Samarkand is best known for its Registan square, its mausoleum devoted to conqueror Amir Timur, and its local variation of national dish plov.
It’s one of the last cities you’d visit to have a party.
Nonetheless, the city does have a small number of cool bars, a whole street of pubs and even a nightclub or two.
In this guide we talk you through some of the best bars, pubs and clubs in Samarkand.
1. Samarkand Blues Bar
The blues bar is probably the most popular casual bar for foreigners in Samarkand. As well as being a bar with live music it’s also a popular restaurant selling Mexican food, steak and bar snacks.
The perfect spot for a relaxing with a drink or two after a long day of sightseeing this is our top pick.
Address: 66 Amira Temura St., Samarkand, 140164
2. Green Bear Bar – Samarkand’s Beer Street
Green Bear Bar is a spacious pub and restaurant designed in the style of a beer hall that serves locally brewed Pulsar beer, cocktails and spirits. They also offer hearty meals such as steak and pasta, elegantly presented with garnishes on wooden boards.
It’s the highest rated pub of all the bars on the street. The bar has English speaking staff so you won’t feel out of place.
Address: 11 Bazarova st., Samarkand, 140100
Bochka is another pub located on Samarkand’s Beer Street.
It’s an unpretentious establishment that proudly identifies itself as a ‘Pivo-Bar‘ (beer bar). Beer takes center stage here, a fact emphasized by the unique entrance that involves passing through a massive beer keg.
The interior decor is defined by defined by a rustic wooden aesthetic, where wooden walls, tables, and chairs collectively create the illusion of being inside a colossal beer barrel!
With a concise menu offering a selection of sausages and shashlik, this place caters to traditional beer enthusiasts.
Address: 2 Ozod Sharq St., Samarkand
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4. Samarkand Beer Street – Other Bars
The same street is also home to around a dozen bars all with their unique characteristics. Notable other pub options are Beer Time Restaurant, Beer Essen Bar, Pivnoy Bar Legend and Rezident Resto&Bar.
There’s even a small take-out beer stall in the middle of the street.
The bars on this street all tend to be gastropubs rather than a spot for a quick beer so staff may not be used to casual drink drop-ins!
5. Sky Bar, Samarkand Regency Amir Temur Hotel
Located on the 20th floor of the Samarkand Regency Amir Temur hotel on the outskirts of the city, Sky Bar has a view that stretches for miles.
A part of Samarkand’s luxury Silk Road Resort, this lounge bar sits above the resort’s man-made canal where you can enjoy cocktails and a romantic dinner until 2am.
The bar is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays so unfortunately we couldn’t visit it to review it during our last trip to Samarkand. To get there it’s a 20 minute taxi out of the city center.
Address: 20th Floor, Konigil massif, Samarkand, 140319
6. Bassiani Night Club
Conveniently located next to Samarkand Central Park, this is Samarkand’s main nightclub, open until the early hours. Here you can enjoy cocktails, hookah and late night DJs.
The bar is quite formal so dress well and understand that you’ll probably have to pay a deposit to book a table. Your drinks and food will then be taken from the deposit amount.
English speakers might not have the easiest time but staff will try to accommodate you.
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While Samarkand may be renowned for its historical treasures, its nightlife scene offers a surprising and diverse range of experiences. From cozy beer halls to lively clubs with DJs, the city invites visitors to extend their explorations into the night, adding another layer to the enchanting tapestry of Samarkand’s offerings.