For those who live according to the principle of "business with pleasure", the new restaurant format that combines an art gallery and a bar may be just the right place to spend the evening at. Accompanied by contemporary jazz and the best DJ sets in the nighttime, It's Not The Louvre in Kyiv indeed doesn't look like it's French namesake, but it just as intriguing. Let's check it out.
It's Not The Louvr Gallery Bar is the last place that makes up the "French trio" along with Très Français and Très Branché. Unlike the previous two projects, Bar Gallery does not follow exclusively French culinary traditions – here customers will find a fusion of various cuisines.
Interior is done to function the multifunctional concept of the place: Bar Gallery consists of two small rooms. Upon the entrance, guests are greeted by eight different versions of Mona Lisa portrait, all done by contemporary Ukrainian artists. The large white hall is dedicated to artists while the small one is hijacked by the photographers. The exposition is promised to be regularly updated.
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Just like in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, It's Not The Louvr is completely different depending on the time of the day. Thus, in the daytime it works as a city cafe, where guests can have a hearty lunch and meet for a cuppa with friends. Starting from 6 P.M, bar opens up and offers various cocktails and finger food.
The menu's special is the crêpe bar, with the newly introduced in Kyiv buckwheat crêpes. Besides, various main dishes, Basque pinchos, snacks and desserts are available as well. To give an idea, the following dishes are on the menu: salad with citrus, cashew and chia seeds, spring rolls with baked pepper sauce, champignons carpaccio with truffle oil, dried tomatoes and zucchini flan, and pear cheesecake. It's Not The Louvr haven't forgotten about vegetarians either: for those who do not eat meat, a separate vegetarian menu with original and surprising positions is available at all times.
The cocktail map combined authentic mixes and twists on the world classics, led by the chief barman who collected ideas for cocktails while traveling in Europe and the USA. There are also non-alcoholic drinks, for instance, cold and hot mocktails, made on the basis of mousse with herbs, berries, sauces and spices.
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Live music, DJ sets and constant expositions are bound to entertain guests at any time of the day. The first working exhibition presents the works of the abstract artist Adzhyndzhal Akhra from the "Ships of Brittany" cycle and photographer Oleksandr Nesterovskyi from the "Bridges of Kyiv" series.
Address: 4, Lypynskoho street
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