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Burma’s largest city, Rangoon, is buzzing and change is in the air—nightlife included. The recent surge of expats, newly affluent youth and a steady stream of tourists all make for fun nights out in Rangoon as long as you know where, and when, to go.

For years, the best bet for a drink in Rangoon was a five-star hotel and these swanky spots still offer good watering holes. The Kipling Bar at the Governor’s Residence (35 Taw Win Road, Dagon Township, + 95-1 229869) is all colonial charm in a tropical setting. For the homesick, Gallery Bar at Trader’s Hotel (223 Sule Pagoda Road, + 95-1 242828) has a clubby feel and a great happy hour from 5-9pm with $3 bottles of beer. But if you want to get away from the tourists and hang out with the people who live in the city—expats as well as locals—there are…

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