In my last week of learning Russian in Odessa, I got a tip off from a fellow student about this bar, and I just couldn't believe my eyes. Exit (выход) has no sign outside...the letters are faintly written on the door, so you really have to know where you're going. It is hard to put into words what makes Exit so damned cool, but I think it's the absence of of a 'knowingness', which is the growing hallmark of so many self-consciously trendy joints. it has absolutely everything you could want in a genuinely underground space - atmosphere, style, GREAT bar and a fantastic 80-seat performance space running alongside. There's a brilliant collection of old radios, posters, photographs, books - the kind of place that bars in Western Europe spend thousands of Euros trying to re-create. And. Here. It. Is. Authentic In Ukraine. I went back with a few friends from Dublin and it was hard to drag them out. Special place in a special city.
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