Practicas & milongas in Kiev – 2016 weekly guide

Tango DJRegardless of a whole active group «Milonga in Kiev» at facebook, we’re often asked if there’s a milonga tonight, and what one might expect from it. If you are looking for the fullest valid list of milongas and tango practicas in Kiev this week or next week, combined with a spoiled customer’s review, here it is. Still, for the risk of sudden cancelations, it’s advisable to check the group updates or call the host of the milonga. This tango guide contains all contacts necessary. Only the exact guest list can’t be predicted by the photos, not even by facebook. ;)

Monday

chocolate«Chocolate» milonga – weekly
When and where: «Lviv Handmade Chocolate Cafe», 19:00 – 22:00
Tripadvisor map: metro Kontraktova Ploshcha, Andreevsky Spusk 2b
Dancefloor: unvarnished parquet
Changing: in the toilet rooms
WiFi: free, ask the staff for the password
Entrance: free of charge
Facebook group updates: «Milonga in Kiev»
Host: Mik Avramenko +380685969540

All traditional milongas in Kiev share almost the same DJ list, only trying not to repeat each other often. Big luck is to find Mik himself at the DJ’s table. If you love Argentine tango, you can’t but love DJ Mik! The music of the Golden Age, transmitted through his heart, sounds ever more sweet and fresh. This excuses the small dancefloor and frequent lack of seats as there is plenty of non-dancing chocolate connoisseurs beside. This milonga is a perfect place to have a coffee-with-desserts chitchat or to dream of the fairytale festival Tango Remolino, where the long-time relationship between Lviv and tango is more than evident.

Tuesday

La RondaPractica «La Ronda» – weekly
When and where: «La Ronda de Kiev» dance club, 19:00 – 21:00
On the map: metro Palats «Ukrayina», Henri Barbusse St., 38v, which is a two-storey building visible by signs «the Coffee» and «the Moika».
Dancefloor: varnished parquet
Changing: in the changing rooms, where the outwear is also left
WiFi: coming soon
Entrance: UAH 50, unlimited tea / coffee / water inclusive
Facebook page updates:  «La Ronda de Kiev»
Host / moderator: Natali Omelyanenko +380984556419

A moderated practica is distinguished by the guidance of the teacher in charge. La Ronda offers quite a menu of such practicas. On Tuesdays you entrust yourself to Natalia, the patroness of Tango Elegante school. Thursday is the day of tango technique by Natalia or by Taras from St. Pete. Wednesdays and weekends are reigned by Maria the Argentine folklore star. Beside tango, chacarera and zamba, the house also hosts blues, pilates and stretching classes (bring your own mat), as the climate inside is never compromised by the weather outside.

delfinPractica «Delfin» – every Tuesday and Wednesday
When and where: «Delfin» children’s club, 19:30 – 21:30
On the map: metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Mala Zhytomyrska St., 5
Dancefloor: varnished parquet board
Wall of mirrors: 1
Changing: in the changing rooms where the outwear is also left.
To be on the safe side, take valuable belongings with you.
Shower: 1
WiFi: sorry…
Entrance: UAH 25, free water unlimited
Facebook group updates: «Dolphin Lovers Club» 
Hosts / moderators: 
Kostya Prykhodko +380672320053,
Elenka Dubchak +380665487290

An old and hearty practica, with an improvised buffet over the piano, as everyone brings cookies etc. The main hall may feel a bit crowded, but air conditioning helps a lot. Sometimes, after 19:30, the smaller hall is vacant, where one can practice alone or appoint an individual tango lesson. Moderated practicas occur.

milonga_zaalMilonga «ZAAL» – on vacation
When and where: «ZAAL» club, 20:30 – 23:30
Tripadvisor map: metro Kontraktova Ploshcha, Verkhniy Val St., 30a
(enter under the sign «APMOHI», then upstairs)
Dancefloor: pleasantly gummy-feeling laminate
Changing: in the toilet rooms,
after leaving outwear in the cloakroom
Lounging: at the table in the adjacent room
WiFi: free, ask the staff for the password
Entrance: UAH 30
Facebook group updates: «ZAAL – milonga at Podil»
Host: Katherine Busel +380504483558, +380635981358

Good sound, abundant bar, comfortable sofas, informal atmosphere with a psychedelic grain added by disco lights once in a while. The place is never too crowded, to budding leaders’ relief and followers’ visibility.

Wednesday

buenaPractica + milonga «Buena Vista» – weekly
When and where: «Buena Vista Bar», 19:00 – …
Tripadvisor map: metro Zoloti Vorota, Velyka Zhytomyrska St., 8/14
Dancefloor: parquet board, talc is available
Changing: in the toilet rooms or in the back room
Lounging: outdoors / bar upstairs / bar downstairs
WiFi: free, no password
Practica: 19:00 – 20:30, UAH 20.
Milonga by candlelight: from 20:30 till the last three couples dancing.
Entrance is free; after live music gigs, donations are welcome.
Facebook group updates: «Milonga in Buena Vista»
Hosts: Max Leonov +380674415344,
Natalia Orlova +380503514588

This very Latin cellar boasts good ventilation, inexpensive authentic food, monthly live music, and a perfect layout for the cabeceo. With all the allusions to the perilous passions of old tango times in the air, it is the most relaxed venue for beginners and aces alike, provided they respect the codigos. The choice of drinks is abundant, Cuban cigars are also available, plastic cards accepted.

chePractica + «Milonga Libre» – on vacation
When and where: «Che Guevara» grill pub, 19:00 – 23:30
Restorania map: metro Kontraktova Ploshcha, Verkhniy Val St., 66a
Dancefloor: smooth big tiles with minimum seams
Changing: in the toilet rooms, or behind the Comandante door.
For valuable outwear there is a secret closet.
Lounging: at the big summer veranda
WiFi: free, no password
Practica: 19:00 – 20:30, UAH 20.
Milonga: 20:30 – 23:30, basic entrance fee UAH 30.
20 + 30 = UAH 30. 20 + 30 + welcome drink at the bar = UAH 40.
Facebook group updates: «Che Tango Che»
Hosts:  Alexey Gavris +380667676703,
Natalia Orlova +380503514588

Wood, leather and fire welcome tangueros in the cold season. Intimate lighting invites to hang out with friends or to dissolve in the dance. One long ronda makes the navigation simpler, but it takes some navigation skills to pass by it without disturbing the dancing couples (blessed are the cortinas). For better service, take a table on the right. For better cabeceos, take a table on the left. To shorten the eye-snapping distance elegantly, take a walk to the bar counter’s corner. To lurk about without dancing, choose a sofa by the fish tank and enjoy the Latin cuisine (sure, non-dancers don’t pay for the milonga). The house offers a vast choice of soft and strong drinks, some of which you can pick from the free Tango Menu in exchange for the welcome drink ticket. Occasionally, we may host a tango demo or show a tango movie.

Thursday

delfinPractica «Delfin» – weekly
When and where: «Delfin» children’s club, 19:30 – 21:30
On the map: metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Mala Zhytomyrska St., 5
Dancefloor: varnished parquet board
Wall of mirrors: 1
Changing: in the changing rooms where the outwear is also left.
To be on the safe side, take valuable belongings with you.
Shower: 1
WiFi: sorry…
Entrance: UAH 25, free water unlimited
Facebook group updates: «Dolphin Lovers Club»
Hosts / moderators: Kostya Prykhodko +380672320053,
Elenka Dubchak +380665487290

An old and hearty practica, with a self-contributable buffet over the piano. The main hall may feel a bit crowded, but air conditioning helps a lot. Sometimes, after 19:30, the smaller hall is vacant, where one can practice alone or appoint an individual lesson. Moderated practicas occur.

Friday

LaRonda«Milonga La Ronda»once a month
When and where: «La Ronda de Kiev» dance club, 21:00 – 01:30
On the map: metro Palats «Ukrayina», Henri Barbusse St., 38v, which is a two-storey building visible by signs «the Coffee» and «the Moika».
Dancefloor: varnished parquet
Changing: in the changing rooms, where the outwear is also left
WiFi: coming soon
Entrance: UAH 60, free water unlimited
Facebook page updates: «La Ronda de Kiev»
Hosts: Alexandra Kotelnitskaya +380683564614,
Maria Moreno +380962871701

From start to finish, La Ronda is the investment of prominent Kiev tango dancers’ work and passion. The floor is no more slippery than it should be, the sound is embracing, the air fresh, the temperature unnoticeable, and the light is plentiful for the sake of great photos. Throughout the week, the place hosts classes, workshops and practicas, including Argentine folklore and tango floorcraft which is a must when the tables come to confine the dancefloor. You can book a table in advance according to this layout, or lounge about the window sills and pouffes in the bar area. Getting seated on that pouffe, mind your center and your drink!

Saturday

Practica «Demeevska» – weekly
When and where: research institute’s ceremony hall, 16:00 – 19:00
Photomap: metro Demiivska, Holosiivsky ave., 50;
facade with columns and Industrialbank logo; enter, turn left, 1st floor.
Dancefloor: superslick varnished parquet
Wall of mirrors: 1 сommon, 1 private
Changing: in the changing rooms where the outwear is also left
Shower: 1
WiFi: sorry…
Entrance: UAH 35, unlimited tea / coffee / water / cookies inclusive.
Everyone is allowed to bring more substantial food and drinks.
Facebook group updates: «Saturday practica at Demееvska»
Hosts / moderators: Alexey Gavris +380667676703, +380970803841,
Natalia Orlova +380503514588, Olga Valeyka +380676160703, +380997162703

A creative space for independent work, socializing, experience exchange, private lessons and our assistance to all who ask for it. Plenty of room for aces to fly and for newbies to linger. In cold season, central heating is usually delayed, but in summer it’s never too hot due to the site layout (and conditioning, if necessary).

delfinPractica «Delfin» – irregular
When and where: «Delfin» children’s club, 17:30 – 19:30
On the map: metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Mala Zhytomyrska St., 5
Dancefloor: varnished parquet board
Wall of mirrors: 1
Changing: changing rooms where the outwear is also left.
To be on the safe side, take valuable belongings with you.
Shower: 1
WiFi: sorry…
Entrance: UAH 25, free water unlimited. Everyone is allowed to bring more substantial food and drinks.
Facebook group updates: «Dolphin Lovers Club»
Hosts: Kostya Prykhodko +380672320053,
Elenka Dubchak +380665487290

A non-moderated practica in an even more family-like atmosphere. However, feel free to consult charismatic Kostya, elflike Elenka or any other neighbor. On big and small holiday occasions one may come across an amateur theatrical dancing performance, featuring the hosts and the guests, on the most burning tango-related topics.

igorevskayaMilonga «Ihorevska» – weekly
When and where: «BIG Dance» studio, 20:00 – 23:30
On the map: metro Poshtova Ploshcha, Ihorivska St., 12b
(enter from Borychiv Uzviz, 13, left of Fairmont Hotel,
through the archway to «Berehynia» business center, 6th floor)
Dancefloor: varnished parquet
Wall of mirrors: 1
WiFi: sorry…
Changing: in the locker rooms. There is also a rail for overcoats.
Entrance: UAH 40, free water unlimited
Facebook group updates: «Milonga Ihorevska Kiev»
Host: Julia Serzhan

When maestros come to Kiev with workshops, it’s here that they usually give a show. This is a place meant for non-stop dancing, with brief chillouts at elegant benches in the sitting room where one can also buy a cup of coffee or a pot of tea. Wine and sweets are allowed to bring for an occasion. The mirrors in the hall may tempt one to lose focus on the innermost sense of the dance, yet when it comes to cabeceo, they prove of the most romantic service to the guys who stand in the doorway behind the girls’ chairs. The lights are neither dim nor bright. All the new faces are those of debutant(e)s, or visiting tangueros, or the friends of other dancers. Ladies should be prepared to see a bit more beauties a-sitting here than average over the city’s milongas.

rakushka«Rakushka» open air milonga – on vacation
When and where: summer theater in the Mariinsky Park, 20:30 – …
On the map: metro Khreschatyk / Arsenalna,
between the Dynamo Stadium and the Mariinsky Palace
(across the road from the Cabinet of Ministers, then upstairs and ahead).
Dancefloor: wooden, talc is available
Changing: keep warm clothing on the bench, valuables near the DJ
WiFi: sorry…
Entrance: UAH 20
Facebook group updates: «Milonga in Kiev»
Hosts: Alexey Gavris +380667676703,
Natalia Orlova +380503514588,
Olga Valeyka +380676160703

The oldest, the broadest and the most acceptive of Kiev’s regular milongas. All tango species can be met here – novices and founding fathers, elderly ballroom and teenage contemporary dancers. Each and every Kiev school of Argentine tango is represented somehow. Nothing can curb this milonga’s popularity: neither rain, wherefrom the stage is protected by its signature seashell-like roof, nor the curious observers in the side and back rows, not even the remote location of public toilets. To get noticed for a dance, one has to sit, stand and mix in the first rows in front of the stage. More often than elsewhere the DJs take the risk of experimenting – especially after midnight, when the floodlights go off and the scene is lit but with the belt of candles and the gleam of farther park lights.

Sunday

Practilonga «Kyivska Troyanda» – moved to «Delfin»
When and where: «Kyivska Troyanda» dancing hall, 15:00 – 18:00
On the map: metro Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Hrushevsky St., 1v
(Mariinsky Park near the Museum of Water and the Zhaba Monument)
Dancefloor: slick varnished parquet
Walls of mirrors: 2
Changing: in the changing rooms where the outwear is also left.
WiFi: sorry…
Entrance: UAH 40, unlimited tea / coffee / water inclusive.
Everyone is allowed to bring more substantial food and drinks.
Facebook group updates: «Practica «Kyivska Troyanda»»
Host: Ihor Tsymbalisty +380507749490

A brilliantly renovated ballroom in the nostalgiable style of Soviet «cultureful leisure». Very spacious indeed! Air-conditioned in summer, in winter time the place is quite chilly, so a warmer outfit is recommended. This practica encourages change of partners, which makes it more milonga-like.

rio«Yo soy la Milonga del río» – weekly
When and where: «Art-Prichal» gallery, 19:00 – 23:00
On the map: metro Kontraktova Ploshcha, opposite to MamaMia! restaurant at Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska St., 31. Go down to the mooring and bypass «Saint Andrew» ship from the right. You’ll see the glass entrance under the bridge.
Dancefloor: seamless plastic sheets over fiberboard
Changing: in the toilet rooms or in the cloakroom
Lounging: in the cafe-bar or outdoors
WiFi: free, ask the staff for the password
Entrance: UAH 50, includes a bottle of water with a lottery number
Facebook group updates: «Yo Soy la Milonga del río»
Host: Valentina Beliaeva +380503275397
Force-majeure migrations: to «La Paella» restaurant at Khoriva St., 45/24, with tiled flooring and genuine Spanish cuisine.

Been to Istanbul’s signature milonga amidst the Bosphorus? The night view of the Dnieper river is no less picturesque, only there’s no humidity to hurt your feet (and if you still don’t glide, just ask for some talc). The generous space is flooded with soft light, the layout is mobile yet cabeceo-friendly, and for special events, like live music jams, they promise real torches. In hot weather, the windows slide open towards the belt of granite steps that separate the hall from the water. Along with DJs who have earned the respect of most tangueros, one may hear new hopes as well. Keep an eye on the updates: entertaining dress codes occur often, and the in-house photographer is always on the prowl.

Occasional milongas

milonga_daa«DAA Milonga»
When and where: «Dance Art Academy», 20:30 – 23:30+
On the map: metro Kontraktova Ploshcha, Verkhniy Val St., 10, yard side
Dancefloor: laminated, moderately smooth
Changing: in the locker rooms with showers and hair dryers
Lounging: at the bar or in the adjacent hall
WiFi: free, ask the managers for the password
Entrance: UAH 100 (150 on show nights),
welcome drink and unlimited water included
Facebook group updates: «DAA milonga»
Host: Alexandra Bobrova +380965704074

Special occasions require an elegant dance hall with professional flooring and sound. Mild spotlights don’t dazzle thanks to dark walls. Moreover, they may be put off in a particularly romantic hour, so the light only comes from the windows and doorways. Announcements of the coming tanda’s orchestra, mixed with tango videos, are projected on the wall, to educate the dancers and entertain the seated. The bar offers delicious snacks and desserts, and shower comes with a towel, soap and bath robe. Also lotteries occur, where one may win free entrance to tango events and discounts on tango wares.

closerMilonga «Una Vez»
When and where: «Closer» art club, 21:00 – 02:00
Tripadvisor map: metro Tarasa Shevchenko, Nizhneyurkovskaya St., 31
Dancefloor: painted parquet board, talc is available
Changing: in the toilet rooms,
there’s also a cloakroom for the outwear.
Lounging: in the lounge zones or at a smart summer terrace.
WiFi: free, ask the staff for the password
Entrance: UAH 50
Facebook group updates: «Milonga in Kiev»
Hosts: Alexandra Kotelnitskaya +380683564614,
Maria Moreno +380962871701

An audiophile’s paradise hidden from strangers’ eyes. By an adage of Alexandra, also famous as DJ tangess, CEO of three international tango festivals and a tango marathon, the sound system here lets you «hear Rodriguez play the last «pum», Troilo’s third-from-the-right bandoneonist sneeze, and Raúl Berón’s aficionadas scream under the walls of the recording studio». Hence only the top-rated tango DJs are admitted to the pulpit, and chance is great to find the upper crust of Kiev tango in one place, shaving the dance floor or relaxing at soft sofas. The lighting is close to 100% visibility («if cabeceo isn’t working, this means that cabeceo is working»). There is no kitchen to feed the hungry, but alcohol deficiency is replenishable at the state-of-the-art bar.

panoramaMilonga «Panorama»
When and where: «Panorama» restaurant, 20:00 – 0:00
Tripadvisor map: metro Lukyanivska / Polytechnichny Institut,
Sholudenko St. 3, «Cubic Center» business center, 6th floor.
Dancefloor: pleasantly gummy-feeling laminate
Changing: in designated rooms.
For outwear there is a guarded cloakroom.
WiFi: free, ask the hosts for the password
Entrance: UAH 40, welcome drink included
Facebook group updates: «Milonga in Kiev»
Hosts: Alexandra Kotelnitskaya +380683564614,
Maria Moreno +380962871701

The whole interior of the restaurant is associated with tango and suits best for special occasions: tango festival preparties and afterparties, concerts, tango weddings. The food is exquisite yet affordable. The hospitable hosts would meet you and offer a convenient place in a soft armchair. This place may be in the dancing hall itself, or at the terrace overlooking the trees and lights of Kiev as it flows into the dusk. If you opt for contemplation only, without entering the cabeceo game, the perfect seat would be at one of the tables behind the border. Most of the dancers here would provide a real treat for the eye.

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