Originally posted on Style & Design:
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 more options.
The fresh tide of expats following the recent political and social reforms shows no sign of slowing. New to town and keen to make contacts, this crowd of NGO workers, business folk, teachers and diplomats are driving a host of networking nights. There’s a party on almost every night of the week and everyone is welcome.