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Entertainment & Nightlife in Azerbaijan


Baku has a vibrant life regarding theatre, opera and ballet, drawing both from the rich local dramatic portfolio and from the international repertoire. Prices are very reasonable by European standards. Shows are plentiful for all ages and tastes, and companies from neighbouring countries are regular visitors.

Today in the theatres, you'll find plays both in Azeri and Russian, even so a lot of older residents have a certain nostalgia for the pre-war times, when in this area the cosmopolitan character of city's population was translated in a rainbow of events.

Most occasions are informal, but there are some exceptions, so if you want to avoid feeling awkward don't forget to check the dress code in advance for each performance.

During the last 8 years, nightlife and entertainment scene in Baku has undergone a dramatic change – mainly because of the oil boom. The ongoing oil exploration has resulted in creation of a large expatriate community (mainly British) who work for different multinational oil companies. A large number of nightclubs, bars, pubs and discotheques have sprung up, catering mainly to this expatriate community. Most of these pubs & bars are located in and around the Fountain Square and are open till very late in the night (usually till the last order). Discotheques are open till the early hours in the morning; at least at the weekends.

Popular bars include Chaplin, Finnegan’s and Lancaster Gate. Concerts, theatre, opera and ballet are a source of local pride and very popular.




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