Eurovision 2017 is just a week away and Ukraine’s capital Kyiv is gearing up to host the worldwide song contest. Tourists have already begun flooding in from all over the world to participate and spectate at the famous event.

Though Kyiv is well known for its religious architecture, striking monuments, and fascinating Eastern history, there’s so much more to see in the city, especially if you are interested in the IT sphere.

It’s a common fact that Ukraine has become the leading information technology labor force in Europe, and it exports billions of dollars worth of software to the world every year. Startups pop up here every day and you might be surprised, but services like Looksery, Grammarly and DepositPhotos originated from Ukraine, if you know where to look, you might actually meet their team members in the surroundings of this beautiful city.

As Kyiv locals, the Redwerk team decided to share some of these well-kept secrets where you can find the IT crowd and get your drink on with them. Most of these places are not found in the obvious locations, but they’re totally worth a visit.

BarmanDictat


Hidden in the yard in Khreshchatyk street, this place is always packed with artists, musicians, marketers and computer gurus who know they don’t have to go anywhere else looking for a good time. Live music, great choice of drinks and steampunk atmosphere – all these can be found in BarmanDictat together with folks from DepositPhotos.

How to find: Khreshchatyk, 44. Enter the arch on Khreshchatyk 44, spot the glass with the wings sign, enter the black door to the left, go downstairs.


Parovozzz Speakeasy

This gem is tucked downstairs in Kyiv Cinema. It might be a little hard to find, but its classy atmosphere, attitude-free staff and awesome collection of cocktails will definitely leave you wanting another visit. Looksery team likes it here too.

How to find: Velyka Vasylkivska, 19. Following Speakeasy concept, this bar is hidden from gapers. So, to find it enter Kyiv Cinema, then go to the left and downstairs. If you see phone booth, you came to the right place.


Loggerhead

This bombastic bar hides right in the core of the downtown area. Great mixology, delicious pan asian food and super social atmosphere. This place is where entrepreneurs, developers and even investors are often found networking and partying. You can meet Pics.io team among the guests.

How to find: Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd, 1. Enter the first arch on the street and you will see a transformer themed door and the lever. Pull the lever, tell the security that you are going to Loggerhead bar, go downstairs, have fun!


Alchemist

Well, there actually there are two of them. Both awesome. Interior, music, drinks and kitchen soaked in the magic of its name – and charm everyone who enters. This bar, popular not only among IT crowd, many Ukrainian celebrities frequent as well. Catch Eciosme squad near the bar.

How to find: Shota Rustaveli, 12. This one is easy to find. You’ll see the sign and the ladder right on the street.


De Bosch

If you get tired with the loud and crowded party at Alchemist, there’s a hidden jewel just few steps away. For such a hidden spot you’ll be surprised how big and stunning the design is. We highly recommend you to take your time and explore all its chambers.

How to find: Shota Rustaveli, 8. Enter the restaurant with bright red sign “Хинкальня” and go straight to the right. Behind the glass door and heavy curtain you will find stairs.


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