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Yangon Nightlife & Entertainment

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Nightlife in Yangon is rather limited by Western standards and can be hard to find. Local bars or "beer stations" as they are called close early (around 9 PM to 11 PM), but offer drinks at bargain prices. Expect to pay about 500 Kyat for a pint glass of beer (Myanmar Beer). Local whiskies cost 2000 Kyat a glass. Expect to get a lot of attention when going to the local beer stations since theses places are not frequented by foreigners, but people are curious and friendly! Drinking is not culturally accepted for women in Burma, so don't expect to pick up any girls, because there won't be any on the beer stations. The beer stations represent a place where the local men meet to talk, chew betel nut (very popular in Burma) and drink.

Most upscale clubs are located in 5 star hotels. Nightclubs located in 5 star hotels include The Music Club (at the Parkroyal Hotel; entrance fee US$6, hotel guests free), Paddy O'Malley's (at the Sedona, entrance fee US$5 including one drink) and Pioneer (not at the Yuzana Garden Hotel anymore, it has moved to the east of the city centre). There are also stand-alone nightclubs (BME1 and BME2 in the North of the city). Local entertainment plazas that include Karaoke, fashion shows, bar and disco include Asia, JJ's and 225. Closing times are from 11PM to 3AM, and entrance usually costs between US$3-5. Beer is around US$1-2. Most upmarket discos and nightclubs are frequented by numerous Burmese prostitutes who will be very eager to talk to foreigners.

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