon

You can also read my article: Yangon Nightlife - Best Clubs, Bars and Hotels.

Asia Entertainment City: Disco, KTV & Spa (Yangon)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Asia Entertainment City is a large nightlife complex occupying the 7th, 8th and 9th floor of a building in Mingalar Market. It is next to the nightclubs JJChannel V and NASA.

The 7th floor has a KTV and a spa/massage parlor. The massage certainly includes a plus plus or sex. I was told it costs 4,000MMK for the basic body massage. I don't know if more tips are required.

The KTV is called 747 and the rooms are looking tired.

The 8th floor has some VIP karaoke rooms and a big stage with fashion shows from 10PM to 1.30AM. It looks almost the same as Emperor and caters to Chinese, Koreans and Japanese customers. The music is mostly local (or maybe it was Chinese, I can't tell).
On the 9th floor, you will find an old disco (called 757) that has a dozen of freelance prostitutes. It is just a square with a central dancefloor and tables all around it. Nothing really original.

It wasn't very crowded but the few people dancing seemed to be having a lot of fun. The crowd is mostly made of guys and it is older compared to NASA or Channel V. The few girls who were there looked like they were picked up on a farm on the same morning: Young and not really confident walking with their high heels. A bit sad to watch honestly.

The music was not too loud, which is rare in Yangon. The DJ was playing a lot of remixes including some Burmese and some old Top 40 songs.

The toilets were not very clean but the janitor still had time to give back massage to guests (for a tip).
Not my favorite place in Mingalar Market. I'd recommend JJ or Channel V instead.

The entrance fee is 5000MMK and it gives you access to both the 8th and 9th floors.

Operating Hours:
Everyday from 8PM to 2AM (the disco closes at 00.30AM)

Asia Entertainment City: Disco, KTV and Spa
New Mingalar Market (A),7F,8F,9F
Yangon, Myanmar

Phone number: 01 861 9270

You can also read my full review: Yangon Nightlife - Best Bars and Nightclubs.

Club 5 Music Club - Parkroyal Hotel - Yangon

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Club 5 is a live music bar/nightclub located inside the 5-star Parkroyal Hotel. It is a short taxi ride from the downtown area (1 kilometer).

You don't need to go to the lobby to reach it as you have a dedicated entrance on the side of the hotel. You'll need to pay a first drink charge of 12 dollars (16,200MMK) to get in, only if you are not a hotel guest. All prices inside are in dollar and more expensive than average for Yangon. A cocktail will cost at least 8$ for instance.

Club 5 is not different from other luxury hotel bars I've been to in Asia: You have a middle-aged expat and business crowd, a particularly high ratio of women to men (I mean there is a lot of prostitutes), a quality band and great service.

When I visited on a Saturday night, the band was an all-female group playing all-time favorites from Nirvana to Lady Gaga. They were fun to watch and interacting with their audience between each songs. During breaks, a DJ would replace them and mix commercial house music.

The club is rather big and it was only half-full. If you are alone, the best place to sit is around the central circular bar where you can easily meet other people. Some pretty working girls will stare at you and give you the impression that you are a handsome celebrity. I read that only 20 prostitutes are allowed to work at the same time in Club 5. I didn't count how many there were that night but probably close to that number.

If you are with a group, it is better to book a table. The best ones are the two VIP areas with sofas on the corners. They are a bit far from the band though so you may choose instead the high tables closer from the dancefloor.

One of the most popular nightclubs in Yangon among the 40+ business and expat crowd (30% Westerners, 20% Japanese, and the rest unidentified). It is also a pick up place for those looking for (paid) sex. If you don't mind the prostitution scene, it is still a fun place to party and enjoy live music.

I took a few videos while I was there:
Club 5 Music Club
33, Alan Pya Pagoda Road, Dagon, Yangon, Myanmar

Phone number: +951 250 388 – Ext. 8103/8139

Opening Hours:
Every day until 1AM

NASA KTV & Entertainment (Nightclub) - Yangon

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
NASA KTV and Entertainment is one of the nightclubs that you will find in Mingalar Market, a short taxi ride from downtown Yangon. The other ones are JJ, Channel V, Asia Entertainment City, Franc-Franc and 9-F.

It is in the same building as the MZ Hotel which, I suppose, has short-time room and a friendly policy towards prostitutes.

I visited NASA on a Tuesday night around 10PM. The entrance process is similar to that of nearby clubs: A well-dressed host will escort you from outside the club to the elevator, then to the ticket counter (entrance fee of 5,000MMK with one beer). After you undergo a very thorough body check, he'll get you a table and call a waiter. He will make sure you drink arrives, then ask for a tip and leave.

For a Tuesday night, the club was surprisingly almost full with a crowd of young middle-class Burmese. There seemed to be many gays and lesbians among them. I wouldn't say that all the girls were prostitutes, but at least 50%.

I was the only foreigner and it was a bit weird. A security guard and a waiter were standing idle next to me for the whole time. I'm not sure if they wanted to give me a VIP service or if they wanted to spy on me. I was trying to take photos so I would make sense.

The club set-up is exactly like in Channel V: You have a large, low-ceiling rectangle room with a central dancefloor and high tables on the sides. It is quite dark but you can still see the people surrounding you.

It has a underground feel as it is a bit old and not particularly clean. Even though there is a big sign "No Drugs" at the entrance, I'm quite sure some of the clubbers were high. For sure they were dancing pretty hard.

The sound level was deafening, especially if you stand near the speakers. The DJ was playing various fast-beat remixes from old and recent songs. Not too bad.

Overall: If you like local nightclubs with a slightly underground atmosphere, NASA is worth checking out. I'm sure it gets much busier on weekends also. There is also a karaoke that I didn't try.

NASA KTV & Entertainment
Mingalar Zay Thit, Blok C, 4th Floor
Banyar Dala Road, Yangon, Myanmar

Operating Hours:
Every day from 8PM to 2AM

JJ Entertainment Club (Yangon)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Pictures were forbidden inside the club so all I have is this lousy photo of the entrance.
JJ is a nightclub and KTV located in Mingalar Mon Market, 100 meters off Banyar Dala Road (Yangon). It is in the same building as Channel V nightclub, Club Franc-Franc and opposite NASA KTV.

It has a similar concept as Emperor: In the early hours of the evening, you can watch a fashion show performed by young Burmese girls (who happened to work for the karaoke) and once finished, a DJ will play very loud house remixes until 2AM.

The place looks luxurious, a bit over the top with everything either made of fake gold or marble. The main lounge has an elevated dancefloor/podium, with tables all around. It kind of looks like a Thai gogo bar without the gogo dancers.

I paid 5,000MMK to enter with one free beer (3,000MMK if you are a girl). A lady GRO accompanied me from the outside of the club up to the 4th floor, then she got me seated, brought me the menu and took my order. I was afraid she was going to stand there all night next to me but she left after I tipped her.

There were quite many foreigners inside, including some Koreans expats I talked to in the elevator. A group of backpackers were also dancing on the podium with their backpacks on. 3 security guards were standing on the dance floor as if there was some kind of immediate danger they had to take care of. A bit strange. Apart from them, it is mostly prostitutes that are quite pro-active in their search for customers. Just stare at them for 2 seconds and they'll come for a talk.

It's not the best club I've been to in Yangon. The music is too loud and not really good. No normal girls apart from prostitutes. Efficient but pushy staff (even in the toilet they asked for tips to turn on the faucet). I recommend you to go to Channel V instead, just one floor above.

Opening Hours:
Every day until 2AM.

JJ Entertainment Club and KTV
4th Floor, Mingalar Mon Market
Set Yon Road, off Banyar Dala Road, Yangon

Emperor Club and KTV (Yangon) - Myanmar

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Emperor is a nightclub and KTV located in downtown Yangon, walking distance from the Sule Shangri-La Hotel. It is considered one of the most upper-class prostitution venues in the capital and it caters mostly to Asian guests (Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Burmese).

For reasons I cannot comprehend, it is also popular with normal tourists, including Western women. It must be featured in the Lonely Planet or some other travel guidebooks.

I visited on a Saturday night at 11PM, just before the closing time of 12PM. A guy, friendly but hungry for tips, escorted me from the street to the club on the 5th floor of an old building. I quickly got a clue what to expect as 2 girls in the elevator started to chat with me. They were friendly and spoke a rather good English but once I said I was not looking for company, they lost interest.

The entrance fee for the main lounge of Emperor KTV is 5,000MMK, with a free beer included (extra beers cost 3,5000MMK each). Basically, it is a large, low-ceiling room with sofas and tables from which people are watching a fashion show of Burmese girls. Some were quite pretty I must say, with Chinese traits and young faces. They don't do any sexy dancing, it is more cute to watch than anything else. During breaks, you have loud electronic music and the club gets darker.

The girls are available for karaoke if that's your thing. There also seems to be some freelance prostitutes who roam around looking for customers. I saw a few Western guys leaving with a girl they had just met there.

Overall: Emperor is not really a fun place to party but you could visit it out of curiosity (or if you are interested in picking up prostitutes). A bit old-fashioned.

More info about nightclubs: Best Nightlife in Yangon.

Emperor Disco and KTV
Shwedagon Pagoda Rd, Yangon
Phone number: 01 240 600

Opening Hours:
Every day from 7pm to midnight.