Drinking and nightlife in Western Ukraine

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    Pravda Beer Theatre

    The latest addition to Lviv's drinking scene is this dramatically industrial, multistorey beer temple right on pl Rynok. The master brewer here creates several types of beer, often given imaginative and sometimes political names such Obama Hope and Summer Lviv. Live music is provided by the brewery's very own orchestra, tours run throughout the day and there's a menu of good pub food. The shop on the ground floor sells bottled beer and other souvenirs. Friendly, English-speaking staff are always on hand to help you choose.

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    Pyana Vyshnya

    It's easy to find this one-drink bar – just look for the crowd of people on pl Rynok holding tiny glasses of something crimson, any time of the day. The tipple in question is the namesake, 18.5% volume, bitter-sweet cherry liqueur, sold by the crystal glass (36uah) or in bottles (200uah for 0.5L). Made on the premises, it's left to mature for four weeks. It's madly popular and you'll have to queue to get some.

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    Svit Kavy

    Pick of the bunch on pl Katedralna, with no theme, no gimmicks, just a focus on Lviv's best coffee-making traditions (hence it's always packed with locals). Beans come from almost every continent, and if you like the drink, you can buy the unground raw ingredient in the shop next door.

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    Lvivska Maysternya Shokoladu

    You'll find Lviv's chocolate cafes all over the country, but there's something special about the central Lviv branch where it all began. Cafe tables and serving points pack every free space in a tall townhouse on Serbska street, almost continually crammed with visitors downing slabs of cake and sublime coffees in between choosing from the huge array of chocolate goodies in the shops. It's an unmissable spectacle, but you'd better like stairs.

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    Lvivska Kopalnya Kavy

    Lviv is Ukraine's undisputed coffee capital, and the 'Lviv Coffee Mine' is where the stratum of arabica is excavated by local colliers from deep beneath pl Rynok. You can tour the mine or just sample the heart-pumping end product inside at tables as dark as the brews, or out on the covered courtyard. The complex also has a coffee-themed shop and a section where you can purchase recently mined and milled beans.

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    Dzyga

    This cafe–art gallery in the shadow of the Dominican Cathedral has a relaxed vibe. It's particularly popular with bohemian, alternative types but seems to attract pretty much everyone, really. The summertime outdoor seating is gathered around the city's Monument to the Smile. If it's full, there are other attractive options nearby on postcard-pretty vul Virmenska.

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    Cafe 1

    Bright and welcoming, the jumble sale of mismatched furniture, old shoes and potted plants that tumbles out onto pl Katedralna is Cafe 1, a great place for coffee and strudel. The interior is cosy and warm in winter; in summer head onto the terrace with pleasing views of the Boyim Chapel.

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    Medelin

    This is a surprisingly untouristy coffeehouse given the location, a joint favoured by the locals for its brews from around the bean-growing world. The seats on leafy pl Koliyivshchyny are pleasant and there are cocktails when the Ukrainian sun relents.

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    Pyana Kachka

    This simple pub puts the focus on great beer. The beverages in question: obscure craft ales from around Ukraine for 30uah to 50uah a pint. There are also snacks to go with your beer, and a friendly bunch behind the bar.

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    Cabinet

    Given a full makeover in recent years, the Cabinet has lost its ambience but is still a decent place for a coffee and cake stop. It's been done out as a cosy library with many books in English you can peruse at leisure.

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    Music Lab

    Low-beat rock knaypa (Lviv pub) where you can drink several kinds of beer and listen to (often) live music.

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    Pid Zolotoyu Zirkoyu

    The latest addition to Lviv's cafe scene is this historical pharmacy punctiliously converted into a very stylish coffeehouse. The tables and bar are liver-purple marble, the wooden pharmacy cabinets have been carefully renovated and the floor sports wonderful original tiles. The desserts and coffee are high quality but too highly priced for Ukraine.

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    Robert Doms Beer House

    This fantastic, utterly unique beer hall is located three storeys underground in a centuries-old beer-storage vault once used by the neighbouring Lvivske brewery. It's named after the brewery's founder and features fresh Lvivske served in litre steins, plus German food and nightly live music in one of the vault's four chambers.

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    Pid Synoyu Flyazhkoyu

    With its nostalgia for the Polish-Austrian past and its dark interior, the tiny 'Under the Blue Bottle' cafe at the back of a courtyard has a cosy, secretive atmosphere. It serves simple snacks and drinks inside and at a few tables in the cobbled courtyard. Set well back from the street along a passageway.

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    Bierlin Lemberg

    The 17 types of mostly Ukrainian beer, the huge burlesque posters adorning the walls, the crude timber floor and smoky, rowdy, local-rockstar-gone-doolally atmosphere make this an entertaining spot to retox, though the service is nonchalant and the miserable cellar is a place to avoid.

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    Italiysky Dvorik

    Even if you decide to skip the Lviv History Museum, it's worth popping in for a coffee in its aptly named inner courtyard with its Renaissance arcading.

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    Livy Bereh

    Buried deep beneath the Solomiya Krushelnytska Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet, the latest incarnation of 'Left Bank' is as a pub-museum with beer and live music. The name refers to Lviv’s underground river which flows under the building, glassed in and crossed by wooden footbridges at the entrance. The wonky walls and crooked door frames date back to when this was a theme restaurant.

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    Pyalnya

    All drinks are 20uah, all food (from 2pm) 40uah, at this popular, high-ceilinged, rather industrial drinking spot on pl Rynok. Soups, pelmeni (Russian ravioli), pigs' ears and varenyky are the highlights of the menu, but it's really the cheap booze punters line up for.

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    Poshta

    Post is the theme of this cafe with a huge collection of old postboxes, postcards, stamps and other postal paraphenalia adorning the walls. You can even make your own postcard of Lviv to send. The food is an unimaginative mix of salads and pastas and the staff let the place down a bit.