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Tirana's nightlife scene is not bad at all, and is improving fast. The fun starts with the lively xhiro (mass evening stroll), and ends at the bustling blloku area. There's a fine line between cafés, bars and clubs (and indeed workplaces) in Albania, and some venues that we have listed as cafés or bars are known to morph into clubs on weekend nights. You'll know when the sound gets cranked up and long-legged gogo girls climb onto your table. Note that Albanians prefer sipping coffee to serious drinking, and foreign types are often the only sad souls knocking back the hard stuff.

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