Tashkent is a good city with good culture and loving people. Nightlife is very poor and confined to few clubs. Night clubs are expensive and non professional. It look like run by mafia and have expensive entry ticket. You will find typical prostitutes at very high rates who are unreliable and allraedy destroyed. Peter
Alisher Navoi Theatre: Opera and Ballet
Built from 1939 to 1947 with a break during WWII. The Architect was Alexey Viktorovich Shchusev
People's artists of Uzbekistan Usta Shirin Muradov, A.Khudaibergenov, Kh.Boltaev and others showed their great skills in decorating the theatre. According to the author of the project each of the six side foyers has got an architectural decor typical of this or that province of Uzbekistan. The Tashkent hall, the Bukhara hall, the Khorezm hall , the Samarkand hall, the Fergana hall, the Termez hall - they all have their own style and peculiarities. For instance the masters chose and applied such a unique decor technique as carving on alebaster called "gunch" on top of the mirror surface. This element of decoration was for the first time used in the construction of the Bukhara Emir' palace.
The Theater with the nice fountain in front and the square with trees is a nice a quiet place in the center of the Russian style modern part of Tashkent. There is the old Tashkent Palace Hotel opposit and a big departement store. The square and the inside of theatre are worth a visit! I feel a bit sorry, that I did not have the opportunity to see a performance, as I have heard they are very good.
Dress Code: Plays begin: weekdays - at 18:00, Saturday and Sunday - at 17:00
Sunday - at 12:00 - special children program
Day off: Monday
Ticket price: from 3 to 8 US$
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Night club: Beware The Diplomat 5 if you are a young lady!
I went with some friends I met in Tashkent to the nightclub Diplomat 5. My travel guide had said it was a little shady, but it did not say enough! Initially, I was the only female (other than the waitresses and management) who was not "working" that night, if you know what I mean. My male friends danced with me to try and make sure I did not appear to be "working" either, but it is hard to have a good time when all you see around you are drunk sad "working" girls dancing as advertising next to you, or sitting long-faced next to a sleezy business man with his arms around her.
Try other night clubs though! They can be fun, but ask around for the higher end ones if sad-faced "working" girls bring you to tears (yeah, I had to be taken home early)
Dress Code: Cover up girls, else you might be mistaken for. . .
Rakhimov studio house visit and dinner: Something special
You'll need to book for this special night, and it probably is only available to groups so independent travellers will have to make do with a day time visit, but if you do get the chance - take it - I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
What am I talking about? An evening visit to the home studio of master ceramicist Akbar Rakhimov for dinner and a tour of the studio. That may not sound all that exciting a way to spend a Tashkent night but it truly was the most memorable evening, one we all thoroughly enjoyed and will long remember.
Akbar and his son, Alisher, are the most generous of hosts, opening their home, preparing and serving a truly lavish dinner - complete with a troubador who sang and played to us as dish after dish was set before us. Dinner over, Alisher shared his family history and passion with us as we toured through the studio and small museum-cum-showroom. Yes, most of the pots were for sale and yes, several of us bought something - this is a business after all but my regret was that, practical as ever, I didn't buy one of the big bowls I fell in love with. What I di buy was several tiny dishes, each with a different glaze or historical connection. Interesting, and much easier to pack.
Alisher and Akbar are the 6th and 7th generations of their family to work as ceramicists. In what was to become a familiar tale, we heard how, after Independence came, Akbar's father fulfilled a life-long dream of working as his forefathers had, as an independent artist, rediscovering techniques that had not been permitted to be practised for decades. Years employed in making reproductions of historic pieces for the State had fostered his interest in antiquity and today his son and grandson are continuing this scholarly interest, researching and utilizing ancient techniques. They are regarded as being among the foremost ceramic artists working in Uzbekistan today, both for this historic work and for the artistic merit of their individual pieces.
After the studio visit was over, it was back to the table for tea and cake - including delicious little biscuits made by Akbar's 10 year-old grand-daughter - like so many Uzbek enterprises, this was a family affair.
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Navoi Opera House: A night at the Opera
Every night from September through to mid-June each year, Tashkent's Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre stages a full-scale performance by the state-run opera and ballet companies. The repetoire is wide-ranging and includes works from both the classical Western canon and Uzbek works. The programme usually alternates between opera and ballet, with a different performance each night. The sets may be a little creaky but the standard of performance is first rate.
The performance of "Rigoletto" we saw in 2005 featured a soprano with a glorious voice and a truly memorable Rigoletto, and we also saw a genuinely comic "Barber of Seville" on our second visit.
Our 2009 visit coincided with Teachers' Day and a gala performance - a children's choir, some national dances, two tenors and a marvellous baritone just a few of the highlights of an evening that finished with half the audience dancing in the aisles - all great fun.
With tickets at a mere $3.00 each and the theatre a place worth seeing in its own right, a night at the opera should not be missed.
Should you be in Tashkent during the summer, visiting companies are often performing so check at the box office to see if anything is on.
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Dinner and bellydance – Yakka Orol
Babor Park is located very close to the hotel I stayed at (Orzu) and on my search for new dining possibilities I ended up here one evening.
Among the typical foodstalls and small restaurants one particularily caught my eye, as it was located on a small atrificial island in an artificial lake, and looked more Robinsonland with bamboo decoration and rattan furniture. They also had a small podium for music.
Menu was in Cyrillic only, but with the newly learnt words I managed to get myself a delicious salad, shashlyk and a beer. All together for 6500 som.
At a point in time, a guy started to sing (karaoke) and some of the younger guests hopped on the dancefloor. One of the girls caught my eye, as she seemed to have an excellent feeling for the music. Suddenly she was vanished and reappeared in a belly dance costume. She danced marvellous, and we all had lots of fun ! At the end, she danced around us and we all gave her some money. Must have been much at the end, and I assume, she is a student earning some money on the side with her dancing.
Dress Code: This is not a nightclub, just a restaurant, so no dress code at all.
Coordinates on GoogleEarth:
41°17’25,91’’ N; 69°15’18,15’’ E
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Istiklol street: A walk on Broadway
Istiklol street took the nick-name of Broadway... why? Because it's a large street, only for pedestrians, on which you'll find portraitists, cafes, bars with belly-dancing shows, video/DVD/music stores, stands ofering typical tourist souvenirs, and much more!!!
It's all day long, but in the summer evening it is plkasant to have a walk around... with some ear protections since the music is awfully lound!
In the day, next to a big fountain, you can have a fresh drink, far from the decibels of near-by restaurants!
Dress Code: none required
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Tashkent State Conservatory
31 Pushkin St.,
Tel: 133-5274, 133-5568
Turkistan Concert Hall
2 Alisher Navoi St.,
Tel: 139-1425, 35-71-00
Bakhor Concert Hall
5 Mustaqillik Sq.,
Tel: 139-4004, 133-5025
Friendship Palace Concert Hall
Halklar Dustligi Sq.,
Tel: 144-5607, 45-92-51
Zarafshon Cinema and Concert Hall
17 Matbuotchilar St.,
The Uzbek State Philarmonic Society
11 Uzbekistansky St.,
Tel: 133-4643, 133-3769
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Due to confict situation in...
Due to confict situation in Afghanistan nightlife of Tashkent end at midnight. Be aware of that.
Though there are about 5 best known nightclubs that used to work up to 5 a.m. Juliano, Alandin, Papilon, Imperial and others...
Dress Code: nothing special
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