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You’d think a place this swanky would be snobby and grossly overpriced...
You’re likely to get into weird conversations with harmless drunks playing online poker, but the 10 TV screens or so will be playing the sport you need (NBA, Premiership, NFL, maybe netball) – best is the viewing roo...
A busy spot with a trendy street-side terrace shaded by birch trees, ‘Milk & Honey’ has a daily brunch plus coffee, pricey cocktails and chic chow like crab risotto with asparagus...
This is one of the rare cafés with an outdoor patio in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and a go-cart track (R350 per 10 minutes) to boot. Nearby are several fairly ghetto outdoor disco-type places that can be fun in the warm months.
This swanky roof-top lounge in the new Parus Shopping Centre has excellent if pricey sushi, a R250 business lunch and notable after-hours parties. In a very Russian twist, waitresses serve topless on Thursdays.
Patronised by many oil-talking businessmen, the Kona Bar is bamboo-loungey and masculine – with football on the big screen and upscale machismo over by the pool table. Food is from Pacific Café next door.
If you prefer a grungier crowd, this smoky basement dive is for you. Cool kids get dancing – and things often get sloppy – late night, as the DJ pays homage to Kurt, Layne, Zack and other ‘90s icons.
Attached to the rear of the Hotel Amursky Zaliv, Zabriskie is Vladivostok’s main rock and jazz club, drawing an older crowd to view live music acts such as Blues Line. Pricey, but not without character.
Many a tour-grouper has spent a boozy evening in this long-running establishment, which despite the billiards tables is more nightclub than sports bar. It definitely gets jumping on a consistent basis.
Funny operettas run from November to April; big musical acts run from May to October. There’s also the occasional heavy metal concert (Ronnie James Frickin’ Dio started his 2005 tour here).
Features nightly live classic rock, 10 brews on tap, tattooed bartenders and a looooong wooden bar – the kind you can slide a beer mug down. Weekend after-hours parties are legion.
In the Rubin Hotel’s basement, this tiny expat haven is popular for its huge Russian business lunch (noon to 3pm, R250), messy cheeseburgers (R270) and beer later on.
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