It may have opened eight months ago, but Varvar Bar already has the chops to take its place as one of the leaders of Kyiv’s craft beer and brewing scene. With more than 35 different Varvar-branded brews it is a haven for connoisseurs of beer and experimental varieties of the beverage.
An offshoot of the Varvar Brewery, famed for another branded bar – Lesopylka on Kyiv’s left bank, Varvar Bar on Saksahanskoho brings the brewery’s range of beers to the heart of the city centre. It is the brainchild of Vasiliy Mikulin, successful businessman who founded the Donetsk-based Yuzovskaya Brewery in December 2008 – a move that proved his ability to pick a future trend.
With the capture of Donetsk by Russian forces in 2014, he moved the operation to Kyiv – founding Lisopylka bar/brewery in the Darnytsia region. The company has gone from strength-to-strength since, with Varvar becoming one of the country’s best-known craft beer brands.
Varvar Bar is a small intimate space, which serves well for showcasing the beers on offer. The core range is represented by 14 varieties; Golden Ale, Milk Stout, Dry Stout, Hoppy Lager, Chocolate Porter, Artisan Pilsner, Ipanema Indian Pale Ale (IPA), Simcoe American Pale Ale (APA), Citra APA, Amarillo APA, Black IPA, Blue Yellow Sub IPA, Equinox Double IPA, and Blanche de Blanche. Add to that a range of 23 experimental otherwises with such intriguing names as Sumarai’s Daughter and there is sure to be a brew here suitable for whetting anybody’s whistle.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 12.00 – 24.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 – 2.00
Tel: +38 067 621 5511