An Insider's Guide to St Petersburg's Nightlife

St Petersburg DJs will quickly get you dancing | © Pixabay
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29 June 2018

When it comes to nightlife, perhaps St Petersburg can’t compete with Moscow’s fashionable clubs and giant dance floors. Nonetheless, St Petersburg still has its charm and wins party hearts over with smaller establishments, each competing to be more unique and creative than the other. Here’s our guide to the best of the bunch.

Mishka Bar

Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Mishka is not just a bar, it’s an institution. It’s a place where you can meet just about anybody and will likely run into somebody you know. The bar slightly resembles a den with dimmed lights, and it serves drinks at very democratic prices. Make sure to try their shots. And if you’re wondering about the name, yes, it comes from the popular Youtube video with a husky called Mishka.
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Mosaique

Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
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This club is only open twice a week, and the party here doesn’t get started till late, but then it keeps going until the early hours of the morning. There are two bars and a dance floor with a capacity of 300 people. These parties attract a fashionable crowd, so expect ‘face control‘ at the door and dress up for the occasion.

Lomonosov Bar

Bar, Nightclub, Pub Grub, $$$
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A large bar with three different party zones, the night kicks off here with some cocktails and usually ends with dancing on the table. Dancing is further incentivised with the most popular tunes and seductive go-go dancers to keep the crowd moving.

Akakao Bar

Bar, European, $$$
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A secretive and private apartment-like bar that turns into a club towards the evening. It is set up with different zones depending on what you’re in the mood for that particular night. There’s a shisha room, a karaoke area, and, of course, a dance floor. Getting in is not straightforward. You’ll need to call in and acquire a password that changes every evening.

Purga

Nightclub, Bar, Russian, $$$
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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have a fresh start every day, like New Year’s? At Purga, this becomes possible, since every night is New Year’s Eve at Purga, celebrating in Russian style. Decorating Christmas trees, lights, watching the president’s speech and then welcoming in the New Year at midnight. The hosts will keep you busy with fun games and, of course, lots of dancing.