May 11, 2018
Located on the ground floor of one of Kiev’s oldest cinemas, Parovoz translates as “locomotive” – which would explain the long, sleek decor that is reminiscent of a buffet dining car on an old-fashioned steam train. Tile-and-brick walls, suede-clad booths and suited barmen transport anyone who steps into Parovoz into a bygone era, despite a decidedly modern drinks list that can compete with any in the city. Featuring a lineup of bartenders that are renowned throughout Kiev, Parovoz invites its patrons to get cosy along high-topped bar stools while watching the aforementioned masters at work. Cocktails are usually of the classic variety – served up with flair in unique glassware with chipped ice – and locals frequent the place regularly for what they describe as the “best Bloody Mary in town”. As speakeasy bars go, Parovoz is one of the more laidback – the atmosphere here is jovial and light, with no pretension surrounding either the clientele or the cocktails themselves. Serving up daily doses of tasty bar snacks and light jazz, Parovoz is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of after-work or pre-dinner drinks with old – and new – friends or to spend a weekend afternoon sipping cocktails while taking in an old movie from the bar’s projector screen (surely a nod to the building in which Parovoz is located).