Our St Petersburg happy hour recommendations is a roundup list of our favorite bars for post-work or pre-dinner drinks.
Being Italian myself I could not fail to create a list of best drinking establishments for aperitif lovers in St Petersburg Russia. So after doing back-breaking research for you, I came up with a list of my five favorites bars, which you can find on this page.
For those who are not familiar with the concept of the Happy Hour, this is a simple idea and a very social and functional way of meeting up with friends, having a cocktail, and enjoying appetizers.
Almost every day of the week, you will find some amazing St Petersburg happy hour specials. They range from the drink-only specials at the stylish Arka bar to the superb Sky bar at the hotel Azimut, where you can combine a superb view of the city with tasty Russian food.
However, wherever you choose to go, keep in mind that the happy hour culture in Russia is pretty different than that in Italy, so don’t have high expectations. After all, we Italians have invented and exported worldwide the "aperitivo bar concept".
Below a list of popular happy hour bars worth visiting for starting the evening.
Address: B. Konyushennaya, 27| St Petersburg 191186 Russia | Phone: (+7) 812 339-89-39
"Good Post-Theatre Venue"
Arka Bar is recommended for happy hour drinks and nibbles and is handily situated as a place to go after the theatre. This is a stylish restaurant, lounge bar and grill in the city centre, with some staff conversant in English. You can organize a party here for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or whenever – good food and a nice atmosphere. If you go, try a Russian vodka with gherkins – or just order your favourite cocktail. The service is great and the food menu extensive.
Address: Sadovaya Street, 7-9-11| St Petersburg 191186 Russia | Phone: (+7) 812 983-55-26
One of our recommended happy hour spots is Cuba Libre with its good music and wide variety of cocktails. They often have a bartender show that demonstrates the artistry of the staff which is entertaining. The food is not so bad which is sometimes rare for a bar! Cuba Libre is open 24 hours and is the perfect place for a meal at any hour. While the theme is Cuban, the meals are a general range of grilled foods. Stop by here for a special occasion, or just call in on your way elsewhere.
Address: Voznesensky Avenue, 4| St Petersburg 190000 Russia | Phone: (+7) 911 927-39-99
"A Little Hideaway"
Library is a recommended bar where you can come and enjoy a quiet beer or vodka after visiting the Hermitage or St Isaac’s Cathedral. The staff are very friendly and the menu caters for good generous fast food burgers, fish and chips and of course soup, or borsch or stroganoff. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming without being pretentious and entertainment is also provided – anything from stand-up comedians to jazz or karaoke. Reservations are advised. Management describe their bar as “a little hideaway between yesterday and tomorrow” and is a perfect place for a simple bite to eat along with a great selection of beers.
Address: Voznesenskiy St, 6| St Petersburg 190000 Russia | Phone: (+7) 812 610-61-51
"Go for the View"
The W Terrace on the rooftop of the hotel building in downtown can be the perfect place for a romantic happy hour or a few drinks along with stunning city' views. Popular among tourists and locals, this pretentious and contemporary bar restaurant is open from May to September, and run from 5pm to 2am each day of the week. The bar menu covers French, European, and Russian cuisine. If you go try one of their tasty cocktails, and be sure to book a table on the terrace.
Address: Dekabristov St, 27| St Petersburg 190000 Russia | Phone: (+7) 812 570-46-25
"Irish - to be sure!"
The Shamrock bar was one of the first bars in the heart of St Petersburg and is handily situated near the Mariinsky Theatre and State Conservatory. It’s one of our favorites St Petersburg happy hour bars! The bar is open from 11am to 2am. In true Irish fashion, Irish music abounds – sometimes live shows, and the pub features live sports coverage and Sky TV. Choose from a wide variety of food and drinks, including delicious breakfasts. The bar has a nice cosy friendly atmosphere and you may even see some stars from the Mariinsky incognito!
Written by Davide C.