St. Petersburg

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 th
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 almo
St. Petersburg's cultural life is one of its top attractions. The city oozes musical history, and there's a fascinating

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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  • 1. Shamrock Irish Pub

    Admiralteisky | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 2. Cabaret

    Vladimirskaya | 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 good time...Read More

  • 3. Cafe Sunduk

    Liteiny/Smolny | 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 and...Read More

  • 4. Central Station

    City Center | Dance Clubs

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

  • 5. Daiquiri Bar

    City Center | 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 is geared...Read More

  • 6. Datscha

    City Center | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 7. Dickens

    Admiralteisky | 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. ...Read More

  • 8. Fish Fabrique

    Vladimirskaya | 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 table...Read More

  • 9. Griboyedov

    Vladimirskaya | Music Clubs

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

  • 10. Hallelujah Bar

    City Center | 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 to the...Read More

  • 11. Jazz Philharmonic Hall

    Vladimirskaya | Music Clubs

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

  • 12. JFC Jazz Club

    Liteiny/Smolny | 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...Read More

  • 13. Kneipe Jager Haus

    Admiralteisky | Bars/Pubs

    Designed as a cozy hunting lodge, this German pub is one of the quieter drinking venues in town. It has vaulted brick ceilings, antique bric...Read More

  • 14. KwakInn

    Vasileostrovskaya | Bars/Pubs

    This pint-size Belgian pub—the only one in town—is one of the city's friendliest venues. Within its yellow walls you can get mouthwatering mussels...Read More

  • 15. Malevich Bar

    Liteiny/Smolny | 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...Read More

  • 16. Metro

    Vladimirskaya | 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 three...Read More

  • 17. Mishka Bar

    Vladimirskaya | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 18. Money Honey Saloon

    City Center | 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 and...Read More

  • 19. Purga

    City Center | 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 decorated...Read More

  • 20. Stirka

    Admiralteisky | 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...Read More

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