Clubs come and go faster than a travel guide can keep up with, but here are some of the popular mainstays on the Almaty nightlife scene that are fun, clean and safe. Your local party crew will be able to point you in a different direction if needed.
Remember to dress up well when you are going out. Party people look good in Almaty, and there is face control at most night clubs. Updated events listings for parties can be found on the party calendar of Afisha (in Russian).
Tot Samyj Bar: (address) Find a raucous, raunchy atmosphere at the Tot Samyj bar. Sure, the music is cheesy, but who cares when everyone is dancing on the bar? There is a swimming pool in summer, so you can come during the day as well if you bring your swimwear.
Dacha/Chukotka: (address) Since forever, Chukotka and it’s 2nd floor incarnation Dacha have played host to the hip crowd of Almaty. Loved by office girls, graphic designers and gays alike. Around 10pm the deejay starts playing female-friendly house music and Dacha transforms into a club, while downstairs is preserved for rock music.
Copacabana: (address) If Latino music is your thing, Copacabana is the place to be. Expect salsa, reggaeton and the like to set the bodies in motion for a sweltering hot night. Before 12, there are performances by a Cuban live band and professional salsa dancers. Almaty’s women go mad once the boys band (also from Cuba) takes to the stage.
RR (Rolls Royce) Club: (address) If you like pumpin’ rap music and want to check out how that might look like in Central Asia, Almaty’s RR is your best bet, attracting a cool crowd of youthful pimps and hoes.
Da Freak: located right next to Chukotka, has been the place to be for quality techno for a long time. Perhaps too long a time, as face control has become more rigid, the number of rooms has been reduced to 1, and the same old deejays from the ’90’s are still behind the decks.