Named after the most prosperous year in Russia's history, this elegant restaurant is an almost ideal place for a pleasant talk over a good meal, a leisurely business lunch or a romantic dinner by candlelight. Reservations, while rarely essential, are a good idea. The service is attentive but practically invisible, and the music remains in the background. Appetizers include several mushroom based soups and borscht while the main courses focus on seafood like Sturgeon in Tomato Sauce. The wine list includes several from Georgia.
The James Cook Cafe and Pub breathes life into the newly renovated Malaia Koniushennaia. The cafe offers a huge selection of coffees from all over the world: Ethiopia, Guatemala and Kenya, among others. The pub side has an excellent selection of drinks and a hearty, expensive menu. Despite the name and the obvious attempts at traditional English pub decor, the setting is rather modern. They serve coffee, salads and burgers along with beer. Prices are in dollars.
The calm before the band gets going, is unsettling here. The student crowd sits around chatting in reflective mood, while the first group runs through its last soundtrack. Then they start playing their rockabilly classics for real and then couples get up and start jiving. The polite hum of the bar is about to become the swinging limbs of a rock & roll club. And as the night progresses, the grooving music and the energetic vibe set the ball rolling for an ultimate party.
Greshniki ("Sinners") gay night-club, is a newer and slightly less upmarket affair than its main gay rival, Club 69. But it's no less fun for that, spread out as it is over four floors and with two bars serving a comprehensive selection of drinks at reasonable prices. Its programme includes male strip-tease and cabaret and there's a constant gaggle of go-go dancers to entice folk towards the dancefloor. The top floor has internet access, a dark-room and a beautiful view of Kazan Cathedral
Kosmonavt is a club with a capacity of 1700 that organizes shows by seminal rock and pop musicians.
A relatively new comer on the local party scene, Efir is a cozy, well decorated and fun place to be at for a night of partying. With its excellent acoustic setting, this place has some of the most talented local acts performing here. Besides this the club also has a cinema hall and an exhibition room which has played host to numerous exhibits, movies and art shows. The crowd here is friendly, and love to interact, share ideas and discuss topics ranging from todays music to arts and culture. Check website for future schedules and upcoming gigs.
A friendly club in the heart of North St Petersburg, Pakar Club is where you will find the local youth head down to for a fun night out. Offering a fantastic environment for partying, drinking and dancing, the place has some really interesting DJs on board here. Regulars to the club are usually in their mid 20s, most of whom drop in for quick drinks or to boogie the night away. The Pakkar Club also doubles up as an events space. Call ahead for more information.
The SPB, Pivnoy Bar is a popular place to drop in for a quick lunch or some drinks. The restaurant offers a wide variety of beers, which come at attractive discounts during happy hour, a number of light, European snacks and the very popular chef's special pizza. Quick and light business lunches are also available here. You can catch the latest football game on their TV. The restaurant, which is usually bustling during the holiday seasons, also offers a takeout menu.
This black comedy themed cafe and bar is an unusual place to enjoy a drink or relish tasty bites. But Sakvoyazh Dlya Beremennoy Shpionki (Sakvojag) (Саквояж беременной шпионки) has made a niche for itself in the city. Its grotesque decor replete with morbid images, torture tools and other elements is definitely not for everyone. This establishment regularly hosts live music and dark comedy shows. Their fully stocked bar features a good list of wine, beer and cocktails. Nosh on their Russian and European fare along with your choice drink.
Initially built as a palace for Empress Elizabeth, Taleon Club was later developed by The Eliseevs with interiors inspired by the grand heritage of Italy and France. Taleon Club today houses a casino, restaurants, cigar lounge, fitness center and hotel. Elegant and beautiful, this place happens to be one of its kind. It also has a casino. For further details, check the website or call ahead.
The aroma of freshly-roasted coffee beckons visitors into Sicaffe, an elegant coffee shop, known for its green coffee and Hungarian-style strudel. The coffee is ground in small batches on the premises. The cafe also serves a variety of cakes, pastries, cookies and fresh bread. The ambiance of the coffeehouse, is cozy but elegant with arched, exposed-brick walls and dark toned furniture. Live piano music is played here during the evenings, adding an element of romance.