Shangri-La Mall (Shangri-La Centre, Olympic Street, Ulan Bator) – this mall is located at the heart of the capital, a prime location for a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment. It delivers a relaxed yet world-class shopping experience that will satisfy all your shopping aspirations. On top of that, the mall offers a variety of fine dining establishments as well as a food court with international cuisines. Featuring an IMAX cinema and children’s playground, it is a place where each member of the family can enjoy amidst a perfect mix of high-end labels, fast fashion brands and diverse entertainment options all under one roof.
VLVT (Metro Mall Shopping Center F3, Subhbaatar, Ulan Bator) – this venue, opened in 2013, is one of Ulan Bator’s trendier nightspots. Like “Mint Club” VLVT caters to deep-pocketed young locals and free spending foreigners in a mood to party. VLVT has various lounge areas, and plays a variety of dance music, and some international pop and Hip Hop.
Vegas Night Club (Blue Sky Hotel, Peace Avenue, Ulan Bator) – Vegas Night Club is one of the landmarks of the Mongolian bar scene. Located within a popular hotel, it has a unique concept of futuristic décor with large sofas, a bar counter and chairs. Open seven days a week featuring a variety of entertainment from electronic music DJ’s and live bands to colorful local theme parties.
Turning Point Café (Prime Minister Tserendorj Street, Ulan Bator) — a popular meeting place for Ulaanbaatar’s hip, young crowd and the capital’s expat community, this is a cosmopolitan yet cozy restaurant, bar and contemporary jazz venue. The modern premises are decorated in a sophisticated and understated fashion, with white washed brick walls, an island bar, wooden flooring and a bespoke jazz-themed mural painting by Portuguese artist Paulo Buchinho adorning one wall.
The food is largely European in flavor with a range of fresh salads, tasty panini and warming soups on offer. The Turning Point Café also serves delicious desserts, with its green apple and cinnamon crêpe, and an array of impressive cocktails. Outside the café is a picturesque fountain, so grab a window seat and take in the view while listening to one of the café’s regular jazz gigs.
Sky 17 Bar (Sükhbaatar Square 2, Central Tower, 17th Floor, Ulan Bator) – with this upscale bar, Ulan Bator now joins the ranks of major global cities with a sky bar. This one is only 17 floors above ground (modest compared to sky bars elsewhere like Dubai). It still offers great views of the capital and surrounding hills. Along with beer and a variety of liquors, there is also various food items for an international crowd. There’s also live music and DJing sessions during the weekends.
R.O.C. Caffeine Bar (17/10 Gerelt Khotkhon, Khan Uul District, 11th Khoroo, Zaisan, Ulan Bator) – this is a trendy coffee bar (calling itself “ROC: Root of Coffea”). The owners pride themselves on sourcing their coffee beans from places as diverse as Latin American (Colombia & Brazil), Central America (El Salvador & Nicaragua), Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania), and Southeast Asia (Indonesia). They also hold public coffee cupping events, and even supply coffee to wholesalers. Along with coffee, light food items like sandwiches are also available.
Revolution Restaurant & Bar (Seoul Street, Ulan Bator) – this is a local restaurant that draws in both locals and expats (located in the heart of the capital). The menu has both local Mongolian and western food options, along with local & international brews and bar food. Local bands are occasionally booked there on Friday evenings.
Mint Club (15 khoroo, Khan-Uul District, Home Plaza 2, Ulan Bator) – located in the heart of the capital, this nightspot has existed since 2014, which is reputed to be one of the best in Ulan Bator. There are several sections, each playing a different genre of music (from electronic dance, to Hip Hop, international pop, etc.). For local standards, the cover entry charge is a bit pricey (30,000₮ or US$10.), so it obviously caters to well-heeled young locals and foreigners in a mood to splurge.
MB Beer Plus (Chinggis Avenue, one block south of Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator) – this is another craft beer pub, whose owners make their own brew (four varieties, from white to dark). Prices are reasonable (US$2 per beer) and they also have a decent food selection (such as burgers, fish & chips and other items). Lunch specials available for under 10,000₮ (US$3.75). This is an ideal place for eco-tourists / backpackers returning from the countryside.
Lux Club (Jamyngun Street, Sukhbaatar, Ulan Bator) – this nightspot has two levels (one is the main dance floor and bar, the second level is the VIP lounge). Lux Club attracts a mostly local 20-something crowd yearning to hear international electronic dance music, and some pop and Hip Hop as well. Most of the DJ talent booked here are local up-and-coming spin meisters hoping for international exposure through Facebook and other social media outlets.