Jazz in Smolny & Vosstaniya

JFC Jazz Club

Very small and very New York, this cool club is the best place in the city to hear modern, innovative jazz music, as well as blues, bluegrass and various other styles (see the website for a list of what’s on). The s…
Dance in Sennaya & Kolomna

Feel Yourself Russian Folkshow

Terrible title, but not a bad show of traditional Russian folk dancing and music. The two-hour performance features four different folk groups, complete with accordion, balalaika and Cossack dancers. It's worth atte…
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…
Gay Club in Smolny & Vosstaniya


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…
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 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…
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 Petersburg's most famous ballet and opera company. It is one of the…
Jazz in Historic Heart

Dom 7

This low-key Russian restaurant and bar has very popular live jazz sets at 9pm and 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday, when it's practically standing room only.
Theatre in Historic Heart

Alexandrinsky Theatre

This magnificent venue is just one part of an immaculate architectural ensemble designed by Carlo Rossi. The theatre’s interior oozes 19th-century elegance and style, and it’s worth taking a peek even if you don’t s…