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The 10 Best Bars In Chișinău, Moldova
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The 10 Best Bars In Chișinău, Moldova

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Updated: 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.
DJ at TheHighway l © StephenMitchell/Flickr
DJ at TheHighway l | © StephenMitchell/Flickr
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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

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44 Jazz Cafe

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.

Albişoara 44, +373 22 224 495

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This dance club is the perfect place to explore the city’s nightlife. Great beats and friendly people will make you want to stay until the early morning hours. Invited DJs have only the best music sets, so grab a drink and get ready for LAVA’s dance floor.

Strada 31 August 1989 121a, Chișinău, +373 790 10 101

whiskey on the rocks l © Dominick/Flickr
whiskey on the rocks l | © Dominick/Flickr
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Taxi Blues Cafe

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.

Strada Kiev 12, Chișinău, +373 604 94 010

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Pink Martini

Popular in the afternoon when you can enjoy some great European and Japanese dishes, Pink Martini comes alive in the late-night hours. Also a karaoke club, it is the best place to prove both your singing and dancing skills.

Negruzzi 3, Chișinău, +373 60323333

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Divine Wine l | © fs999/Flickr
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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.

Strada Columna 136, Chișinău, +373 22 844 846

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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.

Strada Bucureşti 68, Chișinău, +373 22 222 457

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The York Pub

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.

str. Mitropolit Bănulescu-Bodoni 45, +37379688415

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Jack’s Bar & Grill

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.

Negruzzi 2/4, Chișinău, +373 789 94 444

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Black dragon l | © Dávid Kótai/Flickr
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Buddha Bar

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.

Str. Alexei Mateevici 77, Chișinău, +373 784 07 407