Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Baku

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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.
Heydar Aliyev Palace
As Baku's best live music venue you'd expect the Heydar Aliyev Palace to boast an impressive events calendar; and it does with the likes of Kelly Rowland having played alongside George Benson in 2009.
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.
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.
Pride Lounge
Proving that karaoke doesn't only take place in Benidorm Pride Lounge is Baku's primary sing-along destination; whether it's Celine or Mariah you're after you're sure to find it here.
Oscar Club
Old-school glamour is the order of the day at Oscar Club with a distinct 1940s Hollywood style that carries through from its décor right through to its mostly-jazz music policy.
Living Room 2
Sitting on the site of former gay club Le Mirage Living Room 2 caters as much to the gay crowd as it does straight with boudoir-style interiors and a tempting cocktail list.
Khalifa
Khalifa is like an Aladdin's cave of wonders with Arabic-style décor and dancers to match; just don't ask them to rub your magic lamp.
Jazz Centre
Jazz is like Marmite - you either love or hate it. If your personal preference is the former then head to the Jazz Centre for some of the best jazz in town.
Infiniti
To Infiniti and beyond as they say; packed with Bakuvian man-eaters it's practically impossible for a foreign man to leave Inifini without a luscious lady in tow. Whether you want her or not.
Face Club
The cream of Baku's club-based crop is Face; here you'll find the glam interiors and glitzy crowd expected at any capital's coolest club.
Crossroads
Crossroads is about as crazy as Britney's debut movie; but here it's all about hard rock Azeri students and mean bouncers.
Chinar
As Baku's most-anticipated new club opening Chinar has a lot to live up to. Thankfully it does with opulent interiors fabulous food and an impressive sound and lighting system.
Chevalier
Le Chevalier goes for a medieval motif with knights in armour at every turn and a dark basement setting; just be sure not to get off your head otherwise you may lose it.
Black Jack
It may have been open for 13 years - most of them lucky - but Black Jack is still going strong with strong drinks and even stronger bouncers.
Mesa Lounge
Bright young things are drawn to Mesa Lounge like moths to a very fabulous flame; Japanese and European menus combine with sumptuous Spanish-esque interiors for a very alluring venue indeed.
Opera Lounge
Loungier than Face but every bit as glamourous - if not more in places - Opera Lounge has clubbing all wrapped up with in-house dining and music from big-name DJs all under one roof.

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