Hg2 : The Hedonist


Baku’s newest and most opulent restaurant and nightclub, Chinar, is situated on the site of an old team room under a cluster of plane trees, although there’s little evidence of it’s antiquity now under the expanses of glass that box in this contemporary monument to the country’s booming oil trade. Chinar is not the place to go for underground grooves, but if you want to watch wealthy Azeri’s at play, then there is no finer theatre in the whole country. Located near to a statue of the mythical Azeri hero, Bahram Gur, Azerbaijan’s answer to Saint George, who was sculpted slaying a dragon, he provides the aesthetic inspiration for much of the 1,500 square metre interior of the club, which has a deeply oriental flavour. The club has all the accessories of opulence – sushi bars, champagne bars, wide screen TVs showing digital art, private dining rooms and superb food from a team imported from Hakkasan in London, as well as the obligatory late night sounds – but it’s also open during the day for Baku’s answer to tea and cakes for the ladies who lunch, walking their Louboutins and international hairdos. This is the place where glamour and glasnost collide, and the result must be seen to be believed.

Shovket Alakbarova St, 1Sabayil,
+994 12 492 0888
Opening Times
daily, noon-12.30am (1.30am Fri/Sat)
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