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Post 15 Oct 2010, 12:38
Laying in bed in the early hours last night, and hearing my fellow students coming back from a night out, I got wondering to myself; "What was the night life like back in the USSR? (Or any Socialist country for that matter)."

I know Cuba has bars and restaurants, and that live music is a big part of it's culture as a whole, which dominates it's night time life...but what about the rest of the Socialist world? Did the Soviets make especially good night clubs? Does China have good bars? etc
Post 15 Oct 2010, 23:36
China is awesome for raves, afaik. And I'm pretty sure the USSR had discos. The FDJ regularly organized rock/pop concerts in the GDR, but I don't know about clubs.
Post 16 Oct 2010, 00:21
China had raves?
Post 16 Oct 2010, 00:22
No, but they do now.
Post 16 Oct 2010, 00:23
You sure its china and not japan? I've never heard of raves in china
Post 16 Oct 2010, 00:25
It's all of East Asia, actually. Must be because of all the meth.
Post 16 Oct 2010, 01:02
Who uses meth at a rave
It's usually ketamine, E, or speed
Loz
Post 16 Oct 2010, 01:12
Traditional venues such as kafana(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kafana) continued to exist.
Bars were omnipresent.
There were a lot of village parties and organized concerts for the youth.
First rock concerts were usually held in school/town gyms.
Later,all kinds of discos/clubs appeared.
In the 80's some really massive rock concerts were held.

All in all,nightlife in Yugoslavia was generally OK.You could choose where you wanted to go because there was a variety of venues for various kinds of people with different tastes(at least in towns).
Post 16 Oct 2010, 01:31
I thought all night-life was bourgeois decadence - everyone should be either reading the writings of the founding fathers, procreating the worker's state or getting some sleep before another hard day of work in the salt mines.
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Post 16 Oct 2010, 03:16
Is there any night life in North Korea?
Post 16 Oct 2010, 06:53
Post 16 Oct 2010, 13:54
I know that Cuba has a night life but I am pretty sure that there is a curfew enforced (albeit late). They have numerous night clubs and the like, but more are available for tourists.

I also find it funny that someone named "DJ Lenin" asked this question.
Post 16 Oct 2010, 14:36
On this video I have it features profiles of some East German athletes in the 1980s and one of them is at a disco, albeit a very dull looking one.
Post 17 Oct 2010, 13:01
Thanks for the replies
I find it difficult to actually imagine such night life, but it has/had to exist really...just nothing you really hear lots and lots about.

Man In Grey wrote:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a3/Korean_peninsula_at_night.jpg

Maybe the DPRK is just one huge step ahead of the rest of the world, and is the most "Eco-friendly" nation on the planet


Basque Revolutionary wrote:
I know that Cuba has a night life but I am pretty sure that there is a curfew enforced (albeit late). They have numerous night clubs and the like, but more are available for tourists.


Yeah, Cuba I imagine is quite active...probably because you do actually hear something about Cuban night life...but other former Socialist countries or Current day China, not so much...

Basque Revolutionary wrote:
I also find it funny that someone named "DJ Lenin" asked this question.


It was almost necessary that I post it. I must live up to my name!!
Post 21 Oct 2010, 05:48
I think we should actually look at historical and cultural aspects as well. Does China or North Korea have a history of night life prior to their revolutions?
Post 12 Nov 2010, 02:14
Nightlife ? From what my mother tells me young people were simply not allowed to go out , their parents didn't let them. And adults can throw their own party at a dacha for example?
Post 12 Dec 2010, 00:32
The are no excusive for tourists bars in Cuba. It is just that there are a lot of night establishments (like bars or discos) that were originally build up for tourists, so you must pay with dollars there. That stops a lot of Cubans of going there.
Post 12 Dec 2010, 02:36
The USSR must have had some bars.
Post 12 Dec 2010, 14:25
I believe that Bolshevik Russia just after the revolution was quite the carefree, sexually liberated Bohemia. Lots of people celebrating their new liberation and equality in the face of the defeated conservative bourgeois


When Stalin came to power, things would've gotten much more strict, but I don't doubt there were still plently of brothels and nightclubs to keep the CP happy. Yezhov and Beria were both sex-mad rapists.
Loz
Post 12 Dec 2010, 14:28
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I believe that Bolshevik Russia just after the revolution was quite the carefree, sexually liberated Bohemia.

I sincerely doubt that.
Where did you get this from?

Quote:
When Stalin came to power, things would've gotten much more strict, but I don't doubt there were still plently of brothels and nightclubs to keep the CP happy.

Prostitution,pornography and even homosexual intercourse were all illegal since Stalin's time.

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Yezhov and Beria were both sex-mad rapists.

They got what they deserved.
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