Drinking & Nightlife

  • Union Bar & Grill Huge and thriving beard-heavy bar on Liteyny pr.
  • Apotheke Bar Cosy and sophisticated cocoon for cocktail connoisseurs.
  • Kabinet Hidden behind a burger joint is this fun, gambling-themed cocktail bar.
  • Redrum Hitting all the right notes with its range of craft beers.
  • Mod Club DJs, live music and rooftop movies: this club offers it all.
  • Big Wine Freaks Offering an excellent variety of wines, tasty snacks and live music.

Cocktail Bars

  • Dead Poets Bar Grown-up cocktail bar with plush upholstery and a fanatical approach to mixology.
  • Bolshoy Bar Dapper boxcar-sized spot serving first-rate cocktails on the Petrograd Side.
  • Borodabar Be sure to be sporting at least stubble when you visit the hip 'beard bar'.
  • Commode Clink glasses in this stylish bar where the bill depends on the time you spend here.
  • Terminal Bar Mixology is taken seriously at this NYC-style bar.

Cafes & Teahouses

  • Coffee 22 Could this be the zenith of hipster cafes? We think so.
  • Solaris Lab Tea with amazing rooftop views across to St Isaac's.
  • Bonch Cafe Great drinks and breakfast spot in the Historic Heart.
  • Radosti Kofe Pleasant pit stop for coffee on Vasilyevsky Island.
  • Kvartira Kosti Kroitsa There's also a tea salon at this beautiful restaurant and bar secreted away off Nevsky pr.
  • Double B Hip coffee station on the Petrograd Side.


  • Griboyedov This long-running bunker club remains a perennial favourite for clubbers in the city.
  • Kamchatka This shrine to Kino frontman Viktor Tsoy is a great place to hear new local groups.
  • Tanzploshchadka Groove alongside beautiful young things at this on-trend club.
  • Central Station Long-running LGBT club with gyrating topless barmen and dancers.

For Beer

  • Farsh & Bochka Wide-ranging line-up of craft brews, with over 30 on draft.
  • Beer Geek Tiny basement bar favoured by local craft beer fanatics.
  • Top Hops Riverside bar with a regularly changing menu of 20 beers on tap.
  • Beer Boutique 1516 Heaven for craft-beer lovers on Vasilyevsky Island.
  • Yasli Excellent craft brews on tap and satisfying pub grub on the Petrograd Side.

Bohemian Hangouts

  • The Hat Live jazz, cocktails and a boho vibe make for a great evening out.
  • Ziferburg Anti-cafe with romantic, pre-revolutionary style in Golitsyn Loft.
  • Brimborium Drink ales, munch on homemade quiche and watch the lights change at this cool joint.
  • Stirka 40 Whether or not you bring your washing to be done, this low-key place is a winner.
  • Buter Brodsky Serving ace cocktails, homemade tinctures and their own beer.
  • Dyuni Come and join the fun in this hipster sandpit.