Walking around Bishkek during the day, it’s hard to imagine that there is nightlife in this city. Let’s face it, the capital of Kyrgyzstan is rather dull. It’s hard to see bright colors in the city, and people don’t look like they can dance all night long. We hurry to pleasantly surprise you, in Bishkek, there is not just a nightlife, it is also very diverse. There is a number of well-known pubs, bars, and nightclubs there. So if it is late at night but you do not want to sleep and spending time sitting at your apartment or hotel room seems boring to you, it is a very time to explore the nightlife of Bishkek. The first difficulty that every foreigner faces is the lack of information about partying in Bishkek. Almost everything you can find online is outdated or in Russian. In this case, you need to either go exploring the nightlife with a local club expert or read our article. Before we begin to introduce you to some clubs, you need to know that they can be divided into several categories by genre, price range, and the age of clientele. In our blog, however, we will divide places only into two categories: places for pre-party and afterparty. And also, there are general tips you need to know before going to explore the Bishkek city nightlife:
- Get to the clubs by taxi, it’s safer. Despite the fact that the city looks safe in the daytime, it can be dangerous at night.
- If you don’t know what the dress code is at the club you’re getting into, just wear casual clothes. Try to dress up with a pair of good jeans and shoes just to help yourself socialize. Girls are better to wear a cocktail dress. Remember – no sportswear.
- Prices can be relatively low if you will compare it with prices in Europe or U.S., about 200 som for a beer and around 350 som for a cocktail. Some places have an entrance fee in the amount of 450 to 500 som. Some places have a cover charge, so, getting a total bill, you can have a surprise of 15-25% service fee. Check it in advance.
- This tip is for men who are looking for a date. Meeting girls at clubs is easy, a lot of them are there to get a date too. You can also meet them online, there are some apps for that (Badoo, Tinder, Mamba).
Zusmanovich’s Suitcase (Чемодан Зусмановича) – Visiting this art bar at least once, you will certainly want to visit this wonderful place again and again. The reason for this is the atmosphere that breathes home comfort and allows each visitor not only to relax but also to laugh heartily. From non-alcoholic to insanely intoxicating assortment on the menu, great dishes and warm evenings, here you can find something that you didn’t even think to look for. This service is absolutely worth your visit. Facility administrators constantly surprise their visitors by inviting live music performers and even DJs. In order to choose what you prefer, we recommend checking out their social networks. Monday is a day off, on other days they work from 20:00 to 02:00.
Live Bar – This bar has two branches, the locations of which allow everyone to reach them easily and quickly. And also, every summer, LiveBar Beach opens in Issyk-Kul, and then you can enjoy not only the music but also the evening air, which is much cooler and more pleasant on the coast of the lake. There are also several permanent discounts, plus others, which you can learn about by looking at their social networks. In this bar, everyone can plunge into the world of music, cocktails and the desire to surrender into the hands of the world of nightlife. If the feeling of the summer sun on your skin, when it is night already is something that you have long wanted to feel, then Live Bar is the right choice for you. This bar is open 24/7, so you are always welcome there.
Promzona – a veteran of Bishkek nightlife. You can check, looking for where to party at night in Bishkek, you will definitely come across this institution more than once. It is not just one of the oldest clubs, but also one of the best clubs in the capital. The entrance fee is 450 som. At the entrance to the club “Face Control” and “Dress Code” systems are working. Visitors of the club must undergo an inspection, both manual and with a metal detector. Promzona usually has a live band that plays rock and pop music, including throwback and modern.
Coyote Ugly is an American bar which works from 20:00 till 6:00. Here you will definitely be hot! Soul-burning drinks, a lot of beautiful girls and handsome guys, and incendiary music – this is all about Coyote Ugly.
Metro Pub – If you want to visit a place that works 24 hours and is always ready to surprise its visitors, you should definitely go to the Metro pub. A distinctive and truly excellent feature of this institution is the presence of live music by performers of various genres and DJs, including DJ Asko, DJ Rick Emberson, Jazz, Comboband, Cover bands. By the way, we would like to add that the dishes are striking in their taste on an ongoing basis, which has developed an excellent institution status. Metro Pub is a place where people can come not only to meet someone new but also to have a great time with their friends.
There are some more clubs and bars you might like to visit: Retro Metro, Nosorog, Mansion Club, Bar 12, 501, Oblako53.
It may be hard to believe, but there are also strip clubs in Bishkek. They are relatively not hidden from the public but are not in plain sight. It is worth remembering that coming to such a place, you will only watch the beauty of the girls’ dances, but not touch them. The girls here sell their dances, but not the body.
A great example of Bishkek’s strip clubs is Zhara. Zhara (ЖАРA) works from 22:00 to 5:00. The entrance fee is 500 som with a 500 Som deposit. Here you will be met by extraordinarily beautiful girls, whose flexible movements you will remember for a long time. It does not matter whether the girls perform in a group or solo, they will wear sophisticated themed costumes or simply in classical underwear, you will certainly want to repeat your visit to this place, because each dancer is a master of their craft.
As you can see, Bishkek’s nightlife is diverse. Everyone can find an institution to their liking, no matter if you are an avid party-goer or a person who loves to drink a beer at the cozy bar. We hope that you will find a place where you will be comfortable too.
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