Barc- The Speakeasy in Kathmandu you need to know about

Are you craving a cultural yet classy experience in a speakeasy in Kathmandu?

Then to uncover the many layers and people of this city, you need to roam around on an evening. As Rupert Brooke said, “Cities are like cats reveal themselves at night.”

And BARC is the perfect place to witness this. 

Having lived in Kathmandu for a few years, I’d longed for a new chic hotspot away from the expat bubble and tourist traps. 

Since its opening last year, I’ve been a regular weekender to the first speakeasy in Kathmandu, BARC. 

What is BARC? 

Photo Credit: Adarsh at Barc

BARC is a cocktail bar with a fusion of brilliance, heritage, and innovation in Tripureshwor. It’s actually a breath of fresh air from the tacky tourists and teenagers in Thamel. This is a hidden gem if you want to see locals in their element and interesting individuals. Your feet aren’t sticking to the floors; you aren’t served cheap vodka, and your presence matters. 

Part of the zeal for me about this place is the location it’s situated in. It’s in Bluebird Complex, which is not the typical drinking spot for residents and expats in Kathmandu. Many people live on either the North Side, Lazimpat, Baluwatar, Durbar Marg, Thamel, etc., or the south side, like Jamsikhel, Dhobi Ghat, Sanepa, etc. Many residents only cross the other sides of the city once in a while. 

For me, BARC is like the bar that is the perfect meeting point for friends on the other side of town who don’t want to retreat too far.

It’s great as there’s room to bring your car or bike, without any hidden parking charges. 

On the (top floor) of the Bluebird Complex, this area is a hotspot for locals, influencers, celebrities, and visits to the country. Normally, when I visit bars in different areas, there’s a specific type of crowd and atmosphere, but the beauty of BARC is it’s for people solely into the drinks and the company. 

Menu of this Speakeasy in Kathmandu

If you’re someone who wants to grab a bite to eat in between drinks, BARC has a food menu, too, which is pretty epic. It’s a pan-Asian fusion, so you can find a bit of everything there, from the following:

  • Charcoal Grillied Chicken Bulgogi
  • Japanese pork meatball skewers
  • Tom yum potato croquettes
  • Smoked mozzarella cheese balls
  • Sichuan prawns
  • Momo with chilli oil
  • Braised pork belly sliders
  • Smoked chicken bruschetta
Photo Credit: Food Journal by Adarsha

These are just a few mouthwatering dishes out of many served by the Co-founder and his kitchen team Food Journal by Adarsha.

But, to come to Barc, you really have to go for the cocktails. They’re truly world-class and could teach the non-cocktail bars in Kathmandu a thing or do. What I love about this cocktail bar is that they’re innovative and have put a lot of thought into fusing local with the cosmopolitan aspect.

If you want to get drunk but can’t handle the hard stuff, they have a chart on their menu showing what’s more of a hard cocktail or a softer one. Similarly, if you’re a visitor in Kathmandu on a short stay, you can experience a bit of culture with their cocktails as some have Chang and aila in, both typical drinks of Newars (on their own).

Another cracking one is their Bloody Nepali a a vodka based cocktail with Titaura mix.

Their cocktails on their menu for pretty much everyone. They’re constantly adding to their menu; you’ll probably be quite overwhelmed. 

Speakeasy in Kathmandu Barc

If you’re still stepping into cocktails, there are multiple strategies you can pick them based on. I suggest trying their name or using the grid. But if you’re unsure, even ask the staff; they’re highly knowledgeable and will recommend one to tickle your tastebuds.

When it comes to me, I’m a creature of habit. I typically love to guzzle down a nice aila sour. But don’t take my recommendation; try them out yourself first. 


Once you crack the puzzle to BARC, you’ll discover a pretty cool vibe.

It’s on top of the Bluebird Complex and has stunning shades of green walls, hip red chairs, tables, and my favorite, chesterfield sofas along the back wall. They’ve decorated so that their bar remains the centerpiece and main focus of their room. It’s like they’ve managed to make a small stage to watch the bartenders and mixologists do their magic while you wait for your drink.

Outside the main indoor area, you can find a stunning white rooftop area to smoke cigarettes, sip cocktails or just to chill and socialize. They have a gorgeous skyline looking over Kathmandu in the evening.

I mainly choose to hang out in the outside space for a stunning view of the night sky and room to move. If you’re cold, they also have outdoor heaters to keep you warm in the winter months. 

But, whether you’re indoors or outdoors, my favorite thing, in addition to the cocktails at BARC, is the music. I’m a big music buff, and let me tell you, they play some of the best live and recorded music in Kathmandu.

Unlike the typical racket of noise-produced EDM bars in Thamel, you can expect to find a nice blend of house, jazz, minimal techno, and much more. I am pleasantly surprised when I visit to hear Maribou State sometimes playing, an English electronic duo that’s not well-known worldwide.

If you’re a music buff like me, you’ll appreciate the difference and the pleasant atmosphere aside from the noisy EDM scene. Not just that, as their drinks are slightly more upmarket, they cut out the crappy crowd you get in Thamel.

They’ve recently started adding live bands into the mix, making it a happening place for many adults. The truth is I’ve never run into a problem with any other people in the bar because of this; their atmosphere is pleasant. 

Final thoughts 

For many reasons, I’m a big fan of BARC, the first speakeasy in Kathmandu. It’s a fantastic place for pre-drinks, snacks, or a general night out. They’re also hosting fantastic events like sundowners, live gigs, hip-hop events, and more, attracting a cool crowd in the city. When I’m in Kathmandu, you can usually find me hanging there on a Friday or Saturday night. 

With them being over one year old now, I can’t wait to see how they influence others in the nightlife business and contribute more to changing the Cocktail culture of Kathmandu. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another speakeasy in Kathmandu that opens trying to replicate BARC success. If you’re interested in what BARC is all about I’d reccomend visiting them in person or checking out both Instagrams of Food Journal_Adarsha and Bar Stories by Abhiskhek.

Other related questions

Does Kathmandu have good nightlife?

If you’re mainly looking for nightlife in Kathmandu, you’ll probably find it in Thamel and Durbarmarg. Among those two areas, you’ll find many bars, clubs, and casinos to choose from. Since there’s not really a restriction on the drinking age, you can find some of these places packed with locals from teenagers and upwards. 

Does Nepal have a nightlife?

Nepal has a bunch of places to club, drink, and party. The main area, of course, is in Thamel in Kathmandu, but you can find them all over. If you’re a fan of bars, though, it’s best to check out Jhamsikhel and my favorite BARC, at Bluebird Complex. 

How many casinos are there in Nepal?

In Kathmandu alone, there are over 8 casinos and counting. You can also find other casinos in Nepal, like Tiger Palace Resort in Lumbini, Hotel Mechi Crown in Jhapa, and much more. However, gambling for Nepalese is illegal. 

Similar Posts


  1. Ніǃ
    Ι’vе nоtісеd thаt manу guyѕ prefеr rеgulаr gіrls.
    I apрlаudе the mеn оut therе whо hаd the balls to enjоу the lоvе оf mаnу wоmеn аnd сhоose thе one thаt he knеw would bе hіs best friеnd during the bumру аnd crazу thing саlled lіfe.
    Ι wanted to bе thаt frіend, nоt juѕt a ѕtable, rеlіаble and borіng housewife.
    Ι am 26 yеarѕ old, Annа, from the Czeсh Reрublіс, know Englіѕh languаge alsо.
    Αnуwаy, yоu cаn find mу рrofile hеre:

  2. Ηiǃ
    I’ve nоticеd thаt many guуѕ рrеfеr regular girlѕ.
    I арplaude the men оut there whо hаd thе ballѕ tо еnϳoу thе lоve of many wоmеn and chоoѕe the оne thаt hе knеw would bе hiѕ best frіend durіng the bumpу аnd crаzy thing саlled lіfe.
    I wantеd to be that friеnd, nоt juѕt a stаble, reliablе аnd boring hоuѕеwіfe.
    I аm 22 уеarѕ оld, Αlena, from thе Czech Rерubliс, knоw Еnglіѕh languаgе alsо.
    Anywaу, yоu саn find mу рrоfilе herе:

  3. Нello!
    Ρеrhaрѕ mу mеsѕagе is too specіfіc.
    Вut mу оlder siѕter found а wonderful mаn here and they hаve а grеаt relatiоnѕhір, but whаt abоut me?
    I аm 28 yearѕ old, Εlеna, from thе Сzеch Rерublіc, knоw Εnglish languagе alѕо
    And… better tо ѕау іt іmmedіatеly. I am bisехual. I am not ϳeаlous оf anоther womаn… eѕрeсіallу if we makе love tоgether.
    Ah yеs, Ι cоok verу tаѕtу! аnd Ι love nоt оnly coоk ;))
    Ιm real girl and lоokіng fоr seriоuѕ аnd hоt relatiоnship…
    Аnуwaу, уou cаn find my profіlе hеrе:

  4. [url=]Самые популярные блоги рунета Топ 10[/url]

    Some employers want to get the basics out of the way quickly. You might also want to consult your physician before undergoing reflexology. They don’t want to waste anyone’s time. People will tell you that you are wasting your time. The job interview is your time to shine. Try to use appropriate terminology in the interview. Although coconut oil is recommended by some people for ringworm, the treatment you use will depend on its location on your body and how serious it is, per the CDC. Reducing muscle tension will result to both physical and mental relaxation because it reduces the negative health effects of chronic stress, enabling the body to heal and relax. This treatment improves posture, relaxation, and releases muscle tension and stress. This gives you a variety of treatment options at the touch of a button. Asking about perks in the wrong way could prove disastrous. Don’t clam up. Everyone has varying degrees of shyness, but you need to talk about your employment experiences concisely and in an interesting way. The key is to learn from both experiences.
    Dandruff while bringing out the natural oils in the dog’s fur. Move out of his space. It is important to get the maximum out of each massage session that you get. The CBD used in our massage is sourced from Colorado, Organic and THC free. Undercover officers offered masseuses money in exchange for sexual acts at a West 103rd Street massage parlor. Instead, it is a highly formal exchange where profanity is verboten. U.S. News. World Report. S. News. World Report. To borrow from John Lennon, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, and I write for the dreamers of the world. In some instances, however, heat may aggravate a joint that’s already “hot” from inflammation, as is sometimes the case with rheumatoid arthritis. What most people don’t realize, however, is that there are natural herbal remedies that help relieve the pain of arthritis associated with getting older. A deficiency of essential mineralsmay be one of the causes of arthritis. What was one drop rule?
    We adamantly refused the idea at first but Jonas was the one that convinced us it was right. Add eliminated foods back into your diet, one at a time, every four days. Others believe that foods from the nightshade family, such as tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers, aggravate their condition, although others don’t notice any connection. If you think certain foods play a role in your arthritis symptoms, it is important to put them to the test. Ample amounts of tissue-building minerals in your daily diet will keep bones healthy and may help prevent bone spurs, a common complication of arthritis. This painful and debilitating joint disease is usually either classified as osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Horsetail’s cornucopia of minerals, including silicon, may nourish joint cartilage. For a more contemporary twist on Halloween, give a nod to NASCAR and continue to the next page to outfit your little Dale or Danica in full racing style — including a customized car to trick-or-treat in! Daily Mail. “How a little too much cleavage can cost you a job interview.” Sept. It took 5 months to build at a cost of $1 million and is equipped with waterfalls, fountains and a 15-foot (4.5-meter) waterslide.
    Nightshades for several months. As a result, the interviewee starts talking because they figure there’s something wrong with the answer they have just given. Some interviews have been painful and disastrous. These can help him or her determine if you have a kidney problem. It can also help you in court should that situation arise. Women who wear tight tops that accentuate their cleavage to a job interview can kiss the job goodbye, according to a survey. A job interview is not a casual conversation between friends in bar. Conversely, don’t ramble, even when there’s a pause in the conversation. Even if your interviewer swears, don’t get comfortable and swear, too. Rubbing your nose, even if it itches, could mean you’re dishonest. If the interviewer gives you the silent treatment after you answered a question, shut your pie hole and show confidence in your previous answer. Just give enough detail to answer the question.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Extracts of Alex

Navigating Nepal and the World

Your custom text © Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.