Azure Chill Out Bar
The name is a bit of a misnomer – whilst Azure does take on more of a loungey feel on weekdays, at weekends it likes to party hard. This super-glam club is located in the basement of the equally high-end Portofino restaurant, and both cater nicely to the Astana aristocracy. The face and dress code at weekends is ‘rich and beautiful’, so be sure not to let the side down! Visiting and resident DJs spin R&B on Fridays and house on Saturdays and are always accompanied by a sexy go-go show on the podium. Big tables cost around 50,000 KZT, but come during the week when the USP is kalyan and karaoke and expect to pay 2,000 KZT if you fancy a turn on the microphone – entrance is always free. The club is a nice size, with tables and plush curtained booths surrounding the dance floor, a bold, UV-lit silhouetted ceiling and dramatic, gothic chandeliers. Lucky patrons can order food from the Portofino food menu until midnight before moving on to the cocktails and cognac and dancing ’til dawn.