Lake Baikal drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Irkutsk

Belaya Vorona

Disciples of the bean should definitely head to the ‘White Crow’, a relaxing cellar-based coffee hang-out hiding from view in the cellar of a flower shop on the main drag. A funky soundtrack provides background for …
Pub in Irkutsk

Brasserie BBB

Belgian Benoit de With ended his career as beer plant manager and set up this great beer place. It has its own beer (cheap) and dozens of kinds of Belgian and other international beers. Belgian and French food is go…
Cafe in Irkutsk

Castro Cafe

This place is cleverly divided into two areas – the downstairs bar for those who want a quick cup of brew, and a brightly coloured upstairs lounge zone with comfy couches and cushions.
Bar in Irkutsk

Library Bar

Russian literary celebrities stare at you from every wall, so after a few pints of Smolensk craft beer or a selection of great cocktails, you might be treating Mayakovsky as your buddy. But you can find better compa…
Coffee in Irkutsk

Engineria Coffee

These guys are nerdishly serious about the brew and if you share their passion, you can spend half an hour talking about percolate, immersion and AeroPress in barely comprehensible industry slang. But the bottom lin…
Beer Hall in Irkutsk

Kwak Inn

There is a bit of an American-diner feel about this supposedly Belgian place that belongs to Estonians. But crucially, it has a very good vibe, with friendly service and indeed lots of Belgian beer on tap.
Pub in Irkutsk

Bierhaus

Upmarket Bavarian-style bierstube (beer hall with heavy wooden furniture) serving Newcastle Brown and Guinness as well as German beers and sausages. Enter from ul Karla Marksa.
Pub in Irkutsk

Cheshskaya Pivovarnya

You’ll smell this place before you see it as Irkutsk’s unpretentious microbrewery-pub creates its own Pilsner Urquell lager, pumping out a pungent hop aroma in the process.
Cafe in Irkutsk

Lenin Street Coffee

Simple, no-nonsense coffee place with a Western feel and pricey drinks. Good central place to hang out and surf the web.