First thought about nightlife in Iran is probably: there is no any. Men and women are separate in public if not related. It's true.
Still, you can have some fun in teahouses, restaurants, cinemas, parks...no discos or clubs though.
And you shouldn't worry about walking around in middle of the night couse nothing can happen to you.
Dress Code: Islamic dress code is something you should be aware of all the time.
Our dress must cover our body adequately. Again we cannot determine what is adequate coverage on our own, as any witness to the misery of those who have tried it can readily ascertain. Shar'iah, as always, takes us out of this misery by defining it for us. For men, it is the middle part of the body from navel to knee. For women, it is the entire body except hands and face. These parts must never be exposed to any other person (except in case of genuine need e.g. medical treatment). In addition, the cloth must be neither see-through nor tight fitting.
'Why do they hate us?' asked President Bush in his speech to Congress last Thursday night. It is a question that has ached in America's heart for the past two weeks. Why did those 19 men choose to wreck the icons of US military and economic power?
Most Arabs and Muslims knew the answer, even before they considered who was responsible. Retired Pakistani Air Commodore Sajad Haider - a friend of the US - understood why. Radical Egyptian-born cleric and US enemy Abu Hamza al-Masri understood. And Jimmy Nur Zamzamy, a devout Muslim and advertising executive in Indonesia, understood.
In his dim office in a north London mosque, Abu Hamza al-Masri sympathizes with the goals of Osama bin Laden, fingered by US officials as the prime suspect behind the Sept. 11 attacks. Abu Hamza has himself directed terrorist operations abroad, according to the British police, although for lack of evidence, they have never brought him to trial.
Mr. Zamzamy, a 30-something advertising executive in Jakarta, knew what was behind the attack, too. Trying to give his ads some zip and still stay within the bounds of his Muslim faith, he is keenly aware of the tensions between Islam and American-style global capitalism.
The 19 men - who US officials say hijacked four American passenger jets and flew them on suicide missions that left more than 7,000 people dead or missing - were all from the Middle East. Most of the hijackers have been identified as Muslims.
The vast majority of Muslims in the Middle East were as shocked and horrified as any American by what they saw happening on their TV screens. And they are frightened of being lumped together in the popular American imagination with the perpetrators of the attack.
But from Jakarta to Cairo, Muslims and Arabs say that on reflection, they are not surprised by it. And they do not share Mr. Bush's view that the perpetrators did what they did because 'they hate our freedoms.'
In a Islamic Republic, don't expect to find nightlife by western standards.
No clubs or discos.
In some restaurants you can get live orchestra with local music. Or you can either smoke a qalyan in a teahouse.
Or (if lucky enough) be invited in a private party where iranian youth puts all pretenses aside and enjoys life like elsewhere in the world.
This is a very special moment that if you're going South to The Gulf you have to enjoy and make it possible to be awaken to enjoy the sun getting up.
This picture was taken in the port city of Bandar Abbas the port where you can take the boat to the Persian Gulf Island of Qeshme.
The official name of the Imam Square is "Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan" which means Square of the World Portraits. In 1598, Shah Abbas I changed the capital to Isfahan and with large-scale city plans, began the construction of a new urban city.
This huge square is 512 m from north to south and 159 m from West to East. This makes the perfect relaxing plans if you’re up to relax times of course. The sun set get to be amazing to enjoy in this sqauer and the sun goes down in the nearby Zagros Mountains.
The night view from the Sio-Seh Pole bridge is indeed something you have to experience. During the night this usaully gets a off tourist zone and get full with young people that use the place to intereact with eachother, lovers come to visit away from public eyes etc...
As you can see on the photo lots of action is going on, people walk along the river bank, some tea and xixa houses are also located in the bottom part of the bridge.
Shiraz can be very calm during the night, something it isnt during the day. Its rushing streets and noisy cars almost disapear after 11pm. You can just walk in the city centre without getting lots of getting to far away from your hotels as some poeple say it can be not that safe during the night. You can just go out and drink some tea and eat Falafel.
Sio-Seh Pole means thirty three arches, and was also called Allahverdikhan Pol, after the architect who built it in 1600. The bridge is about 300 meters in length and makes the perfect attraction for Iranini local young people that choose this place to walk and look at eachother. This is the lovers point where girls come very well dressed to look at boys and boys come also well dressed to look at girls.
Really?! No beer and a goverment who openly discourages all kind of activity involving both sexes....
Forget it! If the nightlife is the reason for you to go abroad, Iran (and the rest of the Middle East for that matter) is just not the right place to be.
What do you mean by Nightlife?
Discos? Dancing Clubs? Special youth parties?
No! In this case it's better to forget Iran, as there is no nightlife like that in Iran.
But consider that Iranian have their own nightlife by going to parks and restaurants and coffee shops. Eating, drinking, walking, chatting and family picnics are popular nightlife activities for Iranian families, couples and young groups.
There are lots of nice restaurants and coffee shops and big parks in Tehran and other major cities and you can see them all full of people at nights. Everybody has fun and enjoy his time, specially kids.
Meanwhile, some modern passages (not old bazaars) are very crowded at nights and you see many young people surfing there mostly for fun, then shopping.
Dress Code: If you come to Iran, try to spend some time with an Iranian family and turn around cities. Iran is a family-based community and you can see some secrets about Iran and Iranians only inside families :)
Dress code is as regular in Iran.
The Teahouses of Iran are fabulous and plentiful. My favourite would have to be under the Chubi Bridge in Esfahan.
This teahouse contains every imaginable religious relic, souvenir and kitsch item pinned to the ceilings, walls, doors and floor. The is a fabulous atmosphere with a huge variety of people there, families with children, groups of friends and individuals and everyone is so happy and welcoming!
Dress Code: No dress code except than the standard dress code of Iran.
There isnt much nightlife in Iran except taking walks and eating nice food in restaurants. I dont smoke but I had to try waterpipe so we also went to places were that could be tried out. However we were in dinner-parties almost every night thanks to the incredible iranian hospitality so nightlife was not a problem for us ! PHOTO: ME TRYING WATERPIPE.....
This is very pleasant to enjoy during the night as it has night light pointing at them. A walk in Shiraz can be not as safe as Esfahan for example, but for sure youll have to give it a try.