Western European Russia drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery in Tula

Restaurant-Brewery Augustine

Brewing all of its ales on-site, this gastropub is a must for craft-beer lovers. With some 15 types on offer, there's plenty to get through, from a range of IPAs and pale ales to Russian imperial stout and a heap of…
Top Choice Coffee in Voronezh


Hipster coffee has arrived in Voronezh; the tattooed baristas at this cute cafe are doing serious brews. Beans are sourced from Kenya, Burundi and Brazil, and you can have coffees (from R130) including AeroPress, po…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Veliky Novgorod


Cool bohemian Samovar is a great spot to hang out, with an all-welcome atmosphere, good vinyl spinning, art on the red-painted walls and a range of Russian craft beer on tap.
Craft Beer in Tver

Red Panda

It might be a fair hike south from the town centre, but Red Panda is a great basement craft-beer bar with tasty food and a welcoming atmosphere. Ten Russian craft beers are on tap (0.5L from R180) plus there's good …
Brewery in Smolensk

Hagen in the Blonye

Dark-wood booths, plaid wallpaper and stained glass give this brewery bar-restaurant an inviting British gastropub feel. They brew their own German-style beer on-site and offer tasting paddles (four beers R100). The…
Sports Bar in Oryol

Bar Boris

Boris' tiered, polished wood parliament-style bench seating, aimed at a cinema-sized sports TV screen, is the ultimate in sports bars. The long dark-wood bar, beers from around the world and tasty food – bratwurst, …
Pub in Oryol

Pint House

When the weekend comes, this is Oryol's premier party place, with quaffing crowds going bonkers to live bands. The rest of the time, it is a fairly distinguished watering hole, with gentlemen's-lounge-style booths, …
Bar in Tver


With a ground-floor summer terrace and a mix of rooms and nooks on the second floor, this bar offers something for all tastes. Grab a velvet bar stool under the chandeliers and sip cocktails or opt for karaoke or ca…
Bar in Veliky Novgorod


Those seeking out local experiences – combined with cheap beer – should find this tiny dive-bar set in a residential apartment block. There's a number of local lagers on tap (from R65 for 500mL), which you can drink…
Pub in Oryol

Chester Pub

Decorated with bulldog statuettes, Union Jack flags and portraits of QEII and Churchill, this baronial-sized pub attempts to re-create a bit of England. Rounding out the picture is a tempting selection of their own …