Best bars in Kiev
The coolest bars are in Kiev
Over the last few years Kiev (Kyiv) has developed into one of the coolest cities in Europe. There is an amazing diversity and range of bars to suit all pockets and every taste. Most places serve food and are family friendly. Ukrainian measures and alcohol content is generally more than what you will be used to in your own country, also it is incredibly cheap so drink responsibly and be happy. Here you will find the best top 5 bars in Kiev Ukraine (in no particular order). Oh! And do you want to know how to say "cheers" in Ukrainian, well traditionally it is “Na zdrovya,” but more recently, people say, “Budmo!”
Pubs & Bars in Kiev 2021
Pavoroz Speak Easy Bar
Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho
Paravoz translates to locomotive, as in steam train. The design of the bar is like a 1stclass carriage from the 1930's that's crashed into the modern era. This is another very new hip bar that is putting Kyiv on the map as one of the coolest cities in Europe. This place will never be found by passing tourists, there are no signs or directions to where it is, and to throw you further it is situated on the left inside the entrance to Kyiv cinema. Great food, brilliant cocktails and intimate positive atmosphere.It is a small place that gets busy so booking a table is advisable. A little expensive by local standards but worth the extra. If you’re looking for a really cool place to enjoy some of the best cocktails in Kyiv then Paravoz Speakeasy should be high on your list.
Loggerhead Bar in Kyiv (Kiev) is located in the heart of the city, but has no signs or advertising. It is hidden in a dark courtyard and the entrance is an unmarked metal door leading to an underground vault. In order to get in you need to pull the factory lever. Loggerhead is a cool, sophisticated hip new place visited by upwardly mobile locals. The stars are the bar men (mixologists as they like to be known) who create the most fantastic cocktails. Food is more geared towards snacks but very well prepared. There is a good atmosphere here and at weekends live jazz. A bit expensive by Ukrainian standards but quality is worth paying a little extra for sometimes. Not a place to pick-up a girl but more of a place to take a girl if you want to impress her.
Another classy bar in Kiev's ever-growing list of great places to visit. Barman Dictat was previously known as Art Club 44 but has left it's past a long way behind. Still has live bands at the weekends but has gone much more up market and sophisticated. This is a great place to enjoy cocktails and short drinks. Staff all speak English as are the menus. Can get busy later in the evening and prices more expensive than the average for Kiev (Kyiv) but certainly worth a visit.
The biggest problem you will have in Kyiv (Kiev) is choosing which bar to visit. Pink Freud is yet another awesome cocktail bar that serves great food. It's a really cool place, the building itself was once the US embassy, hence the showers in the toilets. Brilliant cocktails expertly made to your individual requirements (just ask), if you cant see what you want just describe what you would like and the excellent staff will help you decide. Can get very busy at weekends so advice is to book ahead.
Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho
Super fun place to enjoy some tasty snacks and drink a few cocktails whilst listening to live music. Alchemist Bar is a cosy but always busy bar. Live music most days especially over the weekends up until 11pm. After 11pm there is an area to dance to 70's 80's 90's music. Might have to book as popular but another great place in Kiev (Kyiv) to enjoy.
PR Bar Kiev
Now here's a clue, it's called the PR Bar. Once a week (usually on a Wednesday evening) they hold a "couch-surfing event. Attracts ex-pats and locals, seems an ideal way to meet new people whilst getting hammered on some rather agreeable cocktails. It is situated in Podil, the historic region of Kyiv.