Kabul does have a developing western style social scene. Bars serving alcohol, mainly frequented by expats and NGO's are popular, although you are unlikely to meet many of the locals in them. Most of them accept US Dollars as the main currency, and expect to pay about 5 bucks for a bottle of beer.
There also a number of decent eateries dotted around the city, serving Chinese, Indian, Italian and French Food. There's even an American style steak/burger house.
Because of the security situation almost all of these type of places have armed guards and tight security, and with good reason. There have been a number of attacks against these type of premises in the past. So you will be thoroughly searched on your way in. Visiting bars in the city has a risk factor that every individual must weigh up. You can however reduce the risk by ensuring you have security on the trip to and from the locations. Dont be tempted to wander around the city at night walking from bar to bar.
Dress Code: Whatevers comfortable, remembering that this is a Muslim country. Ladies having a head scarf available is always advised.
Unless you are a elite military unit or have a death wish, I wouldn't do it. I did go out a couple times and regretted it every time. On top of that I was usually pretty drunk. Too many things could happen and help is a long ways away.
Dress Code: I would suggest :
A loaded gun (travelers choice)
Nightlife consider none. After the fifth prayer ( 'Isha ) together with them at the nearest Mosque. Move slowly along the Kabul main road,
see a lot of them sitting in the circle and having a
* hoogah* with small glass of * chai * (tea).
Just forget about this... there're a few places in Kabul that has some "nightlife", but I don't think it's really wise to go. The Mustafa Hotel organize BBQ on the roof occasionally, check the "places to stay" section of Kabul for more information please.
This is as close as Kabul gets to nightlife. If you've come from Pakistan the good news is it's easy to get a beer in Kabul. Just head for the Mustafa and hang out with the NGOs, soldiers and even a CIA guy. The beer's import. When I was there August 03 drinks were $3 but there was a happy hour early in the evening where they were $2. The food is also good but not for those on a tight budget.
Dress Code: They like westerners to dress western so don't turn up in a Shawal Kamiz.
Don't go to strictly Islamic countries and expect a lot of nightlife.
The only exception would be the Eid-ul-Fitr, the party ending the Ramadan, but all the celebrations are kept within the family. Try to make some friends among the locals and you'll be in for a great treat.
The Irish Bar opened up about 1 April or so in Kabul, but unfortunately, closed. Sounds like it just got to be too big of a possible target. It's like they say, "If you have Guiness, they will come..." So, the Irish Bar is closed for now.
You can see pics of it by going to this URL:
If you cannot fall in sleep until the next morning, or if you feel painful without night clubs or sensational movies, you¡¯d better stay far away from Kabul.
Dress Code: The usual dress for woman is called Burka, which covers woman form head to toe. As for man, it is called Turban, which is similar to that in Saudi Arabia and other muslim countries.
There isnt much nightlife in Afghanistan...
Music is now again allowed so perhaps you can meet some local musician and listen to music. Dont expect to find disco and dancing, they all dissapeared in 1992.
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