Baku nightlife: Palaces, museums, culture, art, but also discos and social life. The capital of Azerbaijan offers a lively and refined nightlife. Here is the guide to the best night clubs in Baku.
Always a typical destination for businessmen and oilmen, Baku is becoming a tourist destination capable of attracting also tourists who travel for pleasure or in search of entertainment.
With a thousand-year history, picturesque landscapes, a mix of different cultures and a pleasant climate all year round, the capital of Azerbaijan offers a good dose of different experiences at any time of day. If during the day, the city flaunts its cultural face, with its traditional values and unparalleled hospitality, at sunset the lively crowd and dancing feet dominate the Pearl of the Caucasus. With venues ranging from peaceful and quiet to extravagant and loud, there's a place for every type of traveller.
Baku is not only the cosmopolitan capital of Azerbaijan, but it is also the country's nightlife hub. The night life of Baku will definitely make you enjoy the atmosphere and flavor of this country. A city of contrasts, bright colours, fire and winds, at night the windy capital transforms into a kaleidoscope of dynamically changing scenes, with the ability to draw anyone into the whirlwind of nightlife.
After sunset, the streets, squares and buildings light up in a thousand colors, as do the imposing Flame Towers , with their facades covered in huge screens that light up for a party and which recall the atmospheres of Las Vegas and Dubai . Baku's nights are populated by local scions dressed in the latest fashions and girls dancing in miniskirts in the elegant nightclubs of the city center.
Tourists from all corners of the globe visit Baku to take part in international events, such as Eurovision Song Contest , European Games, Formula 1 Grand Prix and much more. The colorful streets of the capital city not only light up with the welcoming sign of Baku's many restaurants, cafes, pubs, wine bars and other nightlife spots , but also invite you to join the party!
Baku neighborhoods and nightlife
The center of Baku's nightlife is situated around Nizami Street , a pedestrian area to the east of the Old City. The most distinct landmark is Fountain's Square . From here you can easily reach most of Baku's nightlife spots. The greatest concentration is located at the intersection of Bulbul Avenue and Dilara Aliyeva Street, where there are many bars with free admission and seductive dancers. But beware of scams, especially regarding the price of drinks.
Finally, the area around National Flag Square is also interesting for eating out and partying all night long. This is a renovated industrial area with lots of trendy bars and restaurants.
There are many discos and night clubs in Baku . The clubs are designed in a western style, although they mainly feature local music. Most of the top nightclubs double as restaurants and nightclubs. Baku's nightlife is mainly frequented by couples or mixed groups who go to clubs to enjoy a cocktail and listen to music in company. Groups of boys and solitary boys find it difficult to enter and the selection at the entrance is usually rigid: therefore, if you are boys it is better that you find a girl to accompany you, so as to enter the club more easily.
If you want to have more chances to get into Baku clubs, you can reserve a table in advance. This is a solid strategy but one that doesn't always work. You may still be bounced if you are not accompanied by at least one woman. Also, arrive early and dress smart (jacket and suit are always good).
Baku's most popular bars and nightclubs are popular with Azerbaijan's golden youth, the sons and daughters of the elite. These genders prefer to be with each other and rarely show interest in people outside their circle. In the capital, however, there is also a considerable number of foreign residents who can be found in the numerous pubs for foreigners. Most of them are located a short distance from Piazza della Fontana. You can hop from bar to bar throughout the night as they are all right next to each other. You can start your tour in Abdulkarim Alizada or Tarlan Abdullayev.
Clubs and discos in Baku
(Azadliq Square, JW Marriott Absheron 3rd floor, 674, Baku) Open Monday to Thursday 18.00-1.00, Friday 18.00-6.00, Saturday 9.00-6.00.
Located within the elegant JW Marriot Absheron Hotel, Buddha Bar offers an exotic ambiance, evoked by amber lighting, mahogany furniture and decorative wood paneling, Asian artwork and glittering chandeliers. This magnificent place is one of the busiest and favorite bars in Baku . High quality music, refined menus with Asian and European cuisine, all immersed in a pleasant and classy environment. It can be difficult to get in without a girlfriend if you don't make a dinner reservation.
(3 Abdulkarim Ali-Zadeh St, Baku) This Baku club offers nights with live music until the morning. Here you can dance to the music of DJs or listen to songs performed live by various bands. Located in the city center a few meters from Fountain Square, OTTO Club attracts everyone with its pleasant design and party atmosphere. Entrance costs 10 manat (they may ask you to be accompanied by a girl).
(National Flag Square, Baku) Open Sunday to Thursday from 18.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 4.00.
Located near National Flag Square, Energji is one of the most popular clubs in Baku . Built on two floors, the club has a semi-open terrace with a dance floor and sofas, while on the middle floor there is a restaurant that offers themed dinners. Enerji club is appreciated for high-quality DJ music and excellent acoustics. Another advantage of the club is the very large ballroom where everyone can dance and enjoy the music. This is one of the best places to meet beautiful Azerbaijani girls, as there are usually enough groups of girls, unaccompanied by men. The best nights are Friday, Saturday and Thursday. One of the landmarks of Baku nightlife .
(Seaside Boulevard, 34 Neftchilar Ave, Baku) Open Sunday to Thursday from 18.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 18.00 to 6.00.
One of Baku's most popular nightclubs , Pasifico is a restaurant-turned-club, combining fine dining, a fantastic bar, a DJ station, and a bandstand that hosts live events and international guest artists throughout the year. The interior space is inspired by the rainforest and there is an outdoor terrace overlooking the Caspian Sea, decorated with wood and elegant and comfortable furniture for relaxing. Dance music starts around midnight and most guests are groups of friends or couples. The best time is from 3.00 to 6.00. It is difficult to enter if you are not accompanied by a girl, it is better if you book for dinner (even if the minimum purchase required is 50 Manat).
(3 Ahmad Rajabli, Baku) Open daily from 20.00 to 6.00.
Great music, beautiful girls and a lot of party atmosphere in this Baku nightclub located outside the city center. Dress up to pass the selection at the entrance.
(26 Samad Vurgun, Baku) Open Thursday from 18.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday from 23.00 to 8.00.
The only underground club in Baku, Sintetik offers the best and latest techno music , featuring mainly local artists every weekend. Lovers of electronic, psychedelic and industrial music will love the incredible atmosphere of this music-centric club, where visitors and locals meet to dance until the morning: this club is open until 8am! Guest DJs are usually from Georgia, sometimes from Russia or Ukraine.
(Jeyhun Salimov 18A, Baku) Open on Saturdays from 11.00pm to 10.30am.
The first and most popular electronic and techno music club in Baku . Built from the ground up inside an abandoned factory, the club currently hosts hundreds of events with local and world-famous DJs and electronic music artists. So if you want to dance the night away to underground beats, come here and get ready for the wildest parties in Baku.
(S?m?d Vurgun küç?si 77, Baku) A trendy nightclub located in the center of Baku. The place functions as both a restaurant and an after-dinner club.
(27 Tbilisi avenue, Baku) Another luxurious club in Baku, frequented by the Azerbaijani elite. Here too they do a rigorous face control at the entrance.
ETUD Cafe & Bar
(23 Islam Safarli, Nakhchivan, Baku) Open Sunday to Thursday from 15.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 15.00 to 2.00.
Jazz sessions, classical music nights, funk parties and more – this is the underground life of Baku's youth at ETUD . Here you can enjoy a glass of local wine or a bottle of beer, tasty cocktails and relax with live performances by local musicians and artists.
Le Chateau Music Bar
(Islam Safarli Street, Baku) Open Monday to Thursday 15.00 to 3.00, Friday to Sunday 15.00 to 4.00.
If you are looking for a place in Baku that combines a bar with cheap prices and live music events, this is probably the most suitable place for your nightlife preferences. The music program is eclectic and ranges from rock and jazz to hip-hop, soul and a mix of live DJs. The place is frequented by a mixed crowd of young Azeris, expats and backpackers. It's a perfect place to meet other people, especially you are alone: you can find some nice girls.
(Bashir Safaroglu 170, Baku) Open daily from 17.00 to 2.00.
Popular with local 20-somethings, this disco welcomes a reveling crowd with its motto “Eat, drink and rock”. It's a good place to find a late night dance atmosphere that's neither seedy nor overly glitzy.
(8d, Babak Ave, Baku) Open daily from 12.00 to 2.00.
Located on the 23rd floor, this Baku club and restaurant offers a great view of the city. On the weekends, there are live bands and DJs. Here they have a selection at the entrance.
(New Boulevard / Sabayil District, Baku) Open Thursday 18.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday 21.00 to 5.00, Sunday 19.00 to 24.00.
Located on the seafront about 5 kilometers from central Baku, this open-air nightclub is open seasonally from mid-June to November. Here there are evenings with DJs or live bands playing musical genres ranging from techno to electronic music, up to jazz and rock. A lot of atmosphere of freedom, tasty wines and meals. A great ambiance, ideal for enjoying Baku's summer nights with a cocktail in hand.
Amburan Beach Club
(Bilgah district, Baku) Open daily from 10.00 to 23.00.
Amburan Beach Club is one of the best resorts in Baku with a cool vibe, private beach, contemporary bars and restaurants. During the winter season the party moves to the Amburan Winter Garden , consisting of 10 guest rooms in different styles, Bar & Lounge as well as theater and cabaret.
The bars and pubs in the city of Baku
(National Flag Square, Baku) Open Monday to Thursday 19.00 to 2.00, Friday to Sunday 19.00 to 3.00.
Located a little out of the centre, this Spanish themed cocktail bar is frequented by a mixed crowd and a friendly crew of bartenders. The atmosphere here is vibrant with great DJ music adding to the atmosphere. The outdoor terrace during the summer season is the perfect place to watch the sunset or to relax with friends during the weekend.
(Natavan bystreet 1, Baku) Open Sunday to Thursday 18.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 18.00 to 4.00.
A small and dark bar frequented by an alternative crowd who dance to techno and trance music. This intimate and lively three-room cocktail bar buzzes with DJ nights and jazz sessions. Here you can enjoy the friendly atmosphere and choose one of the 40 different cocktails on the menu.
(41 Boyuk Qala, Baku) Open Sunday to Wednesday 18.00 to 1.00, Thursday to Saturday 18.00 to 3.00.
Come here in the afternoon for a relaxed tasting of Azerbaijani wines, while after 10pm expect a hip crowd, skilled mixologists and DJ nights.
Riga Pub & Bar
(Alovsat Guliyev St, Baku) Open daily from 14.00 to 4.00.
With its trendy ambiance, energetic music and many types of cocktails, Riga pub & bar is a good stop for a taste of Baku's nightlife .
(Port Baku Residence, 147 Neftçil?r Prospekti, Baku) Open Sunday to Thursday from 12.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday from 12.00 to 3.00.
Pivnaya Apteka (Beer Pharmacy) is a cozy bar offering a wide range of beers and other alcoholic beverages. Excellent for a dinner of hamburgers or other delicious dishes, even late at night, or to relax in front of a glass of something fragrant and refined. In addition to beers, there is also a large selection of uniquely flavored vodkas and liqueurs. You will also find live music and DJ parties on the weekends.
SKY Bar & Lounge
(19th Floor The Landmark Hotel Baku 90A Nizami Street, Baku) From its 19th floor vantage point atop the Landmark Hotel , the extraordinary Sky Bar & Lounge offers a wide variety of original and classic cocktails, cognacs and brandies premium as well as a casual menu. The minimalist bar is decorated with Murano elements; the interior is complemented by paintings and artworks by Azerbaijani artists. The bar offers an incredible view of Baku: especially during the night you can see the spectacular lights of the city and during the summer you can also sit outside. One of the most stylish bars in Baku.
(5 Khojali Avenue, Baku) Open daily from 12.00 to 1.00.
This restaurant and bar is located on the 25th floor of the Demirchi Tower and offers an elegant setting with fantastic views over the city.
(153 Neftchilar Ave, Baku) Open daily from 11.00 to 24.00.
A busy bar, full of tourists and expats (especially after work). Outdoor terrace, sports on TV and live music on the weekends. Located in the port of Baku, Harbor Grill is a solid upscale bar ideal for a drink with friends before heading to one of Baku's nightclubs.
Hard Rock Café
(Aziz Aliyev 8, Fountain Square, Baku) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00-1.00, Friday-Saturday 12.00-2.00.
With a central location just steps away from Fountain Square, Hard Rock Cafe is in the beating heart of Baku's nightlife . Live music events and shows and a rock atmosphere on weekends charge everyone with a positive mood. Taste succulent signature burgers and listen to the best local bands. It's a good option for single souls who don't feel like exploring the city on their own.
(Tarlan Aliyarbeyov st.22, Baku) Open daily from 17.00 to 4.00.
This cozy wine bar is popular with expats and their wives. Reasonable prices and friendly service. Buffet on Wednesdays, wine tasting every Thursday and DJs on weekends. Live jazz occasionally. Quiet in the early evening, Room becomes more and more lively as the night goes on with good music and great food to accompany the fine wines. One of the most famous wine bars in Baku.
(Azadlig Avenue 1, Baku) Open daily from 17.00 to 2.00.
Located on the 25th floor rooftop of the Hilton Baku Hotel, this luxurious bar allows you to witness the 360° aerial view of the city and the Caspian Sea with the setting sun in the background. The amber interior complements the vibes of this bar and sets the right mood for any type of visitor. Enjoy pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers and listen to their DJ sets. For a classy evening in Baku.
Finnegan's Irish Pub
(8 Abdulkarim Ali-Zadeh St, Baku) Open daily from 16.00 to 2.00.
Located in the heart of Baku's nightlife , this classic Irish bar offers an impressive selection of beers, tasty snacks and some of the best live rock music in the city. A safe option to spend a fun night in Baku. High vaulted ceilings with wrought iron light fixtures create a cheerful and welcoming ambiance that complements the great music and company.
(69 Nizami St, Baku) Open Sunday to Thursday from 9.00 to 2.00, Friday and Saturday from 9.00 to 4.00.
An elegant setting and a unique atmosphere will welcome you to the People Livebar . In the evening here you can dance with your friends to the rhythm of music played by local DJs. Great wines and delicious cocktails.
Paulaner Bräuhaus Baku
(Alfred Nobel, 25 B, Baku) Open daily from 16.00 to 2.00.
Get ready to hear the clinking of beer glasses at Baku's Paulaner Bräuhaus. Every Monday there is an "unlimited beer" night, while on Saturdays you can enjoy live music performances. It is the only bar in Baku where you can feel the vibes of Munich !
Bool Bool Dog
(Xocali Avenue 14, Baku) Open Monday to Friday 16.00 to 1.00, Saturday and Sunday 16.00 to 2.00.
Bool Bool Dog isn't just a fancy bar. Here you will also find an interesting menu. During the weekend, you can listen to DJ music and smoke shisha.
Razzmatazz Cocktail Bar & Lounge
(674 Azadliq Square, Baku) This atmospheric lounge bar is located in the JW Marriott Hotel Absheron, near the center of Baku. The place is basically known for two things: the bold, bright purple interior and the fantastic alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. There are also parties with live DJs not to be missed.
Old School Cafe
(23 Alimardan Topchubashov, Baku) Open daily from 10.00 to 2.00.
This is a remarkably unusual gathering place for Baku's young intellectuals. The sign is a typewriter, and the interior is decorated with old-school clocks, cameras, and chairs, hence the name. Though there are the occasional live concerts, this is more of a place for serious conversation over a beer or slowly sipped herbal tea.
(Qasr donge 1, bulding 70, Baku) Each floor of this charming Old City bar has its own character, including a second-floor gallery room, but the most spectacular feature is the roof terrace. Its late afternoon view of the Shirvanshah's palace alone is worth the price of a drink.