Vasilievsky Island is a home to famous rostral columns, Saint-Petersburg University, Kunstkamera, and lots of amazing architecture. What’s more curious is that back in 18th century, all its streets were intended to be canals, just like in Venice. Well, Russian climate didn’t favour the idea, so now they are just regular streets. But it is still one of the amazing corners of the city, not only for exploring, but for partying and drinking. Where? Check out our suggestions below.
Bar, Restaurant, Wine Bar, $$$
This budget bar is a whole vinothèque, with a great choice of over 500 wines. Some of them you can try by glass, but most are sold by the bottle. The menu is based on fresh products, which guarantees the constant rotation, and it always includes some appetizers, soups, salads, and main course.
Bar, Restaurant, Belgian, $$$
A great mix of sport translations, great choice of Belgian beers, and Flemish cuisine has become the success formula of this local Belgian bar. Brugge’s chef Alexander Ishov has based the menu on principles of beer and food pairing. Once there, make sure to try the trademark dish “Brugger” – a 100 percent beef cutlet complemented with avocado.
Bar, Restaurant, European, Russian, $$$
Brodsky… Buterbrodsky… Playing with a surname of famous Russian poet and “buterbrod,” which means sandwich in Russian, the name of the bar is already suggesting some experiments. This concept bar is famous for its homemade liquors with some curious and unique recipies: raspberries on gin, cherry on bourbon, smoked pear on dark rum, and the absolute hit: dried apricots on cognac.
Street Food Bar #1
This bar concept is centered around sport events and translations and is a perfect place for fans to enjoy great food and drinks, but still feel like they are watching their favourite team play in real life. The core of the menu is made from sandwiches with some creative approach, like coloured freshly-baked bread and some unique sauses.
Bar, Wine Bar, $$$
This place is for all the wine lovers – there’s a huge choice of wines by country, year, and grape type. Almost every wine, except for the most rare and precious ones, you can try by glass. All opened bottles are preserved with a special technology to guarantee the long-lasting taste. The food menu offers some classic pairings such as cheese, ham, and olives. A great place for aperitivo and warm talk with friends.
Beer Boutique “1516”
Bar, Pub, Craft Ale Bar
This beer boutique opened in 2010 and has a unique atmosphere. Not offering any food, the whole concept is fully centred around beers from all over the world, of all possible types. This is a great place to try some local and craft beers from St Petersburg. And remember to say hi to the mascot of the place – a big, white cockatoo that lives in the bar.
Bar, Pub, $$$
As most of us know, hockey is kind of a national sport in Russia, and this is the place to see some hockey fans and also to support your team, sipping a beer and enjoying a great meal. The design of the place is bright and comfortable, integrating hockey details in its interior.
Bar, Pub, Irish, $$$
The concept of Irish pubs has successfully spread around the world, and St Petersburg is no exception. Wild Duck is filled with authentic atmosphere, the menu is pleasing with great quality beer selections and even a roast on the open fire. As a cherry on top, the bar hosts live rock & roll and blues music… and a live happy duck walking around. Just call him Billy.