Don’t let the government bureaus and conservative business suits fool you. When the sun goes down Astana knows how to party. The city’s nightclub scene is pulsing with the young and beautiful and new venues are opening all the time. House, techno, light shows and the wee hours of the morning await.
The first thing you want to remember going out in Astana is to be fashionably late. Nightclubs are essentially empty before midnight and many stay open until 4 am. So you’ve got plenty of time to make your entrance and give it your best shot. You’ll also need to dress and dress well. This isn’t a town of ironic fashion. Look good or you might not get in. But visitors are often given a pass on the dress code and once inside the velvet rope, it’s a good time.
The top clubs, such as Fashion, attract a rotating lineup of international DJs. Local mixers also have strong followings and know what their crowds want. The dance floors are packed until the early morning.
Among the hottest clubs right now are The Chocolate Room, Azhur and Salvador Dali. The Chocolate Room is located along the Yessil River beside the Radisson Hotel and is one continuous show of grooving bodies and pulsing lights. Azhur was recently renovated to up its luxury quotient and is more relaxed than Chocolate. Salvador Dali is the newest club on the scene and is a land of incredibly high heels and short skirts. It’s where the beautiful people go.
And, speaking of beautiful people, Go-Go dancers are part of the nightclub scene. At some point, expect scantily clad women to get their groove on. Astana’s clubs also have surprisingly few cover charges – at least for visitors — but bring plenty of cash (tenge) just in case.
So once you finish your meeting at the Government Bureau of This or That, wait a few hours, put on your best going-out shirt and enjoy the night.
8 Kapel opened in 2008 and is centrally located on the left bank across from the UFO-looking Astana Circus building. The club is designed to appeal to a variety of tastes with both Karaoke and a dance floor and DJ. The DJs mix mainly techno and rock. 8 Kapel also offers national and European food and a moderately priced wine list.
This club caters to the “luxury” niche, starting with its unique and stately interior design – an amalgamation of earth-tone, czarist décor with traditional nightclub neon and flash. An array of soft, spacious couches and chairs you’d want to sleep in flank the hardwood dance floor, and swooning draperies dress the padded and papered walls. Elegant chandeliers aresuspended throughout, including above a ritzy, illuminated bar that features an exhaustive selection of spirits. That said, this is definitely a place you can dance and party at. The club often hosts varied theme parties, bringing in some of the top DJ talent from Russian and European, and also features full billiards facilities. Small but always popular, the club has a link with the Portofino Restaurant and is located in the same building. As you would expect given the description, don’t show up looking a slouch: Azhur is strict on dress code and face control.
Draft on Tashenov is not just a place for dancing and having a good time but also is a good place for dining. A combination of affordable prices and a modern and fun vibe has made the place one of the favourite hang outs in the city. Before hitting the place make sure to make a reservation as there are rarely free tables especially on the weekends.
Fashion Nightclub is Astana’s place to see and be seen. Celebrities of all stripes join locals and foreigners to cut loose in luxury. And they keep coming back for Fashion’s deep house music and DJs, hookah, food and extensive drinks menu. The nightclub practices strict dress and face control, so look sharp.
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This night club is famous among 35+ lovers of disco dancing. There is a live music and an abundant menu of various European and Asian fusion cuisines. If you’re ready to hit it off lke back in the old days this is the place for you.
The definition of Imperial is relating to an empire or emperor. And Astana’s Imperial Nightclub lives up to that definition. The club was fully renovated in 2007 in an ancient Roman style. Lianas hanging from the ceiling and a colorful fountain also add exotic flair. Guests have four nightlight options. You can try the club’s intimate lounge space where you’ll often find Astana DJ Nikita Filatov. You can head into Imperial’s karaoke room or go straight into the heart of the club where you’ll find Imperial’s dance floor and ’80s and ’90s retro music. Or you can stay in the front lobby area and smoke hookah on puffy sofas. So if you like opulent surroundings, lots of nightlife choices and a crowd that’s not still in college, Imperial Nightclub is your first stop.
The night club is known for the beats of Disco, Electro, House, Pop, Progressive, R&B. The entrance for ladies is free and about $10 for men.
ZaZa has quickly become of the capital’s top night clubs with Electro, House and Trance beats. The entrance fee is about $10.