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Almaty

KazakhConcert
KazakhConcert stages a mix of classical, jazz and folk concerts featuring local and visiting foreign musicians.
Int’l Jazz Fest
High calibre, traditional jazz is on the cards at this festival.
Kunaev House Museum
A museum to the memory of one of Kazakhstan's most beloved politicians.
Camerata of Kazakhstan
The prestigious state classical music ensemble is notable for its performances of pieces by modern Kazakhstani composers.
Central State Museum
Museum covering the archaeology geology natural history and ethnography of Kazakhstan. A must-see.
Auezov Kazakh Drama Theatre
The home of Kazakhstani theatre, this venue stages national works with Russian subtitles.
Ascension Cathedral
Located in the middle of Almaty's Panfilov Park Ascension Cathedral is a vastly impressive building that you simply must see. Be sure to pack your camera.
ArtiShock Theatre
Audience participation is often demanded in these challenging and illuminating avant-garde performances.
ArtBatFest
An interactive art festival, ArtBatFest is a great place to wander for flashmobs, photography exhibitions and experimental theatre.
Ark Gallery
Kazakhstani artists are shown at this well-curated gallery, stop by for regular exhibitions.
Abay Opera House
Come to see well-known and local ballets and operas in the beautiful classical Soviet building with its air of faded grandeur.
Cosmopolitan Bar
Cosmo's lives up to its name with an it-crowd loyal to its promise of a great night out.
Esperanza
Popular with local and foreign visitors.
Gogol
Dress up for Gogol, face control is strict to get in to this luxurious club, although entry is free.
Men’s Club 13
Hosts regular themed club nights.
XO
Smaller than most Almaty clubs, but with a buzzing atmosphere, get monochRome delirious to cognac cocktails.
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.
Krisha
The place for serious partying, this rooftop venue likes it long, loud, and late.
Friday
Out on a group evening? Friday has acres of space and a range of music broad enough to engage all.
Hot 2 Be
The Kazakhstanis have a real passion for karaoke, come here to really let go.
Copacabana
Break in your dancing shoes at Copacaban's lessons before hitting the floor to flaunt them.
Da Freak
Hosting international DJs this is a haven for serious house-music buffs.
Cartell
The slickest club in Almaty, Cartell boasts award-winning barmen and international acts - dress to impress.
Chukotka
If you're a little more indie, Chukota's live bands and alternative DJs are a good bet for the young hipster crowd.
Circus
Roll up, roll up! The Circus has come to town, only this time in the fabulous form of a high-concept restaurant in Covent Garden.
Barfly Strip
The newest strip club.
La Tartine
A takeaway bakery, La Tartine appeals to those who want to grab something on the run. Great baguettes for lunch.
The Noodles
International food combines with Kazakhstan coffee to keep everyone coming back to this busy little café.
Gloria Jean’s
Perfect for those who miss their morning Starbucks and free WiFi, this is Kazakhstan's alternative.
Marrone Rosso
A proper comfort-food location, the Marrone also does a great line in decadent hot chocolate. Perfect for those curling up on a sofa days.
Persona Grata
Chic and sophisticated café showcasing local art alongside delicious Italian and local food.
Segafredo
Mamma mia! Real Italian coffee.
Cooshy Sushi
Popular with a corporate group as well as the uber-chic Cooshy Sushi is one of Almaty's trendiest spots for lunch or supper.
Da Vinci
An entire club devoted to karaoke, with draped tables for the self-conscious.
DK
Quirky little café/bar that really works to please its enthusiastic clientele - various entertainments often available.
Coffeedelia II
If you like a little live entertainment with your jumbo latte, Coffeedelia's younger sister gets glammed up at night.
Coffeemania
Stylish new hang-out spot that's popular with the cool kids.

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