Entertainment

Bars, Cafés

El Dorado, bar M Ikbola Small Farmer's Market Area As in much of the country, locals tend to gravitate toward 'dance bars', basically restaurants that devolve into bacchanalian dance parties after dinner, often with floor shows. El Dorado is a good example.
Nughay Caravanserai wine tasting, bar Bakhautdin Naqshband 78 Old Town Djamal Akhrarov has an informal wine shop and tasting room in this 18th-century caravanserai. The local wines are surprisingly good, in particular the cabernets.; Hours - 11:00-21:00
Alyans, café Muminova 33 Small Farmer's Market Area As in much of the country, locals tend to gravitate toward 'dance bars', basically restaurants that devolve into bacchanalian dance parties after dinner, often with floor shows. Alyans is a good example.
Silk Road Spices, café Halim Ibodov 5 Old Town This boutique teahouse offers a delightful diversion from all that sightseeing. They have exactly six spicy varieties of tea and coffee, served with rich local sweets such as halva and qandalat.

Clubs

Oscar Muminova Small Farmer's Market Area This small club draws a young, very local crowd. Foreigners welcome but will most definitely be exotic. ; Hours - 20:00-02:00
Bukhara Palace Hotel Navoi 8 Bukhara University Area Phone: (365) 223 00 24; The basement nightclub here gets going on weekends.; Hours - til 03:00

Live Performance

Puppet Performance Old Town Puppet Theatre, W end Lyabi-Hauz 18:00 & 19:00 late Mar-May & Sep-early Nov.; Bukhara's old town is eerily silent by night, which is part of its charm, but there are several early evening entertainment options. A favourite is the puppet performance, held at a theatre on the western end of Lyabi-Hauz. The three-part amateur performance, with a traditional wedding ceremony as the usual theme, is held in Tajik, Uzbek and English. The show is staged mainly for the tour-bus crowd but individuals can piggyback; shows are often cancelled if there are no tour groups in town.
Folklore and Fashion Show Old Town Hours - 18:30 Apr-May & Sep-Oct,; 19:30 Jun-Aug,; by appointment Nov-Mar; Across Lyabi-Hauz in the Nadir Divanbegi Medressa, the nightly folklore and fashion show, with traditional musical performances and dancing. Do not book this through Uzbektourism or you may be forced to buy the dinner at a premium; book at the gate or through the Tourist Information Centre instead. The show is staged mainly for the tour-bus crowd but individuals can piggyback; shows are often cancelled if there are no tour groups in town.

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