Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

This is long overdue and one of about 1,000 articles that I started and never finished. On my ongoing writing about my base in early 2016, Bishkek, it’s time to explore the pubs and bars of this city. Having been based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from December 2015 – April 2016, I often frequented the bars of the city, working out my favourites, trying as many bars or pubs as I could. I visited over 30 bars and pubs in the city in addition to my favourite Wi-Fi cafes for Digital Nomads. These are my textbook top ten bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, some of which featured on Bishkek’s First Ever Pub Crawl which I helped organise alongside Apple Hostel. Pints ahoy, Bishkek is a rocking cool city and if I had followed my afterworld instinct and headed from France to Bishkek instead of to Poland, I wouldn’t have experienced the recent depression. That aside, get visiting these bars.

Best bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Best bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

1.Pinta Pub
The first ever pub in Bishkek I visited is still my favourite – Pinta Pub. I heard that they had live football, local beers on tap and good Kyrgyz food. I popped in on my first night in the city and they showed Arsenal v. AFC Bournemouth on TV.

First meal and pint in Kyrgyzstan - Pinta Pub

First meal and pint in Kyrgyzstan – Pinta Pub

Over the five month period of being based here, this became my local pub and I got to know Svetlana the manager well. It’s a great pub and they do a range of beers on tap including some unfiltered beer. Zhiguli and Babarskoe were my favourites.

A night out in Pinta Pub, Bishkek

A night out in Pinta Pub, Bishkek

It has a special place in my backpacking glory days as I was here on my first night in the city, my last night in the city and on my 36th birthday. A decent hat trick. Thanks, Pinta Pub!

Our crowd in Pinta Pub

Our crowd in Pinta Pub

2.Metro Pub
The Metro Pub used to have a reputation as the place where foreigners go to pick up local girls. And while Kyrgyz girls are sexy and very cool, the newly reinvented Metro Pub is more swanky and not so sleazy. I enjoyed a few nights in here and watched some jazz music, but ultimately they have less range of beers on tap as Pinta and they are dearer.

Metro Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzsytan

Metro Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzsytan

3.Greenwich Pub
I made good friends with the staff in Greenwich pub who once stayed open until 5am for me on a cold January night just to show AFC Bournemouth v. West Ham United. A great bar with good beer offers, live football and a good range of snacks.

Drinking with the staff in Greenwich pub

Drinking with the staff in Greenwich pub

Greenwich Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Greenwich Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Watching AFC Bournemouth Greenwich Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Watching AFC Bournemouth Greenwich Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Greenwich Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Greenwich Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

4.Johnny Pub
A pub with the same name as me but of different spelling. This was a tad too smoky most of the time, but none the less a perfect spot to mingle, smoke shisha, drink beer and watch live sport.

Johnny Pub

Johnny Pub

A night out in Johnny Pub

A night out in Johnny Pub

5.Obama’s Bar and Grill
When you name a pub after the US President, you are likely to attract curious customers. Even moreso when you stick a life sized cardboard cut out of the lad himself. Cue loads of people popping in for a beer and a fake Obama selfie.

Aigul and I with Barrack Obama, US President at the time

Aigul and I with Barrack Obama, US President at the time

It was a bit dearer than the other bars but stands out as a quirky place to drink and forget about the Trump v. Clinton cow excrement.

Obama Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Obama Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Obama Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Obama Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Obama Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Obama Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

6.Level Ethna Bar
When I had a brace of nights in the swanky Hotel Europa, next door was this trendy nightclub bar with good looking girls, cocktails and dance music. It’s not really my scene anymore, but I still enjoyed it.

Level Ethna Bar

Level Ethna Bar

Level Ethna Bar

Level Ethna Bar

7.Center Bar
I got a bit of a groove on in Center Bar, it’s a place to dance and sing karaoke and my friend Aigul and I spent a few nights in here. The beer menu is not great and the prices can be steep but it’s a good place to party late into the night, and early morning.

Center Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Center Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Center Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Center Bar, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

8.Chechil Pub
Chechil is a downstairs bunker bar that offers Shisha and an Irish flag on its logo. It’s not really an Irish pub though but great staff happy to talk away to me.

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Chechil Pub, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

9.Burger House
Although this is a burger joint and a restaurant, they do a weekly “Pub Quiz” which is a great thing to experience in Kyrgyzstan. In fact, apparently, it’s the only pub quiz in the country. Plus the burgers here are the best in Bishkek and they have good local beer on tap.

A night out in Burger House

A night out in Burger House

Quiz night in Burger House

Quiz night in Burger House

On one occasion, our crowd from Apple Hostel won the pub quiz here, spearheaded by Aigul.

Aigul from Apple Hostel in Burger House

Aigul from Apple Hostel in Burger House doing the Pub Quiz

The night we won the pub quiz in Burger House

The night we won the pub quiz in Burger House

10.The Albion
Run by English lad Brian, a West Bromwich Albion fan, this is the place to be to meet British ex-patriots and watch English League football. Brian streams all the football so you can watch up to 3/4 matches a time if need be!

The Albion

The Albion

The Albion

The Albion

From the outside, the Albion looks like a cafe – do not be fooled – the cosy bar is in the back.

The Albion

The Albion

These are just a quick top 10 – I visited many more during my months in Bishkek. The city is progressing at a comfortable rate and remains one of my favourite cities from my recent travels.

Night out in Pinta Pub, January 2016

Night out in Pinta Pub, January 2016

Here’s one pub to avoid though…

-Munchen Pub
Munchen Pub refused to let myself and three friends come in for even a drink so it’s a shit hole – avoid it!

This list was compiled in April 2016, so apologies if some of these bars have since closed.

Here are some videos from my time in the bars of Bishkek:

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10 Responses to Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

  1. Michel R says:

    Oh good times 🙂

  2. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Michel, yes good times in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan! Safe travels. Jonny

  3. Shweta | Best Flight Deals says:

    great post!! wow, that looks truly incredible. Great pictures. Looking forward to reading more of your post! Cheers. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  4. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Shweta thanks for the comment. I am glad you liked my stuff on Bishkek. Safe travels. Jonny

  5. Jessica E. Landon says:

    Nice Post! It looks so interesting Thanks for sharing this post

  6. Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour says:

    so beautiful place and amazing things you shared of that place. photos and videos are so good. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  7. Edward says:

    People in the ‘stans know how to party … I’ll know where to go when I head there myself … thanks!

  8. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Gupta, thanks for the comment. I hope you enjoy your time touring the bars of Bishkek. Safe travels. Jonny

  9. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Edward, thanks for the comment and I hope you have a safe trip to Bishkek. Safe travels. Jonny

  10. Jonny Blair says:

    Hi Jessica, thanks for the comment. Safe travels. Jonny

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