Tbilisi is a charming city, but it is not the most exciting place to visit
Submitted 2 months 3 weeks ago by AlexP.
Since the government liberalized the visa program for Gulf Arabs, Indians, and others a few years ago, the city is now INUNDATED with thirsty foreign men who have driven the nightlife underground and caused widespread xenophobia. Tbilisi is probably the most Western-friendly city in the Caucuses. But there are also scams in old town, such as overcharging at shisha bars and strip clubs, as there are in many other places.
Try to stay in Vake which is a upper class, posh, residential area. David Aghmashenebeli Avenue is seen by locals as "Little Arabia" with all its Turkish and Arab and Persian owned small shops. There is also Mtatsminda that is even cheaper than Vake and closer to the center. You will see quality Georgians going about all day unlike on Aghmashenebeli Avenue which is a working class shopping district overrun by middle eastern businesses.
The city was formerly known as Tiflis, a major town on the cross-roads of Europe and Asia, for centuries a center of commerce at an important trade route between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea. Under Russian rule the city was the seat of the Imperial administration of the Caucasus from 1801 to 1917, it became later the capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic from 1921 to 1991. Since then it is the capital of a kind of independent Georgia.
Tbilisi has a population of about 1.2 million people (as of 2020), with an eastern European flavor mingling with Turkish influence. Georgian (official), Russian, Armenian, and English are the most commonly spoken languages. Tbilisi's historical center is on the UNESCO World Heritage List's Tentative List.
The city provides a comprehensive education program for young children until they enter universities to further their education. The majority of the city's young people are educated and go on to further their education. Tbilisi is also home to Tbilisi State University, one of Georgia's most prestigious educational institutions.
There are distinct distinctions between Georgians from the mountains and those from the plains. Georgians who live in mountainous regions such as Svaneti, Khevsureti, and Pshavi are more stern, quick-tempered, and traditional. Plain Georgians are more flexible. Although most Georgians are hospitable and friendly, the majority are quite reserved. When the city's religious demographics are considered, the majority of people are Eastern Orthodox Christians. To summarize, nearly 95% of the population is Christian; they are quite religious, attend church, and attend Mass, but they are not entirely conservative.
Georgia has a patriarchal social structure. And, as is the case in all patriarchal societies, gender roles are well defined. However, many argue that gender roles are rapidly shifting in the direction of equality. We will see how that goes. Women can be quite chatty, and they enjoy discussing various topics under the sun. The main issue, however, is that they speak in Georgian and very limited English, making it difficult to follow their conversations. They are very helpful to any tourist in need, and they will take your flirting in a very sportive manner. Similar to Azeris, the vast majority of the population have black hair (around 85%), dark eyes and prominent angular noses. A lot look like Italians or Greeks. The typical Georgian woman has a petite Asian physique.
Georgian men can be a mixed bag, but on a general basis hairy, small and most come with a beard. Obviously its not everyone that looks like this, but its the predominate traits in Georgia. Many live at home until they marry. If you are self-conscious about your appearance, this is the self-esteem country for women: “You are so beautiful”. “I love you”. “You are mine”. “you are my star”. Men are expected to have a certain amount of experience when they marry.
Living in Tbilisi
Tbilisi is a crazy Romanian-style city where you're supposed to stop cars by walking in front them. There are really no stop signs or crosswalks. The majority of services are adequate, and everything appears to work. The food and wine are both quite good. Dating in Tbilisi is awful. The virgin institution is alive and well in Georgia. However, those who spend an extended period of time in the city can look forward to developing meaningful relationships. Most women want to be in serious relationships where they can rely on their better halve; they want to be able to not only embrace them but also show their vulnerable side, in exchange, they will receive much-needed stability in their life.
While some Georgian women are quite attractive, particularly in affluent areas like Vake, they also have their quirks. One thing that has worked for me is dating Armenian-Georgians, who, ironically, are more receptive than their Armenian sisters. Additionally, if you can find them, some foreign women are quite nice too.
If you walk around the city during the day, you will see many students and women traveling to and from their workplaces, and it is recommended that you stroll around the city's hotspots to interact with the Tbilisian beauties. But be careful, wages in Georgia are very low, and Georgian men are becoming very resentful of foreigners. The following is a list of some of the best places to visit in Tbilisi to meet girls:
Rustaveli Street and Museums: There are many people on the street due to the metro stop, and you can walk around the post and visit the museums.
David Aghmaneshebli Avenue: This is a long street that has undergone various changes and developmental activities across the years. There are some decent restaurants here, and you can interact with a few female Arab tourists too.
Mtzkheta: This UNESCO heritage site is a magnificently preserved old town which also has a beautiful monastery overlooking it. The location is about thirty minutes away from the city by road and an excellent place to meet some fellow female tourists during the daytime as well.
Shardin Street: This is a street that is situated in the old town and has two main alleys. While one of them is filled with bars, the other is filled with restaurants.
McLaren Irish Pub: This particular pub which is situated on Shardin street has live bands at times. It is a recommended place for a drink and has some incredibly cute women looking up to hook up with men.
El Centro: El Centro is an outdoor lounge located at Old town. This place gets quite busy. It is usually filled with scores of naughty females.
Unique: This is the nightclub located next to Centro. It has three levels, the last of which is a pretty cool rooftop. While the last two levels have an electric atmosphere, the pub is packed with stunning Iraqi females.
Be cautious in the bars and cafes on Chardeni Street. Many scammer girls operate in this area and will take you to these locations in exchange for a cut of an overpriced drink or meal. Always double-check the menu.
Other cities are a hit-or-miss proposition. The scenery around Kutaisi is stunning, but the city itself is sleepy. Unemployment appears to be very high, with many people wandering around doing nothing. Batumi is a gambling/summer hotspot and a bit overrated.
Many of the expats I met in Tbilisi were foreigners on a meager pension, poor digital nomads, English teachers, and those who live in Ukraine but need to spend 90 days out of the country and want to stay somewhere dirt cheap.
The primary transport inside and outside the Tbilisi city are metro, buses and marshrutka (converted transport vans aka minibuses aka microbuses). Taxis are also cheap, but two-wheeled transport is rarely seen and pedestrians have to contend with significant neglect of the pavements. As far as motorists are concerned pedestrians are allowed to use zebra crossings, but when doing so they do not have priority over vehicular traffic. However, pedestrians do have the advantage of being able to cross the pedestrian only peace bridge and travel on the cable car and funiculars.
To find the correct bus route, GoogleMaps has comprehensive bus network information with numbers and routes. If you click on one of the numerous bus stops around the city or next to you, you will get displayed the bus lines, their routes and frequency.