“In Georgia's capital city, dance music is the soundtrack to social change”
“Over the last few years, Tbilisi, a city of steep hills and curvy streets at the border of Europe and Asia, has become a new hotbed for underground dance music. Bassiani has played a leading role in this, but it's only one of several clubs that would be exceptional in any city—there's also Mitkvarze, Vitamin Cubes, Café Gallery and its sister venue, Didi Gallery, plus one that's just opened called Khidi. As time goes on, more and more house and techno DJs list the Georgian capital as one of their favorite places to play.
What makes it so good? First there are the basics: smartly booked clubs with excellent sound systems, passionate crowds and parties that go well past dawn. But there's also a more complex reality that is perhaps the scene's most important ingredient. History has not been kind to Tbilisi, "a city which has burned down 40 times in its history," according to The London Review of Books, and for which the last 25 years have been particularly dramatic. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Georgia's been the scene of two wars and years of abject poverty. And yet, over time it nurtured a devoted underground of DJs and promoters that, in the last few years, has flourished into something extraordinary, even more so because it represents such an exhilarating break from the past. 20 years ago Tbilisi barely had electricity; today, it has one of the best scenes for electronic music in the world.”
This is an excerpt from an article on Resident Advisor website by Will Lynch.
Description: Bassiani, the biggest techno club in Tbilisi, is a maze of poured concrete in the basement of Dinamo Arena, Georgia's national football stadium. On Saturday mornings, once the sun is up, you can watch smoke drift across the pitch, belched upwards from the party downstairs, where as many as 1,200 people shuffle around an empty swimming pool. The DJ booth is in the deep end, facing a landing strip of a dance floor that ends at a sitting area of bare cement (formerly the kids' pool). From there you can take in the whole scene: countless silhouettes on elevated catwalks and a sloping dance floor, encased in a room whose vastness becomes clear only in brief flashes of colored light. Text taken from RAarticle
Location: 2 Nikoloz Baratashvili Named Left Bank, Tbilisi, Georgia
Description: A Soviet-era fish restaurant-turned-nightclub overhanging the river, it is not just about the venue and music: there is a real sense from the crowds that this is a new and exciting scene, something positive and long overdue.
Mtkvarze is a spacious club, in an old beautiful building, located over the Kura river. It is a performance venue for non-commercial music, mostly techno and house. The club has two rooms with diverse vibes, hosting international and local artists, djs as well as vjs. Mtkvarze is open since 2012 and it has twice won "The Best Venue" price at the Awards Ceremony for the Innovative Pop Culture - "Electronauts". The club is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 23:30. Its closing time is not specified.
Description: A pleasant cafe and art gallery by day, at night Café Gallery becomes probably the best nightclub in the Caucasus. Weekends see the place's two storeys packed out by revellers dancing to a steady diet of minimal techno and house, until way past everyone's bedtime.
Location: Vakhushti Bagrationi Bridge, Right Embankment, Tbilisi, Georgia
Description: Khidi club opened on 4th of June, 2016 in the center of Tbilisi (Georgia). Khidi means “the bridge” in Georgian, it is located in Vakhusti Bagrationi Bridge, which originates from the Soviet era. The venue is divided into three floors, main stage, small room and exhibition area. The club has a capacity of 1000 people.
Khidi’s program has a strong focus on a mix of local and international techno artists who are given the opportunity to play live, hybrid or Dj sets. The club already hosted techno artists such as - Tensal, Pfirter, SNTS, Boston 168, SHXCXCHCXSH, Scuba, Regal, Phon_O, P.E.A.R.L., Moteka, Arnaud Le Texier etc.
A parallel to Khidi’s regular club nights is its avant-garde live acts in the experimental direction. With a small audience and in a sit down format, these acts offer Khidi’s audience a unique experience. In addition, Khidi will have a separate exhibition space on the third floor showcasing local and international artists. The club is open every weekend.
Description: One and only club of Kutaisi - boasts with very good line-up, small anc cozy atmosphere and very enthusiastic and energetic local crowd and dancfloor. Deinitely a must go for electronic music lovers who also happen to be in Kutaisi.
FABRIKA is a Soviet-era sewing factory that was converted into a hostel in 2016 and boasts a photogenic, post-industrial courtyard where many of the city’s independent businesses have found a home. Here you can enjoy drinks in bars like Moulin Electrique, Dive X Fabrika, Tone, have a board game session at Tsibakha Game Cub, shop for beautiful plants at Plants Shop, browse through vinyls at Vodkast Records, get a haircut at Camora Basement and etc.
The whole courtyard is a popular meeting place for almost every young Tbilisi resident.
This is a Tbilisi version of cheap chain of snack and drink diner/bars popular all over Poland. Here you will find cheapest alcohol in Tbilisi, Polish menu, also cheap and trashed, mostly foreign young people standing all the way in the street. Do try out Chachacheli if you are looking for getting trashed and standing next to others :)
Location: Zubalashvilebi Brothers str. 6 Tbilisi, Georgia
+(995) 593 39 82 39
Open: 9:00 - 20:00
A very atmospheric and beautiful small room in the center of Tbilisi.
5min walking distance from Rustaveli, behind former parliament and 1st school of Tbilisi.
Cafe mostly specializes on takeaway hot drinks (very good coffee, tea, and other hot drinks) and homemade sweets and food.
They also have 2 small tables inside and plan to expand outside in summer season.
Definitely best value for price if you need a hot drink fix during the day.
Akhvlediani Street is crowded with pubs where on most of the days you can enjoy live music, mostly covers of famous rock songs. In General in Old town and city center you will find a decent bar to hang out in every other corner, so just feel free to explore the city and don't be afraid to wander in every bar you find :)
Tbilisi in last several years has become the paradise for clubbers and partygoers. Drinks are very cheap here, choice of bars and pubs - unlimited, music and atmosphere often compared to Berlin - Europe's capital of nightlife.
Above we have chosen the best bars that should be visited by every partygoer in Tbilisi.
Just keep in mind that best time to visit pubs and bars in Tbilisi is 21:00 - 02:00.
After 02:00 - till early morning you can enjoy clubs of Tbilisi
Don't forget, unlike bars and pubs Clubs work only on Fridays, Saturdays and days before a holiday.