Nightlife

Top Choice Club in Almaty

Chukotka

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 open-minde…
Top Choice Coffee 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 cak…
Top Choice Coffee in Astana

Espresso Bar

Latte art has made it to Kazakhstan! This friendly cafe has won many fans with what is, arguably, Astana's best coffee. Ample breakfasts and snacks are additional enticements.
Top Choice Coffee 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 ta…
Bar in Astana

Pivnitsa

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 are a…
Club in 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 Astana's beautiful 20-somethings at what is still one of the coolest clubs in town. Admission is f…
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 Beatles…
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 a …
Beer Hall in Astana

Barley

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 plent…