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  • Stacey Shevlin

Kryjivka Tourist-Friendly Ukrainian Nationalism

Kryivka Bar Lviv

Another wacky and wonderful Lviv bar. Below is a great description of what you can expect.

 through a nondescript doorway on the East side of Rynok Square, you can come upon a basement tavern, designed to look like an underground bunker.

Kryivkas were used by partisan soldiers enlisted in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army. But, you need to pronounce the password if you want to get in…

“Heroyam Slava” (Glory to its heroes). This was the greeting used by soldiers of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) as they waged guerrilla war against the Nazis, Poles and the Soviet Union from 1943-49.

On the night we went however, the angry guard was just about sleeping in his chair, he didn’t ask us for the password.  I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps when you go, you’ll be treated with more strict authoritarianism.

Kryivka Bar Lviv
Kryivka Bar Lviv
Kryivka Bar Lviv

Military accouterments and portraits of soldiers decorate the walls, food is served in original tin army pans – an atmosphere that will plunge you into those days when Ukrainian insurgents lived underground and fought against the invaders of their country. (Credit

Kryivka Bar Lviv

We had a few beers and called it a night. You’ll have to try the food and see what you think. Let me know.

Visit their website HERE


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