Must-see nightlife in Azerbaijan

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    Old School Cafe

    Old School is a wonderfully off-beat hang-out for intellectual young Bakuvians. The sign is a typewriter and the interior decked with clocks, cameras and…

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    Kefli Local Wine & Snacks

    Kefli can take you on a full oenological tour of Azerbaijan with a book-thick menu of bottled vintages organised by grape (or pomegranate) type, and some…

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    Art Garden

    Grafitti and hanging plants, a battered old piano and plenty of offbeat paintings combine to bring a fun, alternative vibe to Gəncə's quirkiest cafe in a…

  • F

    Each storey of this enticing Old City bar has its own character, including a gallery lounge on floor 2, but the most spectacular feature is the rooftop…

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    Enoteca Meydan

    Small and wonderfully understated, this wine shop with tasting bar is run by real experts who know all there is to know about Azerbaijani vintages.

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    İçərişəhər Bookhouse Cafe

    Cute, quiet and quirky, the atmosphere here is like sitting in a friend's front room, albeit an intellectual friend who has covered the walls with trippy…

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    Qәbәlә Restaurant

    Stunning panoramic views from this mountaintop restaurant make it ideal for an early beer or daytime coffee. The decor is loungey with ski posters that…

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    Already on its fifth venue in as many years, iN is Baku's original rave-style club, currently operating from a converted factory in a rather obscure…

  • K

    Made using a La Marzocca espresso machine with beans that are freshly roasted on-site, it's hardly surprising that Kofetearea's coffees are among the best…

  • Ş
    Şərq Hamamı Çay Evi

    This charming teahouse hides within an 18th-century bathhouse building, whose interior is more atmospheric than the peeling faux-gilt on the domed roof…

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    Coffee Moffie

    Beloved by the laptop brigade but also great for a quiet chat over a flat white or glass of local pomegranate wine, Coffee Moffie finds that sweet spot…

  • E
    English Pub

    Naxçivan's most stylish watering hole stocks some very fine vodkas in its full range bar, but also serves barista coffees if you're not boozing. Decor is…

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    Beer Bros

    Qәbәlә's quirkiest pub has a choice of three draft beers, all at AZN1. The charming owner lived in Canada and speaks good English. Good-value local food…

  • E

    Combining concert space, restaurant and upmarket nightclub, this is the bling-fest playground of Baku's glamorous socialite elite. Expect a very stringent…

  • C
    Crazzy Bear

    Popular with local 20-somethings, this self-declared 'concept pub' welcomes potential revellers with a disembodied car-end and invocations to 'Eat, drink…

  • F

    Baku's old faithful Anglo-Irish pub has big wrought-iron lamps in high vaults and some of the best live blues-rock music in town.

  • B

    In the afternoon you might come for a quiet wine tasting (five Azerbaijani varieties with cheeses for AZN30). But after 10pm expect a hip crowd, bottle…

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    Avto Stop

    A certain graffiti chic makes Avto Stop the funkiest of a whole series of inexpensive yet welcoming (if smoky) bars on Qoqol (Mardanov) küç, with beers…

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    Buta Bar

    The inviting little Buta Bar brews Şəki’s best coffee (espresso AZN3) and is a rare place where unaccompanied women won't be ill-judged for ordering…

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    Illy Espresso House

    Şəki's first barista coffeehouse is in a photogenic stone-walled shophouse tucked into the side of the historic caravanserai (now the Karavansaray Hotel).