The 10 Best Bars on Rubinshteyna Street, St Petersburg

Visit one of the many bars on Rubinshteyna Street in St Petersburg | © rmac8oppo / Pixabay
Visit one of the many bars on Rubinshteyna Street in St Petersburg | © rmac8oppo / Pixabay
Photo of Anastasiia Ilina
28 September 2017
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Rubinshteyna is a centrally located melting pot of all sorts of restaurants, bars and cafés. There are over 50 establishments on the street, all bringing a new and exotic flavour to St Petersburg. On any given night of the week, or during the day for that matter, the street is brimming with locals and tourists. If faced with a choice, here’s an overview of the street’s best bars and what they offer.

Bekitzer

Restaurant, Israeli, $$$
Bekitzer is easily one of the most popular bars on the street. The concept of Israeli street food caught up very quickly, and the bar became a perfect place for lunch, dinner or just snacks with drinks. Bekitzer takes pride in the authenticity of their culinary offerings. All the chefs have studied in Israel and brought back necessary ingredients; they pay close attention to every detail. The drinks menu won’t fail to provide variety and some creative choices.

Commode

Bar, Russian
Commode may not have extravagant cocktails or creative snacks, but the bar has found a new approach to running a business. They named themselves a self-cost bar, which means they sell all the drinks at cost; they just want to break even. The drinks are dirt cheap, and the cost of one hour at the establishment comes down to 180 roubles (two pounds) per person, still making the experience worth the money.

Vinostudia

Bar, Mediterranean, Wine, $$$

Wine and Mediterranean food – surely nothing can go wrong. Vinostudia is the place to enjoy a great combination of wine and culinary delights, placing special importance on the wine. The wine list hails from all parts of the world and features affordable prices of 180–250 roubles per glass (two to three pounds). They offer other types of alcohol as well, but a smaller selection.

Poison

Bar, Pub Grub, Cocktails, $$$

The Poison karaoke bar has a very low-key setting. The interior is close to non-existent; drinks are dirt cheap, and the light is very dim. It’s set up to get the crowd singing. The DJ is in control of all song requests, which are always free, but it’s limited to only foreign-language ones. No Russian pop songs – only the best classic hits from around the world.

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