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“It has not impacted people’s enjoyment of living in Yangon,” says Indi Oliver, who has been here for 14 months.“What’s wonderful about this city is that it is not like Hong Kong or somewhere people go for an all-night party. The curfew only affects those last drinks after 11pm which no one really needs anyway, particularly on a week night.” • Foreigners embrace Burma • Money helps in Burma, but it's time and love that matter ...You can still be on the streets - you just can't be in a bar.
The country is set to go to the polls in what is hoped will be the first free and fair vote in decades, in a major moment for the fledgling democracy. The future is unclear, and even those who generally view it from the bottom of a pint glass are aware that there are bigger issues at stake than whether people can get a late-night drink.
Most people go out on Fridays and Saturdays, but there are exceptions when the club or bar hosts a discount night, or especially popular, a ladies night. For example, Monday nights in San Jose, Cuartel de la Boca del Monte is a hot spot.
David Doyle, another newbie expat from the UK agrees.
“There are some things I saw before I came to Yangon that I wanted to visit, like some bars or club nights that aren’t happening because of the curfew,” he says. There’s always something going on after the curfew.” Longer-term residents say it has not changed the feel of the city, although they have noticed how seriously bars are taking the crackdown, self-policing and making sure last orders are at 10pm.
She says there is always somewhere to go, and most bar owners are pragmatic about the situation even though some reports suggest takings are down up to 40 per cent.
This is not the first time that the government has imposed a curfew, and things have always gone back to normal eventually.