from Kiev, Ukraine
U must be joking!! Of course it is safe to go clubbing and pibbing. I mean Kiev isn't Kabul or sth! :) It's just about as safe as getting out in other cities around the world. And u don't necessarily need to speak Russian. Waiting staff in good places speak English. Most places have English menus, too.
Places like Shooters (on 22 Moskovskaya Street) teem with foreigners who don't speak any Russian just like u.
U can also try Crystall Hall and DeLuxe - these are more expensive though.
There're also ,any good places to dine out and sing karaoke, for instance. Like "Opera" - right next to the Opera House on Bogdana Khmelnitskogo Street. Or "Just Cafe" - down the same street, near The Opera Hotel*****.
If u like fusion cuisine, definitely try Buddha Bar on Khreshchatik (Kiev's main street), near The Dnipro Hotel. The food there is really great. And excellent service and atmosphere. They also have a pretty cool lounge bar upstairs.
Anyway, there are many good places in Kiev where u can dine out, enjoy a couple of drinks and have fun.
Don't hesitate - get out and enjoy yourself!