Smart and stylish lounge bar with a slick, streamlined interior. Many local and expat business people frequent Why Not?, so it’s a place to make business contacts as well as have a good time. Why Not? is something in between a restaurant and a lounge with a calm, subdued design. Its neutral colors, plus the comfort of its couches and dark wooden furniture, help patrons to relax, coaxing them to stay for the evening after they’ve had something to eat. Why Not?, which has been open for five years, is in the same building as the well-known Zhibek Zholy restaurant. The bar’s extensive menu includes selections from Zhibek Zholy. Why Not? tends to be popular with a professional crowd in their mid-20s and up. It has DJs pumping out lounge and house. The music, which appeals to a wide variety of people, creates a kind of calm party atmosphere. Why Not? holds Tasty Thursdays each week with special prices on cocktails and desserts. The second floor is a smoking bar filled with the sweet smells of tobacco coming from kalyan, or water pipes, which are a rage across Kazakhstan. Why Not? is moderately priced.