St. Petersburg Nightlife

St. Petersburg's cultural life is one of its top attractions. The city oozes musical history, and there's a fascinating and thrilling concentration of the brightest names in classical music here. Russian classical ballet was also born in St. Petersburg and you can almost always catch a performance of Swan Lake at any time of the year.

The city's nightclubs and discos can't compete

with Moscow's glamorous establishments in terms of grand scale, pomp, and attitude, but they offer a more laid-back environment and friendlier crowds.

Your best source for information about what's going on is the St. Petersburg Times (www.sptimes.ru), a free, local, independent English-language weekly that's published on Wednesdays. It can be found at airline offices, bars, clubs, hotels, cafés, and other places generally patronized by foreigners or students. The publication has a calendar of events in the Arts and Culture section, with theater and concert listings, a club guide, and a restaurant column.

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Malevich Bar

  • Dance Clubs

Friendly and unpretentious, this club by night also offers a number of classes, such as tango and vocal training, during the early evenings...

Metro

  • Dance Clubs

An old standard is as popular as ever and continues to draw fashionable teenagers from all over the city and the suburbs. Each of the...

Mishka Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

Local celebrity DJs spin their favorite discs at this club, which is popular with expats for its international vibe. ...

Money Honey Saloon

  • Music Clubs

If rockabilly is your thing, or if you simply want to see a country-western saloon in Russia, head to this always-crowded bar for dancing...

Purga

  • Dance Clubs

They celebrate New Year's Eve every night here, and whatever season and the weather, you get the full holiday package, complete with...

Shamrock Irish Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

A long-standing favorite of local expats, this jolly inn with great pub food, cozy wooden furnishings, and a reasonable selection of...

Stirka

  • Bars/Pubs

This peculiar hybrid of a bar and a laundromat started life as the graduation project of a German design student. Here you'll find underground...

The Office Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

Style and elegance characterize the atmosphere of this Irish pub located next to Kazan cathedral. It is frequented by a fashionable crowd...

The Place

  • Music Clubs

Inside an anonymous building in an industrial wasteland far from the center, this chic oasis is still well worth seeking out. Inside,...

Zal Ozhidaniya

  • Music Clubs

This modern and minimalist club, whose name means "waiting room," is part of the Varshavsky Express shopping center and entertainment...

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