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.
Hidden away in an inner courtyard, Kopen is a local treasure that is hard to find, but well worth the effort. This Scandinavian cafe offers a modest selection of vegetarian sandwiches, alongside coffee, cider, beer, wine and a few cocktails. During the week, the cafe is simply is friendly place to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, while over the weekend DJs take the stage and keep the party going well into the night. During summer, a few tables are set-up outside to allow guests to make the most of the lovely whether, while in summer the charming cafe is a place to escape the biting cold and enjoy a glass of mulled wine. Simple and quaint, Kopen is a fine choice for those who favor simplicity over flash.
Big Liver Place is near to many attractions and is one of the hidden gems in St Petersburg waiting to be found. It is very close to the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Stroganov Palace and a few other tourist destinations. As you explore these places, you will come across this lovely cocktail bar on Shvedskiy Pereulok. It will transport you to the early 20th Century with its decor. Its walls are decked with pictures vintage American saloons and antique posters. Their bartenders are not only talented but also passionate about their drinks. Their tasty creations are innovative and a delight to your palate. Besides DJ nights, they also host live music which ranges from jazz to soul.
Borodabar is a warm and welcoming bar which serves a variety of innovative cocktails and delicious home-style dishes. Try out one of their expertly-mixed drinks at the bar or quench your hunger pangs with some sandwiches, salads and soups. The bar also organizes regular DJ nights and a special jazz night is hosted here each Wednesday. Colorful bottles and eclectic decor add to the ambiance, making this a great spot to catch up with some friends.
Oh! Mumbai has a lovely cozy ambiance with its decorative elements, light fixtures, potted plants and furnishing. It is located very near to the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia. Their modern Indian cuisine is a hit among their patrons. Their delicious food is tempered according to your taste and you won't find their too spicy for your palate. Their bar is fully stocked with crafty cocktail concoctions, draft beer and wine. Enjoy live music played nightly and the DJ beats during the weekends.
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.
Arka, located on Bolshaya Konyushennaya, is one of the trendiest places in Central St Petersburg. An amalgamation of a restaurant, pub and lounge, Arka is open all day long from 9a onward, serving all meals of the day. The menu is an eclectic mix of local delights, European and American preparations - whether it's their borscht, the piping hot skewers or their sensational hand-crafted cocktails, everything offered here is a treat! Featuring exposed brick walls, small round tables and bathed in lighting that's just right, the ambiance at this cool, hipster spot matches the cosmopolitan spirit of the city. Drop in for good time with a few friends, Arka definitely won't disappoint.
An informal Irish pub in the heart of St. Petersburg, Radio Ireland is a popular drinks venue in the bustling city. With two more locations in St. Petersburg, it remains mighty popular with locals and tourists alike. Decor includes dark wood tables and chairs, high stools, cozy seating spaces and huge lamps suspended from its sandstone roofs. The team behind Radio Ireland does a great job with the drinks menu, with an extensive selection of Irish brews and local ales on offer. The pub food menu proffers Irish delicacies, waiting to be washed down with some chilled lagers, ciders and other spirits native to the European land.
O'Hooligans is an Irish pub in the heart of St Petersburg. It is a popular watering hole among the locals and is always crowded in the evenings. It is also a beer lover's haven as they feature an impressive range of Irish, Belgian, Russian, Czech Republican, English, German and Scottish brews. These include the likes of Lindemans, Guinness, Blanche De Bruxelles and Delirium Red. Enjoy their happy hours with your favorite beer and nosh on their tasty bites. Watch a game on their television screens or tap your feet to the live music. If you are looking for quiet spot, then this place is not the place for you as it often gets noisy.
Daiquiri Bar, located on Bolshaya Konyushennaya, is part of a chain of bars which specializes in a range of delicious and inventive cocktails. Serving more than 250 varieties of cocktails, the place has a variety like no other. The trendy ambiance only adds to the experience. Open until the wee hours of the morning, the bar is a great place to party the night away.