Nightlife and Entertainment in Almaty

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Almaty nightlife is varied and has something for everyone. If you are visiting this popular city in Kazakhstan and are looking for different ways to spend your evenings, here are some of the best places to visit.

Abay State Opera and Ballet Theatre

Situated at Qabanbay Batyr in the city center, this is one of the most popular cultural venues in the city. It is an ideal way to spend a quiet evening. The Abay State Opera and Ballet Theatre holds around 3 to 4 performances every week which begin at 6:30 p.m. Some of the classic performances that show regularly include Carmen, La Boheme, Swan Lake and Aida. The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to this, the theatre also plays wonderful Kazakh operas like Abay and Abylay Khan that are worth a watch.


If you are looking for a great place to dine at, Cuba is one of the best hotspots among tourists and locals. This is a Russian / Mexican restaurant that serves great food. A highlight of this restaurant is the live bands that play here, making the entire atmosphere simply great. Bands play on Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 3 a.m. If you plan to visit this restaurant on a weekend, ensure that you book a table earlier in the evening.


This is another popular hangout, especially for the expat and rich crowd. It is situated in Kommunalnaya, Almaty-II and is one of the best places to party into the night thanks to its large dance floor. You will also find a lounge bar area that has a DJ and an oriental styled room where you can smoke hookah. While retro sessions in this club begin at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the after party starts at 3 a.m.

San Siro

Located at Bogenbay Batyr, this is the city’s temple for TV soccer. The place has different screens showing different soccer matches. It can also show visitors a schedule of the games that are coming up. In addition to being a great place to catch up on soccer, San Siro also serves a wide range of good food. This ensures that visitors enjoy an evening of great entertainment and cuisine as well.


This is one of the best places for a night out in the city as it offers a casual atmosphere and lots of entertainment. Located in Qazybek Bi, Soho is a popular hangout for locals and expats to enjoy dancing to live blues / rock bands and tankards of beer. The place also serves a variety of international food. Soho boasts of a global / urban theme as it has flags of different nationalities and numerous pictures of New York decorating the place.

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March 18, 2010 change by ctanios

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