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

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

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.

Jazz Philharmonic Hall

  • Music Clubs

Russia's top jazz musicians, including the Leningrad Dixieland Band and the David Goloshchokin's Ensemble, regularly appear at this venue...

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. ...

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