Almaty abounds in lounge bars, but good old-fashioned watering holes are sometimes difficult to find. Almost all bars here have a kitchen as well, but we are just focusing on the drinking conditions here.
Here are some of our (and everybody else’s) favorite bars in Almaty.
Guinness Pub: (address) The classic Irish pub has found its way to Almaty. Rustic decor, Guinness on tap and a live band every day of the week make Guinness pub a mainstay on the Almaty drinking scene. Fish ‘n’ chips is wrong, but oh so right. Mad Murphy’s (address) is another popular Irish pub operating on the same principles of Guinness, pub grub and live music.
Nash Pub: (address) In the center, this simple pub offers cheap beer. No loud music here, keeping the focus on the drinking.
Guns ‘n’ Roses: (address) Traditional expat haunt on top of the Kazakhstan hotel. For some, this is a great place to meet fellow foreigners while listening to pop-rock music. Others dismiss it for exactly the same reasons. Not the cheapest, obviously.
Kvartira: (address) Descending down the Kvartira staircase, you are suddenly drawn into a 60’s Soviet apartment. The staff treats you like you are living there. They serve nice big meals as well. Only downside, it gets smokey.
Shakespeare Pub: (address) THE expat bar in Almaty, with expat prices. Football on tv, Indian food + pizza and steak in the kitchen. It is still a smoker’s haunt.
Stalker: (address) Unassuming bar set back in the garden, popular with a cool clientele of locals and foreigners that despise the Guns ‘n’ Roses. The interior is dead simple wooden paneling. Prices make you happy.
Raketa bar & Grill: (address) Raketa bar is hip. With a funky interior, a big menu, loud music and cocktails not overpriced, Raketa is aiming for the girls night out public.
Khmelnaya Prazhechka: (address) Czech-themed bar with great home-brewn beer and decent kitchen in a good location. Not a bad choice for vegetarians either, surprisingly!
Shashlik on Kirova: (address) Cheapest beer in the center of town, topped with the biggest (and cheapest) shashlik.
Chains like Arsenal, Bochonok and Line Brew are overpriced and best avoided.