- Address14 Kundu Night Market, Kunming
Western-style bar in the Kundu nightlife district. Look for the square in the middle of Kundu night market - The Mask is on the edge of it.
To be honest, the decors a bit cheesy but it's a cool relaxed bar. It is a more relaxing place than the rest of Kundu. There are lots of westerners as well. Good to kick back and have a breer.
Went to the open-mic and jam last Monday for the first time and had a great night. It was fun to hook up with other musicians, western and Chinese. But.... if you want to play, bring your own instrument. At least the guitars they have are grotty!
The Mask gives musicians a stage to work on their music, this alone is worth it's weight in gold. But to add to that, The Mask attracts an audience that is interested in listening to music, so it is absolutely a musicians sanctuary. That audience includes both Chinese and non-Chinese, wonderful, fantastic, digging the music! When the stage is quiet, they are spinning a variety of different records, also very cool. Convienent location, open very very late, great drinks. Let's burn down all of the Karaoke joints and neighboring cheap beer bars and convert the city into one big Mask franchise, finally...the music would have a chance to survive in Kunming and life would be all too good.
The Mask benefits from an unusual geographical advantage in that it's situated right by these long and wide stairs that bar-goers love to loiter on, effectively tripling the bar capacity and giving it one of Kundu's only outdoor 'lounging' areas. This aspect alone contributes significantly to the bar's popularity and appeal.
On top of that, this place has great music (especially for Kundu), a lively dance floor, an efficiently run bar, and a crowd as diverse as you will ever see in Kunming.
What is there not to like.
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