Almaty Night Life
Whether you’re a pretty young thing or a businessman celebrating a deal, Almaty’s nightclub scene has something to offer.

Larger and more established than the scene in Astana, Almaty has already learned how to get its groove on and welcomes you to join.

nightclubs-almaty-introSo if your Ipod includes a rotating mix of international DJs, head over to Da Freak nightclub which attracts top talent from the UK, Germany and Russia. Looking for a warehouse party?  Try Gas where you’ll find a London-style industrial steel and brick space pulsing with progressive house until early morning.

If you prefer your clubs a bit more laid back, Almaty offers Cuba where the live Cuban music is as tasty as the mojitos.

Another unique part of the nightclub scene is long legs. Go-Go dancers are part of the landscape here and clubs will include a show at some point in the night. So if you walk in and see scantily clad women dancing on the bar, just tell your girlfriend it’s part of the culture.

Another thing to keep in mind is that like any major city – the top nightclubs discriminate based on age and appearance. The posher the nightclub, the more difficult it is to get past the velvet rope. So if you’re not a pretty young thing, bring one.

And be prepared to pay a cover comparable to other major cities -- $20 plus.

But once inside, it’s definitely a good time. World class cocktails, top DJ talent, private VIP rooms and dance floors full of locals happy to be young and free.

Cuba

This club’s dark wood and rattan motif, iconic black and white photos and live Cuban music will place you squarely in the center of Castro’s island. Give it a few minutes and you’ll be itching for a shot of rum and a quality Cubano.

Address: 102 Bogenbai Batyr Avenue (corner of Dostyk Avenue), Almaly District
Phone: 8(727) 291 2932, 8 (727) 291 2932, 8 (727)291 4310
Hours: 24 hours daily, live music Thurs-Sat at 10 pm  

Esperanza

Esperanza is another of Almaty’s top nightclubs. House, dance, rap, rock and R&B are regularly on offer. Plus the place cuts down on rowdiness by requiring men to be at least 25 years old to enter. Women must be at least 18.

Address: 481 Seifullin Street (corner of Raiymbek Avenue), Zhetisu District
Phone: 8(727) 299 6699, 8 (727) 299 6699     
Hours: Daily 10 pm-6 am  

Metro

It’s not exactly hip, but it is interesting. The Metro nightclub is located in a larger entertainment complex and is designed to look like a medieval cavern which you reach by crossing a drawbridge. The rest of the complex offers a go-cart track, bowling, billiards and a restaurant.

Address: 2b Zhandosov Street (corner of Baizakov Street), Central District
Phone: 8 (727) 247 8166, 8 (727) 247 8166      
Hours: Daily noon-5 am, Fri & Sat until 7 am
www.metro-club.kz  

Petroleum

You can’t miss with Petroleum. It’s the oldest and best known club in the city and offers a reliable mix of pop, disco and techno. It’s in the same complex as the Gas nightclub.

Address: 100 Seifullin Avenue (corner of Shevchenko), Almaly District
Phone: 8(727) 272 7474,  8 (727) 272 7474     
Hours: Daily 10 pm-6 am  

Tornado

You get your drinks at a central bar and chill on couches edging the room as Tornado alternates between pop, hip-hop and R&B. Tornado is part of the Assorti restaurant chain.

Address: Assorti Restaurant, 106G Dostyk Avenue (corner of Abai Avenue), Medeu District
Phone: 8 (727) 263 3266, 8 (727) 263 3266     
Hours: Fri & Sat 11 am-5 pm  

Da Freak

Check the DJ list as this place attracts top talent from the UK, Russia and Germany. The main hall features techno with a smaller, upstairs red room offering mellower electro house. There’s no harsh dress code, but you won’t make the cut in sports clothes.

Address: 40 Gogol Street, Panfilov Park, Medeu District
Phone: 8 (727) 273 1337  8 (727) 273 1337     
Hours: Fri & Sat Midnight-6 am  

Gas

Progressive house music pulses into the early morning at this well-known industrial-style nightclub. Its unique steel-clad, exposed brick interior as well as its regular roster of go-go dancers will give you something to look at while scanning for new friends.

Address: 100 Seifullin Avenue (corner of Shevchenko), Almaly District
Phone: 8 (727) 272 7474,  8 (727) 272 7474
Hours: Mon & Tues 10 pm-6 am, Wed-Fri 10 pm-7 am, Sat 10 pm – 9 am. Closed Tuesdays.  

Most

When the other nightclubs have shut down, this place keeps pulsing. Most is open until 9 a.m. on weekends and offers retro music from the 1980s and 1990s. You can also shoot pool if you tire of grooving to George Michael.

Address: 12 Kommunalnaya Street (corner of Seifullin Street), Zhetisu District
Phone: 7(727) 233 0457, 8(727) 233 0457
Hours: Fri & Sat Midnight-9 am
www.most-club.kz  

Rai

Rai is generally considered Almaty’s most popular nightclub. Reliable house music fills its unique mirrored and black-and-white-walled interior. VIP cabins are also available for those who are just so over the crowd.

Address: Tselini Cinema, Kabanbai Batyr Avenue (corner of Masanchi Street), Almaly Disctrict
Phone: 8 701 687 9587 , 8 701 687 9587     
Hours: Lounge Thurs-Sat 8 pm-6 am. Nightclub Thurs & Fri 11 pm-6 am