The 10 Best Bars In Vladivostok, Russia

Patricia Krujalskyte

Vladivostok is the largest easternmost Russian city on the North Pacific and the last stop on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. Vladivostok is not far from Chinese and North Korean borders; however, the city is still not very Eastern, and you can observe this in our guide of Vladivostok’s 10 best bars.

Zolotoy Bridge, Vladivostok

1. Stary Kapitan

Pub, Bar, Pub Grub

Vladivostoks waterfront
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Found on the banks of Amur Bay, Stary Kapitan (Old Captain) is modelled after a traditional English pub with nautically influenced interior. It features 12 draft beers from England, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium. On weekend evenings make sure to book a table, as Stary Kapitan gets full for the live music acts, which start at around 9pm. If it gets too noisy, the Stary Kapitan offers small private rooms for a quiet private chat.

2. Bar Druzhba

Bar, Pub Grub

Frozen Margarita Cocktail
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Found in Vladivostok’s city center, Bar Druzhba (Friendship Bar) is difficult to miss as there’s red signs and lighting both from the outside and on the inside. A favorite with local students and young professionals, Bar Druzhba is a laid back and friendly place to spend your evenings, or dance until the morning. It possesses two bars and sports an interior of modern and retro décor with some trinkets that your grandmother could own. There is also a huge sign that reads Beer Fish Friendship – all the important things that you can find in Vladivostok.

3. Rock's Cocktail Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Cocktails

This venue is perfect for those who want to see live rock bands from Thursdays through to Sundays, and for the rest of the time, customers can dance to the city’s trendiest DJs. A popular spot, the hip Rock’s Cocktail Bar can accommodate up to 200 people, so make sure to get there early. Rock’s is favored by the Vladivostok’s youth, and not only because of the attractive deals, such as the daily deal of buying two of the same drink and getting the third free. On Tuesdays, customers can get a third off all beers or 20 per cent off all cocktails every Thursday.

4. Mumiy Troll Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

The famous Russian rock band, Mumiy Troll, began their music career in Vladivostok, and the Mumiy Troll Bar is named in honor of the band. Mumiy Troll Bar is located in the historic part of the city, near Red Square and Dynamo Stadium. Once inside, you will see a wide, 25 meter long bar, a snug dancing space and a stage. The drinks menu is nothing to be scoffed at; you will find anything from sake, soju, Japanese plum wine, a variety of cocktails, to Scottish, Irish, American, and Japanese whiskeys.

5. Street Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

Selection of Czech Beers
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A self-proclaimed haven for music lovers, the Street Bar is a favorite with the creative types and the locals. While relaxing on comfortable leather couches or large wooden benches, Street Bar is a great place for people watching. In the evening, the venue hosts live music or DJs, with a crowd of people taking it easy after work as well as larger groups celebrating. Street Bar is also a great place for food and business lunches in particular. Here, customers can find Russian and Italian fare, with special emphasis on vegetarian options.

6. Café Studio

Bakery, Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Russian

Café Studio offers everything and is open daily. Delicious food, fresh desserts, strong coffee and loose-leaf blend teas. For a relaxing evening with your friends, try an assortment of shots or beautifully presented cocktails. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for something new, such as the unique sangria, made with white wine and fresh kiwis. Talk to friends while puffing on a hookah, there’s the option of doing it in a traditional way, or with banana liqueur, bubble gum, pomegranate or strawberry flavors.

7. Moonshine

Bar, Pub Grub

Arguably the trendiest new bar in Wanhua, once you enter, Moonshine immediately transports you out of Vladivostok – black glass surfaces, lacquered wood and dark brick walls create a pleasantly intimate atmosphere. Moonshine boasts a drinks menu that is one of the most extensive in Vladivostok. The knowledgeable bartenders will guide you through selecting a new whiskey, rum or wine. They say Moonshine is all about blues, cocktails and conversation, and rightly so – the cocktails arrive exquisitely presented and you can choose from signature Moonshine concoctions or the beloved international classics.

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