Kyiv gay club scene dis­creet, but still lively

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH NATALIYA IYA TRACH [email protected] POST.COM

At a first glance, Kyiv’s gay scene might look a bit des­o­late: there aren’t a lot of night clubs and bars that cater specif­i­cally for the gay com­mu­nity. But on closer in­spec­tion of the lo­cal night spots it be­comes clear that there are in­deed quite a few de­cent places for gay peo­ple in town – it’s just that they are still mostly hid­den away from pry­ing eyes, in what is still a so­cially con­ser­va­tive coun­try. This con­ser­vatism is prob­a­bly why Ukrainian club and bars own­ers are usu­ally re­luc­tant to openly pro­mote their venues as gay-friendly, but it doesn’t mean such venues aren’t out there – they just have to be found.

The Kyiv Post has picked out some of Kyiv’s gay night­clubs and gay-friendly places worth a visit, to drink, dance, and per­haps meet some­body spe­cial.

Po­mada (Lip­stick)

Po­mada is one the old­est ex­ist­ing gay clubs in Kyiv, hav­ing opened its doors in the city cen­ter in 2005. Lo­cated within just a five-minute walk from Khreshchat­yk metro sta­tion, Po­mada is a lux­u­ri­ously dec­o­rated place, fa­mous for its wellthough­t-out en­ter­tain­ment pro­grams and glit­ter­ing drag queen per­for­mances. The place has three rooms. The White Room is a re­fined din­ing area serv­ing mostly Euro­pean cui­sine. The Red Room is a laid-back chill out area where peo­ple can chat in a quiet, re­lax­ing at­mos­phere. The third room – the Mir­ror Hall – is used both as a dance floor and as a stage for per­for­mances. Par­ties are held al­most ev­ery night at Po­mada. The club’s main drag queens are Frida Bucks, Bella, and Ayse­dora.

6 Zankovet­skoi St. Open Sun.– Tues. 6 p.m. – 6 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 6 p.m. – 8 a.m. Free un­til 12 a.m., af­ter 12 a.m. Hr 100


Lift opened three years ago and has since be­come Kyiv’s most rep­utable gay club. It is fa­mous among the lo­cal gay com­mu­nity for its lively par­ties, spec­tac­u­lar drag queen shows and fun karaoke nights. The staff are at­ten­tive and help­ful, and over­all the place has some of the best ser­vice in town.

A show pro­gram is held ev­ery

night, but those who want some­thing a bit spe­cial should visit this venue on Fri­days or Satur­days for the gor­geous Grand Show on the main stage. Lift’s visi­tors of­ten hang out un­til early in the morn­ing, en­joy­ing the bar­man’s fiery cock­tails and passionate dances on the dance floor. Some of Kyiv’s most fa­mous drag queens, like Norma Pospolita or Frida Bucks, of­ten per­form here. 72a Ve­lyka Va­sylkivska St. Open daily from Sun. un­til Thurs. 11 p.m. un­til 6 a.m. Fri. – Sat. from 10 p.m. un­til 8 a.m. Hr 0-150 for men, Hr 200 for women

L’Kafa Café-Lounge on Lesi Ukrayinky Blvd.

Ev­ery L’Kafa place is a mix of a lounge res­tau­rant, a karaoke bar, and a night­club, where every­one can en­joy de­li­cious meals and have a pleas­ant con­ver­sa­tion in a re­laxed and friendly at­mos­phere. At first glance, L’Kafa café on Lesi Ukrainky Boule­vard looks like any other of the L’Kafa chain of 15 res­tau­rants in Kyiv, but un­of­fi­cially it’s the most pop­u­lar les­bian venue in Kyiv, where girls can meet dis­creetly and en­joy each other’s com­pany.

L’Kafa café works 24/7 and serves Ital­ian, Ja­panese, Thai and Euro­pean cui­sine. The place reg­u­larly or­ga­nizes par­ties and live music per­for­mances. Those who like karaoke can sing their fa­vorite songs there on Fri­days and Satur­days.

2 Lesi Ukrayinky Blvd. Open daily round-the-clock. Hr 50 for women, Hr 100 for men

Sorry, Babushka

Sorry, Babushka is one of Kyiv’s most pop­u­lar night spots, for peo­ple of all stripes. The club po­si­tions it­self as be­ing free of any prej­u­dices, and les­bian and gay peo­ple like to drop in there, even though the venue is not of­fi­cially a gay club. This large place can ac­com­mo­date nearly 800 peo­ple. Its first floor is de­voted to erotic dance per­for­mances. The se­cond floor hosts disco music par­ties, and a VIP lounge room of­fers an in­ti­mate at­mos­phere for re­laxed con­ver­sa­tion. The third floor is the best spot for party an­i­mals who like non-stop danc­ing and DJ shows.

The club’s res­tau­rant serves Euro­pean cui­sine, while the bar’s ex­ten­sive al­co­holic drinks list will sat­isfy even the pick­i­est clients.

18/24 Dmytrivska St. Open daily from 9 p.m. – 6 a.m. Hr 100 for men, un­til 11 p.m. free for women, af­ter 11 p.m. Hr 60 for women

The au­di­ence en­joys the drag queen show at Kyiv gay club Lift on Jan. 29 (Ro­man San­dulov)

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