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Nightlife in Kiev

Kiev's bars span the city, with smoky clubs and bars lining Kreshchatyk – giving way to leafy outdoor terraces in summer – and the young and beautiful flocking to Arena City at its end. Cool upmarket places like Bar on 8 cluster around the Old Town and increasingly hip Lypky, while summer sees live dance venues and casual beer tents in the parks of Pechersk. Bars stay open into the early hours, and most clubs until 6am.

Taras Shevchenko National Opera House of Ukraine, Kiev. Photo by Ann Merrill
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Baraban

Politicos' and newsmakers' haunt

A tiny basement bolt hole on a side street off central Kreshchatyk, Baraban bar is a favourite with journalists, expats and politicians, with live music most nights. Extremely difficult to find, it's directly behind a restaurant, 100 metres up Prorizna.



Address

4, Prorizna Vulitsa, Kiev 03164

Telephone

+38 044 279 2355

Transport

Kreshchatyk Metro

Bar on 8 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Kiev. © Hyatt Regency Hotel
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Bar on 8

Cocktails and city views

On the eighth floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Bar on 8 offers an unsurpassable view of St Sophia's Cathedral and its Old Town location. Its summer terrace is also the perfect place to escape the city heat.



Address

5a, Hyatt Regency Kiev, Tarasova Vulitsa, Kiev 01001

Telephone

+38 044 581 1234

Transport

Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Zoloti Vorota Metro

Website

Hyatt Regency Website

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Azhur

Down-to-earth dancing

An unpretentious venue, the Azhur disco club - part of the Avalon entertainment complex - lies a short walk south from the Golden Gate. With a relaxed door policy, it offers Presley and Monroe waiting staff, reasonable cover charges and retro nights.



Address

3, Leontovycha Vulitsa, Kiev 01030

Telephone

+38 044 234 7494

Transport

Universytet Metro

Website

Azhur Club Website

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Decadence House

Exclusive Italian-style luxury

An upmarket restaurant by day, Decadence House, just south of central Kreshchatyk, becomes an ultra exclusive club by night. Door policy can be harsh, but there's a lush Venetian interior and cool DJ sets for those who make it inside.



Address

16, Shota Rustavelli Vulitsa, Kiev 01023

Telephone

+38 044 206 4920

Transport

Palats Sportu Metro

Website

Decadence House Website

Arena City, Kiev. © Volodymyr Shuvayev
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Arena City

Glitzy multi-entertainment centre

A massive complex behind the Bessarabsky Market on central Kreshchatyk street, Arena City houses a casino, beer hall, sports bar with outdoor widescreen - and a club. While it enjoys a reputation for exclusivity, foreigners are rarely turned away.



Address

2a, Basseina Vulitsa, Kiev 01004

Telephone

+38 044 492 0000

Transport

Teatralna Metro

Website

Arena City Website

Taras Shevchenko National Opera House of Ukraine, Kiev. Photo by Ann Merrill
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Taras Shevchenko National Opera House of Ukraine

World-class culture

Kiev's opera house, a short walk from Kreshchatyk, is among Europe's best, with ticket prices to suit all pockets. Housed in a lavish turn-of-the-century building, its ballet company performs classics including Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and The Marriage of Figaro.



Address

50, Volodymyrska Vulitsa, Kiev 01034

Telephone

+38 044 279 1169

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