Best Bars for Cocktails in Kyiv

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Best Bars for Cocktails in Kyiv

There are plenty of bars in Kyiv to go grab a drink. However, some of them managed to become sort of ‘cult’ places due to their exceptional cocktail cards, professional, friendly, chatty bartenders and, of course, original atmosphere.

Parovoz Speak Easy

Funny crowd in Parovoz Speak Easy
With a twelve-year history, famous among the regulars bar started a renovation in 2013 that ultimately led to a rebirth into a new speak easy format, typical for illegal drinking points during the times of the Great Depression in the USA. Parovoz sticks to the classics: in cheerful and relaxing jazz atmosphere, bartenders pour well-established strong mixes from all around the world. The cocktails for the card are carefully selected from a large library of recipe books. It should be noted that no ‘special’ cocktails are served here - only time-tested classics.
The calibrated cocktail card, charismatic team of bartenders and an original vibe make Parovoz a trendy place in Kyiv that attracts the intellectual and creative crowd of the capital.
Address: 19, Velyka Vesylkivska Street (entrance through the hall of ‘Kyiv’ cinema)

Sribni Lozhky

Bartender and his cocktailsA real cocktail bar is hidden in the gastro bar Sribni Lozhky (Silver Spoons). To find it, you have to head down the steep stairs, trying not to think about your way upstairs after a few cocktails. Indeed, cocktails here are going to spin your head. The moment you get there, the meaning of the first bar rule becomes clear: if you come, take a sit at the counter. The chef bartender believes that drinking cocktails at the table can spoil the whole impression: ice melts, taste changes and the bartender cannot see you watching him working and admiring his mixing skills. Rich cocktail card, professionalism, hostility and individual approach of the bartenders will make you come back to this place repeatedly.
Address: 5-B, Baseyna Street

Hendrick’s Bar

Mixing a new cocktail Hendrick’s is the result of the new fast-spreading trend of speak easy bars in Kyiv. To get to Hendrick's, you need to go down to the basement of the True Burger Bar and ring the armored door: if there are places available, you will get into, but if the bar is packed, you can always wait for your ‘turn’ upstairs enjoying delightful burgers from True Burger’s chef. The name of the secret place speaks for itself: the majority of the cocktail recipes are based on the popular gin. On Fridays Hendrick’s treats its guests with free punch always prepared in a new interesting way.
Address: 42, Bohdana Khmelnytskoho Street

Lost & Found

Girl pouring a drink in a barThe crowd comes to Lost & Found for a good drink and ease of communication. This is the place in Kyiv that could not be spotted by a random passer-by. It is more likely that you hear about Lost & Found from ‘a friend who heard it from a sister of a friend and so on’. The name reflects the ambience of the bar: get lost in its hidden from a city rush room and find friends – those who you haven’t seen for ages or meet new ones. Moreover, the owner, Adam Howell, an enthusiast about the proper culture of drinking, will certainly become one of them. He knows almost everything about the science of mixing drinks and personally prepares cocktails for his guests. Adam is on the spot almost all the time and is always open for a friendly chat and is willing to share his knowledges: from cocktail mixology to preparation of craft beer.
Address: 93, Volodymyrska Street

Pink Freud

Bartender pouring a drink in KyivPink Freud is hidden in a small green courtyard in the historic district of Podil. Open air, cute benches and marble tables around the fountain under the romantic light of the street lamps and garlands create an astonishing atmosphere. Nevertheless, do not be worried about getting slightly cold in the evening: the owners have taken care of the right heater and ‘hot’ beverages that will keep your body and mood warm all night long. The Pink Freud cocktail card is very convenient for the cocktail ‘newbies’: the drinks are placed along the axes - from sweet to bitter taste and from light and fresh to more saturated and rich flavor. The chef bartender created the recipes of the original Pink Freud drinks. Molecular gastronomy and experimenting with spices and herbs, erasing all borders between the bar and the kitchen is a prominent feature of this bar. The chill mood of the place is usually accompanied by jazz, soul and funk.
Address: 19, Nyzhnii Val Street

Alchemist Bar

Bartender works on a shot in Alchemist BarGlass flasks on the shelves, dim lights and a huge variety of special cocktails mixed by the guys in brand leather aprons – this is all about Alchemist bar. Fully stocked bar including a large range of vermouth, liqueurs, bitters, herbs, spices, using which the bartenders create their original mixes. In fact, this bar was created in order to study alcohol, experimenting with it - in other words, to ‘make magic’ while inventing new recipes. Live jazz and a vinyl collection complement to the atmospheric background for a cocktail evening at the bar. Alchemist is a place in Kyiv where drinking is not only delicious, but also aesthetically pleasing.
Address: 12, Shota Rustaveli Street

Hitchcook

Liquor and glass bottles The similarity of the name of the bar with the name of the great director is an allusion to the decades when the Alfred Hitchcock's movies were filmed. ‘Roaring 20s, ‘hopeless 30s’, ‘fighting 40s’, ‘stylish 50s’, ‘crazy 60s’... Every decade has been granted with a bunch of world famous cocktails. A distinguishing feature of the cocktail card (or rather, a cocktail deck of cards) is their sherry base, a drink once popular among the British aristocracy that has recently become fashionable again. Another specialty of Hitchcook is the take-away option for cocktails that ruins the stereotypes. The magnificent atmosphere of the bar is created not only with a rich vivid cocktail card and amazing food menu, but also with stylish decorations and breathtaking view.
Address: 1-A Sportyvna Square, 7th floor of the ‘Gulliver’ shopping mall

Gimlet Bar

A glass of gin on the tableLocated in downtown, Gimlet bar is dedicated solely to to gin, which is reflected even in the name of the place. Cocktail map here has 10 gin-based cocktails that all are prepared from different types of the liquor. It is worth noting that each cocktail is prepared with natural-only ingredients without chemical additions and dyers. Gin is even added into some positions on the menu - for example, chicken liver salad is served with a gin sauce. Gimlet adapted dishes of French, Italian and Pan-Asian cuisine to present intriguing fusions, such as salad with watermelon radish, shiitake mushrooms and spicy sauce.
Address: 37/13, Antonovycha street
Don't miss the most amazing and creative cocktails from the best bars in Kyiv!
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