The 10 Best Bars In Chișinău, Moldova

Photo of Maria Menegaki
9 February 2017

There are many things that will impress you after visiting the capital of the Republic of Moldova, one of them being its nightlife. Chișinău is full of diverse, budget places. Let’s check out the best bars in the city.

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Tipografia 5

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Tipografia 5

If you enjoy alternative venues, Tipografia 5 is for you. It’s divided into three main rooms with varying levels of noise. So, you can have fun playing ping pong, reading a book, chatting with friends, or drinking and dancing all night long. Popular among young locals, it hosts some of the best parties and events in the city. Make sure to visit it more than once; each time is a whole new experience.

Strada Vlaicu Pârcălab 45, +37379464647

Jazz Cafe

Cafe, Beer, European, Pub Grub, $$$
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One of the most stylish and elegant places in the city, 44 Jazz Cafe is a place you can’t miss if you are a jazz lover. In case you want a special evening with your loved one, the romantic atmosphere and live jazz music along with the great selection of excellent food and wines make the perfect setting.

Taxi Blues Cafe

Cafe, European, $$$
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Karaoke
Karaoke | © Eden, Janine and Jim/Flickr
Do you want to have fun but feel quite hungry after a busy day? Don’t worry; Taxi Blues is here for you. This cozy place offers a great variety of food and drinks, frequently hosting blues and jazz concerts. The DJs are also willing to adjust their program to your own music taste.

Carpe Diem

Bar, Wine
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Carpe Diem
Carpe Diem | Courtesy of Carpe Diem
It’s impossible to visit Moldova without tasting some of its excellent wines. Carpe Diem is a wonderful wine shop and bar, offering a wide selection of eclectic fine wines coming both from Moldova and from all over the world. If you want to learn how to taste wine, yet don’t want to visit the country’s numerous winemakers, this is the right place.

Eli-Pili

Pub, European, Vegetarian, $$$
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cd /pub; more beer
cd /pub; more beer | © Pankaj Kaushal/Flickr
This place is located in the city center. Entering Eli-Pili is like entering the past. It has wonderful decoration that will remind you of the 50s, a nice selection of drinks and dishes and friendly staff. All this combined makes it the best place both to relax and to party with some good company.

The York Pub

Pub, Pub Grub, European, British, $$$
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Are you looking for a traditional British pub in the heart of Chișinău? Then you should choose the York pub. Rock, blues and jazz tunes, plus pub dishes, excellent beer, and occasionally football matches or live music will make your evening unforgettable.

Jack's Bar & Grill

Bar, American, European, Beer
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Black dragon
Black dragon | © Dávid Kótai/Flickr
Open around the clock, this place combines an American-style bar with a large open space. Popular for its great atmosphere and good music, you will notice that it’s always crowded with people of all ages. In case you get hungry, don’t worry; Jack’s food menu is surprisingly rich and tasty.

Buddha Bar

Boutique Hotel
East meets West at this high-end Old Town hideaway
East meets West at this high-end Old Town hideaway | Courtesy of Buddha-Bar Hotel
Whether you choose to stay indoors or enjoy your drink on the lovely terrace, Buddha Bar will provide you a great experience. A special Asian atmosphere, unusual decoration, trance/house music, and hookahs will ensure your evening is exciting.
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