Kyiv’s wine bars of­fer good drinks, warm at­mos­phere

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle - WITH DARIA SHULZHENKO [email protected]

Day­time tem­per­a­tures have plunged to be­low freez­ing in the Ukrainian cap­i­tal, and Kyi­vans have started to look for places to es­cape the win­ter chill with a warm­ing drink.

A glass of wine — dis­tilled sun­shine col­lected dur­ing a hot sum­mer in a vine­yard — is the per­fect an­ti­dote to the cold, which brings some cheer to the gloomy win­ter sea­son. Here are some of the best places in the cap­i­tal to en­joy a glass of good wine.

101 Wine bar

“Save wa­ter, drink wine,” reads the motto of the 101 Wine bar, si­t­u­ated within the Good Wine store on Mech­nykova Street, not far from the Klovska Metro sta­tion. The bar has a re­laxed, friendly at­mos­phere, and of course, lots of types of wine.

The cur­rent wine menu has over 130 types of dry, sweet and sparkling wines, in­clud­ing a red Ital­ian Rosso di Mon­tepul­ciano, a white French Chateau du Juge Grand Vin, and a red Span­ish Mauro.

The bar is not big, seat­ing only 22 peo­ple, but has proved very pop­u­lar among Ukraini­ans and for­eign­ers as well.

Al­though the venue opens at 12 p.m. the som­me­lier starts work­ing only at 5 p.m. Vis­i­tors over­whelmed by the ex­ten­sive wine list should con­sult them to pick out a wine that matches their taste and bud­get.

The bar also of­fers a wide range of ap­pe­tiz­ers to go with its wine, in­clud­ing grilled avo­cado with salsa, and var­i­ous sor­bets.

Prices: Pinot Noir — Hr 225, Chateau Grand-Mayne — Hr 2,090 per bot­tle, cheese set — Hr 155, beef tartare — Hr 285.

101 Wine bar (9 Mech­nykova Street) 12–11 p.m. +38050 400 2257

Nevin­niy bar

For those who can’t de­cide be­tween a cup of strong cof­fee and a glass of wine, Nevin­niy bar of­fers both. Shar­ing a lo­ca­tion with the Chashka cof­fee house, the bar wel­comes vis­i­tors with its re­lax­ing at­mos­phere and good ser­vice.

Nevin­niy bar cur­rently has a se­lec­tion of 23 kinds of wine, with its wine menu di­vided into sev­eral cat­e­gories, such as light, bal­anced, fra­grant and re­fresh-

ing, full-bod­ied wines, and sparkling, semi-sweet and for­ti­fied wines.

Ac­cord­ing to the bar’s staff, Rose Caber­net is the most pop­u­lar among vis­i­tors. The venue also serves a wide range of cof­fee drinks, in­clud­ing cold brew, flat white, and latte with halva or laven­der syrup. On the ap­pe­tizer menu, there are a cheese set, pies, and cook­ies. The bar opens at 8 a.m. for morn­ing cof­fee (or wine) drinkers.

Prices: Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Don Pas­cual — Hr 85 per 100 milliliters, cold brew — Hr 55, ja­mon with olives — 95.

Nevin­niy bar (15 Shota Rus­tavely Street) 8 a.m.— 11 p.m. + 38093 184 8101

Vin­santo

Lo­cated close to the Teatralna Metro sta­tion, this pricier bar of­fers a wide se­lec­tion of wines from all over the world. The venue is known for its wine-tast­ing events, held ev­ery Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day at 7 p.m. when vis­i­tors can spend two hours try­ing wines from dif­fer­ent re­gions. Ad­mis­sion to a wine-tast­ing starts from Hr 450.

The bar’s min­i­mal­is­tic de­sign is com­pli­mented by a big com­mu­nity table and a chan­de­lier made of 256 wine glasses.

With 170 kinds of wine on the menu, Vin­santo also has a wide range of food and snacks.

Five years on

Sup­port­ers of Ukrainian na­tion­al­ist move­ments walk on Maidan Neza­lezh­nosti, or In­de­pen­dence Square in Kyiv on Nov. 30, 2018. They marched with torches to mark the five-year an­niver­sary of the event that helped de­cide the EuroMaidan Rev­o­lu­tion. On Nov. 30, 2013, Berkut riot po­lice vi­o­lently dis­persed anti-gov­ern­ment pro­test­ers, the ma­jor­ity of them stu­dents, who had been camp­ing on the square for a week. Apalled, hun­dreds of thou­sands of Ukraini­ans joined the protest, turn­ing it into a rev­o­lu­tion tha on Feb. 22, 2014, ousted Krem­lin-backed Pres­i­dent Vik­tor Yanukovych, chang­ing Ukraine's for­eign pol­icy to a pro-West­ern one and trig­ger­ing Rus­sia's war against Ukraine. (Volodymyr Petrov)

The menu fea­tures wines from Spain, Por­tu­gal, Ger­many, Aus­tria, Greece, Hun­gary, and Ge­or­gia, and of­fers a good se­lec­tion of wines from Italy, such as a white Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, a Pinot Gri­gio, and a Fri­u­lano.

Vin­santo also has some Ukrainian wines, such as a Chardon­nay from Kolonist win­ery, and an Al­barino from the Beykush win­ery.

The bar’s spe­cial lunchtime of­fer is per­fect for those who like to ac­com­pany a meal with a glass of wine — the venue of­fers a glass of white or red wine for just Hr 50, Mon-Fri, 12–3 p.m.

Prices: Ries­ling Se­lec­tion — Hr 790 per bot­tle, Pinot Gri­gio — Hr 680 per bot­tle, risotto with truf­fles — Hr 280, tuna tartare — Hr 225.

Vin­santo (20 Pushkin­ska Street) 3 p.m.— 2 a.m. +38067 977 9776

Like a Lo­cal’s wine bar

The bar is known for pro­mot­ing Ukrainian wines and serv­ing only lo­cal prod­ucts. After estab­lish­ing the first venue on Si­chovykh Strilt­siv Street in 2016, the bar owner de­cided to ex­pand and opened a sec­ond Like a Lo­cal’s wine bar on Lva Tol­stoho Street a year later.

The bar’s min­i­mal­is­tic de­sign is com­pli­mented by its warm, dim light­ning, mak­ing Like a Lo­cal’s a place to come back.

As Like a Lo­cal’s serves only lo­cal wines, the menu in­cludes nearly 40 kinds of wines, such as Ukrainian red Mal­bec, Horobchiki Rose Cot­nar, and Kolonist Mus­cat.

Apart from tra­di­tional dry and for­ti­fied wines, Like a Lo­cal’s also serves sparkling wines, in­clud­ing rosé with straw­berry fla­vor, and the clas­sic Ukrainian Artemivske “sham­pan­skoye” sparkling wine.

Be­sides the 40 lo­cal wines, Like a Lo­cal’s wine bar also serves san­gria, grappa and a num­ber of snacks. Meals in­clude hum­mus, pate, snails and pies to suit ev­ery kind of wine.

The most pop­u­lar wines of­fered by Like a Lo­cal’s in­clude Odesa Black, a dry red wine, and Ukrainian rosé wine

Prices: Pinot Noir Rose Chizay — Hr 250 per bot­tle, Mer­lot Cot­nar — Hr 300 per bot­tle, san­gria — Hr 60, home­made le­mon­ade — Hr 50, cheese set — Hr 129.

Like a Lo­cal’s wine bar (5 Lva Tol­stoho Street, 26 Si­chovykh Strilt­siv Street) 4–11 p.m. +38093 682 2626

Male­vich

The small and friendly Male­vich bar opened at the end of 2016, and soon be­came known for its friendly at­mos­phere.

The bar now has a se­lec­tion of 18 wines, only lo­cal, in­clud­ing Ries­ling and Chardon­nay from Ukrainian win­ery Kolonist, Per­lyna Stepu by the Tru­bet­skiy win­ery, a rosé by Cot­nar Horobchiki, and a Pinot Noir by Grandee Valee.

Male­vich’s se­lec­tion of red wines in­cludes Mal­bec and Caber­net by Tru­bet­skiy, Mer­lot by Cot­nar Horobchiki, Odesa Black, and oth­ers.

The menu in­cludes a wide range of snacks, sweets, cheese sets, olives and dry toma­toes, as well as non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages such as cit­rus le­mon­ade and var­i­ous kinds of teas.

Male­vich bar ar­ranges wine-tast­ing events called “The for­eign guest,” where vis­i­tors can try some types of wine from abroad.

Prices: Rosé (Cot­nar Horobchiki) — Hr 200 per bot­tle, Mal­bec Tru­bet­skiy — Hr 340 per bot­tle, gin­ger tea — Hr 45, set of sand­wiches — Hr 90.

Male­vich (9 Yarosla­viv Val Street) 11 a.m.— 11 p.m. +38073 400 7139

Win Bar

Lo­cated at the heart of Podil, Kyiv’s his­toric cen­ter, this wine bar has some­thing for ev­ery­one’s taste and pocket.

The de­cent wine menu in­cludes wines from all over the world, such as a French red Chateau Fom­peyre, a white Slove­nian Kabaj Luisa, a Mol­da­vian Pur­cari Rosé, and many oth­ers.

Win Bar also serves sparkling wines, with Ital­ian Fer­rari Max­i­mum Brut be­ing the most ex­pen­sive, go­ing for Hr 295 per glass.

Be­sides tra­di­tional sweet and dry wines, the bar also serves house wine on tap, straight from the bar­rel — mainly wines from Italy, Japan and France — all for Hr 75–125 per glass.

The bar also has a va­ri­ety of snacks to go with the wine, in­clud­ing tuna or salmon tartare, an­tipasti, olives, cheese plate, pump­kin hum­mus and a num­ber of soups and sal­ads.

For those new to wine drink­ing, Win Bar’s friendly and wel­com­ing staff is al­ways ready to rec­om­mend some­thing from the menu.

Prices: Kabaj Luisa Slove­nia — Hr 280 per glass, Hr 1,300 per bot­tle, Mer­lot from wine ma­chine — Hr 85, tuna tar­tar — Hr 240, cheese plate — Hr 595.

Win Bar (16\7 Kho­ryva Street) 12 p.m.— 1 a.m. +38050 424 7167

Vi­nos­tu­dia

This Kyiv wine bar has no lo­cal wines, only im­ported ones, but there are nearly 70 of them to choose from.

Vi­nos­tu­dia serves tra­di­tional sparkling, rosé, red and white wines from Italy, France, Spain and South Amer­ica mainly, in­clud­ing sparkling Span­ish Cava Brut, tra­di­tional Chilean rosé, and Ar­gen­tinean Mal­bec for Hr 130 per glass.

Apart from tra­di­tional wines, Vi­nos­tu­dia also serves or­ange wine (not made of or­anges, but so named for its color) such as Slove­nian Luisa, and Geor­gian Orgo Tso­lik­ouri and Khikhvi, all for Hr 160–200 per glass.

On its ap­pe­tizer menu Vi­nos­tu­dia has crois­sants with salmon, prosci­utto or dried toma­toes, as well as olives, grilled camem­bert cheese, snails, and hum­mus. The venue also of­fers cof­fee and strong al­co­holic drinks.

Prices: Rosé (Chile) — Hr 80 per glass, Soave (Italy) — Hr 80, Pinot Noir (Italy) — Hr 120, Mal­bec (Ar­gentina) — Hr 130, hu­mus — Hr 95, grilled camem­bert cheese — Hr 135.

Vi­nos­tu­dia (13 Antonovy­cha Street) 9 a. m. — 11 p. m. + 38063 154 4845

A waiter of Vin­santo wine bar in Kyiv serves food on Nov. 28, 2018. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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