The first room has a bar counter, a dance floor and a stage, the second - a common table, burgers and beer. The bartenders get fancy and don’t like simple orders. But as soon as somebody orders “I-would-like-something-not-quite-sure-what”, one of the bartenders whips up leechee with Pu-erh tea, adds it to gin along with some nuts, vodka and grappa - and presents it to the astonished guest.
Just like any other bar this is a place to drink, meet new people and dance, but this is also a place to listen to jazz. Live concerts happen all the time, often spontaneously: as musicians are packing up their instruments, some crooner from the public comes to the stage and begins some Elvis tune.
The best Bloody Mary in St. Petersburg, an excellent collection of vermouths and whiskeys, sherry, Marsala and vino verde beloved by the bar’s owners. Cheerful bartenders, a diligent cook and a wonderful baba ghanoush (Middle Eastern eggplant dish) together with a friendly atmosphere and endless bar counter create the feeling of moving in the right direction.
The basement near Anichkov Bridge is always crowded. University students and those who think they are even 20 years after graduation are dancing, kissing and drinking to the music played by the best DJs and musicians of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The heart of this portside bar is a copper alembic - a distilling tank - surrounded by bottles of all ages and values, but the guests usually prefer beer. Each day the menu has a ragout special that includes the price of pint of beer and an appropriate chaser shot.<br />
This bar was conceived by the group of city’s best journalists as an artsy Leningrad vodka house, a thing of the past that never existed. Over the years it has become a genuine St. Petersburg institution. Writers, philosophers, journalists, musicians, actors and clowns of all ages sit around with local speciality, Free Ingria cocktail, and classic anchovy sandwiches.
The friendly, hot and crowd favourite Helsinkibar has an excellent kitchen with some Nordic cuisine - Finnish tapas, slices of frozen fish and meat and cream-based fish soups. If you want to get a few drinks, it’s a great place to do that. You never know who you are going to meet next time you visit - beatboxers from Finland or a reggae party in full swing.
In the evenings the place is full of all kinds of people: writers, movie critics, university students and businessmen. Everyone dances to DJ sets. In the morning it’s much quieter and nicer, a great place to greet the sunrise. The menu has all kinds of alcohol, include housemade liquors, and light but substantial appetisers.
Loud parties, tons of bartenders, delicious burgers. The bread is baked on premises and all the products are organic. During the day you can even cut your hair at the trendy hair salon.
The Bureau burger place is a good stop between your second and third bar of the night - you can try one of six burgers prepared on four different types of bread, falafel, soup and salads. Several kinds of shots, long drinks, tinis and wine by glass are also available.
“We make every cocktail into a work of art, and promote the high-end bar culture” – that’s how the owners of this bar describe it. Chief bartender Dmitry Suvorov leads the bar’s team together with chef Evgeny Khitrov. Order anything you can imagine at the 13-metre-long bar counter.
The cocktail list boasts exotic ingredients like mushrooms, beet syrup or rye bread. In other words, this is a great place for gastronomy discoveries.