Located in the very classy & expensive Arena City. Next door basically next to the wonderful Pinchuk Art Center (if you care about modern art & it is free so what do you have to loose?). Close to Бесарабський ринок where you have a wonderful vegan eatery right amongst the butcheries. Anyway, place is hugely expensive & upper-class, I felt super out of place here, too classy for me, like expensive hotel bar feel & look. Super polite, classy service, bit much for me. They seem to have 4 beer in theory, only 2 available. Beers were very poor and kit tasting. TV’s as common & people smoking hookah which is a thing among the rich currently it seems. Remember beer prices being okay but didn’t note, rest I didn’t note, didn’t try food or anything else besides the beer. Fine for rich people & classier tourist than me, I felt out of place beer, beer is very poor, there is that. Only if you are strapped for ticks.
By far the most expensive of 3 Kiev brewpubs. Just for comparison- 0.30l beer: Shato 20UAH (2€), Pivarium 19UAH (1.9€), Arena 30UAH (3€); half liter here 45UAH (4.5€)...Insane!!! And in my opinion the worst beers of all three brewpubs. Also, many people were eating overprices lunch around 13h. Moderate big place, not so hard to find (right next to big Billa supermarket) but the major problem is how to find parking place. Quite slow service although there are more than enough waiters. Four house beers and all of them seems to be quite acidic. Just in case there’s also Beck’s Non-alcoholic.
In many respects this place epitomizes the worst of second world Eurotrash. In practice, it was not as bad as expected (decent service and not as creepy as some of this type) but still hideous in many respects: it’s just an oversized frightening corporate monstrosity brewing plonky kit beer. It’s not at all American as a previous rater suggested--it is a lot more like the ginormous and always empty brewpubs in Asia. Only this one seems to double as a nightclub-type thing. Anyway, you’re better off missing it if you have limited time in Kiev, which is a great city otherwise.
Went in April 2011. This was the best of the 3 brewpubs (yes there are 3) in Kiev for the quality of beer. We went to them all several times and although there were only 3 beers on the place suited us best. Smoking is a issue they should sort
Visited in November 2008.
The Arena Beer House was the best place that I visited in Kiev. They had four beers on tap, Arena Bock was the best one.
It felt like a place for wealthier people, not crowded at all on a Saturday evening. Ok decor, although not particularly cozy. Service was ok, but not that fast.
High prices for Kiev standards, good central location. Unfortunately, smoking was permitted.
Typical American bar look, rather upscale, and not very crowded. Music is acceptable, but the TVs are annoying. Staff is friendly and tries to help, but speaks little if any English. The beers are OK. This makes it probably the best place to go in Kyiv... :)