Culture In Depth, 12/07/2017

Atmospheric Cafes and Restaurants in Kharkiv

Where do you go in the evening, when the soul wants something special? We all sometimes want to visit a place that is very different from our usual everyday lives. There are places in Kharkiv where, apart from delicious food, there is also a cultural and entertainment program.

Art Cafe is a special and unique place where you can enjoy good music, watch an entertaining movie, listen to poets or just have a beer or wine with fun company. Here are some places where you can meet interesting interlocutors.

Korova Art Cafe

Korova Art Cafe is one of the most well-known art clubs in the city. There performed such celebrities as Lyapis Trubetskoy, The Hardkiss, Druha Rika, Antytila, O.Torvald, Pianoboy, Tartak, Green Gray.

The food is varied, offering Japanese, European, Ukrainian. From Monday to Wednesday live performances usually take place. Evening Live is held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. These are spontaneous, and often night side projects of famous Kharkiv musicians and vocalists. Admission for such events is free. Every Sunday at 8 p.m. there is an enchanting Latin disco. This evening is great for those who want to get acquainted with the Latin American culture.

Address: Yaroslava Mudrogo Street, 37

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 a.m., Sunday 12 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Plastylinova Vorona

Plastylinova Vorona is an interesting cafe where you can only get in by saying the password. The art cafe is located in the basement, so the city’s bustle will not prevent you from relaxing. There is a very unusual interior in five zoned halls as well as ethno-fusion cuisine.

The concept of Plastylinovaya Vorona is the Soviet retro atmosphere and interiors, ethno-menu and, of course, plasticine. Furthermore, everyone can bring their old tapes and listen to them. The café offers Transcarpathian ethnic cuisine.

The events include concerts, film screenings, thematic quests. And even one of the popular Kharkiv theaters has performed here.

Address: Sumska Street, 17

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday 12 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday – Saturday 12 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Lacan Bar

Lacan is a relatively new bar that opened in 2016. It positions itself as an “intellectual bar.”  It offers conversations for a cocktail and lectures on a variety of topics. If you want to discuss the thoughts of a well-known psychoanalyst or talk about other interesting topics – Lacan is a great place for you.

The bar organizes a lot of lectures (and anti-lectures) on different topics, film screenings, and seminars. The bar also regularly hosts “Drunk Talks” parties, where anyone can tell a story sipping a cocktail, and the actor will depict it in artistic images.

The bar menu offers a wide range of cocktails and soft drinks. Its cuisine was developed by the organizers of Lookfest and the Restaurant Day in Kharkiv.

Also, within the walls of the bar, there are books shelved. Thus a cocktail can be accompanied by a thrilling book.

Address: Pushkinska Street, 74

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Agata Art-Cafe

This place can be considered a real town of creativity. Although it is not big, live music concerts are held daily. The art cafe prepares Ukrainian, Irish, Italian, Czech and other European cuisines. There is also a choice of beer.

Here you can meet well-known musicians and artists from all over the world. There is no discrimination on musical preferences.

Agatha holds tea ceremonies. Such ceremonies allow you to plunge into the unexplored corners of your soul. In addition to the tea ceremony, you can offer your topic. And, if like-minded people support it, it could become an event theme.

Address: Kulykivskyj Descent, 11

Opening hours: 15 p.m. -1 a.m.

Pintagon Art Club

The peculiarity of the club is that it offers the service of organizing unusual and original events. There is a Pintagon Cinema Club, which shows a variety of genres from intellectual and art-house films to festival shows and trending European cinema. The screenings are held every evening.

The concert program is a joy for connoisseurs of quality and beautiful music. Pinta Sports broadcasts the most important football and boxing matches.

Address: Danilevskoho Street, 26

Opening hours: 5 p.m. until the last customer leaves


Text: Anastasia Mitrofanova

Photos: Lacan,,