Tiraspol Transnistria

Party in Transnistria? Why yes, I did…

Last Updated on March 28, 2018.

Since it’s Saturday night, I thought this would be a fitting time to post some information about nightlife. And not just any nightlife, but breakaway territory nightlife.

These scenes are not from an actual party per se, but rather a night tour of Tiraspol, the capital of Transnistria. I had been partying but it wasn’t in any of the bars or clubs shown. It was on a park bench just off October Street with Tim from Tiraspol Hostel and one of the most colorful characters I’ve ever met named Arkady. I actually have a video of that situation as well but no one wants to see that, do they? It’s more explicit, super dark, half in Russian without subtitles, and about 8 minutes long. [UPDATE: Since my last visit, they have banned all drinking in public]

Anyway, so this night tour happened on what was incidentally Tiraspol’s 219th anniversary as a city. Lots of stuff had been going on all around the city – shashlik stands, parades, partying. Unfortunately I arrived a bit late because it was such a last-minute trip so I missed most of that. By the time I got settled in, chatted/had some vodkas with this Arkady character, and walked to the end of October Street, it was already clearing out. I was not too bummed though, I feel like I still got a good taste of what was left and a great tour of Tiraspol by night – invaluable information here for any potential overnight visitors who might be watching.

Here it is, hope you enjoy it. I did.



  • Reply
    August 5, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Please post the 8 minute long video! I’m so intrigued!

    • Reply
      August 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      Haha, it will probably happen one of these days :)

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