Drinking and nightlife in Russian Far East

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Vladivostok


    This exceptionally well-stocked and stylish place right by the seafront offers cocktails and a small but tantalising bar menu as well as wine by the glass. There's lots of exposed brickwork, distressed industrial fittings and rather love-it-or-hate-it lighting, but this is definitely a great spot to mix with Vladivostok's burgeoning creative classes.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Vladivostok

    Old Fashioned

    This fabulous cocktail lounge is a low-lit and beautifully set-out space, with a gorgeous wooden bar and gloriously comfortable sofas and chairs to lounge in. There's a meaty restaurant attached, where diners eat inside a glass atrium outside – but it's by far best used as a place to nurse wonderful cocktails from the large list.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Khabarovsk


    Handsomely designed Gatsby has a main-level restaurant and lounge (with good food from R300 to R800). Downstairs is a swanky bar in one room, with big comfy seats around a horseshoe-shaped bar, and a small dance floor with DJ in another room. It draws a young stylish crowd, but the vibe overall is remarkably welcoming.

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


    Friendly barista Maksim, one of apparently just three trained coffee professionals on the Kamchatka Peninsula, runs this tiny little stand and shop, where he grinds one of over a dozen coffee types from around the world, and will craft you the perfect flat white or double espresso. It's on the ground floor right ahead as you enter from ul Pogranichnaya.

  • Nightlife in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    Harat's Irish Pub

    There are a number of Harat's pubs in Russia, and we imagine that this one has comforted many a homesick traveller. There's a terrific range of brews on tap including Guinness, Magner's, London Porter and Oyster Stout. There's also a good photo menu of meaty pub food, including pork baked in Guinness, mussels in cream sauce and huge steaks (mains R350 to R1150).

  • Nightlife in Vladivostok

    Stary Kapitan

    Facing the marina, the Old Captain has an excellent selection of draft beers, such as German Weihenstephan. The delectable seafood dishes (pan-seared tiger prawns and scallops) and appetisers (salted herring with black bread toast) go nicely with the brews. Reserve on weekends, when there's live music.

  • Nightlife in Vladivostok


    Where the cool kids can be found hanging out on the seafront boardwalk on summer evenings, this black-painted brick warehouse is a simple bar with a pool table facing the beach during the day. Come nightfall the space becomes the setting for all kinds of parties, including techno, house and gay nights.

  • Nightlife in Khabarovsk


    With its industrial feel, this new edition to Khabarovsk's busy bar scene is definitely on the edgier side atmosphere-wise (well, at least by local standards). It has a good range of local and international craft beers on sale as well as a full food menu.

  • Nightlife in Yakutsk

    Dikaya Utka

    A favourite of expats, the spacious wood-lined 'Wild Duck' is the go-to spot for refreshing brews, and there's decent pub grub on hand. There's live music on Friday and Saturday nights (cover R300; from 9pm). It's in the stary gorod (old city).

  • Nightlife in Vladivostok

    Mumiy Troll

    A fun and lively bar that draws a mix of locals and expats, rock-loving Mumiy Troll – set up by the nationally famous local band of the same name – has live acts most nights (from 10pm). There's rarely a cover, but guests must be 21 to enter.

  • Nightlife in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky


    This swanky rooftop lounge has good views of the city, excellent cocktails and sushi, and is generally considered the best place in town to go dancing, with a large dance floor that gets packed at weekends.

  • Nightlife in Vladivostok

    Cuckoo Club

    One of Vladivostok’s fancier clubs, the dance floor here seethes at weekends and there's a lovely outdoor area that's the place to be seen in the summer months. Dress to impress to hurdle face control.

  • Nightlife in Sakha Republic & Magadan Region

    Alaska Beer Pub

    The closest Magadan does to a charming bar is this recently opened pub, a two-room establishment clad in timber and with cosy booths to sit in and try various local and imported brews.

  • Nightlife in Sakhalin Island


    Expats in the know head to this big dark-wood bar for cold beer and pub grub (mains R300 to R1000), famous seafood chowder and themed party nights.

  • Nightlife in Yakutsk

    Evropa Klub

    The most popular club in the centre, Evropa is a five-storey complex with dance club, sports bar, bowling alley and, uh, strip club.

  • Nightlife in Khabarovsk

    Harley Davidson Bar

    Features nightly shows (rock or country bands, cabaret), 10 brews on tap, tattooed bartenders and a long wooden bar. Upstairs is a veranda bar with street views. Cover charge runs R300 on weekends, when it's absolutely packed with the cream of Khabarovsk's rocker youth.

  • Nightlife in Yakutsk

    Bar Onegin

    Bar Onegin whips up tasty salads, sushi, pastas and grilled fish dishes (mains R350 to R650), but it mainly serves as a bar. It's a fairly stylish spot, with Pushkin-esque stencils on the wall and a chatty cocktail-sipping crowd at night.

  • Nightlife in Sakhalin Island

    Mishka Pub

    In the basement of the Rubin Hotel, this expat haven is popular for its huge Russian business lunch (noon to 3pm, R300). Later on, stop in for pub grub (cheeseburgers, pizzas, chicken wings) and beer (Leffe and Hoegarden on tap).