As was once said of another trading city Odessa is a "Sunny place for shady people". It is the Ukraine's largest commercial port, a beach side holiday resort, a mafia stronghold and a lot of fun. Odessa is a subversive place populated with people with a sunny outlook, funny, stylish and a healthy disrespect for authority. If you like the night life and beautiful women then you will love Odessa.
Odessa is also known as the mail order bride center of the Ukraine, so if you are looking for international love you will be able to find it here. There are a multitude of agencies that arrange meetings between westerners and the local ladies. There are also plenty of women in the city actively looking for either a western boyfriend or husband. As a westerner you will be in demand and you will soon get used to the sight of men in their forties or fifties picking up blonde Ukrainian beauties in their twenties.
Most of the residents of Odessa speak Russian as a first language although Ukrainian is the official language. Younger people usually speak at least some English and the kind of women you are likely to meet through a romance tour or international dating agency will typically speak a little English; however very few speak it fluently unless they work in a business that necessitates or unless they are well educated. It is a good idea to learn some basic Russian, not only will it make your trip more enjoyable it will also impress the woman that you are talking to.
Women in the Ukraine tend to be better educated that their male counterparts. This is another reason why they want to meet western men. Just because she may look like a Barbie doll, doesn't mean that she is not intelligent. Treat the women with respect and you will find that they can make for very enjoyable company.
In order to get to Odessa you can catch a flight from Vienna, St Petersburg, Moscow, Istanbul, Prague, Budapest or Warsaw. You can also take the overnight train from central Europe although you will need to transfer at Kiev first. There are also trains from Moscow and St Petersburg. The cheapest ways to get around the city are the tram and trolley buses. These cost about $0.20USD but there is no established time schedule and so you just need to wait until the next one turns up.
Nightlife in Odessa
If you are looking to enjoy the local night life you might like to take a visit to Yo Club which is one of the largest night clubs in Eastern Europe. This super club includes billiards, a bowling alley, a dance floor, a strip club, a sushi bar and a restaurant so however you like to enjoy your night time you will be able to find it here.
If you enjoy erotic entertainment you may want to try X-Club which is the center point of erotic entertainment in Odessa. This offers private strip tease plus an array of different fantasies. You may also want to check out Flirt which is one of the cities premier strip clubs. Here you can enjoy dancers and Japanese and American cuisine as well as private rooms for VIP customers.
If you enjoy dancing then you will want to visit the cities most popular nightclub Ibiza. This nightclub features two floors and an open air design. If you come on the weekend expect it to be packed. If you want a table you will need to book ahead. Another popular option is Assol nightclub which has been designed to appear like a sailing ship. This is a more intimate venue which can also become quite packed on the nights it features a cabaret show. It makes for a better place to bring a date though than Ibiza. If you go on one of the less busy nights you should have no problem getting a table.
When visiting you will not want to miss the Odessa Opera House, this grand building is decorated in Louis XIV style. You may also want to check out the famous Potemkin Stairs which are the formal entrance into the city if you are coming from the sea. The stairs were famously used in the social realist movie The Battleship Potomekin. If you enjoy shopping you should check out Odessa's outdoor market. It is the largest in Europe and can make for an enjoyable date provided you have a full wallet. The outdoor market is seven miles from the city center by bus.
When taking girls out for meals or drinks you should expect to pick up the bill. The same is true if you are picking her up in a bar. The costs of drinking and Odessa can vary significantly on the location. A glass of wine in the famous Casa Nova costs the same as about the same as the income from the monthly pension in Odessa. Like many Ukrainian cities there is a sharp economic divide in the city with some very rich people and a lot of poor people. As a westerner you will be significantly wealthier than most of the citizens of this city, thus exacerbating your social value to the local women.
One thing to watch out for when drinking with girls in Odessa is to watch how much you are drinking. These girls might look like models but most of them know how to drink. There is a good chance that she will be able to drink you under the table. And of course don't approach a woman if she is already with another man. The men in Odessa are not to be taken lightly and there are plenty of single and available women so there is no reason to upset anybodies feelings.
The citizens of Odessa like to look good and dress well. The women of this city put a lot of time and attention into the way that they look. This means that the fashionable city streets and night clubs can be a veritable feast for the eyes. It also means though if you want to impress a woman in Odessa that you should pay attention to your own clothes and appearance. The fact that you are a westerner will help but you should not rely on only this to impress the local woman. You will find that if you dress well you will be able to pick up on even the youngest and most attractive ladies in this city.
Odessa is a trading city that puts a premium on wealth and status and so the more that you can do to signal your own financial means the better you will do with attracting women. If you are from the UK, the US or Australia there will be a natural assumption that you are wealthy and compared to the vast majority of the locals you are. Be careful that you don't get taken advantage of but at the same time it is polite to pick up the meals and transport costs. Also you may want to give your date a small present at the end of your trip if you would like to see her again in the future. This will help to show your seriousness and the present does not have to be too expensive.