Semnan Province drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Shahrud


With its barrel seats, bottle scultptures, eccentric sculpture-walls and dangling cocktail glasses, this superb, low-lit cafe feels for all the world like a quirky beerhouse – minus the beer, of course, but with gre…
Top Choice Coffee in Garmsar

Cafe Abenbar

Deep below a conical dome of concentric brick rings, this unique cafe in what was once its greatest underground cistern is the highlight of Garmsar. The atmosphere is low-lit and female-friendly. Espresso-based coff…
Cafe in Semnan


Tucked behind the Mashahir Sq cistern, this bustling, midrange family restaurant has a trio of live musicians playing nightly, serves herbal teas (IR20,000), juices (IR30,000 to IR60,000) and traditional sherbets – …
Teahouse in Semnan

Kalantar House

As yet it's still a building site, but already this Qajar-era house's seven-tiered windtower has been converted into what appear to be rooms, and by 2018 the site should be launched as a traditionally styled teahous…
Teahouse in Shahrud


In a rural spot 1.4km from Bastam's historical complex (7km from central Shahrud), Kahkeshan consists of hexagonal, domed bungalows ranged around a central, castle-styled teahouse building, whose rooftop offers appe…
Coffee in Damghan


Pleasantly appointed split-level cafe cube serving shakes (IR50,000), hot chocolate and good Turkish coffee (IR60,000) – beautifully presented with a chocolate wafer.