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Theatre in Sennaya & Kolomna

Mariinsky II

Finally opening its doors in 2013 after more than a decade of construction, legal wrangles, scandal and rumour, the Mariinsky II is a showpiece for St Petersburg's most famous ballet and opera company. It is one of …
Ballet in Sennaya & Kolomna

Mariinsky Theatre

St Petersburg's most spectacular venue for ballet and opera, the Mariinsky Theatre is an attraction in its own right. Tickets can be bought online or in person, but they should be bought in advance during the summer…
Classical Music in Sennaya & Kolomna

Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory

This illustrious music school was the first public music school in Russia. The Bolshoy Zal (Big Hall) on the 3rd floor is an excellent place to see performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the academic yea…
Live Music in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Fish Fabrique

There are St Petersburg institutions and then there’s Fish Fabrique, the museum of local boho life that has been going for two decades. Here, in the dark underbelly of Pushkinskaya 10, artists, musicians and counter…
Classical Music in Sennaya & Kolomna

Mariinsky Concert Hall

Opened in 2007, this concert hall is a magnificent multifaceted creation. It manages to preserve the historic brick facade of the set and scenery warehouse that previously stood on this spot, while the modern main e…
Live Music in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Petrovich

Styling itself a club-restaurant, Petrovich, a long-running Moscow institution that has made its way to St Petersburg, is actually more of a music and dancing venue. The extraordinary place is crammed with Soviet pa…
Ballet in Historic Heart

Mikhailovsky Opera & Ballet Theatre

While not quite as grand as the Mariinsky, this illustrious stage still delivers the Russian ballet or operatic experience, complete with multi-tiered theatre, frescoed ceiling and elaborate concerts. Pl Iskusstv (A…
Jazz in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Jazz Philharmonic Hall

Founded by legendary jazz violinist and composer David Goloshchokin, this venue represents the more traditional side of jazz. Two resident bands perform straight jazz and Dixieland in the big hall, which seats up to…
Jazz in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Red Fox Jazz Café

The fun and friendly Red Fox Jazz Café is a subterranean space that showcases various jazz styles in the old-fashioned 1920s to '50s sense: big band, bebop, ragtime and swing. Sunday changes it up with a jam session…
Live Performance in Smolny & Vosstaniya

Cabaret

This latest incarnation of a gay club that has been going in various forms for over a decade is a great place for a campy, old-school experience, complete with a very popular drag show featuring lip-synching drag qu…