Silk Air Magazine has mentioned a visit to the Blind Tiger in our new location (pictured left).
Looking for the newest and coolest bars, bites and lodgings? We’re part of a write up by Condé Nast Traveller’s Laura Griffith-Jones. She writes that “The city’s newest haunt is The Blind Tiger, a groovy, speakeasy-themed bar where all the cool kids congregate when the evening closes in.” Read more about our newest press on the Traveller Website.
Mid-July in Yangon is something like mid-February in England: dark, wet and relentless. Now we’re not advising you to drown your sorrows but, in case you need somewhere to shelter from the rain with lots of cheap booze, here are some options. All the offers listed here apply to beer, wine and cocktails. (Anything else is frankly half-arsed.)
Blind Tiger (5pm until 7pm)
Yangon’s first speakeasy (pictured above) is a glitzy hole-in-the-wall in a nondescript apartment building on Nawaday Street. Their cocktail game is particularly strong. Try the gingagango ($7), a refreshingly tangy blend of ginger-infused vodka, lime and pureed mango. While not exactly downtown (it’s near Yawmingyi) it is close enough to walk.
Drinks deal: Buy one get one free.
Yangon’s nightlife has received a welcome boost with the opening of The Blind Tiger (www.blindtiger-yangon.com), which combines a tapas restaurant, mixology lounge and art gallery.
Tucked inside a restored old building, the venue takes its speakeasy theme pretty seriously. First, you have to follow a trail of tiger paw prints painted on the walls outside which lead you to a tiger mural, which doubles as the bar’s entry. A secret sensor notifies staff inside, who look through a peep hatch before deciding whether to let you in.
Inside blends prohibition chic with urban touches through a flashy tiger-print bar, wooden tables and leather lounge chairs. Works of emerging and prominent local artists are displayed in the gallery area.
The full bar serves up drinks like the Spiked Tiger (tequila, fresh lime juice, chili and coriander, about B213) while the nibbles menu features ribs (B213), meatballs (B197) and artichoke dip (B182).
Follow the tiger paw prints to this hidden speakeasy-style drinking lounge, tapas bar, and restaurant. While speakeasies were once illicit drinking dens in 1920s America, there is nothing illegal about The Blind Tiger. Rather, it evokes the allure, mystery, and privacy of yesteryears with modern bar food.
The Blind Tiger is happy to announce new extended hours!
Plus our new clocking-off 5-7pm Tipple Time!
Now welcoming guests for lunch from noon-3pm (Mon-Fri), the BT offers a bountiful feast of exceptionally priced lunch specials.
And what better way to wind down after a hard day prowling the jungle than to quaff down great value giggle-water during the daily 5-7pm Tipple Time @ the Blind Tiger (TT@BT).
Blind Tiger Lunch Specials:
Your choice of a 3-Tapas plate platter
Lousiana Blackened Chicken sandwich with Garlic & Sea Salt Fries or Garden Salad
The Classic 8oz BT Burger with Garlic & Sea Salt Fries or Garden Salad
The Baby Brother 5oz BT Burger with Garlic & Sea Salt Fries or Garden Salad
Myanmar Beer Infused Fish & Chips
**All lunch specials come with a choice of draft beer, a glass of Sangria or a soft drink
Tipple Time @ The Blind Tiger:
2 for 1 on Draft Beer
Not to mention significant reductions on Standard & Signature Cocktails, House Pour wine, glasses & jugs of Sangria.
A bevy of great new reasons to wile away both your days and nights in the sublime comfort of the Blind Tiger.
4 Paws Up!
If you’re going to go on a date at the Blind Tiger, bring someone you like. The cocktails are spicy enough that a single splash on someone’s face will burn to high heaven. Skip past the Spiked Tiger on the menu and ask the Thai mixologist, Addy, to whip you up a ‘Burma Strawberry.’ Be sure to nod your head and wai him in anticipatory gratitude. At first, this strawberry and chili infused vodka cocktail is sweet and refreshing. It then turns punishing, with a kick strong enough to surprise but that’s just shy of overdone. Not for the faint of heart—or stomach—it ranks alongside Gekko’s ‘Horse’s Neck’ for best cocktail in Rangoon.
It’s a great start to a night. After all, a speakeasy should have good drinks. Owner Sophie Barry was a camerawoman for most of her life and owned the Mexican-themed ‘La Cantina’ in Kabul from 2009 till 2011. She settled in Rangoon to be close to her sister, and quickly realized that the Yaw Min Gyi neighborhood desperately needed a good bar. When she stumbled into the old cyber café that used to sit on the ground floor of United Condo, Sophie embraced the concept of a speakeasy and set out to fully soundproof the walls.
After arriving at the nondescript building that sits on the corner of Nawaday and Alain Pyar Road, visitors have to ‘follow the paws’ on the graffiti-filled walls of the ground floor and navigate a couple tricky hallways to then knock on the heavy wooden door marked only by the image of a tiger smoking a cigarette. The eyes of one of the many Burmese bartenders—many of whom previously worked in Dubai—will peep through the eyehole before welcoming guests inside. The venue itself is a mixture of dark and luxurious, with sparkly bead curtains and provocative art contrasting nicely with the Bordeaux walls and heavy wooden furniture.
All in all, it’s easy to settle in for the night and allow the music and the hours to pass you by, only to be jolted back to reality by the sudden realization that the bathroom is talking to you, in which case, don’t worry: It’s not the alcohol, but the speakers installed to play a looped recording about the history of speakeasies while patrons, well, take care of business.
Since opening on November 29th 2014, The Blind Tiger has quickly cemented itself as
Yangon’s most sought out entertainment venue. Livening the up-and-coming downtown
neighbourhood of Yaw Min Gyi in Dagon, The Blind Tiger offers a welcoming experience
unlike any other in Yangon, attracting a cosmopolitan mix of discerning locals, expat regulars,
Impressing with its sumptuous lounge styling, potent bespoke cocktails, tantalizing tapas, and
enigmatic tunes, the newly opened bar-restaurant-art space is the city’s must visit landmark.
Enriching the Blind Tiger’s interior are regular exhibitions by emerging and established artists
from Myanmar and beyond.
Drawing inspiration from the slang term for speakeasy bars that were popular during
American Prohibition in the 1920s and early 30s, the Blind Tiger is a friendly contemporary
speakeasy with a resident mixologist creating signature cocktails with fresh seasonal
concoctions and infused libations. Meanwhile the select menu features enticing tapas with
regional twists and the freshest market ingredients.
The Blind Tiger continues to further its place among Yangon’s growing nightlife scene with
special lunchtime tapas offers (Mon-Fri noon-3pm), daily Tipple Time specials (5-7pm),
featured weekly drink promos, unique events, and much more.
Open Mon-Fri noon – late
Sat & Sun 5pm – late
Contact: +95 1388488
No. 93/95 Ground Floor
Seik Kan Thar Road ( Lower Block )
Call for Reservations: + 95 9 786 833 847