Drinking and nightlife in Volga Region

  • Top ChoiceNightlife in Nizhny Novgorod

    Bufet

    Descending the steps of this hidden art bar is to step into a bohemian world of monkey-motif wallpaper. The ambience is relaxed and alternative. There's a good range of teas and alcoholic beverages as well as a rotating menu of light bites, such as pasta and hummus. Find the entrance at the far southern end of a long building.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Salt Bar

    Laid-back, ultra-trendy bar and occasional club occupies a hived-out former industrial building, given a makeover of hardwood floors and exposed beam ceilings. Excellent beers on tap and a modest food menu of salads and burgers. Check the website for live events featuring popular DJs. Plan to come early, since these events tend to pack the house.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Fomin Bar & Shop

    Convivial drinking spot features a daily rotating menu of craft beers on tap as well as a small selection of beer snacks, such as sliced horsemeat sausage. The beer shop stocks hard-to-find bottles from around the world for takeaway.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Top Hop

    Popular spot on Kazan's pedestrianised party street serves 39 different types of beer on tap as well as a small menu of beer-friendly foods such as burgers (R350) in a welcoming, student-friendly atmosphere.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Divan

    This tiny coffeehouse, in a ramshackle historic house on the edge of the Old Tatar Settlement, features fresh-roasted coffees as well as vegan and vegetarian snacks and a youthful vibe.

  • Nightlife in Nizhny Novgorod

    Traveler's Coffee

    One of several American chain–style coffee bars along pedestrianised Bolshaya Pokrovskaya ul, the main difference being that the coffee is particularly good. Order a well-crafted double espresso and sit in or take away. There's a small selection of cakes and pastries as well.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Cuba Libre

    A convivial drinking den where you can chat to friendly bartenders and other visitors while sipping Kazan’s best mojitos. Wild Latin dancing may erupt at any moment. Note that the entrance is off the main street and around the corner of the building.

  • Nightlife in Astrakhan

    La Vanile

    Flower pots abound, water streams down a glass wall and delicious French pastries beckon from the counter to accompany your coffee or tea. It also offers a small but creative food menu (mains R350), with decent salads and soups.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Beanheart's Coffee

    Cheerful, eclectic coffeeshop-restaurant, with a full coffee and tea menu as well as light bites, soups and sandwiches throughout the day (mains R400). There's a full breakfast menu (R250 to R350) served daily until noon.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Mayakovsky.Zheltaya Kofta

    It can be Tatar rap or punk bands singing covers of Soviet soundtrack faves, or something even more experimental in this club with a youthful crowd and decor inspired by artist Kasimir Malevich.

  • Nightlife in Volgograd

    Cappuccino

    Popular cafe, where the tea is actually better than the namesake cappuccino and the cakes are very good and taste homemade. The homemade ice cream is very good as well.

  • Nightlife in Nizhny Novgorod

    Club Sklad

    Anything from electro and house through to rock at Nizhny's largest club – two floors, four rooms and face control.

  • Nightlife in Astrakhan

    Krem Café

    Wonderful spot on the riverfront to stop for a coffee, a beer or a bite to eat. Krem does passable salads (R250) as well as sushi and meat dishes (mains R200 to R400), but the real draw is the terrace, which comes into its own at sunset. Staff are young and friendly, if not always attentive, but the signature 'caramel-popcorn cheesecake' dessert makes up for any slip-ups in service.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Belfast

    Relax in the comfortable green sofas over a beer in this long-standing Irish-themed pub that's popular with locals and expats alike. The upstairs area opens in the evening.

  • Nightlife in Kazan

    Capital Coffee House

    Apart from making good coffee and serving decent international food, these people promise to fix any cocktail according to your recipe. It has a slightly retro feel.