(Photo by Penthouse Facebook)
Over the last two weeks, reporters from Myanmar online lifestyle magazine Myanmore went to some of the city’s classy watering holes to review how Yangon nightlife looks like after the lockdown, including The Penthouse, Burbrit Brewery and Vista Rooftop Bar.
Days after the lockdown was lifted, thirsty boozers flocking to enjoy a post-lockdown pint at the reopened bars could have been left disappointed after being separated with friends by a plastic divider or some bars closing down their terraces to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
At Penthouse, the Mediterranean restaurant and bar that offers Yangon’s most breathtaking view to drink by in its outdoor terrace, only allows patrons to drink indoors, as a bid to follow the social distancing rules. The bar is also maintaining 50% of capacity which each table keeps a distance of at least one to two metres with each other.
Despite the changes, many of the city’s nightspots are indeed unable to reopen or suffering from loss. Level 2, an underground nightclub in Yangon announced on April 7 that it would temporarily shut down while looking for a new spot. Owing to the curfew, many of the nightspots are not able to reopen or forced to shut down. In other words, the hospitality and entertainment industry is currently in jeopardy.
While some nightspots are looking forward by expanding their services to take away apps and offering livestream DJ music, the fear of coronavirus has stopped some of the patrons to come out, as having a reminder of the Covid-19 onstage would defeat the purpose of turning to nightlife to escape the daily life problems.