Are you looking for some good cuisine accompanied with live music?
Thamel is a place where good food meets good music. There are lots of live rock bars in Thamel. Personally I started to attend TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) events in Thamel long ago. I have already tried most of such bars in Thamel, probably there are none left. Without any unfairness I just love Purple Haze Rock Bar. Sometimes they invite some metal bands from India who perform paying tribute to Metallica and Guns N Roses. Just a month ago I attended ‘tribute to Metallica’ by Indian Band named Apocalypse. Most of the time I gather with my friends or join couch surfing event. Unfortunately I couldn’t join their Tribute to Lamb of God and which took place just a week ago.
Being a fan of rock music, I normally prefer good amphitheater. Here is a list of five such bars and pub in Thamel that I would love to go whenever it’s possible would highly recommend these places to others. This is just my personal review and list is based on my past visit. Don’t take it seriously, it’s just random listing. But be careful! Don’t pay attention to young youth asking on the streets for you to join inside their dance bars. Don’t pay an attention to them, they are just creepy. All of these recommended bars are on main line of Kathmandu Guest House, in central Thamel. They are almost in distance of couple minutes walk from one to another. Try some of these bars, they are far better than other overrated ones. I found Rum Doodle Bar as one of the most overrated bar in Thamel. Without any due, here is the list of top five best rock bars in Kathmandu (Thamel).
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1. Purple Haze | Prayatan Marg Road Thamel
Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky
I bet this is the coolest and awesome rock bar in Thamel that you can find. Their stage is something different than any other bars in Thamel. Hall is pretty big and you will have good open space for head bang. Balcony offers the best view of rocking performance by local bands. Sound system is good so are the performers. Food is simply awesome. Especially on the weekends they might charge you for entry fee, that is less than five hundreds. But you will get complementary drinks. Pass your coupon on bar and choose your drink. If you are on a big group you can reserve a table prior to your visit (minimum 6 peoples). To be honest their toilets are not that good but you can easily adjust. It will be easier to adjust if you are drunk ?
Hookahs are available along with drink and food. Bar will be closed exactly at twelve in the midnight. Arrange your means of transport. If you still want to hang around, just beneath the Purple Haze there is Club OMG where party will be still on and lasts till two in night. Ladies will get free entry where as for gents it is five hundreds for Club OMG.
2. Reggae Bar | J.P. Road Thamel
Next to Haze there is another small yet stunning rock bar name Reggae Bar. This is good alternative when haze is crowded. They will serve you good food and chilled beer. Stage is almost on level of dance floor. You can simply stand in front of band and enjoy the show. Performance does depend on bands. I mostly enjoy the stage performance by ‘Cobweb’. When it’s crowded you can’t enjoy live performance cause’ view is blocked by mass of standing people.
Staffs are pretty friendly and are easily accessible anytime. To be honest I don’t frequently go to Reggae Bar but whenever I go there, I always enjoy the arena. This is my second choice after Haze so when Haze is overcrowded I join this bar. Definitely there will be large flow of rock fans in Reggie. Give Reggae Bar a try for next to nothing and you will definitely love it. Similar to other bars it will be closed when clock hits twelve in the midnight.
3. Tom & Jerry Pub| Chaksibari Marg Road Thamel
Wow! This is another cool place that I frequently go and hang around. There are two pool tables as well. Order your drink and start playing a pool. There is no such live music here in Tom & Jerry Pub. Dance floor is stunning with disco lights and good music. You will find lots of western youths enjoying in the pub. The only thing I don’t appreciate about this pub is the marketing strategy of some local travel agency. In each and every table you will find brochure and flyers related to trek and tour within Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
Rest of things is nice. Staffs are friendly and arena is cool. You can find crazy dance floor and pool table on same hall. I was there about a week ago with some of my friends from China. One of my friends had birthday on same day and we had decided to give her surprise with birthday cake. But the staffs gave us another big surprise. Guess what!
They played Michael Jackson’s song “Happy Birthday” and that’s a good sense of humor. So basically this is right place if you prefer R&B music than rock. Enjoy good food, drink, pool table and crazy dance floor.
4. Paddy Foley’s Pub | Kathmandu Guest House Road Thamel
Just in front of Kathmandu Guest House, Paddy Foley’s Pub is also a great place to hang around. This is small rock bar where you can sit on a comfortable couch and enjoy the live performance. You might feel area is bit congested as it lacks on open floor. It’s a long rectangular hall with passage from middle of the hall. On either side of passage there are couches. Order your drink and food. There is no one to block the view of live performance. If you feel too noisy you can try for tables on the rooftop anytime. If you are in big group, let’s say around five people, this place is not for you. Only four people can comfortably share one table, else you have to ask them to merge two tables. Sometimes they might not be performing live rock music. Don’t worry! you still can enjoy the amphitheater with cool R&B music.
I found some couch surfing events being hosted on this place often. It was just yesterday, on March 20th, I was there with one of my friend to attend couch surfing meet up. Although there were ten couch surfers who had chosen option of attending the meet up. We end up with cool friend from Boston who was here for four months long volunteering. May be on next meet up we can go to Purple Haze.
5. Lhasa Bar | Kathmandu Guest House Road Thamel
Probably the smallest one in Thamel!
Yes, this is smallest rock bar in Thamel. I think, hardly fifteen to twenty peoples can enjoy at Lhasa at a time. If you are in a good group you can treat this place like your private venue. On middle of nowhere there is small dance floor as well. Sitting arrangement is perfect. I have visited there couple of times and found that sometimes even visitor can give a try for rock n roll. If you know lyrics and they know guitar notes, what next? Just rock the stage. You might feel some reverberations; however they are on tolerable level. It is located on the 1st floor, next to full moon café (Next to hotel north field) on the south of Kathmandu Guest. Unlike other bar’s entrance, the entrance of this bar is not marked. But, once you figure out the place no doubt you can look around and make your way to the bar.
LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL
PLEASE DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE