While Kiev’s jazz scene isn’t on a par with other European cities yet, it does offer a growing selection of venues to get your soulful fix. Great live gigs, relaxed atmosphere and late-night jam sessions – «Destinations» got jazz in the capital of Ukraine covered.
Whether you’re a long-time lover of the genre or a total newbie, Ukrain's capital tries to keep all the fans of this genre entertained with top-notch jazz events in Kiev taking place week in, week out, and with a solid selection of venues offering not just sweet sounds but a sweet atmosphere too. Listening jazz in Kyiv became far more less challenging activety as it used to be before.
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Alchemist Bar in Kiev
Photo: Alchemist Bar Facebook Page
Alchemist Bar in Kiev is a funny little place. It’s a mixture of a neighborhood bar, a restaurant and a concert hall. The program, which gives priority to new Ukrainian and international acts produced by independent labels, is knowledgeable and well thought out, attracting avid fans of new music and underground novelties. Alchemist is famous for its classy jazz jam sessions and avant-garde take on jazz and blues. This bar gives listening to jazz in Kiev a pleasant relaxed surrounding and possitive atmosphere.The music is free, and the quality can be a little uneven, but it’s always a pleasure to discover an international and unpretentious alternative Kiev music scene. The list of jazz events in this Kiev bar is rather diverse, you can checj their weekly schedule on thr Facebook page.
Address: 12, Shota Rustavelli street, Kiev.
Panorama: Jazz, Wine and Cigars’
Photo: Panorama: Jazz, Wine and Cigars Facebook Page
If you're looking for a romantic place to listen to some old good jazz in Kiev with fancy food and thoughtful entertainment, ‘Panorama: Jazz, Wine and Cigars’ is your spot. With top-notch facilities and classy interior design, all visitors will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, fine cuisine and breathtaking vistas over Kiev from the penthouse terrace. ‘Panorama: Jazz, Wine and Cigars’ offers an impeccable acoustics and a hearty concert calendar. If you are looking for a swanky jazz club in Kiev and a place with fine food and generous wine list, ‘Panorama: Jazz, Wine and Cigars’ is a place to book your table at.
Address: 3, Sholudenko street, Kiev.
Art Club 44
Art Club 44 is one of the most popular jazz clubs in Kiev. This is the place for real live jazz fans. Jazz concerts in the main hall of the Art Club 44 start around 10 PM every night and attract a good mixture of locals, tourists and expats. In Art Club 44 jazz club in Kiev all styles of music are well covered. Here guests can enjoy reggae, rock, blues and some experimental genres depending on the day of the week. You can also watch some art-house movies in the smaller hall of Art Club 44. Here they don’t charge any additional entrance fee for movies and concerts. Drinks at the bar are reasonably priced and decently mixed. Despite its central location in Kiev downtown, Art Club 44 can be difficult to find if you are visiting it for the first time. Look for 44, Khrechatyk street and head through the arch into the courtyard. The entrance will be to your left. Check out the full list of jazz events happening in this Kiev jazz bar every on their Facebook page.
Address: 44, Khreshchatyk street, Kiev.
«Master Class» House of Education and Culture
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Local jazz fans know where to find top notch live jazz music in Kiev. Every Wednesday «Master Class» House of Education and Culture gathers the best jazz musicians from different parts of Ukraine in order to create a unique jazz experience for all the guests and host some major jazz events in Kiev. These walls have heard all imaginable variations of jazz music starting from classic concerts to breathtaking and extremely emotional jam sessions.
Address: 16A, Lavrska street, Kiev. «Master Class» House of Education and Culture
This is a peculiar anti-cafe located in the heart of Kiev downtown. Awake your inner hipster spirit and listen to bands, which play a contemporary take on jazz and blues in Ziferblat. At this place you pay for the time you stay in, to be more exact, you pay UAH 50 per minute. Soft drinks, cookies and music come free. If you feel comfortable among young artsy crowd, Ziferblat is a place to visit for some contemporary jazz and atmospheric jam sessions.
Address: 49A, Volodymyrska street, Kiev.
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«Destinations» rounds up the best jazz clubs Kiev has to offer. Discover the universe of jazz in Kiev with this selection of the top 5 places to see and hear it live in all its splendor.