The return of a Yangon icon, Port Autonomy to reopen on Strand Road

Port Autonomy is back! When Union Bar & Grill opened in March 2013, the face of Yangon’s bar and restaurant scene was changed forever. Suddenly there was one more option to 50th Street after the happy hour at Strand Hotel every Friday. Over the past 6 years Union Bar & Grill has played host to international Guest Bartenders and their cocktail program has gone from strength to strength, helmed by group bar manager Jen Queen, who became the first Wine & Spirit Ambassador at 2018 MYANMORE Awards, and then succeeded at the 2019 MYANMORE Awards by her protege Puia, the bar manager from Gekko.

Union Bar & Grill also won fame for their classic spin on modern British food, before shifting to a more international approach over the past 3 years. 2014 it was also the venue for the very first MYANMORE Awards as the nightlife scene kicked off in Yangon.

As has been said before, “no achievement can be taken away once it has been achieved. Good things never really end, we just come to the end of them”. And so with Union Bar. In looking at how best to keep leading the bar and restaurant scene in Yangon, Nico Elliott, Managing Director of 57Below, has announced their partnership with Pun & Projects in order to convert the Union Bar & Grill space into a new home for the return of much loved cult Yangon party stalwart “Port Autonomy”.

The official Union Bar & Grill closing party will be held on the Royal Irrawaddy on Saturday May 4th from 5pm. Tickets are available for purchase from Gekko and are priced at 15,000 mmk each, which includes a free beer. Snacks and Signature cocktails will be available from 5,000 mmk up

Created by PUN + PROJECTS in 2014, Port Autonomy has had many incarnations since it first opened in Lanthit Jetty, from a verdant garden on Kabar Aye Pagoda Road to hotly-anticipated pop-ups at Yangon Zay.

And so again, Port Autonomy is coming back. In collaboration with 57 Below, Port Autonomy will be found at the former Union Bar and Grill site at 42 Strand Road. Bigger and better than ever before, Port Autonomy will be bringing Yangonites the best of beer pong, boozy brunches, live DJ sets, iconic cocktails and killer food. Items returning to the star-studded line-up include the King George of Cuba sandwich, made with Korean dijonaise and gochujang, the Charred Kimchi Quesadilla and the Rainbow Chopped Tea Leaf Salad.

As the monsoon rains sweep the city these coming months, Port Autonomy will surely be a good choice to explore for your next port of call.

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