Sam's Bar

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MozEcoTours
Buxton, UK162 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It’s easy to miss the entrance to this well-established and understandably popular bar, but once found it’s easy to stay. The bar is on the first floor and overlooks one of the busy Thamel streets teeming with tourists, though there is only a row of seats with a view to the street. The bar includes a part uncovered terrace with walls covered in graffiti left by past visitors, and a cosy if dark area around the actual bar. Sam’s Bar is very relaxed, a place where friends meet and travellers find a temporary home. A sign at the top of the stairs informs visitors: “Sorry, no wifi – talk to each other and get drunk”. Quite.
Written January 5, 2020
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Sam Nicholson
Bury, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Fantastic little venue tucked away through the busy streets of Thamel. Happened to be the first bar we went to during our staying in Kathmandu. It set the standard as we ended up going back to Sam’s bar due to the better atmosphere, great prices of drinks and all round lovely staff. A definite in Kathmandu if looking for a few drinks!
Written March 3, 2023
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Brian
Dublin, Ireland12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A proper pub. Great atmosphere, great staff and the warmest of welcomes from Vee. A must visit location to relax with good beers and to meet and speak with fellow travellers. Enjoy.
Written October 31, 2022
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barcaranger
Andorra la Vella, Andorra2,532 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Possibly living on its past but a cool place that still seems quite popular with a more relaxed crowd. A thoroughly ok place . Beer is 360 for San Miguel
Written November 29, 2019
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andrew m
Sydney, Australia6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Terrible service discrimination between locals and tourist. Everyone is a customer and paying equal so why so discrimination. I asked for popcorn three times, and the third time the staff took another tables empty popcorn basket and filled it up and put it back on the same table ( four tourist sitting on the table). The waiter was smiling at us like wicked smile. I personally went to the staff and talked to him like why was he discriminating between tourist and locals. he said nothing, went to the owner lady and talked to her, she was like we give only one round of popcorn for free, so i told her i could have paid for it and she was like oh we don't sell popcorn. I'm a local and don't like being discriminated specially when you are paying the same. I have a restaurant and both tourist and locals come, we never do that stuff.
Written February 10, 2018
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Krzys J
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
Arrive in Kathmandu, and wonder where to have a drink and meet people from all kinds of horizons and hepofully hook up with people with a purpose - that is the place.
Written May 22, 2016
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shanghaitraveler
Shanghai, China44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Went to this indoor/outdoor bar 4 times while in Kathmandu...service is great, drinks and atmosphere are amazing! Only drinks though so don't come with an appetite unless it's for socializing and popcorn 😊
Written April 9, 2015
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lexlimbu
London, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
A friend recently took me to Sam's Bar in Thamel on a Sunday night and my first impressions was - a cosy little lively place attracting tourists, back-packers and the young Nepali crowd.

I believe the place can get crowded very quickly. When we got there, there was only one table and fortunately we got that. The drink prices were pretty affordable as well - of course, foreign beers and drinks are more expensive but still cheaper than the other bars/restaurants around Thamel. Stick with the local branded beers and alcohol, you'll have an equally good night.

Will definitely be going back.
Written June 4, 2014
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KentuckyGirlAtHeart
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates145 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We went here one night for a beer after dinner and chose it in part due to the recommendations we found on TA. The one positive thing I can say is that they appear to have the cheapest beer in Thamel. Most other bars charge about 600 Rs for one and their price was 480 Rs for a Mt Everest.

There are two seating areas, one that is partially open to the outside and the other in the back with no ventilation. Unfortunately, we ended up in the back because there were no seats in the front area. We are not smokers, but know that cigarette smoke is a staple in bars in Thamel. However, it was a bit much here as the area was so small and it seemed like almost everyone was smoking. Again, we knew what we were getting into and were willing to deal with it.

What really turned me off was the toilet area. I can honestly say that the female toilet here was the most disgusting one I have ever seen and we’ve traveled enough to have experienced some not so great ones. It looked and smelled like it hadn’t been cleaned in weeks. The fact that it was a squat toilet actually works in its favor, but I would still be hesitant to use it.

Go for the cheap beer and potential for good conversation with the other patrons. I strongly advise leaving before you need to visit the facilities.
Written December 12, 2019
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Lou W
London, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
Awesome bar smack bang in the middle of Thamel. Write a message on the walls, drink chilled Everest Beer and exchange stories with other travellers. Love it here!
Written April 3, 2018
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