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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pencere
Alpine chic is matched perfectly with authentic Azeri cuisine at Pencere; presentation is particularly pleasing.
Paul’s
Unless your name is Gordon Ramsay naming a restaurant after yourself is risky business; fortunately however Paul's has the goods to back it up with a brilliant Swiss/German menu and an enormous garden in which to swig beer.
Papillon
Be it by bus, raft, helicopter or airplane, Papillon tours offer all kinds of adventures.
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.
Old City Hammam
Expect to be scrubbed and pummelled within an inch of your life...
Old City
While its décor may not promise much the traditional Azeri cuisine being prepared in the kitchen of Old City will have even the smallest eater begging for more.
Nizami Street
Shop 'til you drop on Nizami Street.
Mexx
Mid-range German fashion brand brings their cool, comfy designs to downtown Baku.
Metkarting
If you like your go-karting with a side of disco then Metkarting is the perfect place to tear up the track.
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.
Living Room 1
Step into the boudoir at Living Room 1 which takes intimacy to a whole new level; expect dark decadent surroundings a crowd of cool creative types and Indian fusion snacks on the bar menu.
L’Atelier
Jasmine
Ismailli Wines
Winos and connoisseurs alike will love the liquid on offer at Ismailli Wines. Forget the eat; drink and be merry.
Ibrus Wine Club
Domestic wine is championed at this wine-lovers' paradise.
Hash House Harriers
Run off the excesses of the weekend with the Hash House Harriers; beats sweating it out solo surely?
Football Federations
While Bakuvians aren't known for their football prowess a game can still be fun to watch with the pressure off.
Finestra
Italian stallions will love the trendy trattoria-style ambience at Finestra; an extensive menu filled with inspiring Italian staples add to its fabulousness.
Dalida Deluxe
Dalida is split into a restaurant and a café; the former is Dalida Deluxe and offers fine dining high above the rooftops on a gloriously sun-soaked al fresco terrace.
Crossroads
Crossroads is about as crazy as Britney's debut movie; but here it's all about hard rock Azeri students and mean bouncers.
Café Mozart
Every city needs a 24-hour café - to refuel after and before hangovers - and Café Mozart is Baku's.
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.
Beyrut
As you'd expect from a restaurant named after Lebanon's capital city Beyrut offers lipsmackingly good Lebanese cuisine to a predominantly Azeri clientele.
Baleva
Offering a handful of rooms just off a cobbled square in the Old City Baleva is a clean comfortable place to catch 40 winks.
Baku State Circus
Roll up roll up! The circus has come to town; enjoy all its carnivalesque goings-on right here.
Azza Bar
Panoramic views are just the beginning at Azza Bar; perched atop the ISR Plaza building this elegant watering hole serves up a hip party atmosphere against a backdrop of jazz.
Austin
As one of Baku's best urban sanctuaries the Austin Hotel offers 31 rooms of chic calm in the heart of the city - yet you can hear a penny drop in the foyer.
Aroma Café
Forget Starbucks; Aroma Café is where those who appreciate good coffee beans come for steaming cups of beautiful black stuff.

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