Now me finally got to this famous pub. Indeed, its popular among foreigners coz it is mainly visited by foreigners and expats. If you are one, you will for sure enjoy it and find a company that match you. Not bad interior, big screen where football on all the time, nice irish beer, nice irish music. Prices are quite avarege as for alike places.
This pub really rather place of a meeting of foreign people, coz if you have there ukrainian passport you will wait your beer for 20 min. But in this place nothing really special, I can name you more 10 places with same interior and fine beer, but more popular with local people.
Favorite Dish: well, guiness is good anywhere :)
When in Kiev i use this place 5 nights out of 7 in Autumn,winter,spring. Lots of English/Euro Football on Many screens Upstairs,Weekends you may Not get a table to eat, as often music (Band) starts up as soon as the Footy stops.
A Menu to cater for Everyone, Although Breakfasts have gone Downhill the past year.
Most staff can speak English and Lots of Expats in here,Safe Place to go.
In Summer the place is Very Quiet,No bands or Footy,people drink and eat outside in the fresh air places around Kiev.
Probably 150 people can get in Upstairs.
Favorite Dish: Any Chicken or Veal Dishes.
You can try it if you like live music, it's the place where you'll see almost no Ukrainians - only expats and their girlfriends :)
Every time I came there there was no free seats so my advice is to reserve the table in advance.
Visit O'Brien's Irish Pub for great Irish Pub food and drinks plus the best atmosphere in town.
Open for breakfast from 8 am. last orders 2 am. seven days per week. Parties catered for. Live music Tuesday through Saturday, dancing in the upstairs bar.
Favorite Dish: Argentinean barbecue (beef, porc, Hunter's sausages, porc ribs, Fried and fresh vegetables, French fries with an omelette, 3 sauces, a bottle of red Merlot Wine included). 976/360/150 = 50$
Well, lets see. I love beer and I think this place is one of the only places in kiev that serve guiness and newcastle on tap. Everybody are really friendly and I happen to be in kiev during Euro Cup 2004 and that place was going crazy every night, thanks in part to a gigantic projection tv located on the second floor. Most of the customers are foreigners so I guess i felt right at home.
Favorite Dish: I don't think I ordered any food, I mostly concentrated on drinking delicious brew.
I landed in Arena restaurant around 10PM where I had the pleasure to enjoy a live concert singing old classic slows.
The food there is rather good (try the salmon & trout with the vegetable grattin) but slightly overprice given the ambiance of the place. I mean the place looks like a sports bar, but serves fushion refined cuisine... I ended up paying ~$60 for 2 glasses of wine and 2 courses which I was not expecting when I got in a sport bar.
The central bar is a good idea and makes the place a little cosier.
Beware of the professionals hanging out around the bar :-)
Even though some members of the Best Of team are hard pressed to rise before noon, they'll never refuse a heaping portion of bacon and eggs -day or night.
While there are many variations on this favorite repast, there are certain basic criteria for a passable breakfast. First, eggs. They have to be there and they have to be there in force. Any less than two eggs (three in an omelet) and we don't even bother to butter its basket of toast.
Which brings us to the second requirement: toast. No, not a baton, we want toast.
Jack Sprat would eat no fat; his wife would eat no lean. When it comes to bacon, we side with Jack. Too often restaurants and bars will try to pass salo or its cousin, grudinka, off as bacon. No dice. They want it meaty and crisp.
And don't forget the sausage. In this land of stuffed meat products, the absence of some kind of sausage is anathema to breakfast lovers.
Understandably, we the Best of Team gravitates toward the city's European and American eateries, choosing to avoid the oily omelets that tend to dominate the breakfast at most local cafes.
Arizona BBQ has all the bases cov- ered. You've got your eggs, your bacon, your toast and bottomless coffee. And there's a selection of omelets. The breakfast at Arizona is solid, if somewhat pedestrian, and it continues its trend of providing meals of consistent quality.
Time Out has one of the more adventurous breakfast menus, but on a recent visit we found the almond-encrusted French toast bland and mushy.
Eric's provides a bargain offering. Its breakfast combo costs a mere Hr 25, but the bacon is rather limp, the beans are inconsistent and the sausage is a little too far toward the hot dog side of the spectrum. However, the Peasant Breakfast, a scramble of eggs, potatoes, cheese and bacon, is a substantial dish suitable for late-night snacking or early-morning rising.
Uncle Sam's provide weak to middling fare. On the other end of the spectrum, Le Grand Cafe provides an elegant, though rather expensive Sunday brunch offering.
Favorite Dish: But for a quality breakfast in an unpretentious, friendly setting, O'Brien's is our unanimous favorite. The breakfast combo for Hr 45, includes two eggs any style, crisp bacon, a choice of Irish or European sausage, beans, and home fries or French fries. There's also a heaping pile of sauteed mushrooms and a roasted tomato for a little added flare. O'Brien's also caters to that medicinal need for morning coffee with free refills.
The pub also offers a range of omelets (Hr 20 to Hr 30) with traditional fillings (ham, cheese, tomatoes and onions) as well as some more refined choices like smoked salmon.
Nice pub, nice people and the possibility to read the Kiev Post, quite a relief in this country with nothing but Cyrillic letters.