Northern European Russia drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar 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 Choice Bar 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 pas…
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 events. I…
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 br…
Cafe in Petrozavodsk

Kaffee Haus

Widely acclaimed for Petrozavodsk’s best coffee and cakes.
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 the…
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 live…
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.