Richy (Wai Phyo maung) is an entrepreneur and family man operating The Lodge Rooftop Bar for the last several years. Unlike many of the other hotels and restaurants locally, Ricky didn’t have to lay off a lot of staff but utilized his extra time renovating the rooftop bar. Having years of experience in running hotels made Richy uniquely prepared for this hard time.
Richy started out as a waiter for a year at the Shangrila before deciding to work on cruise ships and cargo ships from 2000 until 2010. He worked with Hong Kong and German Ships during this time. When he returned he got into hotel operations at a B&B where he learned about hotel management. His first stint as a hotel owner wasn’t the greatest experience but Richy took what he learned and poured all his knowledge into launching The Lodge Hotel and Rooftop Bar in 2017. With quick success with The Lodge he expanded to have another hotel in Kalaw.
Now that Myanmar is open and COVID is nearly a distant memory in Yangon, he’s opened the newly renovated Rooftop Bar. It has a dark feel with bright highlights. Almost like it was built for a party with black lights. They’ve changed the menu to include most bar snacks with delicious tea leaf, cord and tomato salad. I tried the tea leaf salad and it has a unique fresh tea leaf taste, with chilis, and dried fish. The cocktail menu has been morphed and has the signature The Lodge Sunrise which is sweet and quickly could make you happily drunk. The prices are reasonable at 3,000 kyat for a cocktail and food at 2,000 – 3,000 kyat.
They will be offering more themed evenings at the rooftop with a weekly schedule that will bring the crowds.
- Sunday Night – BBQ with Free Shots
- Wednesday Night – Womens Night wear women wearing blue and orange (The lodges logo colors) will get a free drink
- Friday Night – It’s fun drinking games like beer pong where winners can receive free draft beer
- Saturday Night – If you buy food you get a free drink and Beer is only 800 Kyat for a Draft!!!!
I highly recommend to go check out the newly opened The Lodge Rooftop Bar located on Shwe Taung Tan Street in downtown Yangon. When you are there, ask for Richy.