Minsk Journals

Minsk Mayhem

A travel journal to Minsk by beatka

Quote: This journal is the product of my having lived and worked in the beautiful city of Minsk, Belarus from May 2000 to November 2001. All information should still be current as Minsk seems to change quite slowly, especially as far as travellers are concerned.

Minsk Mayhem

Overview

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Highlights of the city include the wonderful Komorowski Rynok where you can buy everything from goats cheese to pigs heads, the Minsk Circus, bowling, a variety of local museums -some quite good- and a handful of eateries that can meet the standards and budget of travelers wishing to visit. And don't miss a night out on the town in one of Minsk's many nightclubs!

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Taxi, tube, or foot are the best ways in which to travel around town. A taxi across town should cost you no more than a few pounds and the tube, at last check, is about 4p per zheton. Foot is my favourite, but beware the car exhausts...

Hotel Orbita

Hotel

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The lovely hotel Orbita. Out of 12 floors, only the 7th at time of writing has been redone to Western standards. The other 11 are still waiting. Tub, hot showers, mini-bar, and a lap dancing club downstairs - The Blue Lagoona. Women visiting guests be careful. The pimps may think you are moving in on their territory, as I discovered one night returning home with my boyfriend.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

Hotel Orbita
Pr. Pushkina - ring road
Minsk, Belarus

Rakovski Brovar

Restaurant

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Rokovski Brokar is done in the style of a wonderful Belarusian fusion of a German hunting lodge with an American microbrewery. Their own beer is excellent, especially the Pshenichnoye (if you like light, white beers), as is the shashlik. On the menu, the Belarusian classics plus steamed calves balls (the golden calf), fried pigs ears, and an assortment of intriguing menu names like 'On the Way to Grandmother's House' WHAT?? A great place to relax with a group of friends of an evening.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

Rakovski Brovar
Pr. Komsomolskaya
Minsk, Belarus

Piechki Lavechki

Restaurant

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Piechki Lavechki is probably THE most popular restaurant among expats in Belarus. Centrally located across the road from McDonalds, it serves up traditional Belarusian fare (blini, dranichki, tongue, etc.) in a mock traditional Belarusian setting. Baltica beer is in cheap abundance by the pint and they do an interesting fried bread bar snack (interesting the first time you try). Get there early, especially on a Friday when you may find yourself waiting up to 30 minutes for a table. Street gazing from the windows, especially in the summer months is also fun!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

Piechki Lavechki
Pr. Skoriny
Minsk, Belarus

Zhuravinka

Attraction

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The Zhuravinka is a whole new complex that has only opened in April/May 2001. The main draw is the bowling alley which costs about 15 pounds an hour per lane, shoe rental included. Beer is cheap, but the Baltica 3 often runs out and one must resort to the the Baltica 9 instead - slightly more expensive and about 7 percent alcohol. They serve food as well from the cafe next door - burgers, chips, chicken wings, etc. But the service is SLOW.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

Zhuravinka
Ulica Internatsionalna
Minsk, Belarus

Max Show

Attraction

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Max Show is probably my favourite nightclub in Minsk, probably because it's frequented primarily by Belarusians -the well-heeled- and because they play all the cheesy Russian hits of the day. As in all other clubs in Minsk, live pole dancing is obligatory and seems to be a normal part of Belarusian nightlife, although somewhat disconcerting for the Western female. Order a litre of vodka and a selection of fruit juices between a group and dance the night away to the sounds of Zemphira and the Leprekaunii.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2002

Max Show
Pr. Skoriny
Minsk, Belarus