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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Radisson Blu Plaza
With views looking out over Fountain Square and an excellent café bar and restaurant combo, Radisson Blu Plaza checks all the right boxes. Its anticipated renovation will only add to its panache.
Qafqaz Point
A high-spec design scheme throughout and an on-site bar/restaurant worth talking about sees a roster of regulars check in at the Qafqaz Point.
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.
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.
Park Inn
The Park Inn is one of Baku's more mainstream hotel offerings but don't let that put you off; owned by Radisson/ISR Holdings it's supremely comfortable with a restaurant and bar to keep you off the streets during the small hours.
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.
Opera & Ballet Theatre
Currently undergoing a mammoth refurb the Opera and Ballet Theatre remains one of the most beautiful buildings in Baku. While you can't check out a performance at present you can stand and stare at its wonder.
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.
Mirvari Café
Its roof may catch the eye but Mirvari Café is beterr known for its popularity as a place to snack and sup.
Mexx
Mid-range German fashion brand brings their cool, comfy designs to downtown Baku.
Metropol
Trashy but trendy nevertheless the Metropol has Baku's coolest jet-setters checking-in for a night or two of rockstar behaviour.
Metkarting
Metkarting
If you like your go-karting with a side of disco then Metkarting is the perfect place to tear up the track.
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.

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