Top ChoiceBar in Petrozavodsk

Kivach

Popular with a youngish crowd, this centrally-located bar-cafe serves pizza and grilled meat dishes (mains from R310), and has imported beers on tap. It also has table football.

Top ChoiceBar in Murmansk

7 Nebo

There are stupendous panoramic views of Murmansk on offer at 7 Nebo (Seventh Heaven), located on the 17th floor of the Azimut Hotel in the centre of the city. With imported beers and decent wine list, plus tasty...

Craft Beer in Kirovsk

Bar Barevich

Craft beer in the Arctic Circle! This US-style bar serves a range of limited craft beers (from R250), oysters from the White Sea, and grilled meat. Also has darts and multiple TV screens that show sporting...

Cafe in Murmansk

Start-Up Cafe

This centrally located cafe serves great toasted cheese sandwiches (R150) as well as the usual range of caffeine hits. There are also piles of Russian-language Marvel and DC comics on the shelves if you feel like...

Club in Vologda

DJ Cafe MC2

Local hipsters make their way to the 5th floor of Oasis shopping centre on weekend nights to hear the resident DJs and guest talent from across Russia who specialise in deep house. If you don't feel like hitting...

Pub in Murmansk

Pinta Pub

With its Germanic facade, Scottish decor and merry-old-England bathroom tiles, the Pinta seems to be in the midst of an identity crisis, but who cares when it has its own on-site microbrewery? There are regular...

Bar in Vologda

Tonga

This popular 24-hour bar has a decent wine list, and a wide range of cocktails. It also serves spicy Thai soups, Indian food, and European and Russian dishes. Friendly service. Can get very noisy in the evenings.

Bar in Vologda

Arbat

A chatty verandah hang-out by day that serves a mix of European dishes and sushi, this cafe transforms into a pop-walloping bar once the sun goes down, with the local trendies taking to the dance floor.

Bar in Petrozavodsk

Fusion

This super-sleek Russo-Japanese-style hang-out by the train station dishes up lethal cocktails every bit as delicious as the authentic sushi snacks (from R85). Popular with the young trendies.

Cafe in Vologda

Parizhanka

This 'Parisian' cafe is a favourite with locals for its decent coffee and delectable cakes (skip the wafer-thin pizza and the soggy pasta, though).

Pub in Murmansk

Bulldog

Atmospheric British-style pub, with dark-wood furniture and a good selection of imported beers.

Cafe in Arkhangelsk

Blin-House

Branches of this appealing chain pepper the city. Great for tea, coffee, milkshakes, imaginative cocktails, sweet and savoury bliny (wheat pancakes), burgers, sausage-and-chips combos and stomach-warming mulled...

Lounge in Murmansk

Grey Goose

Cavernous lounge cafe/bar done up in faux gangsta style with massive red leather seats you can lose yourself in. There's sushi on the menu and imported English ale on tap. Incongruously located in a small...

Bar in Arkhangelsk

Route 66

American-style diner-bar with orange leather seats and a surprisingly good selection of English beers on top of its palatable own brew. Live bands on weekends.

Pub in Arkhangelsk

Lock Stock

Hugely popular English-style pub with authentic local-boozer decor and a hugely comprehensive list of ales, stouts and beers from the UK and elsewhere.

Cafe in Arkhangelsk

Biblio-Café

Smart and sunny hideaway brewing strong coffees (from R140) behind the Arkhangelsk library.

Club in Murmansk

M-Club

Beyond the bar in this entertainment complex inside the Hotel Meridian, there's billiards, bowling, and large dance floor with music themes changing nightly.