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Tbilisi (Georgian: თბილისი)  is the capital city of the country of Georgia, lying on the banks of the Mtkvari river. The city covers an area of 726 km² (280.3 square miles) and has a population of approximately 1,345,000.
Tbilisi lies in the centre of eastern Georgia, in the foothills of the Trialeti mountain range. According to Georgian legends, it was founded in the 5th century by King Vakhtang Gorgasali who, while hunting, shot a pheasant which fell into a warm spring and was either boiled or healed. Either way, the king was inspired to found a city on the site, and the name of the city derives from the Georgian word tbili meaning "warm". Although the city has been destroyed and rebuilt some 29 times, the layout of the Old Town is largely intact with narrow alleys and big crooked houses built around courtyards.
Tbilisi International Airport (IATA: TBS) (ICAO: UGTB),  is 17km southeast of the city centre. A new, modern terminal was inaugurated on February 7, 2007. George W. Bush Avenue leads from the airport to downtown Tbilisi.
The following airlines operate service to/from Tbilisi:
Aerosvit Airlines (Kiev-Boryspil, Odessa), airBaltic (Riga), Arkia Israel Airlines (Tel Aviv), Austrian Airlines (Vienna), Azerbaijan Airlines (Baku), Belavia (Minsk), bmi (London-Heathrow), Czech Airlines (Prague), Donbassaero (Donetsk), Dniproavia (Dnepropetrovsk), Euroline (Almaty, Donetsk, Dubai, Kharkiv, Odessa, Vilnius) Georgian Airways (Amsterdam, Athens, Dubai, Kiev-Boryspil, Minsk, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Tel Aviv, Vienna), LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw), Lufthansa (Munich), Pegasus Airlines (Istanbul-Sabiha Gokcen), SCAT (Aktau), Sky Georgia (Batumi, Antalya), TAM Air (Donetsk, Kharkiv), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul-Atatürk), and Ukraine International Airlines (Kiev-Boryspil)
Bus #37 leaves from the right corner of the arrival area every 15-30 minutes, between 8:00 and 23:00 to the city center. It travels via Freedom Square, Rustaveli, Republic Square and Tamar Bridge, to the main train station (Vagzal). The trip can take up to 50 minutes. The buses are crowded and slow and the fare is 0.40 GEL.
Taxis between the airport and the city cost 20-25 Lari. Negotiate the price beforehand because meters are not used. Taxis are recommended unless you are pinching pennies.
Trains from the airport to the main train station cost 2 GEL and are fast. The train runs only 6 or 7 times a day but the trips are synchronized with flight arrivals so it's worth to check the schedule.
The train from Baku to Tbilisi is not very nice and is pretty hot. The train will have to wait for a pretty long time at the border crossing, and you will have to pay fee for everything that you bring, mostly if it is for sale or in big quantities.
Luks Karadeniz oeprates a daily bus from Turkey, costing 70 YTL. Bus services from Russia have been suspended.
Neo-Turs bus company offers bus transfers Tbilsi - Saloniki - Athens and back, starting from Didube bus station (price: 100 US-$).
The main mini-bus station can be found at Didube. Buses 21 and 46 lead there from the city center. It's rather large, and you'll find minibuses to almost anywhere.
Tbilisi is located inland and does not have ferry connections. You may be able to catch a ferry from the Ukraine to Batumi, six hours away.
Main transport outside or inside the Tbilisi city is taxi, cars, bus and, in some places, trolleybus or trumps.
Tbilisi has a two-line metro system, which are served from 6:00 AM until midnight.
All signs inside the metro are in Georgian, but some stations feature Georgian and English signs. Station names are announced only in Georgian and text is in the Georgian alphabet, which makes figuring out which direction you are going in somewhat taxing. You will be lucky to find English speakers riding the Metro, but generally people over 40 years old are willing to speak Russian to help lost tourists at metro stations and mashrutka (minibus) stops, younger people are less inclined to help you. Take a bilingual map with you if you are not proficient with the local alphabet/pronunciation.
A trip with the metro in Tbilisi costs 0.40 GEL. Pay at the ticket office near the entrance and get a token for the gate, or buy a card (2 GEL) that you can load with any amount you like at the counter, and use it for travel both on the metro and on buses.
City buses are yellow, and come in various sizes. The bus number and a description of the route are usually listed on signs in the bus windows, but only in Georgian. Board through the double doors in the middle. A journey costs 0.40 GEL, and exact change is required if you don't have a touch card. Hold onto the ticket you receive on the bus; you will need to present it to the yellow-shirted ticket checkers.
Marshrutkas are vans which service the side streets of the city; they are independently owned. Like buses, the route is posted in the front window, but marshrutkas use a different route numbering system, and the route descriptions may be more general than the buses (e.g. "Vake" rather than a specific street in the Vake area).
Taxis are a surprisingly cheap way of getting around Tbilisi. Just hail one on the street - they are far from in short supply. There's no meter, but in general you can pay a "fair" price without problems. 5 Lari is more than sufficient for a journey almost anywhere in the city - with the exception of Turtle Lake, and you're unlikely to encounter complaints if you just hand the driver a fiver at the end of your journey.
- G. Chitaia Ethnographical Open-Air Museum, Tortoise’s pond lane. Every day, except Monday 11:00AM-4:00 pm. 70 houses and thrift buildings characteristic for the various parts of Georgia. 8000 household devices and samples of craft are exposed in the museum Adults: 3 GEL; Students: 1.5 GEL; Guided tour: 10 GEL.
- Numismatic Museum, G. Leonidze str.N3/5 (Building of the National Bank of Georgia). Coins dating back to the IV century BC, Kolkhian Tetries, antique coins, Arabian Dirham, coins of then Georgian kings Lasha-Girgi, Rusudan, Demetre I, Giorgi III, also the Turkish coins , Persian Abaz, Austrian and Polish Thalers.
- Museum of Art, L. Gudiashvilistreet 1, ☎ (+995 32) 99 99 09. Every day, except Monday 11:00AM-4:00 pm. Adults: 3 GEL; Students: 1.5 GEL; Guided tour: 10 GEL.
- Janashia Museum, Rustaveli avenue 3,. This museum houses hundreds of thousands of Georgian and Caucasian artifacts of archeology and ethnography. A permanent exposition chronologically follows the development of Georgia’s material culture from the Bronze Age to the early 20th century. The most valuable exhibits include Homo Ergaster fossils discovered at Dmanisi; the Akhalgori hoard of the 5th century BC which contains unique examples of jewelry, blending Achaemenid and local inspirations; a collection of approximately 80,000 coins, chiefly of Georgian minting; medieval icons and goldsmith pieces brought here from various archeological sites in Georgia; a lapidary which includes one of the world’s richest collection of Urartian inscriptions, etc. Adults: 3 GEL; Students: 1.5 GEL; Guided tour: 10 GEL.
- Puppet Museum, Shavteli N 17a, ☎ (+995 32) 99 53 37. every day except Monday. Summer: 11:00am-18:00pm; Winter: 11:00am-17:00pm. Adults: 3 GEL; Children: 1 GEL.
- Galaktion Tabidze Museum, Marjanishvili N 4. Every day except Sunday and Monday: 11:00 am till 17:00 pm. The museum of the eminent Georgian poet, Galaktion Tabidze.
- Mamadaviti, (south –west of Tbilisi on Mtatsminda). Constructed in 1859-1871, domed in 1879.
- Sioni Church, (upper Kala).
- Sameba Cathedral/Holy Trinity Cathedral Church. Constructed in 2002, the largest church in Georgia and one of the most grandiose orthodox churches. 101 meters high.
- Synagogue, K. Leselidze street. Functioning synagogue constructed in 1910. Women and men are seated separately.
- Mtatsminda Pantheon of Writers and Public Figures, (Mtatsminda Mountain, in the churchyard around St. David’s Church - Mamadaviti). Many famous writers, as well as the mother of Joseph Stalin, are buried here.
- Old Tbilisi. Perhaps one of the most distinctive pleasures of walking through the Old City, with its Tennessee Williams-style old balconies, ancient churches, winding streets, and charming shops. Be prepared to see a number of eclectic sights, from the abandoned streetcar near Erekle Street to the art galleries of Chardini Street to the stunning modern art lining Sioni Street. Sub-neighborhoods include Sololaki, with its elegant restaurants and art nouveau architecture, Old Tbilisi proper - with sites ranging from churches to mosques to sulfur baths, Betelmi - housing two of the city's oldest churches and the stunning vistas of the Narikala Fortress - and Mtsasminda, just up the mountain from Rustaveli Avenues, a more sedate, "livable" district filled with charming old houses and a number of families.
- Vake. Located around Chavchavadze and Abashidze avenues, this is one of Tbilisi's posher districts, home to many expats and nouveaux riches. While not quite as atmospheric as Old Tbilisi, Vake is home to some lovely parks, pleasant nineteenth-century architecture, and some of the city's most high-end shopping, including luxe furniture store Missioni. There are also plenty of elegant, if understated, bars and restaurants in this area.
- Sulfur Baths. The bath district is called Abanotubani and is on the south side of the Metekhi bridge. It is easy to spot with its small domes on ground level. There are several small baths offering different levels of comfort. The baths are relatively small, and you may have to wait for a pool to become available. English service is not guaranteed. Massages are available; however, they are more like a washing, but well worth it for the experience. You should bring your own towel and beach sandals (available for a small fee), and a swimsuit for the public pool. Public Pool: 2 GEL; Private Pool: 15-80 GEL per hour; Massage 5-20 GEL.
- Tea Plantation.
- Turtle Lake (Kus Tba), (Take a taxi or walk up from Saburtalo). This charming lake is located in the hilly outskirts of Tbilisi. A popular weekend getaway for families, the lake offers pedal-boat rentals as well as swimming (deckchairs optional) for reasonable prices (swimming entry, without deckchair, is about 3 Lari). Perfect for a hot summer day, and offering stunning views of both the mountains and the city below. Snack bars and restaurants are available overlooking the lake. It's about an hour's pleasant walk from the Saburtalo district along country roads, passing the Ethnographical Museum, or a ten-to-fifteen minute (5-10 lari) cab ride from the center.
- Fox Lake (Lisi Tba). Much further out than Turtle Lake (a cab will set you back about 15-20 lari each way), Fox Lake is much larger and more remote, with long, winding mountain walks surrounding the lake. Unlike Turtle Lake, the entire Fox Lake is opened up for swimmers. Be warned - there aren't always taxis waiting to take you back...
- Climb up to the Narikala Fortress. The crumbling ruins of this one-great fortress, standing alongside the Upper Betelmi Churches and the stunning Botanical gardens, offer panoramic views of the city below. But be warned - it's quite a steep climb - and while the lack of bureaucracy and guard-rails can be liberating for some, you may want to pay extra care to watch your step.
The Saturday flea market by the river (on the "Dry Overpass" and surrounding areas) is one of the best places to get jewelry, antiques, and even antiques swords, as well as musical instruments and electronics. Haggling is encouraged, although if you speak little Georgian or Russian you may experience the odd juxtaposition of bargaining for antiques using the type-pad of your vendor's mobile phone.
The daily main marketplace - for fruits and vegetables as well as electronics and DIY/hardware-store type supplies is across the river, near Didube.
- Gold, Silver, Precious Stones, and Other Jewelry - Many foreigners visit Georgia to buy jewelry, because of its cheap cost and superior quality.
- Art & Paintings – Georgian artists, such as Pirosmani, Gigo Gabashvili, David Kakabadze, Lado Gudiashvili, Korneli Sanadze, Elene Akhvlediani, Sergo Kobuladze, Simon Virsaladze, Ekaterine Baghdavadze, Maka Kiknadze-Kipiani and others, are famous for their work. In Georgia you will find many various art shops, paintings and painters who sell their works on the streets, including during the Saturday antique market. Their work is amazing and prices are very reasonable as well.
- Antiques & Other Misc. Gifts – in Georgia you will able to find many antiques not only from Georgia, but Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Russian and European as well.
- Georgian Wine - Georgia is the cradle of wine making, and with 521 original varieties of grape you will be sure to find excellent wines.
- Cognac - Georgian cognac is unique as it's made from Georgian wine.
- Mineral Waters - Try Borjomi, Sairme, Nabeghlavi mineral waters from famouse Georgian resort places.
- Carpets - Outside the cities, you might find an original hand-made carpet for sale.
- Chacha - Grape vodka, a Georgian version of Everclear.
- Goodwill, Chavchavadze Avenue. Second only to Prospero's Bookstore as an expat paradise, Goodwill offers an enormous range of products - mostly groceries, although the larger out-of-town branch stocks a wider supply - imported from the rest of Europe. From German tuna fish to Italian pasta, Goodwill will satisfy all your brand cravings, albeit for significantly more than you'd pay at home.
- Dzveli Saxli (Old House), 3 Sanapiro St. (Right on the Mtkvari River), . 12:00-24:00. Live traditional Georgian music and singing starts at around 6 PM every day, although it's also the perfect place for a quiet post-flea market weekend lunch. Stunning river-views and faux-rural atmosphere - enormous portions at relatively reasonable prices. Credit cards accepted.
- Kala, 8/10 Erekle II St., ☎ 899 79 97 37, . 10:00 - 02:00. Hip cafe/restaurant with live Jazz most evenings. Seemingly twinned with its far cheaper neighbor KGB's. Wi-Fi; Credit card payment accepted. 20-25 GEL.
- KGBs, 8/10 Erekle II St. (right next to Kala). With the tagline "we're still watching you," this painfully hip piece of Soviet Kitsch wouldn't be out of place in Williamsburg. Menu offerings include "Proletariat pizza" and meals advertised as "Lenin's favorite dish." The cheque comes in vintage Soviet working papers. Much cheaper than Kala. 15 GEL.
- Khinklis Sakhli (Khinkali House), 37 Rustaveli Ave., ☎ 893 75 66 71. 09:30-23:30. all Khinkali, all the time. 12 GEL.
- Kopala, 8/10 Chekhov str (In the Kopala Hotel), . Amazing view from the top of the hotel of the same name, in Avlabari.
- Machakhela. 10:00 till midnight. Biggest restaurant chain specialising in Georgian pastries, with 10 locations in Tbilisi. 'Khachapuri'-traditional Georgian cheese pie, baked in wood-fired oven. Very delicious. Credit cards accepted.
- Tamada, 37 Orbeliani St. Ethnographic Restaurant. Evenings Georgian music and dances. WiFi available. 25 GEL.
- Taglaura, . Good Georgian food, locally brewed beer, traditional barbeque, live music and outdoor seating. Three locations in Tblisi.
- Tsisqvili (Windmill). Amazing menu & food, superb customer service and great design.
- Caravan, Purseladze Street. (off Rustaveli Avenue by the cinema). A travel-themed "literary cafe" with East-meets-West decor, a menu that fuses Georgian classics with Middle Eastern treats, and a whole host of travel books on the shelves. Free wifi. 15 GEL.
- Cafe Flowers, Avlabari Ascent (in the pink house overlooking Europa Square). Sporting the most stunning views in Tbilisi, the terrace at Cafe Flowers (so named for the gorgeous flora that adorn the terrace and adjacent garden) overlooks the Old Town from across the river. Food is generally good, although be wary of dairy-based dishes lest you come down with "Saakashvili's Revenge" . 30 GEL.
- Chinese Restaurant, (Off Perovskaya St).
- Vong, (I. Abadshize Qucha). Pricey but delicious fusion-Asian cuisine served in a decadently authentic atmosphere
- Korean Restaurant, (Next to Avlabari train station).
- New Asia Restaurant, (Up the hill from Rustaveli at the corner where Nikala restaurant is.).
- Qalaquri. Sushi + night club + Middle Eastern atmosphere, 4 floors.
- Sushi, (Perovskaya Street). A bit pricey but dependable sushi. Service is usually nice. Same menu and management as Tokyo Restaurant.
- Tokyo, (in Vake, on Abashidze Street). Japanese Restaurant
- Cafe de Paris, Saakadze square (in the city center). Famous for it's tasty salads and crepes. Nice place to spend time with friends. Outdoor garden seating.
- Cafe Canape, Abashidze Street (Vake). Reasonably priced, charming bistro with fusion French-Georgian cuisine and a neighborhood-y atmosphere. Definitely a brunch place for Vake's "smart set." The khachapuri is out-of-this-world.
- Graz Austrian Restaurant, (Behind City Hall off Freedom Square (go to the left of City Hall, back 1 block; restaurant is on your right at the first intersection, down the stairs). Great pepper steaks, soups and bread rolls.
- Hadson and Hooker, Beliashvili Street (next to Cruise), ☎ (822)-53-10-18. American bar/restaurant. Live music every night from 20:30. Great breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Restaurant Mediterranean, 5 Irakli Abashidze, ☎ 22-10-15, . Lunch, dinner. The lively atmosphere, authentic décor and creative cuisine all reflect the region that inspired the restaurant. The extensive menu has Italian, French, Greek and Spanish influences. Unique dishes, fresh salads and seafood, pasta & risotto, grilled specialties and exclusive desserts have earned “Med” an impeccable reputation. The menu is complemented by an impressive wine list with a large “by-the-glass” selection and a full bar.
- Steak Hall, Perovskaya street.
- Steak Place, Erekle st..
- Zandukeli 40, Zandukeli Street (Straight up the hill from the Philharmony). European bistro with an emphasis on German food. Food and service are among the best in town, prices are very reasonable. Run by one of the longest-lasting expats in Tbilisi, Rainer Kaufmann
- coffee.ge, Three locations (24 Abashidze Str., 41 Chavchavadze Ave., 154 Aghmashenebeli Ave.). Delicious Pizza and other italian food. Delivers food to your home. WiFi.
- Fiorino, 77 Kostava St. - Saakadze square. Fiorino offers best pizzas in Tbilisi, one of the best carpaccios and veal. Relaxing environment and outdoor seating.
- Il Garage, Mtskheta street 1 (UN Circle in Vake). Decent versions of risotto, linguini, lasagna, and an excellent, huge antipasti misto. Pleasant outdoor seating in the summer and affordable prices year round. Run by Alberto - a real Italian.
- Prego, Three locations (Saburtalo, intersection of Vazha-Pshavela and Pekini St.; Vake, on Paliashvili, just below the round (UN) garden and the third in the old town, Erekle II st.). The best Italian food in Tbilisi. Prices are reasonable and service is usually good. Look out for the daily specials - usually a bit pricier, but worth it.
- Piano, Tabidze Street (right next to People's). This new Italian eatery feels more like a swank New York restaurant than a Georgian-style trattoria, with black-and-white Botticelli-inspired wallpaper and uber-trendy minimalist light fixtures. The food is reasonably priced for the - admittedly expensive - area, but it's good (especially the super-fresh tomato-based sauces) and air-conditioned to boot. Beware of the bread; it's so delicious, you'll be full before your appetizers arrive.
- Prospero's Bookstore and Caliban's Coffehouse, 34 Rustaveli Avenue (located in a courtyard by the entrance to the overpass near the opera, past the Sony store in the direction of the Rustaveli metro stop). With wireless internet, a bucolic courtyard, and spotless furnishings, this expat bookstore-cum-coffeehouse could be located in London's Notting Hill. The English books are reasonably priced, but the real gem is the atmosphere - a perfect escape for when Tbilisi's more chaotic pleasures start to become overwhelming. Enjoy an iced coffee or a scrumptious sandwich, the loveliest service in the city (with effectively bilingual waitstaff), and try to strike up conversations with other foreigners.
Georgia is well known as the cradle of wine. Georgian wine was and still is the best in post-Soviet culture. Georgia produces wine, and Georgians respect wine culture. Try one of the famous wines. The region which is popular for its wine production is Kakheti. This place has a great history of wine.
- Dublin, 8 Akhvlediani Street (off Rustaveli), ☎ +995 32 98 44 67. until 3:00. Irish pub with live music from 8pm-midnight. Try the meat wrapped in bacon. 30 GEL.
- Fahrenheit, 5 Vashlovani Street, ☎ 855 97 51 17. Live music everyday.
- Hadson & Hooker, 67 Beliashvili Street (Next to Cruise), ☎ +995 55 32 83 60. American bar. Exotic wine tasting every Thursday. Live music every evening/Can-can dancers/Billiards/darts
- Marco Polo, 44 Rustaveli Ave, ☎ +995 32 93 53 83.
- Old London, 6 Akhvlediani street, ☎ +995 57 27 91 94. Live music every evening.
- Pub Kolkheti, The left bank of the River Mtkvari, ☎ 8 99 76 06 54.
- Salve, Shalva Dadiani St 15 (located in the basement of an apartment building on a street off Freedom Square), ☎ (+99532)920131. Features a Nintendo game system. Very popular place.
- Scarlet Sails, 25 Leselidze Street, ☎ +995 32 93 10 28. On Fridays live music (light rock).
- Toucan, 8 Kiacheli Street, ☎ 99 65 53; 92 25 54. Live music performances 30-35 GEL.
- Bamba Rooms Lounge, Bambis Rigi st. 12 (Chardin area), (email@example.com), . The thing that catches your eye first is the crystal beads. You can’t miss it; it cascades down over the bar, white and glorious. It’s just one of the highlight in an incredibly striking space, designed by young Georgian architects. The results form one of Tbilisi's most achingly fashionable lounge cafe-bars with both inside and outside.Decent drinks are served alongside a selection of standard European dishes. Dining here becomes more glamorous when it gets to Japanese fusion. By day it’s quite casual, a popular lunch spot; by night it’s altogether different, the crowd is glam and the door policy can be tough.
- Cafe Rustaveli, 30 Rustaveli Ave, ☎ 032 98-58-800 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 032 93-58-80), . Currently closed due to bankruptcy, but hopes to reopen following a lawsuit. More a café for food rather than drinks, offers a wide selection of Georgian and "western"-style food in addition to a good selection of coffee, tea, & alcoholic beverages. 2-4 USD.
- Entree, 20 Rustaveli Ave, ☎ 891-193-968. 8-22. A great cafe with tasty pastries, good coffee, and free wi-fi. 5-10 GEL.
- Four Seasons, 4 Mickevich Street (Steps from Gamsakhurdia ave), ☎ 99532-144440. 11AM-1AM. Cozy place with lounge-sitting rooms and unique interior. European cuisine. Prices are affordable and nice music is played. 15 GEL.
- Cafe Casablanca, Bambis Riga (Chardini St. Area) (Towards the end of Bambis Riga). With Humphrey Bogart quotes on the menu and enormous "Casablanca" posters on the wall, not to mention the tantalizing white piano indoors, Cafe Casablanca is an homage to one of cinema's most romantic movies. With a menu that blends retro Americana and Moroccan cuisine, and Hollywood-price cocktails, this is one of the most atmospheric bars in the city. Live light jazz and chansons on Saturday.
- Elvis Cafe just opened in about July 2010 in the Philharmonic Center (hint: take the underground walkway to get over - traffic is busy and unpredictable). Elvis Cafe offers American, Italian, Thai/Asian fusion cuisine and sushi. They also have a bar (alcohol) and a nice selection of deserts. Food is fast and tasty, very clean and bright. Staff speaks English.
- People's Cafe and Restaurant, 10 Tabidze street (steps from Freedom Square), ☎ 995 32 45 0505; 984851 (email@example.com), . 11AM-2AM. A favorite place for locals and foreigners as well. Great place with terrace and lounge sitting. Winner of the best public place interior award in 2007. Delicious food and friendly stuff – place where you can feel at home. 10-15 USD.
- Bamba Rooms Lounge, Bambis Rigi st. 7 (Chardin area), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . A unique and vibrant premier Restaurant & DJ Bar, having one of the chic locations at Tbilisi Chardin area, is one of the liveliest and trendiest spots attracting a younger, faster-living crowd and enthusiastic clubbers. A good combination of a restaurant and a bar for around 300 people is perfect for a quiet, romantic meal in early evenings while towards midnight at weekends the place erupts into a wild party zone. *bamba rooms at bambis rigi street is probably the best and newest club in tbilisi. you will feel like in London-NY with a great interior and nice lounge music and techno. Also beatiful gogo girls.
- Cubic, 45 Kostava Str. One of the best places for good house music, real minimal minmal techno and sometimes some breakbeats and dnb. Entrance: 30 GEL.
- GURU Club, 12 Rustaveli Ave, ☎ +995 32 98 38 03 (email@example.com), . ay, Saturday, Sunday 22:00-07:00. Foreign DJs and singers & G.U.R.U. show girls
- KalaKuri Restaurant/Club, 13 Shavteli St. (Mtatsminda District), ☎ +995 32 99 66 83. Club: Fridays and Saturdays from 23:00; Restaurant: 12:00-01:00pm; Lounge Bar: 17:00-03:00. Good night club, pop, 90s and modern music.
- Night Office, Baratashvili Street (Under Baratashvili bridge). Open on Fridays and Saturdays.. Best House, Trance, Dance, Club music, finest Georgian and foreign DJs in Tbilisi. Drinks are a bit expensive, but worth it. Entrance: 30 GEL.
- Rover Hostel, 14 Purtseladze St (From Rustaveli Avenue turn down at the crossroads with Purtseladze St (next to the Rustaveli Cinema, in front of the building of parliament) and in one and a half blocks you are there), ☎ +995 32 93 65 20, . checkin: 24 hour; checkout: 11AM. Clean and well arranged hostel with comfortable, quiet, and safe rooms. There is a common room for guest use with free internet access, WiFi, and coffee and tea. There is one bathroom/shower with hot water all day long. Clean sheets, luggage storage, spacious lockers, personal reading lights and plugs, fully equipped laundry and kitchen facilities. $15.
- SkadaVeli, 27 Vertskhli str, (SkadaVeli@gmail.com), . Light, quiet and comfortable apartment located in Kala neighborhood. €30 per room of 2-3 beds.
- Tbilisi Hostel, Avlabari, Makhati turn 22 (near Avlabari merto station, from the exit turn right and pass the market and bear right. Ask people, they should show the way.). Run by ex-backpackers. Popular amoung young backpackers, particularly those who are very price-conscious. Can be crowded and noisy. Free Internet & WiFi; Guest kitchen; Cheap laundry service. dorm: 20 Lari.
- Beaumonde, 11 Chavchavadze St (Next to Rustaveli Avenue), ☎ 986-003, . A beautiful bed/breakfast with dinner. There are balconies and a roof deck. The breakfast and dinner are very filling. There is free internet. The family that runs the hotel is very warm and welcoming. Staff speaks Georgian, Russian, and some English. Single: €70; Double: €88, breakfast included.
- Betsy's Hotel, 32-34 Makashvili Street, ☎ +995 931404, 923996, 982615 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 57 rooms.
- Hotel Ata, 17, Leselidze Street, ☎ +995 (32) 987715 (email@example.com, fax: +995 (32) 986026), . checkin: noon; checkout: noon. Double: 100 Lari.
- Hotel British House, 32 Belinski Street, ☎ (+995 32) 98 87 83 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . A friendly personalised bed & breakfast. €70-100.
- Hotel Charm, 11 Chakhrukhadze street, ☎ (+995 32) 985333 (info@HotelCharm.ge), . 7 rooms. Very nice hotel with very friendly staff. US$40-US$100, breakfast included.
- Hotel Georgian House, 38 Vakhtang VI street, ☎ +995 (32) 791919 (email@example.com, fax: +995 (32) 791920), . checkin: 12:00; checkout: 12:00. Single: €35; Double: €45 including breakfast and VAT.
- Hotel River Side, Brosse Street Turn | Right side of Mtkvari, . Really nice, comfortable. friendly staff. Free WiFi. US$110-US$140.
- Hotel VIP Victoria, Arakishvili1st al. 3, ☎ (+99532) 291877, 251247 (firstname.lastname@example.org), .
- TBILOTEL, 8, Daraselia str, ☎ +995 32 387804 (email@example.com), . a High Class Business and Leisure Hotel. offers 18 very comfortable room, standard and semi-suites, with balconies, Free Wi-Fi Internet, satellite TV and international phone. Reception desk is staffed 24 hours a day. Double: 170-190 Lari.
- VIP Hotel, 31, Leselidze Street. This is a lovely hotel in a quiet coutyard with views over the river. The owners are really charming people and the breakfast is excellent.. €50-60 per night.
- Courtyard Marriott Tbilisi, 4 Freedom Square, ☎ +995 (32) 779200 (fax: +995 (32) 779210), . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. US$185+ per night.
- Hotel Vere Palace, 22-24 Kuchishvili street (Near the Zoo and Hero's Square), ☎ +995 32 253340/41/42 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 4-star hotel
- Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Rose Revolution Square 1, ☎ +995 32 402200 (email@example.com), . Glass tower overlooking the river. 249 rooms.
- Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel, Issani, ☎ +995 (32) 772020 (fax: +995 (32) 772120), . US$225+ per night.
- Tbilisi Marriott Hotel, 13 Rustaveli Prospekt, ☎ +995 (32) 779200 (fax: +995 (32) 779210), . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. €212+ per night.
Tbilisi is very safe after the Rose Revolution. The police system was reformed completely and the recent polls show that public's trust in police shifted from nearly 10% to 88%. The police are usually quick to respond.
Take taxis home at night. Use common sense and big-city awareness. Night time at the clubs and bars are safe, and taxi service is safe as long as it's a company taxi like "009" or others. If you know the place well and have lived there for a while, you can also take a public bus. They are usually clean and safe.
- Police Tel: 022. or 112 from Mobiles.
- Ambulance tel: 022 or 033 or 031.
There are 3 GSM operators of mobile phone service:
- Magticom: provides 3G
- Geocell: provides 3G, covers all of Georgia, packet data deals available for prepaid
- Beeline: russian company, the cheapest of all sim cards, but does not get the best reception in some areas. buy a sim card at the office on rustaveli avenue.
When all you want is to order food in English and not be bothered, head to the Marriott Courtyard, though the food does tend to be quite expensive. Head to Prospero's bookstore on Rustaveli 34 for a delicious, if relatively pricey (5-7 lari) chicken salad sandwich and great coffee of every variety. Good selection of books and a nice calm place to escape, just a little.
Be careful about renting DVDs from Prospero's bookstore - there is quite a selection, but as most of them are pirated, almost half of all their DVD stock is of a poor quality. For your peace of mind, you can check any DVD on a player in the cafe before you rent it.
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- Baku, Azerbaijan - via night train or bus
- Ozurgeti via night train
- Batumi - on the Black Sea. Via night & day train, plane, or bus/minibus
- Telavi - se ean old fortress and a basis for exploring the mountains of Tusheti
- Sighnaghi - a restored town
- David Gareja Cave Monestary
- Ski resorts - Gudauri and Bakuriani
- National Parks - Mestia-Svaneti, Borjomi-Haragaili, Tevali-Gurjaani