All the resorts along Crimea's south coast have a thriving nightlife during the summer months. This page concentrates on Yalta as an example. Detailed information is available in the guidebook which you will receive if you book your accommodation in Yalta through us.
The hub of Yalta's nightlife is the seafront. In the high season it's full of entertainers - musicians, mime artists, jugglers - and it's fun just to walk along the front, savour the atmosphere and watch all the other people doing the same. The shops along the front stay open till 11pm and the fairground carries on till late too.
There are restaurants all along the front, ranging from cafeteria-style to sophisticated up market ones with waiter service and live music. The Zolotoye Runo (Golden Fleece) is in a replica viking ship raised on stilts above the sea. At the K. Valter you can choose between japanese or russian and crimean dishes, both cooked to a high standard in modern surroundings -or if you prefer the ornate Tsarist style with chandeliers, the Byely Lyev (White Lion) is not far away.The Hispaniola is in a replica schooner that was made for a russian film of Treasure Island, and then turned into a seafood restaurant serving a good range of gourmet fish dishes, washed down with either Crimean or western european wine. The Aisha is a Tatar restaurant serving traditional food where you can recline on couches in Tatar style.
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Live music tends to be russian and ukrainian pop mixed with western standards, but at the Vremena Goda (the Seasons) hotel you can hear good jazz in the restaurant, which is open to non-patrons. This restaurant is marked out by its collection of wall to wall modern art originals, and its curious mirror-work structure in the centre of the room which reflects the light in interesting shapes across the paintings in the evenings.
Clubs and discos
Yalta has plenty of nightclubs where you can drink and dance, some with extravagant floorshows like the Mirage. In summer you can dance in the open air by the sea at the Filibuster, or go to one of the open air discos in the park (if you're young enough!). There are casinos too, if you like to live dangerously. The high class one called Third Rome on the seafront is rumoured to belong to the president of Ukraine's wife.
If you want something really different, take the cable-car from the centre of town. This swings you up and away from the noise and bustle of the seafront, which begins to spread out beneath you as your car climbs steadily higher, swaying slowly in the night air. With the lights of Yalta sparkling on the hillsides and the lights of the ships out on the Black Sea, it's magic. At the top of the ride there's a semi-open air nightclub in front of a huge statue of Poseidon, the sea god, where you can drink and dance - or you might just want to ride back down so that you can enjoy those views again.