Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

Zeynalabdin Taghiyev Street
A good book and a bar of chocolate; what else do you need? Get both right here.
Zarifa Aliyeva St.
Another high-end have selling cutting-edge fashion for style mavens.
Zakura
Bite-sized tapas dishes are served with Bakuvian bite here at Zakura; interior design by London-based Blue Sky Hospitality adds to its flare.
Young Spectators’ Theatre
More than a cultural must-see the Young Spectator's Theatre is an architectural wonder; a marvel of modern design.
Wine City
Imported wine don't come cheap but that doesn't seem to matter to those who flock here for wine outside of the region.
Vitamin Bar
Punishing yourself on the treadmill can drain you of essential vitamins and minerals which is where the Vitamin Bar at the Landmark Hotel steps in; attached to its Health Club it will have any gym bun feeling fabulous again.
Victor’s Bar
Chill-out tunes and casual cocktails make up the vibe at Victor's Bar the crowning glory of the Park Inn Hotel. Rest relax and reflext stunning views of the cty unfolding before you.
Ultimate Frisbee
Who'd have thought you'd go all the way to Baku and be able to play Frisbee? Enjoy!
Twins Lounge
Like two extreme siblings the Twins Lounge can be laid-back or raucous depending on the crowd; but whatever the mood you're guaranteed moody interiors and well-mixed drinks.
Trattoria L’Oliva
Offering casual Italian dining downtown is L'Oliva with traditional Tuscan décor and belt-busting Italian fare.
Tortuga Pirate Bar
Those looking for a pirate-themed pub can call off the search; Tortuga Pirate Bar has all your piratey needs met with Disney-esque interiors and a fun-hungry crowd.
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The Old Forester
If you like your pubs old sprawling and bedecked with quintessential British style then the Old Forester is your man. So to speak.
The Lounge
We've never seen someone's living room look quite as plush as Lounge - all velvet drapes and polished wooden tables - but it still tries to recreate homely look.
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The Grill
Tucked inside the Hyatt Regency The Grill offers blood-loving carnivores steak and style under one ceiling rose-covered roof.
The Gourmet Shop
No hotel is complete with a fabulous foodie shop and the Gourmet Shop is such an establishment at the Hyatt Regency.
The Brewery Pub
Get your hands around a pint of homemade ale at Brewery Pub; be sure to line your stomach first with some of the deliciously plump sausages on the menu.
Terrace Garden
Proving once and for all that size doesn't necessarily matter the Sultan Inn's Terrace Garden seats just 24 and offers the kind of intimate atmosphere usually reserved for a dinner party.
Taze Bey
Who wouldn't want a massage with Roman Centurions and deer antlers abounding?
Sunset Café
Opened by the same team behind perenially popular Scalini you'd expect the Sunset Café to be faily good; and it is with crowds flocking here every all day every day for American-style comfort classics.
Sultans
Power trippers will love the regal treatment offered at Sultans; from the majestic interiors to the authentic Azeri menu it's class all the way.
Sultan Inn
Arguably Baku's only true boutique hotel, the Sultan Inn couldn't be more central if it tried and comes complete with a dark intimate design scheme for cosy nights in for you and a loved one (or sexy stranger).
Studio 2
Studio 54 may indeed have more weight behind its name but karaoke bar Studio 2 is still worth a visit - if not for the sound-proofing curtains alone.
Shirvanshah’s Palace
With awe-inspiring architecture at every turn it can be hard to know where to look inside Shirvanshah's Palace; so take your time and be sure to designate a significant chunk of your schedule to soaking up this colossal cultural must-see.
Shilla
As Baku's only Korean restaurant Shilla has a lot to prove; and that it does with adventurous dishes supplemented by simpler plates for the easily-scared.
Sheki
While it may be six or so hours from Baku the mountain town of Sheki is well worth the slog.  Just make sure to fill up with petrol before you hit some pretty damn remote roads.
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Shark
Ex-pat pubs aren't usually high on our to-do list but we'll make an exception for The Shark; managed by an Azeri and a Brit it attracts both local and English boozers.
Shakespeare
As you'd expect of a pub named after England's most famous playwright The Shakesepare is a British pub in the heart of Baku. End of.
Schaorma No. 1
Open-air terraces are hard to find in the centre of town but Schaorma No 1 is such an establishment; enjoy an authentic sundowner in the form of an ayran.
Scalini
Scallini is Baku's signature eatery; perenially popular it serves up innovative Italian fare in casual laid-back surroundings. No wonder Pierce Brosnan eat here while in town.
Sabun Nga Spa
Rest relax and rejuvenate at the super-sumptuous Sabun Nga Spa; with so much luxury on offer you'll never want to leave its chic confines.
Russian Drama Theatre
Translated plays from many cultures, performed in Russian.
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Riviera
Despite being a bit further afield than most of our listings - it's a 20-minute walk into town - the Riviera remains a firm favourite thanks to its rock star style and stunning sea views.
Red Olive
Dripping chandeliers and gilt-framed mirrors abound at Red Olive a favourite of both smartly-dressed cool cats and casually thrown-together club kids
Razul Raza Street
Offering a little bit of everything those pounding the pavement will be more than happy with the goods on offer here.
Ramada
Located far enough out of the city centre to escape the hustle and bustle but not so far as to feel isolated, The Ramada offers style and substance in equal measures. Its outdoor pool is particularly impressive.

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