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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceClub in Almaty


Good rock bands from around 9pm and DJs spinning house, soul, hip hop and disco after midnight make sure the dance floor is never still at this ever-hip Almaty nightspot inside Panfilov Park. The crowd is...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Almaty

Sova Espresso Bar

The brainchild of award-winning baristas from Moscow, Sova not only serves some of the city's best lattes, espressos and frappuccinos, but it also goes the extra mile, with an inventive international menu, great...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Espresso Bar

Latte art has made it to Kazakhstan! This friendly cafe has won many fans with what is, arguably, Nur-Sultan's best coffee. Ample breakfasts and snacks are additional enticements.

Top ChoiceCoffee in Ust-Kamenogorsk

Sova Espresso Bar

This branch of the Almaty cafe, founded by award-winning baristas from Moscow, brings a slice of latte art to the wilds of Ust-Kamenogorsk. Best coffee in town, easily.

Pub in Almaty

Shakespeare Pub

Almaty's premier expat drinking hole is a large pub-like space always with a lively atmosphere (especially Friday and Saturday nights), a big drinks selection, Line Brew and a new Shakespeare Special microbrew on...

Bar in Nur-Sultan (Astana)


This dark Czech cellar-bar – stone walls, wooden booths and long wood tables – is a convivial place for mugs of the unfiltered house beer, Kelly (800T for 0.5L), which comes in two types: light and dark. There...

Club in Nur-Sultan (Astana)

Chocolate Room

Once past the face control (look your very best) you’ll have a wild time dancing to hip hop, dance and '80s DJs with Nur-Sultan's beautiful 20-somethings at what is still one of the coolest clubs in town....

Bar in Almaty

Soho Almaty Club

Expats and locals pack Soho for tankards of beer, international food and crowded dancing to the good resident rock/jazz/blues band from 10pm. It’s got a sort of urban-global theme, with assorted American and...

Coffee in Almaty

Bowler Coffee Roasters

Thimble-sized coffee shop with three tiny tables, an extensive collection of teas and coffees kept in smart wooden drawers and a barista who really knows the difference between a ristretto, an espresso doppio and...

Beer Hall in Nur-Sultan (Astana)


This glass-and-brick club and restaurant complex is a place to see and be seen; the food is hit-and-miss, but the two own brews – a Belgian-style wheat beer and a classic barley pilsner – get rave reviews, and...

Wine Bar in Nur-Sultan (Astana)


Cute little wine bar with 10 or so international wines by the glass and many more by the bottle, including a number of Kazakh vintages. There's a full menu of bar snacks and even substantial dishes, but the...

Bar in Almaty


No ‘pub’ decor, no expat prices, no loud music – this beer bar is a place where you can just sit and chat over a variety of local and foreign brews, and that’s just what the predominantly local clientele enjoy...

Bar in Aktau

Guns & Roses

The best of Aktau's handful of British-style pubs, Guns & Roses serves generous burgers, steaks and pizzas, shows sport on TV and hosts a live rock/jazz/pop band from 10pm Thursday to Saturday.

Irish Pub in Almaty

Mad Murphy's

Catering to a happy melange of expats and locals, Murphy's has a plethora of beers and lagers on tap, football on the telly, fish and chips on the menu and live music to kick things up a notch.

Bar in Almaty



A quaint little beer bar opposite Hotel Ambassador, with a dozen indoor and outdoor tables, not much in the way of ambience, but an excellent choice of local and foreign draught beers.

Bar in Almaty


Dark, wood-panelled, unassuming bar that serves a good selection of local and imported beers to a mixed expat and local crowd that likes to avoid the circus of the local Irish pubs.

Club in Almaty


The latest club du jour caters to Almaty's young and beautiful crowd, as well as serious techno and trance enthusiasts. Quality local DJs get rave reviews for their sets.

Cafe in Aktau


Lido's two open-air decks are packed for summer-night drinks and there's an assortment of grilled dishes to go with your beer.

Club in Almaty


With two nightclubs and four restaurants, cafes and bars all in one building, Turkish-owned ‘Esperanza City’ attracts a wide-ranging crowd. One club plays R&B and house; the other, ’80s and ’90s retro (the...

Coffee in Semey


Semey’s fashionable coffee lounge, with proper latte art, an ambitious menu that overreaches itself by trying to provide American and Mexican breakfasts, pasta, burgers, steaks, cheesecake and alcoholic drinks,...