The Best Bars in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine
The eateries of Ivano-Frankivsk are great competitors to those of Lviv. They offer amazing service, innovation and stylish interiors and impress with delicious drinks and dishes. However, the highlight of the bars and pubs in this western city is the abundance of mini-breweries.
Copper Head. Beer Workshop
Bar, Pub, European, $$$
This extremely stylish and modern venue can be found on one of Ivano-Frankivsk‘s main streets — Het’mana Mazepy Street. Copper Head is a mini-brewery that offers the nine most popular kinds of beer. There is also a large menu of lunch and dinner options, as well as delicious snacks that make your drinks taste even better. Plus, Copper Head is known for its excellent service and friendly staff.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Asian, Japanese, $$$
GooDZone lounge is a constantly crowded late-night venue. Designed as a loft, it attracts guests with a relaxed atmosphere. Its menu has a wide choice of cocktails, signature hookah varieties (which are considered to be the best in the city) and fine Asian and European cuisine. In the evenings, you can listen to unconstrained lounge music, chat with friends or dance. Can’t decide where to go for that Friday after-work drink? GooDZone lounge is the right answer.
Bar, European, $$$
GOST Bar brightly stands out from other bars of Ivano-Frankivsk by recreating the ambience of the venues of the ’80s. It has affordable prices, homemade Ukrainian cuisine and a huge selection of beer snacks. You won’t find any precious cocktails with exotic fruit here; instead, the emphasis is on simplicity (like in Soviet times), so the drinks are served in thick glass tumblers and complemented by Black Sea sprat. Moreover, GOST Bar boasts the widest assortment of Ukrainian craft beer, as it was the first place to introduce craft beer culture to Ivano-Frankivsk.
Pub, Nightclub, European, $$$
Buha-Rest is a well-known craft beer spot in Ivano-Frankivsk. It is a truly unique place, because of a pipeline connected to each table. Thus, you decide which beer and how much beer you prefer to drink. Interestingly, it is the only bar in the city where you can find specialities of Czech cuisine. On the menu, there are many meat dishes, from roast beef to hearty meat snacks. The chef skillfully prepares his signature interpretations, thus you’ll definitely be satisfied and full.
Bartik Beer Brewery
Gastropub, Pub, European, $$$
At the moment, Bartik Beer Brewery produces six kinds of beer with the help of German equipment. You can come to the venue and enjoy drinks with friends or colleagues, but you can also take your favourite beer to go in a small glass bottle. In addition to alcohol, Bartik Beer Brewery serves delicious European and Ukrainian cuisine, not to mention the plentiful selection of meat dishes cooked on the grill, as well as burgers with different dressings and fillings.
Bochka Beer House
Pub, European, $$$
Bochka Beer House is located in the basement of one of the historical buildings in Ivano-Frankivsk’s Market Square. It is a cosy pub with a medieval-style interior. You should come here for sports broadcasts on a big screen or for a relaxed night out on any day of the week. Local dishes and beer flights form the basis of the menu, making it perfect for large parties. In addition, there’s a large terrace where you can spend warm summer evenings.
Pub, Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, European, $$$
Desiatka is among the most visited places by locals. Here, they serve dishes of Ukrainian and European cuisine and treat you with a cold draft beer from a selection of international stalwarts like Guinness, Leffe and Hoegaarden. It is usually crowded inside, so if you’re looking for a cheerful and active spot, Desiatka is a great choice. The interior is worthy of attention, too, as the pub occupies the basement of an ancient mansion in the very heart of Ivano-Frankivsk.
Bar, European, $$$
Tourists who’d like to plunge into the ambience of the ancient Ivano-Frankivsk and explore its past should make a visit to Potocki Bar. Here, everyone will feel like a real count and countess, as the venue is named after the Polish Count Potocki. The menu consists of a fair assortment of drinks, including delectable wines and delicious beer. Plus, Potocki Bar is a welcoming spot to which you’re undoubtedly going to want to return.
Pub, European, German, $$$
Bierkeller pleases its guests with an authentic interior that recreates the atmosphere of the classic German pub of the early 20th century. Accordingly, the pub provides an opportunity to taste traditional German dishes and beer snacks. There are four rooms in the pub, which differ not only in name and décor but also according to purpose. The main room (Haupthalle) has a collection of steins from German festivals; Freundlich Halle is a kind of open space, where everyone can communicate with each other and meet new people. Meanwhile, the Gesellig and Whisky Halle rooms are ideal for celebrations or cosy evenings among family.
These recommendations were updated on June 21, 2018 to keep your travel plans fresh.