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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Cabaret

  • Music Clubs

This gay club has been going for years, in one incarnation or another. Attracting a friendly mixed crowd, the emphasis is on having a...

Cafe Sunduk

  • Music Clubs

Head to this intimate and quiet little art café decorated in a British colonial style for live jazz, blues and rock. The menu is varied...

Central Station

  • Dance Clubs

A youthful, fashionable, mixed crowd packs onto three floors, each with its own character, interlinked by a number of dark staircases.

Daiquiri Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

Cocktail bars are few and far between in St. Petersburg but for expertly mixed drinks, rely on the talented bartenders here. The music...

Datscha

  • Bars/Pubs

A tremendously popular haunt of expats, bohemians, students, and night owls takes after the merry joints of the Reeperbahn in Hamburg...

Dickens

  • Bars/Pubs

This outlet of a chain that originated in Riga, Latvia serves up a lot of Merrie Olde England kitsch. The food is pricey but good. ...

Fish Fabrique

  • Music Clubs

This is a favorite haunt of locals and expats who enjoy drinking and listening to local alternative musicians, or who just want to play...

Griboyedov

  • Music Clubs

The best underground (literally) club in the city, this small former bomb shelter is usually packed with friendly, down-to-earth hipsters.

Hallelujah Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

This little bar stands out from the rest by the young, attractive, and friendly crowd it draws in. Always packed at weekends, getting...

JFC Jazz Club

  • Music Clubs

The most popular jazz venue in town attracts top musicians performing all styles of jazz: acid funk, swing and blues, avant-garde, mainstream...

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