With the quickly changing music scene in town, venues are opening their doors to more artists, and bands are playing everything from rock to classical music. If you are a music lover and like your music live, here’s a look at the city’s buzzing music venues that you should hit up this weekend:
A popular hub amongst music lovers, Jazz Upstairs is the premier jazz spot in the city. Located at Lazimpat, Jazz Upstairs will make your visit worthwhile with its friendly vibes and live jazz. One can find talented locals playing fine jazz standards as well as their own compositions (Latin + African jazz) every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Liepiro Band, with their contemporary jazz, along with an edge of cool string jazz and hard-core jazz, will entertain you till you wait for the some of the best momos available anywhere.
House of Music
Tucked away in the back streets of Thamel, House of Music will no doubt make your time memorable with its live bands and plays every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. Established with the aim to delight musicians and music lovers alike, the place has hosted many local and international concerts. There’s an open mike night on Tuesdays, where the audience gets a platform to showcase their talent. On Fridays, a featured artist is chosen, while Saturdays are reserved for acoustic performances by the Saturn Moon band, as per Sanjay Shrestha, the owner of the bar.
Purple Haze Rock Bar
Lodged in Thamel, Purple Haze is the most happening bar with the best in live entertainment and jammin’ concerts, and a capacity to accommodate over two hundred at a time. With a pretty big hall that offers enough open space for head banging, the place also offers delicious food and drinks, a beautiful view from the balcony, and pool tables to enjoy with your pals. The bar regularly features the Cobweb band, while you’ll experience the dynamic drumbeats and tuneful guitars of the Rock Haze band on Fridays.
Moksh Live Restaurant & Bar
Eat, hangout, relax, and make merry with live music at Moksh Live Restaurant & Bar. As per Preetika Thapa, the event manager of Moksh, they are always on the lookout for fresh upcoming artists to come and play at Moksh, and thus, one can often experience young musicians from Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, which is in the same compound as Moksh Bar. On Wednesdays, the bar hosts Project Kala, where the stage is open for all kinds of acts, from jazz to poetry. Apart from that, the best fusion live music by Ankit Suwal & Friends will make your visit worthwhile.
Karma Bar & Lounge
Famed with scholars, college-goers, and students, who just want to have a drink and relax, Karma Bar & Lounge is a haunt for live music and exceptional DJ fanfare. It features live bands, including the Intro Band, every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. There is an in-house DJ, too; however, the live music takes the cake, which is also usually aired on Nagarik FM every Friday.
Known for its thriving beer and music scene, Irish Pub hosts some of the best live music acts in the city every Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 p.m. onwards. Throughout the week, there are artists and bands like Load Shedding, Side Bee, Ajima, and Prestige lined up to entertain the audience with more of a modern genre of music, aside from the usual rock or EDM. You’ll also enjoy the traditional folk songs with a rock n roll twist, along with a blend of Nepali music.