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ightlife is relatively new in Astana. There are few, but excellent, clubs in the city that attract mostly a younger crowd. These clubs get very crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, and the action does not kick-in till around midnight.

Some facts you should know about Astana’s nightlife. All nightclubs screen who gets in based on what they call “face control” and “dress code.” Face control, for those unfamiliar with the practice, means that the bouncers decide who is let in based on the way they look. The gatekeepers look for style and generally favor a “cool” and a dressy look. They also follow strict rules when it comes to dress codes. For the guys, a dark suit offers a better chance to get in. If you think you can make it past the bouncers if you’re wearing sneakers and shorts, don’t even bother trying.

Music in the clubs tends to be up-to-date. Well known DJs are sometimes invited from abroad, especially Russia. The music tends toward House and Retro remixes.

Most of the clubs have VIP rooms for private parties for an extra charge. Gogo dancers are common and theme parties (such as a “white party” where you must wear white to get in) are popular. All nightclubs serve food.

Men should expect to pay entrance fees around 3,000 tenge (about $20). For women, the common practice is free entry before midnight (to attract the guys) and half-price ($10) after midnight. Drinks are a little expensive, so keep an eye on the tab. In general, hours are from 10:00 – 4:00, but people actually start arriving after midnight. The age requirement is 22, but clubs go by look rather than strict carding.

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Description: This is the newest night club on the scene, working hard to take the “luxury” niche in Astana. The club has always been popular and has recently been redecorated to project the feeling of wealth and quality. Although somewhat small, the club is associated with Portofino restaurant and is located in the same building. Azhur throws theme parties with invited European and Russian DJs. It also offers pool and billiards. Please note that the club has a strict dress code and practices “face control.”
Cuisine: Italian, Japanese
Address: 27 Turan Avenue
Phone: 8 (7172) 40 20 34
Hours: 12:00 pm to last visitor

The Chocolate Room
Located in the Radisson Hotel on the Right Bank, The Chocolate Room is considered one of the most upscale night clubs in Astana. Its clients tend to be regulars. The club practices very strict face control, but if you are a guest at the Radisson odds are that you will get in. The club is not very big and was recently renovated.
Cuisine: Japanese
Address: 2 Sary Arka Avenue
Phone: 8 (701) 550 0017
Hours: 10:00 pm – 4:00 am

Description: Famous is part of a larger complex that includes a coffee house, bowling alley and night club. It is located on the Left Bank, not far from the Baiterek Tower and government buildings. In-house and guest DJs provide the music, which is primarily House. Interior decoration follows the “famous” theme with photos of Hollywood stars and rock bands.
Cuisine: European
Address: 29 Kunayev Street
Phone: 8 (7172) 55 00 77
8 (7172) 55 00 78
Hours: Mon. – Thu. & Sun. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fri. – Sat. 11:00 am – 4:00 am

Description: Fashion is one of the top nightclubs in the Astana. It caters to the under-30 crowd, which it attracts with a series of rotating DJs. High-profile international DJs come mostly from Russia with a few from Western Europe. The club throws theme parties, hosts fashion parties and organizes stage shows. The club is associated with Fusion, one of the top restaurants in Astana. One consideration for those on a budget: Fashion is considered an expensive club. Portions are on the small side and pricey.
Cuisine: Italian, American, Japanese
Address: 4 Mailin Street
Phone: 8 (7172) 22 27 77
Hours: Fri. & Sat. 10:00 pm to last visitor
Website: www.fusion.com.kz

Description: Jimmy’z, located on the 12th floor of the Astanalyk building across from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is part of an international including 20 capital cities. It offers a high class atmosphere and is not as loud as other clubs. It attracts a slightly older clientele, often including politicians and celebrities. The club has several rooms, including a cigar bar, karaoke lounge and dance hall. It used to be members-only, but now is open to the public.
Cuisine: European, Kazakh, French
Address: Astanalyk Business centre
Phone: 8 (7172) 50 20 33
8 (7172) 50 21 33
Hours: Around the clock

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