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Entertainment & Nightlife in Ukraine


The nightlife in Ukraine varies from place to place. Generally speaking, you will find more to see and do in the bigger cities than you will in small towns. Ukrainians are open-minded and enjoy trying new things. As a result, you will find a variety of discos, nightclubs, bars and restaurants, which all sport their own unique flavour of entertainment. As with most places, it is usually best to try out as much of Ukraine’s nightlife as possible before deciding which nightspots are your favourite.

Opera is performed in the ornate theatres of Kiev, Lviv and Odessa. Ukrainians have a deep-rooted musical tradition and singing is very popular. Most cities also have good musical comedy, puppet-theatre and troupes performing theatrical works in Ukrainian and Russian. Tickets are cheap by Western standards and readily available on the day of performance at the box offices. Prominent visiting artists most often perform in Kyiv’s vast Ukraine Theatre, where prices are higher.


Kiev has a very active nightlife and is one of the best places to go when looking for nighttime entertainment. Keep in mind that many nightspots open near or after midnight. The capital is much more of a club city than a bar town. There is a bar and club scene at the heart of the city centre, but don’t be surprised if you encounter more of your own countrymen than Ukrainians in these establishments. It can be difficult to find an empty table on weekends, especially when many popular expatriate hangouts offer drink specials at peak hours.

On weekends and holidays, the main street of Khreschatyk is closed to automobile traffic, making it Kiev’s most active scene for nightlife, people-watching, or a casual stroll. For something a little more active and exciting, jazz and techno dance clubs are just as busy now as any time of the year.

If you are looking for entertainment at some other Ukrainian destination, it may be best to strike up a conversation with one of the locals you meet during your day travels and ask for suggestions as to which spots are the most popular. Whatever the case, you can be sure that you will enjoy the many faces of nightlife in Ukraine.





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