Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

29 Bar
An all-in-one bar, with a great lunch menu and jam-packed party scene at night.
Other ski resorts
Smaller, less developed resorts - but you get the slopes to yourselves.
Shymbulak
OK, so you'll undoubtedly have experienced more challenging skiing, and you will almost certainly be used to better facilities, but how often do you get to ski in Central Asia?
Butakofka Gorge Stables
Indoor and outdoor lessons available - all-weather riding.
Alpina XXI
Small but comfortable and well-equipped hiking hotels.
Via del Mondo
A loving selection of the best and rarest wines and fine cigars.
Lutece Wine Gallery
Regular free tastings and reasonably priced wine make this a popular stop.
Assia
The perfect boutique for picking up quality gifts.
Mambo Italiano
Cuban and Italian themes coexist at this crazy club, and sparks fly.
Mojo
Get your MOJO on!
The Rooms
You could spend hours wandering between Pacha's themed rooms - or just live it up on the dancefloor.
Totsami
One-way mirrors in the ladies', and a bartop reserved for girls only dancing, this club likes it a little raunchy.
Friday
Out on a group evening? Friday has acres of space and a range of music broad enough to engage all.
Copacabana
Break in your dancing shoes at Copacaban's lessons before hitting the floor to flaunt them.
The Noodles
International food combines with Kazakhstan coffee to keep everyone coming back to this busy little café.
Persona Grata
Chic and sophisticated café showcasing local art alongside delicious Italian and local food.
Coffeedelia II
If you like a little live entertainment with your jumbo latte, Coffeedelia's younger sister gets glammed up at night.
DK
Quirky little café/bar that really works to please its enthusiastic clientele - various entertainments often available.
Black & Brown
Busy, friendly little café with great food and live music on weekend evenings.
Ultra’s
Offering a wonderful roof terrace, sushi, beer, cocktails and live music, Ultra's is all about unpretentious fun.
Vertaliot Public Lounge
Perfect for weekend partying, as the young crowd sweep in to drink and dance.
Barrel Bar
Live music and cool artwork combine to make this one of Almaty's most popular bars at the weekend.
Chekhov
With a nod to the neighbours, this restaurant fuses Russian and Kazakhstani dishes with delicious results.

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