Moondog Bar is tucked on Wacang Nan Lu, a pleasant side street near the popular Kundu Night Market bar and club area. We're only a hundred or so meters down from the intersection with Dongfeng Xi Lu. We currently open at 7pm every night.
We are the only 'neighborhood' bar in Kunming which offers a relaxed and friendly environment with the best Single Malt Whisky selection and one of the best spirit selections in town – and constantly improving. Moondog has a range of domestic and imported beers, tea and more. Red and white house wines are also served by glass. Come down today for some foosball, darts or table games.
Aside from daily live music performances between 9 and 11pm, Moondog also supports the Kunming art scene by putting on rotating displays of work by local artists and photographers. Check us out next time you're looking for something a little different!
The owners remember your name, you'll get cheap and strong drinks with real alcohol, and meet great people at the Moondog. Looking for a different option, try their coconut juice. Fresh squeezed, great straight up, even better with a few shots of rum in the bottom.
You said it Tommann! No place else in Kunming can you sit at a real bar (has a foot rail!), sample more single malt scotches than is humanly possible (well, in one night) and have a good chat about all the scotches you have been sampling! There are many other things that make this bar great that others have said, so I'll refrain. Though, it's easy to see what my favorite aspect of this bar is. Cheers to Fried for his fine knowledge of scotch!
Best 'Bar' in town.
Good music, cheap beer, mixed drinks far beyond fair, in terms of price and potency.
And then there is the Whisky, fantastic stuff on the shelf.
The staff is always nice and makes sure,you can feel, that they really want you to be there.
JiaYou Fried and Joost
As I'm new in town and wanting to make some friends of the same persuasian I thought I'd try out the Gay Pride Monday night and was really surprised how welcoming and friendly both the staff and punters were. I had a great night and got to make some new friends both gay and straight. I will go back every Monday!
One of the few "western" places with decently prized beer: big thumbs up for that. And then there's awesome events like the poetry night, and the perpetually captivating wall painting. The only thing I don't like is that the live music is always the same, and always in english.
This place feels like your neighborhood bar from back home where you know the bartenders and they know you, where you recognize half of the faces on any given night and learn things about total strangers like no one's business.
The first time I went there, I was very lost in Kundu, and Joost (owner) was nice enough to come out, find me, and escort me to the bar.
Whenever I don't know what I want, I tell Fried (bartender) to give me something that's not too expensive but doesn't taste like shit and he would make me something entirely drinkable.
Some of my best memories in Kunming were had here. Love this place.
Thanks to the Moondog for being part of my great time I had in Kunming recently.
Friendly staff, cheap beers and a nice neighborhood bar atmosphere.
I am planning on coming back to Kunming next year to teach English and plan to be there for at least a year or two. Hope to see everyone again!
Currently the nicest bar in Kunming. Good drinks, good prices, yummy burgers, life saving late night/early morning french fries, and last but not least, the owners are really nice (although I must say Fried is an itsy bitsy weetsy of a terribly bad influence...). And to top it all, last night we got an Italian gay cook as a gift to decorate our kitchen. If that is not good service...
Neighborhood pub atmosphere, which is a welcome respite from Kundu next door. Always interesting and diverse events happening at Moondog. Joost truly cares about the community, and it's reflected in the touches, art and care he puts into his bar.
I just wanna to say that I personally love Moondog's atmosphere, the fact that customers can request songs and all the different kinds of performances.
So, just remember that we are in China to have fun, to enjoy meeting nice and new people, sharing different experiences and backgrounds..don't waste so much of your time criticizing other people's work..let them do it and take it easy!
By the way...Gili's falafel is awesome, I'll go for sure on sunday!
Good luck guys! ;)
Can't wait till Sunday! :) For me moondog is a really special place! No matter if I go there by myself or together with some friends I always feel like sitting in a friends living room. Not only the owners but also the people who hang out there give the place a really nice and cozy atmosphere!
Since about two weeks ago I got obsessed with the Falafel they sell and they even get better every time! I love the Veggieballs and sometimes you even get free fried bread with delicious Tahini! Yummy!
But what bothers me a lot lately are all the reviews which seemed to be made just to relief bored people from their frustrations. I find it a really bad manner to just gossip. Maybe it would be a better way to give criticism than just trying to ruin somebody's business without caring what efforts they put into it.
I am not Wahed. And I don't know him.
Moondog sent me a friendly PM apologizing for their response to my review, and while I think they are overly sensitive & overly involved in answering criticisms, that is it. That is all. I have no disagreement or argument with them.
I respect Wahed's views, but he said he was a regular there, while I am not. He said he felt the environment was unfriendly, whereas in my review I mentioned that I think the place IS friendly, unpretentious, and comfortable. I only disliked the music that I heard there. So, we are different people. I have no problem with him at all, I don't know him. But I REALLY dislike being accused of writing something that I did not. It is really paranoid and out of line. Moondog, please retract.
Moondog most people like you, all you have to do is ignore criticisms, or, respond to them concisely and professionally without getting too involved. Both are OK. Making accusations is not how to handle things. A simple reply like "sorry you had a bad time, but we are proud of what we are doing and feel most customers are happy, hope you give us another try" is enough.
i like moondog,i went there yesterday for the falafel,i like the new fuwuyuan da fang she,s so cute.i agree with wahed(onelegged?)about the smell but thats only on the falafel night so i think they have to do something about their ventilation.cold beer and great music.but i asked joost to delete some of the chinees and western songs
I am a regular costumer at Moondog and I have a lot of happy memories there.
Lately, everything seems to be going downhill, though.
First of all, the quality of the music really seems to be getting worse and worse. I guess letting costumers choose the music is not always a good idea. I suggest selecting a few people that can tell good music from bad music and let them pick the songs.
Secondly, the new Falafel 'palace' thing is something I really disapprove of. I'm not even talking about the quality of the Falafel (which, too be honest, isn't that good either), but the whole concept. By the way, I know I'm not the only person who feels like this about the Falafel 'palace'. (I went there again tonight and it sucked)
Thirdly, the staff and some of the regular costumers seem to be getting an attitude lately. I don't know if it's my fault, but drinking between a bunch of cocky guys is definitely a big reason for me to choose another bar over this one.
Lastly, on some nights there has been a strange smell in the bar. I don't know if that's some rotten cheese or something, but it's definitely not a scent I enjoy.
Anyway, until some months ago I've always enjoyed my time at Moondog, but because of the above reasons I feel like it's time to look for a different bar. I'll still be around now and then, but surely not as much as I used to.
I personally like joost's choice to let everybody free to play their own music, it's actually a pretty innovative concept that makes the place more enjoyable for all kind of customers and helps different people (expecially foreigner with chinese)socialize talking about playlist and stuff..it that translates into elevator vanilla crap I don't really care, I'm a musician and I like quality but sometimes I'm also in the mood of listening some kitsch, lady gaga, catchy 80's or chinese pop, I don't know why, i just have fun...and then yes we are in china, what is unbereable for many foreigners is haoting for most of chinese, i still think open playlist is a great idea that turns a simple bar into everybody's house, that's more my way, and the felafel experiment goes exactly in the same direction...just joost put some more alcohol in the fucking drinks!! :)
The reason because I like Moondog bar is because the Music is NOT too loud and is diverse in every aspect. Furthermore one can actually talk to each other without having to shout. It is nice to have a bar that IS different from the bars in nearby Kundu. They even have a descent dartboard. Moondog: Please keep on going like you do! You got 11 comments with a total of 49 Stars...makes an average of 4.5 Stars. Pretty good I would say.
Even though I'm not new to Kunming last night was my first time to visit Moondog and I have to say it was great, friendly atmosphere, great music and nice cold beer and I mean "cold" beer just the way I like it. I real enjoyed the live performance. Hope there will be a lot more of them. I will definitely be back.
I just went down last night to stock up on gouda cheese. This cheese is awesome. They have five different flavors, all excellent and the plain variety is very versatile: sandwiches, salads, home fries, etc.
The bar is also attractively decorated and the owners are attentive about important details like the volume of the music.
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Thursday, December 5
Celebrity Bartender: with Caroline (Luo Yuxin), 9:30pm, free entry
Friday, December 6
Rugby Tournament Pre-Party with Ian and Joost on stage, 9:30pm, free entry
International Language Exchange: with hosts Dave and Salina, 8pm, free entry
Texas Hold 'em Poker Night: Starts at 9pm, free entry
Weekly Foosball (doubles) Tournament: winners receive a free bottle of vodka or Amaretto, 9pm, free entry
Thursday, December 5
Ladies Night Out with a free shooter to start your night and live music by Laurence (vocals), Kevin (e-sax) and Daniel (percussion), 9pm, free entry
Bowling and Beers: ten-pin bowling, 10 yuan per game, 5 yuan shoe rental, 7-10pm
Celebrity Bartender: with Caroline (Luo Yuxin), 9:30pm, free entry
Quiz Night: teams of 5 compete for prizes, 8pm, free entry
House Session: with crafted coffee liqueur made from 100% organic coffee beans on special, 9:30pm, free entry
Vocal Lessons: Michael Peng teaches beginner and advanced level courses, group class 30 yuan, solo class 50 yuan, 5-5:50pm, call 18687508580 or 64114691 for more information
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