They say change is as good as a holiday and some brand spanking new venues are going up against the established nightspots in a bid to lure a few regulars away from their usual haunts. It’s the ideal opportunity to switch from your tried and true hangouts so here’s a rundown of new clubs soon to open, those that have opened recently and some that relocated hopefully to provide better service and entertainment.
Sentrum Music Palace (Shota Rustaveli 16), TBA
This large concert hall will soon open in the downtown and is already lining up the gigs. The first concert is scheduled for 8 November with Russian rock band Krematoriy. The list of other confirmed events includes live bands The Subways and Skindred as well as DJ Schiller and the electronic festival Armada Night. Looks like this place will be as good for clubbers as it will be for offering big live shows.
Coyote Ugly (Mechnikova 9a), 280-0678
Coyote Ugly is a curious US-based franchise that can truly be said to be East meets West without covering any territory in between. With a network of 14 bars across the US, the international outposts are all in Eastern Europe – five in Russia, one in Romania, and, as of July, one in Kyiv. The equation is the same in Kyiv as any of the other bars and the movie of the same name: beautiful girls + booze = money. Girls are the boss here and they have fun doing it, dancing on the bar in between pouring drinks – hard drinks. Coyote Ugly has a simple motto: “We don’t serve water here!”
Faces (Baseina 2a), 096-022-2296
The new Faces opens its doors this week, with a huge show planned for 26 October featuring Romania’s dance music group Radio Killer, Ukraine’s DJ Valery Star and the hot and sexy Svetlana Volnova. Aiming at the avant-garde Kyiv community, expect a mix of fresh faces with expensive handbags and a smattering of the young and upwardly mobile. All in all, not a bad place to spend a night out – check it out for yourself this weekend.
Beton (Nauky Pr 8), 067-307-6969
Opened at the end of last month, Beton Night Club is still gaining momentum as it tries to claw itself to the top of Kyiv’s nightlife. To accomplish this tough task the club is pulling out all the stops to provide good service and varied entertainment from Friday to Sunday, bringing in DJs who know how to work a crowd. If nothing else, it is worth going just to see the interior – all blue neon. You’ll feel like you’ve walked into the movie Tron.
Stereo Plaza (Chervonozoryaniy 119), 222-8040
It might be a familiar landmark name but Stereo Plaza has moved on Kyiv’s club map and opened a new season on 25 September in a new venue with Finnish rockers The Rasmus ushering in a new era. The place is now a little bigger, with improved acoustics and service. And with Stereo Plaza’s schedule already packed with international big names like Limp Bizkit, Dan Balan, Brainstorm, Poets of the Fall, Russian Rap star Timati, and Ukraine’s own Svitlana Loboda, the new venue is sure to be as successful as the old.
Metropol Concert Hall (Prorizna 8), 066-183-3900
It’s hard to keep up with the name changes, but what was once Sullivan Room, later Faberge and then Stanislavskiy has again been re-branded and is now known as Metropol Concert Hall. Despite the countless incarnations it’s always attracted top acts from retro disco, to modern house, through to hard rock and metal. The latest version opened in the middle of September promising to bring Eskimo Callboy, Blue October and Red later this year.
Although there are new places aplenty in the next generation of nightspots, don’t forget about older favourites which have got plenty of stamina for partying:
Boom Boom Room (Shevchenko 33), 588-8989
Caribbean Club (S Petlyury 4), 067-224-4111
D’lux (Hrushevskoho 3), 200-9009
Decadence House (Baseina 2a), 466-2013
Mantra (V Vasylkivska 5), 050-336-2848
Shooters (Moskovska 22), 254-2024
Sky Bar (V Vasylkivska 5), 223-8888
Vodka Bar (Globus, II line, Maidan Nezalezhnosti), 371-1102
by Vadym Mishkoriz