Almaty, Kazakhstan Nightlife

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.

So 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

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

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.

Da Freak

  • Hours: Friday and Saturday Midnight - 6am
  • Address: 40 Gogol Street, Panfilov Park, Medeu District
  • Phone: 8 (727) 273 1337, 8 (727) 273 1337

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.

Esperanza

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

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.

Gas

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

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.

Metro

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

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.

Nightlife in Almaty

Most

  • Hours: Friday and Saturday - Midnight - 9am
  • Address: 12 Kommunalnaya Street (corner of Seifullin Street), Zhetisu District
  • Website: www.most-club.kz
  • Phone: 7(727) 233 0457, 8(727) 233 0457

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.

Petroleum

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

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.

Rai

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

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.

Tornado

  • Hours: Friday and Saturday 11am - 5pm
  • Address: Assorti Restaurant, 106G Dostyk Avenue (corner of Abai Avenue), Medeu District
  • Phone: 8 (727) 263 3266, 8 (727) 263 3266

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.

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