I first heard about the Caribbean Club way back in 2003 on my first visit to Kiev. A girl I met in Art Club 44 (now Barman Dictat) was extremely enthusiastic about it, explaining it was a place where you could dance to Latin music.
She asked me to accompany her but I wasn’t interested. I was heavily into house music and all-night raves. It wasn’t my scene.
I never went until 2011. It was a quiet night in D*Lux and the friend I was with suggested we try Caribbean Club. I agreed, somewhat reluctantly I admit, and we jumped in a taxi.
There was some kind of beauty competition taking place when we entered. Around twenty pretty girls were dressed in bikinis, dancing around while the patrons looked on. It was all pretty innocent stuff.
I’m not sure how it was being judged. The proceedings were being compared by a strange little man wearing shorts. He was speaking Russian so I couldn’t make complete sense of what he was saying. I got the impression that whichever girl received the most applause would be victorious.
All of a sudden one of the girls took her bikini off. The crowd went wild and it looked like she was going to win.
Now Ukrainian girls are competitive, especially when it comes to beauty. Seeing the naked girl was probably going to walk away with the prize, the others followed one by one. Pretty soon, there were twenty naked girls cavorting on the dancefloor. It was a bizarre but amazing sight.
Unfortunately this experience has never been repeated on any subsequent visit. One can live in hope though.
The Caribbean Club doubles as a concert hall/nightclub. On many nights there’s a concert, usually starting around 8 pm. After the concert has finished the venue typically turns into a nightclub. The official Caribbean Club website (see information box below) offers a detailed schedule in English.
The club is situated on Symona Petlyury Street, just a short walk from Universytet Metro Station (on the Red Line).
Click here for a detailed map showing all points of interest.
4 Symona Petlyury Street
Nearest Metro Station(s): Universytet