Ukrainians usually celebrate Easter with their families. Most people attend an Easter service, followed by a meal and long conversations with family. For those who are bored with the traditional holiday fare, restaurants and museums outside of Kyiv offer interesting open air Easter celebrations.
In Mood is where the Middle East and West merge. Opened just two months ago, the eatery’s interior is up to the conception – there is a weird combination of oriental and occidental decorative elements. Plenty of candles, dark purple velvet sofas and small embroidered satin pillows evokes an Asian fairytale that doesn’t blend with the soft-rock radio music playing, or the piano standing in the corner and the hanging chandeliers.
Kyivans seem to have plenty of opportunities to get loose with all the best night clubs at their feet. But the truth is many clubgoers are tired of all the fancy noisy parties. On a recent Saturday night this month, I was one of them. Therefore, after several oscillations, I chose a great place called Art Club 44, one of the oldest venues in town. The name of the club refers to its location in a courtyard on 44 Khreshchatyk Street.
There are places in Kyiv that seem almost legendary. They are dirty, dingy, old and terrible – but are still going strong and are loved by their patrons. They pack in crowds on regular work days, and evoke the same emotions as the old teddy bear from one’s childhood – tattered, ripped, but too precious to bin. The Kyiv Post revisits some of these timeless venues.
Autumn’s scariest and possibly most fun day is just around the corner.
Kyiv, which has happily adopted Halloween, offers plenty of locations and parties to choose from for celebration on Oct. 31. In fact, parties start from Oct. 26 and just keep going through the holiday.
The Kyiv Post asked four Kyivans who are hardcore club-goers to share their impressions from the city nightlife and tips on what to expect from specific clubs. For the addresses of the clubs mentioned see page 13.
Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Post is partnering with ImpactMedia, an international economics journalism program sponsored by the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kyiv, to bring readers four special stories in today’s edition. This is one of them. The other three start on the front page.
Hanging out with a friend on a Sunday night, wanting to go out but not knowing where, we decided on Coyote Ugly, one of the newer additions to Kyiv’s nightlife. She wanted to dance and I wanted to drink beer and watch her (and other women) dance. It turned out to be a great place for both pursuits.
The fast approaching autumn caught Ukrainians by surprise: the transformation between summer and a golden fall seemed to occur overnight, with warm, sunny days turning to cold, windy ones. Put away till next year are light jackets, replaced by bulkier coats and scarves.
As Kyiv steps into a deep autumn melancholy, it’s the right time to find a good culinary cure for rainy and cold days. When it comes to delicacies, Lviv-style eateries – which offer traditional Galician desserts and modern recipes – are fortunately available in Kyiv as well.
LVIV – They have created more bright and controversial brands in the restaurant business than anyone else in Ukraine. They have become a case study for business schools before they hit 30. They are a trio of restaurateurs in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv with global ambitions.
There are few things more American than the diner. Steel-legged tables and checkered floors, soda fountains and bottomless coffee, jukeboxes blaring oldies while a wait staff in uniform serves up greasy spoon burgers and fries – all integral parts of the overall experience.
It may not be much of a sight, but hidden behind a generic facade on Nizhniy Val in Kyiv's Podil neighborhood is possibly the city's best Uzbek eatery. Called Skorovodka, this restaurant is as far off the beaten track as you can get, but it's definitely worth the detour.
If you have traveled outside Ukraine this summer, you could not miss the Aperol Spritz epidemic that is conquering the drinking world. This bold, bright orange aperitif can be spotted on tables anywhere from Venice to Oslo, and it is also catching on in Kyiv.
Just like the English enjoy their five o’clock tea, the Czechs rarely miss their five o’clock beer. Blue and white collars together rush to the local pubs as soon as the work day ends “to have one,” as they say. By which they mean at least two, of course.
Yet another exciting venue will open this autumn. The lead singer of Gogol Bordello band Eugene Hütz is set to open a new Gogol Bar-dello club in Kyiv this October. Lubomir Vasiliev, known for organizing BalkanFest, is said to be his partner in this business.