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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.

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 Almost everything you'll find online is outdated or in Russian.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

Gili Trawangan Nightlife - Best Bars and Nightclubs (Lombok) [2024]

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I wrote this summary of Gili Trawangan nightlife (Lombok) after spending 3 nights there in May 2024. I had not visited the island in almost 10 years, and yet it didn't change much. It is just a bit more crowded, more expensive and dirtier.  Most visitors are young Westerners between 20 and 30 years old. Among them, many are couples on their honeymoon or backpackers on a 6-month Southeast Asia tour. The latter aren't as numerous as in Bali or Thailand, probably because of the prices (overall you'll spend twice as much in the Gili's). They tend to stay for a short period of time only, on their way to other parts of Indonesia. The ones who stay longer usually work in diving centers and form the only real expat community on the island. Don't know anyone in the Gili's and you want to meet people? Check the Gili T Pub Crawl  which takes place every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday starting 7PM at  Tir Na Nog bar.

Singapore Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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Singapore nightlife, once boring and sleepy, has become one of the best in Southeast Asia. The range of options for going out at night has no equivalent elsewhere in the region: Michelin-starred restaurants, top-ranked cocktail bars and nightclubs, world-class concerts, music festivals, and a vibrant cultural scene (opera, ballet, etc). Enjoying a night out in Singapore is safe, easy, and fun, with only one downside: It costs money. If you party from evening to dawn in the best nightclubs, bars and restaurants, expect to spend at least SGP 150-200 in one night. If you are new to the city and wondering where to party, here's a quick summary of everything you need to know.

Dhaka Nightlife (Bangladesh): Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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As you would expect, Dhaka nightlife is far from being interesting, mainly because alcohol sale is very restricted. That's easily understandable considering Bangladesh is a country that is both conservative and Muslim. Poor and middle-class Bangladeshis will very rarely party, and if they do (for instance at weddings), there won't be any alcohol. Some members of the elite might be more open-minded, but they will prefer drinking discreetly at home or inside private clubs. The richest will just fly to nearby countries for short holidays. There are also very few tourists visiting the country apart from adventurous backpackers. As a result, there is not a real nightlife scene in Dhaka, nor in any other cities like Chittagong or Cox's Bazar. Partying and drinking is not completely impossible, though. For foreigners, there are still a few options to have fun, mainly at hotel bars and private clubs.

Luang Prabang Nightlife - Best Things to Do At Night [2024]

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Luang Prabang, Laos' most touristic city, does not have the reputation of being a party town. While there are plenty of things to do during the day, from visiting temples to swimming in waterfalls, nightlife activities are much harder to find. There is a 11.30PM curfew on bars located in the city center, but if you go a little bit further away you can find a few clubs and KTVs open until 1AM. You also have the bowling center that closes at 2AM. Within these time limits, there are actually some interesting venues for drinking and having fun. In this short review, I will give you a list of my top 5 favorite nightlife activities in Luang Prabang. Best Things to Do at Night in Luang Prabang Nightmarket

Karachi Nightlife (Pakistan): Bars, Clubs, Alcohol [2024]

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Karachi is an enormous city, the largest in Pakistan, and yet it has a poorer nightlife than most small towns in Europe. There are no nightclubs, no public bars serving alcohol, and the sale of alcohol is highly restricted. Pakistanis will tell you that behind closed doors, there are plenty of secret parties and underground clubs, but I was not connected enough to find out if this was true or not. If you are an expat living in Pakistan, or if you have high-level local friends, you might be able to access those. If you do, please don't hesitate to share your experience with us in the comment section below. For the rest of us, tourists and temporary visitors, we have to rely on a handful of cafés, bars and restaurants, with only a few that allow alcohol. Karachi Bars and Cafés (No Alcohol) If you don't mind not drinking alcohol, there are several trendy cafés, restaurants and bars in Karachi where you can socialize with upper-class Pakistanis. Since new pl

Khon Kaen Nightlife - Best Bars and Clubs [2024]

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In this review of Khon Kaen nightlife, I will give you tips about the best areas to party, where to stay near the clubs, my favorite venues and how to meet people. Khon Kaen is a medium-sized Thai city about 1 hour away from Udon Thani. There are few tourist attractions there, but it is a pleasant town with great street food and very cheap accommodation. It also has a small, but fun nightlife, which caters mainly to young clubbers (students make up a quarter of the population).  What I really enjoyed about Khon Kaen nightlife is that almost all the bars and clubs are located within a small area. Even better, within just a few streets, you will find a mix of different types of venues, including expat bars, student cafés, sports bars and live music clubs. You can try several of them in one night simply by walking from one to another.

Phuket Nightlife: All You Need To Know [2024]

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Phuket is one of the most renowned nightlife destinations in Thailand. It has a buzzing party scene, with most of its bars and nightclubs concentrated on the 1-km long street of  Bangla  (or Walking Street), in the beach town of Patong. Here is the concise guide of Phuket (Patong) nightlife: Best Hotels Near Patong Nightlife If you are in Patong for partying, I advise you to stay within walking distance from Bangla Road, but far enough that you won't hear the music until 3 AM. By doing so, you won't have to deal with the tuk-tuk and taxi mafias (charging ridiculous prices at night even for a 100-meter ride), and if you have your own car or bike, you will avoid the temptation of driving back home while drunk. Booking.com has a great  list of hotels located within a short distance from Bangla Road . Among them, the following are the best in terms of value for money, rating and location: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Clover Hotel : One of the most popular hotels in Patong, only 150 meters from the beach a

Chiang Mai Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs [2024]

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I spent a month in Chiang Mai  and that was more than enough to explore the city's nightlife. Read this detailed review for my tips, including the best party areas, the best nightclubs and bars, and how to meet people.

Bangkok Nightlife - All You Need To Know [2024]

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Bangkok nightlife is very diverse and fun to explore. Here's everything you need to know before heading out. Summary: -  Where to party?   Nightlife areas + map - Where to sleep near the nightlife? - Best nightclubs and bars in Bangkok - Dating apps for Thailand - Bangkok nightlife tips Nightlife areas in Bangkok + Map: Bangkok nightlife is really spread out, with at least 8 party areas. The good news is that each of them is packed with venues and easily walkable. The map below is showing you all where all the best bars, nightclubs, hotels and party areas are located in Bangkok. You can click to enlarge it: Khaosan Road: This walking street is the main party area for young backpackers and also some Thais (middle-class, students, travelers). Many cheap bars and clubs with commercial music. The vibe is very social so you can meet people very easily. The most famous nightclub in Khaosan Road is simply called  The Club . It is built on 3 levels and costs around 250 THB to enter with a

Muscat Nightlife (Oman) - Best Bars and Nightclubs [2024]

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You shouldn't expect much from Muscat nightlife. There are very few bars, even fewer nightclubs, and you won't find a party atmosphere like in  Dubai . That said, if you are living in the city, or if you are visiting for a few days, you can always find some decent venues to have fun, to meet people, and to drink alcohol. Just scroll down to learn more about the best party spots in the capital of Oman.

Baku Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs - Azerbaijan [2024]

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I spent several days in Baku during the Formula 1 Grand Prix and I partied for a couple of nights only. Obviously, I didn't visit every nightclub and bar in the city, but I think I got a pretty good idea of how the nightlife is here. In this short guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about partying in Baku. Note: I was in Baku during the busiest weekend of the year, so it is likely that most venues were much more crowded than usual. Click below to jump directly to: - What to expect at night in Baku - Baku nightlife tips - Nightlife areas + hotels - Best nightclubs and bars Baku nightlife summary If you don't have the time to read my whole review, here is a brief summary: - Busiest street at night:  Torgovaya - Best bar:  Madrid Bar  or Room (expat crowd) - Best pubs:  Shakespeare ,  Finnegan's  or  O'Malley - Best nightclub:  Fomo Baku  and  The Vortex - Best elite bar:  Pasifico Baku - Best hotels to stay near the nightlife: Choose a location  near Fount

Phnom Penh Nightlife: Best Bars and Nightclubs [2024]

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Phnom Penh nightlife is fun, diverse and laidback. The cost of partying is still low, the venues cater to a wide range of clients, and the rules are relaxed: Several clubs close late in the morning and a few bars stay open 24/7. The city attracts a mix of tourists (mostly backpackers but also many older people on group tours), low-budget expats (from guys on retirement to English teachers and NGO workers), small business owners and unfortunately, a lot of sex tourists as well. I noticed it is particularly easy to meet both locals and foreigners in Phnom Penh. I only spent a couple of weeks there so this review will only scratch the surface of the things to do at night. Still, I managed to visit all the most popular bars and nightclubs, and discover a few that aren't on everyone's map. If you feel I forgot something, please share your own experience by leaving a comment.  Jump to content:  Phnom Penh Nightlife Areas Dating in Phnom Penh Phnom Penh Nightlife Tips

Jakarta Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs (Updated 2024)

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COVID-19 is (hopefully) behind us and Jakarta nightlife is as vibrant as ever. Dozens of exciting new clubs and bars have opened this year, including  H SCBD , the largest nightclub in Asia. I wrote this article to give you a concise overview of Jakarta nightlife. I'll answer all the questions you may have about the best areas for partying, the most recommended hotels, the best venues, as well as plenty of tips to help you have a great time. If you still have some questions, don't hesitate to leave me a comment below. Want to know more about Jakarta nightlife? Read  Jakarta's Best Bars and Jakarta's Best Nightclubs . If you are a first-time visitor, you might also be interested in my  Jakarta Travel Guide . Nightlife Areas There are so many nightlife areas in Jakarta that it can be confusing even for residents.

Where to Party in Bali? A Complete Nightlife Guide (2023)

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  Partying is one of the best things to do during a trip to Bali. Bars and nightclubs can be found in every major city, especially in the southern part of the island. I already wrote an article about the  best nightclubs in Bali , but here I will focus on the nightlife areas and their specificities. I hope it will help you decide where to party, what kind of atmosphere to expect and how much you will spend. I will also recommend the best hotels in each area. As usual, you can ask any question by leaving a comment at the end of the page and I will do my best to answer them.

Abu Dhabi Nightlife: Best Bars and Clubs (Updated 2023)

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With 1,8M inhabitants, Abu Dhabi is the second-most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Dubai . Even though the country is officially Islamic, it has a decent nightlife that caters mostly to expats, tourists, and businessmen. There are around 10 lively bars and nightclubs, almost all of which are located within 4- or 5-star hotels. You can find a crowded event most days of the week, except during Ramadan when everything is closed. That said, not everything is perfect. The main problem is that very few women go clubbing in Abu Dhabi, so it is not rare to have bars full of guys (minus the prostitutes). To avoid that, select your venues carefully and keep an eye out for ladies nights. Another issue is that prices are generally quite high. A cocktail in a high-end bar will easily reach US$20, and a beer US$10. To order bottle service, be ready to spend at least US$500 for one bottle. It is a good idea to check for happy hours, usually from 5PM to 8PM. If you w