“Think Kyiv, think Closer” has become a slogan synonymous with the Ukrainian capital. The city has long been known for wild techno parties, and in the beginning, Closer made its name as one of the city’s best nightclubs. Today, the complex is one of the most close-knit communities in Kyiv, operating more as a creative hub than a nightlife venue. There are galleries, shops, bars, showrooms, and a radio station, not to mention Closer’s major festivals such as Strichka and Brave! Factory.
As the saying goes, behind any great idea is a great team. For Closer this rings particularly true. We caught up with nine people that bring one of Kyiv’s most vibrant hubs to life.
Raving does not always go together with sophisticated drinking or eating, but Closer is again proving an exception. Savage Food, once an experimental veg station inside Closer, has grown into a proper gastrobar serving Ukrainian vegetarian food and elaborate cocktails. The holistic attitude does not end with the menu, though. Major recycling initiatives are taking place at Closer, where straws have long been replaced by spaghetti and the bar is moving towards a plastic ban.
The team proudly claims that Closer is a city within a city. After having entered, one should be able to operate here comfortably for at least 48 hours: switching between the main and riverside dance floors of Lesnoy Prichal, refuelling on Savage food, changing outfits at the 24.00 Showroom, going for a tea ceremony at Lada Garden, or even catching an art exhibition at 4am on Sunday morning. Even when the party is over it’s still worth paying a visit for lunch, shopping, or events — the Closer art centre is open every day to treat you to talks, screenings, and other art events. If you spot a crowd at Sofa Store on a Tuesday, you can bet it’s the Closer team making plans at their impromptu office.