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Jump into the bustling St Petersburg nightlife with our insider's guide to the best city's bars, pubs, and clubs.

The nightlife scene in the city of St Petersburg is going from strength to strength and is now broadly considered to be the most varied and friendly in the whole of Russia. From lit jazz halls and Irish-style pubs to groovy strip-clubs and underground bars, or dance clubs you can eat, drink, and dance around the clock.

Today classic old pubs, new gastro-bars and cocktail bars, karaoke or disco bars, can be found in every corner of the city. St Petersburg Nightlife has evolved a lot in the past decade making the city become a vibrant entertainment spot for anyone who loves boogieing, boozing, and partying as locals do.

Here you won't find all the glitz and glam of Moscow's nightlife, but a more down to earth and easy-going atmosphere where anyone from everywhere can experience a pleasant and safe night out without breaking the bank.

If you're new to the city or a first-time traveler the place to start your night out is in Rubinsteina street if you are over 25 years old; or in Dumskaya street if you are below 25 years old. When going out keep in mind that each place has its own style, audience, and type of music, including rules. So before you go out, learn how to dress, and what to expect, and remember to smile at the bouncers at the entrance.

ST PETERSBURG NIGHTLIFe - learn where to go!

Ready to party? If so, get out of bed and start planning your night out with our insider’s guide to St Petersburg nightlife. Click on the links below and learn more about each place.


Whether you’re after a classic cocktail bar with a seventy-year pedigree, or a perfectly shaken martini, check-out our favorite list of cocktail bars in the city. From hidden speakeasies to glamorous hotel bars, the imperial city has a bunch of nice spots for tasting new creative sips and have fun.

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Looking for a perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing? Check-out our roundup list of happy hour bars in St. Petersburg. Grab a glass of beer, wine, spirits or cocktails, and enjoy an unbelievable happy hour in Russian style.

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Sipping a glass of wine while hanging out with friends is one of our favorite pastimes in Saint-Petersburg. If you're a wine lover too, or you're just looking for a bar to enjoy a glass of red or white, then here are some of the best city's wine bars worth visiting. 

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Whether you want to dance, socialize, or just soak up great music, Saint Petersburg has a vast array of interesting choices for party lovers. From underground rock music clubs and rave venues to retro club discos, the clubbing scene in St. Petersburg is diverse and lively. Here you can find a list of the best city's nightclubs to hang out.

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The city of St. Petersburg is a haven for casual drinkers and alcohol enthusiasts alike: from vibrant underground and secret bars to quirky artistic bars, the capital has somewhere to booze whatever the occasion. Here you can find some of the best city's bars worth going for a fun-night.

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Looking for a good pint? See our list of the best city's pubs offering an Irish and English touch along with plenty of Guinness and tasty local food. If you go, keep in mind that these spots can be not as warm as the Irish ones because you're in Russia.



If you want to enjoy a few drinks with some of the best views in the city, then take a look at our favorite list of rooftop bars in St. Petersburg Russia. There you can enjoy a standout environment for delicious mixed drinks, fine wines, and light gourmet fare after a long day of working or sightseeing around town.

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St Petersburg nightlife is not only about dancing and drinking! If you are up for a sing-song while visiting the city, try our top list of karaoke bars, and enjoy singing your heart out to the latest hits or camp classics along with a few drinks.



Saint Petersburg can't claim to be the birthplace of jazz, but undoubtedly the city is – among its other cultural top-spots – the jazz capital of Russia. If you are a jazz enthusiast or a blues lover, here are the five best jazz bars in St. Petersburg for a swinging night out.

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Fancy watching a game and enjoying a frosty beer? If so, don't look any further! Here you can find some of the best city's sports bars, where you can enjoy your favorite team playing on the big screen along with a drink, and of course, some yummy food.

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Relax with the company of gorgeous Russian girls and enjoy the hottest strip shows you'll probably never forget. If you're looking for a good strip club and lap dancing venue during your visit to the cultural capital of Russia, then step in at one of the listed glamour strip-clubs here, and have fun.

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St. Petersburg's LGBT scene isn't as big as in other western countries, but undoubtedly there are a few places to go. If you're keen to pop in, here's our pick of what we think are the best gay and lesbian bars in the city to see.


tips & recommendations to stay safe

Our Tips

St Petersburg Nightlife is brilliant and you should definitely plan to go out when visiting the city. However, to keep it fun and safe, there are a few things to keep in mind. Always keep an eye on your jacket, your wallet, and any documents you have with you. If possible, leave your jacket at the club's wardrobe but always take your wallet, phone, and documents with you. Sure you're agreeing with us that getting a new passport or losing your phone can ruin your Russian vacation, so be alert as in Russia these things can get stolen.

Go out with friends, it's more fun and means you can look after each other, and makes you a harder target. When it is time to go back to your hotel make sure you book a car with Uber or Yandex Taxi via your phone and don't jump into any car you see stopping outside the club or bar. Lastly, be also careful whom you bring home - unfortunately, there have been cases of tourists waking up in their room without their wallet or laptop because of that cute girl or nice guy they met last night.

Forewarned is forearmed!


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