Kyrgyzstan drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Bishkek

Save the Ales

Bishkek's favourite craft-beer bar, where drinking the best beer in town straight from the taps more than makes up for the higher than average prices. On warm evenings, tables spill out from the small indoor seating…
Top Choice Cafe in Karakol

Fat Cat Cafe

Quality coffee and desserts, a menu of Western dishes, speciality beers and even cocktails here are the stuff of whispered longings for travellers in the rural regions of Kyrgyzstan. What they don't always mention i…
Top Choice Cafe in Bishkek

Just Coffee

Some of the best coffee in Bishkek, maybe in all of Central Asia. It's small and can get quite crowded, but they can also make coffees for takeaway to drink and any of the nearby city-centre parks.
Top Choice Pub in Bishkek

Staryy Edgar

Bishkek's most loveable old pub is hidden in a basement beneath the west side of the Russian Drama Theatre. The walls are festooned with old tape-recorders, typewriters, bottles and 20th-century 'antiques', and from…
Bar in Bishkek

Chemodan Zusmanovicha

The location in a residential area near Orto-Say Bazaar makes this spot hard to find, but the too-cool ambience and well-crafted mixed drinks at 'Zusmanovich's Suitcase' make it worth the effort. Check their social …
Craft Beer in Bishkek

Brewster Craft Beer

Rock on the radio, footie on the tele, and locally-made craft beer on tap – this little basement bar certainly checks all the boxes. The burgers and sausages are great and the Imperial Stout is excellent, which must…
Pub in Bishkek

München Pub

Hidden away on the top floor of a business centre, this German-themed pub's beer (brewed in-house) and burgers make for a good start to a night out, and the 6am closing time makes it a good place for a nightcap as w…
Beer Hall in Bishkek


The setting sun pouring through an upper window illuminates a Kyrgyz yurt-crown draped in hops in this spacious two-level beer hall. The bar is built around a gleaming copper brew-vessel whose micro-brewed beers are…
Cafe in Bishkek

Booblik Cafe

Though the ambience feels a bit too forced, the namesake bagels (бублик) are undeniably good. The streetside tables are a hot commodity, but great for people-watching if you can snag one.
Bar in Bishkek

Bar 12

Atop a downtown high-rise, this self-consciously exclusive bar/nightclub has panoramic views from comfortable sofa-seating where suave guests smoke shishas and sip well-mixed cocktails. Upstairs the small outdoor te…