Deep, deep within the Duman Hotel is Oscar, a ritzy, Hollywood-themed nightclub that opened in 2011 and is continuing to cause a stir. Stroll down the red carpet and past the velvet rope, pausing first to admire the large Oscar replica on the door – perhaps he takes care of face control? Inside is a glamorous space with two bars, dance floor and stage, and some of Astana’s priciest tables, which range from 20,000 to 100,000 KZT. Clearly, the fashionable 23-plus crowd knows how to spend it. When the DJ isn’t spinning house tunes for their enjoyment there are live performances from visiting artists as well as the mandatory go-go dancers, regular striptease shows and fun themed parties. Ladies can take advantage of free entry all night, but gents must shell out 2,000 KZT to grace the club with their sharp-suited presence.