Tbilisi is considered by many to be the best clubbing city in Eastern Europe, because the partying and clubbing culture has become a lifestyle and music is a nearly sacred thing there. It is hard to explain exactly why the clubbing scene developed in such a way and over such a short period of time, but it’s hard to avoid one simple fact – clubbing culture in Tbilisi has nearly reached its highest level. Top 5 nightclubs of our choice are following:
One of the best-known clubs in the city is Bassiani, fitted with an incredible sound system and using it to deliver the finest techno and house all night long. Since opening in late 2014, Bassiani, which has given an old swimming pool a new lease on life, has become one of Georgians favourite places to experience dance music. A number of details give Bassiani it’s solid reputation: its sound system, which is one of the best you can get (Funktion 1), it’s decent lightning, it’s residents, which include local heroes like HVL and Zitto and of course it’s weekly line up, that provides the best techno and house djs from all over the world. Since 2016, the club has run it’s own label Bassiani, with the releases of Vril, Voiski, HVl, Zeskneli etc.
Mtkvarze Photo Source: Mtkvarze Facebook Page
N2 Agladze Str., Tbilisi
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 pm – 11:00 am
In the late 50’s, it went back to being a restaurant and in 2012 the place was finally transformed into a space dedicated to electronic music and art in general. Nowadays “Mtkvarze” offers the best of underground house and disco in its main room, plus a more varied playlist, from experimental music to hip-hop, in its smaller second room. There’s also a balcony with a view of the river Mtkvari. The sound system is by Void Acoustics, and many consider it to be one of the best in the world. Since its foundation, the club has already hosted international and local artists, djs as well as vjs and won “The Best Venue” price at the Awards Ceremony for the innovative Pop culture Electronauts three times in a row.
Cafe Gallery: Open: All Day; Didi Gallery: Fri-Sat, Open from 11PM
Café Gallery is popular for its friendly atmosphere that helps people meet each other. In spite of its small capacity – main room contains little more than a dance floor with space for less than a two hundred people – it hosts credible house and techno act like Daniel Bell, Tama Sumo, Boo Williams, Lakuti etc. Launched in 2015, Didi Gallery (owned by the same people) offers credible house and techno acts – from Detroit’s Derrick May and Kenny Larkin to Berlin’s Ellen Allien.
4. Mzesumzira’s Ezo
Mzesumzira Season Opening photo Source: Gua Lemonjava
Mzesumzira is not a club, mzesumzira is not a music festival, mzesumzira is not even a community, mzesumzira is all-together. A group of DJs and just friends, created a label Mzesumzira (Sunflower) in 2014, since that time they are conducting creative and one of the most friendly and colorful event in Georgia, maybe the best open air music festivals in Tbilisi hot summer is Mzesumzira’s Ezo in Mtatsminda park with picturesque view over Tbilisi. You can take your children for day events, but be ready for all night long dancing with most relaxed people in Tbilisi
Located next to one of Tbilisi’s most popular lakes, the Turtle Lake which is great place for your kids, Vitamin Cubes is an open-air venue with a main floor, an open-air cafe and an experimental stage. Cubes is a main techno stage with 160 illuminated water tanks stand in the open space. The stage is open every Friday. The Second venue is famous for its house event series named Around the Tree. An experimental stage, called “Wood” is a space where local and foreign artists give live acts on Sunday Sunset Lake Sessions. Music, wild nature and continues falling of the waterfall truly create enchanting ambience here.