Drinking and nightlife in Southern Ukraine

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    Shkaf

    It feels like entering a shkaf (wardrobe) from the outside, but what you find inside is a heaving basement bar–club, a surefire antidote to Odesa's trendy beach-club scene and pick-up bars. The inconspicuous, unmarked entrance is always surrounded by smoking/chilling-out patrons, so you won't miss it.

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    Dizyngoff

    Each of the three young owners here throw something into the mix: Israeli cultural influence, French culinary education and really good musical taste. That makes this place a bit like one of its famous cocktails: singular, intense and enchanting.

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    The Fitz

    Doubling as a barbershop by day, this little bar has an edgy, decadent feel enhanced by aged walls and a magnificent chandelier that bedazzles incoming customers. Some patrons occupy barbers' work stations, complete with sinks and mirrors, which adds to the overall surreality. Mostly rum-based cocktails include all-time favourites, as well as those you've likely never tried.

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    Friends and Beer

    This charming re-created USSR-era living room littered with photos of Russian film stars is proof that 'retro Soviet' doesn't have to mean political posters and Constructivist art. The huge TV screen is possibly not authentic for the period, but it's great for sports. Craft ales and lagers are as un-Soviet as it gets.

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    Kofeynya ZheTo

    If one dessert can save the world, then it is Kyiv-style cake produced in this tiny coffee shop that looks like a slightly cramped dollhouse. But the main emphasis here is on quality brews and refreshing lemonade. It comes with a beautifully arranged streetside seating area.

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    Foundation Roasters

    Designed in a cool, retro-industrial style, this coffee shop is run by bearded lumberjack hipsters who approach the brewing process with a near-academic seriousness and excel in it in a big way. If there were a Nobel prize for coffee-making, we'd probably nominate them.

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    Mick O'Neill's Irish Bar

    This long-standing Irish pub is a great place to start an evening and an even better place to finish it, as it's the only outdoor patio on vul Derybasivska that's open round the clock.

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    Plyazhnik

    As often happens, you need to walk an extra mile to find something smarter than the clubs on Arkadia. This one attracts a crowd of goatee-bearded Vespa drivers and showcases Russian/Ukrainian musicians beloved by the young intelligentsia. By day, it is one of the nicest beach clubs on the coast. Plyazhnik can be accessed by stairs from the lower carpark of the bigger Riviera Club, located under Bolshoy Fontan's 13th station. If that doesn't make sense – take a taxi.

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    Itaka

    It's slightly more downmarket than other clubs in Arkadia and consequently often rowdier (in a good way). The Greek columns and statues are a tad much, but you'll hardly care when it's 5am after a big night out. Like Ibiza, it also draws big regional pop acts.

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    Ibiza

    This white, open, cave-like structure is Arkadia's most upmarket and most expensive club. European DJs and big-ticket Russian and Ukrainian pop bands often play here. Ticket prices can be high when a big act is in town.

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    Palladium

    The winter headquarters of Itaka takes up the slack downtown when Itaka shuts down in September. There's a nightly show at around 11pm, followed by general debauchery.