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Don’t expect much of a lively nightlife scene in sleepy Yangon, a laid-back city still emerging from years of rule by an oppressive junta that at times enforced dusk-to-dawn curfews and other strict rules. With that said, there are a few wonderful spots for kicking back a few cold drinks after a hot day exploring the city.
For a taste of expat life in Yangon our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend heading to 50th Street Café Restaurant and Bar for international dishes, happy hour drink specials, free Wi-Fi and a chat with the foreign aid workers and journalists who frequent this cozy spot. For more glitz and glamour and a glimpse at what might be in store for Yangon in the coming years, The Space Bar is a modern club with a sleek bar area and comfortable outdoor seating. Many of the city’s luxury hotels, including The Strand Yangon, also have stately bars frequented by an affluent international clientele.