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Yogyakarta Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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I was somewhat disappointed with Yogyakarta nightlife. As a city famous for attracting students and tourists, I was expecting a fun party atmosphere with busy bars and nightclubs. On the contrary, Yogyakarta is quite conservative and provincial. There aren't so many venues to go out in the city, and most of them lack sophistication. I still had fun, but it took me a while before figuring out where to go out at night. The objective of this guide is to save you some time and give you the best tips to enjoy Yogyakarta nightlife as a foreigner. If new bars and clubs open, please mention them in the comments to help me keep this review up-to-date. Hotels in Yogyakarta Near the Nightlife: This is a map of the main nightlife spots in Yogyakarta and the recommended hotels nearby. Click on the image to enlarge it. I guess you won't be going to Yogyakarta for the nightlife only and you are also interested in visiting attractions like Borobudur, the beaches in the South, the Keraton, etc

Tashkent Nightlife (Uzbekistan) - Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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As the most populous city in Central Asia (> 2 million people), Tashkent has a rather disappointing nightlife, especially when comparing it to  Almaty  or  Astana . Still, it is decent enough for a few days of partying while visiting Uzbekistan. I have only spent a few days there, so this will be a short overview of the best bars and nightclubs. I noticed that venues open and close really fast, so make sure to check the Facebook or Instagram of the ones I list below. I invite you to leave a comment as well at the end of the article if you have any updates to share.

Batam Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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Batam is a small island located about 45 minutes from  Singapore  by ferry. With a population of 800,000 souls, it is the home to a small community of expatriates, mainly from Singapore and Malaysia. Unlike many other Indonesian cities, you'll find that Batam is rather well organized, clean, and with reasonable traffic. The island has long been known as a low-cost getaway for people living in Singapore, locals and expats. It has seven golf courses, several resorts and the costs are a fraction compared to those in Singapore and Bali. Its nightlife has three sides: - A more "Western"-oriented district, called Kampung Bule, with small pubs and hostess bars - A more modern and trendy nightlife targeting upper-class Indonesians living in Batam - A more "Asian"-oriented nightlife, with discos, KTVs and massage parlors I will review each of these in the following article.

Almaty Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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I spent around 10 days in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan. I was told it had the best nightlife in Central Asia, and it is probably true. While it is sometimes still rough around the edges, I can say that it is one of the most underrated party destinations I've ever been to. The city has at least 10 decent nightclubs and 30 bars worth visiting. It is generally cheap: Drinks cost between 3$ and 6$, even in nicer venues, with an entrance fee often under 10$. Foreigners are rare and they are usually well-treated, though there are some cases of racism.

Nightlife in Tangerang - BSD - Gading Serpong [2024]

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This is a short overview of the nightlife in Tangerang and more precisely in Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) and Gading Serpong. Tangerang and South Tangerang are two separate suburban cities located about 20 kilometers from the center of Jakarta. You have probably been there without realizing it since the Jakarta airport (CGK) is actually in the northern part of Tangerang. When I first arrived in Jakarta in 2004, Tangerang was a conservative, working-class area that was flirting with sharia law. Alcohol was prohibited even in hotels and the police were arresting women simply for walking in the street alone at night . Since then, things have smoothed a bit, though not everywhere. The most visible transformation is happening in the privately-owned new cities that have emerged in recent years. I'm sure you are already familiar with a few of them such as:

Bishkek Nightlife - Best Bars and Nightclubs - Kyrgyzstan [2024]

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I stayed in Bishkek for a short week while visiting Kyrgyzstan in 2024. Naturally, I was curious to discover its nightlife, which was recommended to me by several friends. Since I was there during Ramadan, I was afraid the bars and nightclubs would be closed, but everything was normal, albeit slightly quieter than usual. My first difficulty was the lack of information about partying in Bishkek. Almost everything you'll find online is outdated or in Russian. Luckily, on my first night out I met an expat who lived in the city for 3 years and he took me everywhere I needed to go. Overall, I had fun, but the city has a provincial feel and if you are specifically interested in partying, I'll recommend heading to Almaty or Astana instead. This review is a summary of everything I learned about Bishkek nightlife. I hope you can leave comments about your own experiences as well to make it more interesting and to keep it updated. Nightlife Areas + Recommended Hotels Nearby You can click