Since the Islamic Revolution of the late 1970’s in Iran, the country has strict laws regarding alcohol. Non-Muslims require a licence and special permission to produce and consume alcohol, and Muslims are strictly forbidden from acquiring it. Nightclubs and pubs do exist but are accessible to only a few and are under private permission. Plenty of hotels, restaurants and cafes serve a wide range of non-alcoholic beverages and the popular salty yogurt drink ‘doug’ is a hit amongst locals.
Cinema plays a big role in Tehran culture. Iran produces a large variety of commercial films and in the recent years has been lauded for its contribution to art cinema. Popular cinemas in Tehran include Africa Cinema, Farhang cinema, Bahman cinema and Mellat cinema. Other evening activities in Tehran include shopping, camping and trekking. Music also plays an important part in Iranian culture. Although public performance are heavily regulated, many rock bands, performers and artists do obtain special permission to hold live concerts and shows and are very popular amongst Tehran’s youth.