The Best Bars in Rostov-On-Don

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Yulia S.

Contributor / Journalist

Undoubtedly Rostov-On-Don‘s bar scene has evolved over recent years. Nowadays, there are quite a lot of bars that are also restaurants, cafés, pubs, family-friendly locales, and some places that are all four at once. Local bartenders make every guest feel special, and each spot is famous for its unique rituals, especially if we’re talking about vodka. We’ve prepared a comprehensive guide to the best bars in Rostov-On-Don that will guarantee your evening will be an exciting one.

1. Cuba Libre

Bar, Cuban

The one and only venue in Rostov-On-Don that is focused on Cuban drinks and its delightfully imaginative cocktails. It also has a seasonal food menu with plenty of Cuban and local appetizers, an interesting and changing wine list, plus an all-European selection of beer and cider. And you can find all this in an elegant neighbourhood bar setting.

2. Drunkenwinnie Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American

This bar and burger venue is a total hidden gem of Rostov-On-Don, known only by the locals. The place is full of character, with a good vibe and nice people – undoubtedly, it would be an unexpected surprise for the first-time visitor. It’s one of the best and most well-stocked bars in the Rostov area. The menu includes all the usual spirits and cocktails with special local ingredients, along with an extensive beer and wine list. They also offer a large choice of American burgers with different toppings if you’re hungry after all that drinking.

3. Golodranets Bar

Bar, Contemporary

Another fine bar that is quite famous among locals, the choice of liquors and cocktails is displayed against the back bar. Cocktails range from approachable to heavy. It may seem like a funny fact, but Russians don’t actually drink Moscow Mules. As for the wine and local beer, those lists are great, too. The most important thing about Golodrantes is keeping it local, so it’s a must-visit spot if you’re interested in a typical local drinking experience. And it’s very hard to beat Russians at that – cheers!

4. Papa Rostov

Restaurant, Russian

A very traditional and cozy Russian restaurant and bar with private dining rooms, Papa Rostov offers a vast array of champagnes and cocktails, apéritifs, digestifs, and local vodka paired with plates of oysters, imported cheeses with ham, and traditional Russian desserts. Plus, the prices are more than affordable.

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