Eastern Europe drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Club in Kyiv

Closer

More than just a nightclub, Closer is a bohemian tour de force that epitomises Kyiv's emergence as a hub of creativity and counterculture. Heavily influenced by Berlin's community of 24-hour party people, Closer thr…
Top Choice Cafe in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Sisters Cafe

This cosy and quiet cafe-cum-bar has a distinct feminine touch about it – as if Chekhov's sisters have finally made their way to Moscow and started a new life here. Cheapish smoothies, lemonades and teas are on offe…
Top Choice Cafe in Zamoskvorechie

Bar Strelka

Located just below the Patriarshy most, the bar-restaurant at the Strelka Institute is the ideal starting point for an evening in the Red October complex. The rooftop terrace has unbeatable Moscow River views, but t…
Top Choice Bar in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Ukuleleshnaya

In its new location, this is now more of a bar than a musical instrument shop, although ukuleles still adorn the walls, prompting an occasional jam session. Craft beer prevails on the drinks list, but Ukuleleshnaya …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Presnya

Time-Out Rooftop Bar

On the upper floors of the throwback Peking Hotel, this trendy bar is nothing but 'now'. That includes the bartenders sporting plaid and their delicious concoctions, specially created for different times of the day.…
Top Choice Cafe in Irkutsk

Belaya Vorona

Disciples of the bean should definitely head to the ‘White Crow’, a relaxing cellar-based coffee hang-out hiding from view in the cellar of a flower shop on the main drag. A funky soundtrack provides background for …
Top Choice Teahouse in Krasnoyarsk

Сhaynaya Yurta

Literally a yurt occupying a prime riverside spot next to the city’s best museum, this place celebrates the tea culture of Siberian nomads. Try Orlan Sagaan tea, which contains the sagaan-dalya (a ubiquitous East Si…
Top Choice Bar in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Noor / Electro

There is little to say about this misleadingly unassuming bar, apart from the fact that everything in it is close to perfection. It has it all – prime location, convivial atmosphere, eclectic DJ music, friendly bart…
Top Choice Brewery in Perm

Molotov Bar & Beer Shop

Molotov Brewery has been making its own Russian craft beers since 2012 – and in 2016 it opened a bar, which fills up with a beer-loving crowd most nights. The changing menu includes local and Russian beers, with at …
Top Choice Craft Beer in Skopje

Old Town Brewery

The siren call of tasty craft beer sings to locals and tourists alike at Skopje's only microbrewery, which is justifiably popular for its Weiss beer, IPA, golden ale and dark beer – all brewed on-site and accompanie…