Must-see entertainment in Baku

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    With its twin Mediterranean-style towers, this 1910 Baku landmark was originally built as an oil-boom-era casino. The interior is as impressive as its…

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    There's no sign on the stairs that lead down into this very modest cellar place, but if you hit the right night you can hear some of Baku's most…

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    Opera & Ballet Theatre

    This 1910 theatre has very distinctive twin-spired facade and a classically grand interior, though the place could do with some refreshing. It produces a…

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    Le Château

    This is one of the city's most unapologetically grungy dives. Its live jams (typically weekends 9pm to 11pm) form a wonderfully nonchalant backdrop to the…

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    International Muğam Centre

    This stylish concert hall, designed to resemble stylised musical instruments, hosts a sparse schedule of concerts in an eclectic variety of styles.

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    Mime Theatre

    Superbly creative mime performances in a tiny theatre fashioned from a 1900 former chapel. Generally weekends only.

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    Online booking service for a wide range of Baku shows and exhibitions.

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    Puppet Theatre

    The dinky little puppet theatre is a distinctive 1910 neoclassical building with twin, spired domes. Shows are mostly aimed at children and have a…

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    Crystal Hall

    It's squat and hardly beautiful but at night this diamond-faceted sports and concert venue twinkles mysteriously across the bay in subdued colours. In…

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    Nizami Cinema

    The building is one of Baku's finest examples of 1930s Soviet art deco. Fully renovated in 2011, it's a local landmark – but most films are screened in…

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    Rotunda Jazz Club

    This large yet little-advertised concert hall has great acoustics and is a venue for many events during the Baku Jazz Festival.