St Petersburg gay bars are smaller and hidden compared to the Western countries, but despite that fun is guaranteed!
The gay scene in St Petersburg is lively and varied as in Moscow but not as big and visible as in many European countries because Russia is a conservative country. When you visit a gay friendly bar or club in Russia what happens inside stays inside. This is a common rule among the local gay community to remember!
St Petersburg is generally a safe place for gay travellers as long as you keep your profile law. So if you are planning a journey there, don't be afraid to go as a lot of fun awaits you. The city offers a vibrant but small nightlife for gay people offering a bunch of hidden venues to suit most LGBT travellers’ tastes.
After doing back-breaking "research" just for you, here is a list of the 3 top St Petersburg gay bars where you can enjoy dance shows hosted by drag queens, club nights with international DJs, and karaoke competitions, including saunas.
Below a list of the most well known St Petersburg gay bars where anyone can step in and have fun.
Address: Lomonosova Street, 1| St Petersburg 191023 Russia | Phone: (+7) 812 312-36-00
Saint Petersburg has a warm and vibrant club scene for gay people. Central Station is in the heart of the city and is open almost 24 hours. The wait staff are elegantly clad in white shirts and red bow ties. Club Central Station has three floors, five bars, several restaurants and is the biggest gay nightclub in Saint Petersburg. Come here to see drag shows, go-go dancers, artists, live music, and popular DJs, or immerse yourself in the dark room maze. There are restaurants on each of the three floors and the menu is extensive and the prices reasonable.
Address: Lomonosova Street, 1| St Petersburg 191186 Russia | Phone: (+7) 812 332-51-61
"Fun, Fun, Fun"
The Blue Oyster Bar, open from 7 pm until dawn, is a bit hard to find, but look for the number 69 on the door between the tobacconist and the pharmacy. Come here for a fun night with a young crowd. Dress up to match the current theme or come here to meet new friends. Described as a Gay Trash bar, you can listen to pop music and the entertainment ranges from karaoke to drag shows, or bingo to wild dance parties. Lots of fun!
Address: Fontanka River E. , 90 - Building 7| St Petersburg 191180 Russia| Phone: (+7) 812 315-09-63
Depending on the day of the week and the program, there’s a dress code for Bunker. For the Naked Party, the dress code is slippers and a purse, or for the Underwear Party, the code is naked or underwear. Clothing is dispensed with after 8 pm. You can rent slippers, towels, loincloths, latex masks and thongs, and you can even reserve a small cosy room. Bunker is open from 4 pm and closes at dawn. Come here to cruise around for contacts.
Written by Davide C.