Evening Outing, Saint Petersburg
Despite the spartan interiors and menu, this place is still a favorite for local rock musicians and alternative artists, with the bonuses of table hockey and underground films. Daily, 3 p.m. until the last person leaves. Live gigs start at 10:30 p.m.; film program on Sunday from 8 p.m. Entrance 50 rubles.
Its known to be the city's first and premier "rock" bar, complete with a confederate flag and posters of Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe. Usually packed with a rowdy crowd of technical students and leather-clad teddyboys. Coat check can only handle half the crowd. Bar open from 11 a.m. Shows daily at 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Entrance 40 rubles.
It's worth to see draw bridges - many people walk along the embankments the whole night. You can take a water trip also. See my album about bridges.
There are 10 bridges over the River Neva and many bridges over other rivers and chanals. Nine bridges are drawn and one new bridge is non-drawn.
The Kirov Ballet is the major ballet of St. Petersburg and performs at the Marinskiy Theatre. They also tour internationally, sometimes the star you want to see might be touring and not in St. Peterburg.
A great website for star and photos fromt the Kirov Ballet:
Dress Code: Usually dress nice, but all levels of dress are seen.
I heard the Valery Nagorny Trio. Valery is a well-known jazz saxophonist and composer. He may be teh best i have ever heard.
He plays many melodic standards such as "Round Midnight" to his own modern compositions. For the foreigner it is a delightful mix of familiar and new. I am waiting to hear Valery at the Monterey Jazz Festival. :) Valery is lately on tour in europe and America.
The Jazz Philharmonic Hall nightclub is a major venue for jazz in Saint Petersburg. The seating is cabaret tables with cocktails. The mural on the wall is of American jazz artist from the classic band era.
Dress Code: The audience is from casual to formal. A less demonstrative crowd than in US jazz venues. But obviously an appreciative audience. Nice place to go with friends to talk, hear good music and perhaps mingle a bit.
Take a few steps down from street level into a real Irish Pub with 14 varieties of beer and live music 5 nights a week. It seems odd that this is the only watering hole near the Marinsky Theater, the ultimate venue for classical music and ballet.
Perhaps some feel the need for some folk music and beer arter a highbrow evening. :) Service is light, atmosphere relaxed.
Televised Sports events may on cue.
The CCE (Celtic City Experience) Irish band with Jenja and Elena was very pleasant for listening and talking to friends. Some nights may be noisy with louder music. :)
JFC is the most popular jazz club in Saint-Petersburg. Every day you can listen here fantastic music (bluse, funk, jazz, latino and etc).
Club is very small so try to come in time if you want to take table. Begining of concerts is at 19.00 and club close at 23.00.
Very cheap and cozy pub in the Noth part of Saint Petersburg. Here you can listen live music, whatc football or just drink beer with friend.
beer - 2$/500ml
vodka - 1$/50ml
warm dishes around 4-5$
Dress Code: no dress code
When I visited St. Petersburg, it was during the part of the summer when they had "white nights," or the evening sky does not get dark. It was a really weird and cool experience being able to walk the streets of St. Petersburg at around 2 in the morning and still see things as if it was the late afternoon! One thing that seemed to be popular for people to do was to walk around and stand by one of the many bridges in town and wait for it to raise for the night, (at around 1or 2 AM). People just seemed to gather around and enjoy a drink or a smoke, meet other people and watch the bridges go up. This is a phenomenon that happens every single night, but when the bridges do raise, people seemed to feel the need to cheer about it for some reason! I guess those Russians can find just about any reason to make a toast!
Georgian wine is incredible. I didn't even like wine until I tried some Akhasheni wine from Georgia. For the last day of my program, we bought a bottle (which came covered in burlap) and settled down with it next to the Hermitage. We enjoyed the semi-sweet variety, it was good to drink on its own. You can buy good Georgian wine for anywhere between 150-300 rubles ($5-10) at supermarkets.
In Petersburg it's ok to walk around with bottles of beer, you'll see everyone doing it. Of course, if you're a group of five girls, you might get some annoying attention, but nothing too scary (especially when it's broad daylight at 11 PM). My favorite beer was Baltika which is made in Piter. So I told all my friends to get it, and they bought out the shop so I was stuck with Tuborg! If you buy beer draft in a bar, it might be 50 rubles ($1.60) for a glass, but if you buy it in a kiosk or shop, it can be 15 rubles ($0.50) for a half liter bottle. Cheaper than water...
Found the Rock & Roll night club on the night of my Birthday. Had a great evening out with my girlfriend while we killed time waiting for our train home. Great Music, cheap drinks and food and it did not finish till 0500 in the morning. Needed some serious energy to get through the night. Was only 100pyb to get in as well per person. Well impressed with the whole night (although the door man took my water bottle away...be warned )
Dress Code: No dress code i could gather
L'église étonne par ses bulbes dorés et multicolores, surprenants dans le paysage architectural de St-Petersbourg.
The church astonishes by its golden and multicolored bulbs, surprising in the architectural landscape of St.-Petersbourg.
En fait, les deux garçons ont pris place devant, et je suis assis à l'arrière, entre Kamila et Natacha, toute deux en mini jupes sous leur longs manteaux. Ce délicieux ballet de leurs longues jambes sous mes yeux n'est pas propice à me plonger dans la méditation spirituelle.
Je savais les femmes russes belles et sexy, mais cette brutale rencontre avec les charmes de cette ville sublime, la vodka et cette sensualité ne manque pas de me troubler...
Je m'imagine tel un agent secret enlevé par des créatures du KGB par une nuit froide au coeur de la Russie...
Et je me sens plus le désir d'être un aventurier avec mes belles amies, qu'un touriste qui s'extasie devant ces merveilles architecturales.
Dress Code: Continuation...
In fact, the two boys took place, and I am seated to the rear, between Kamila and Natacha, all two in mini skirts under their long coats. This delicious ballet of their long legs under my eyes is not auspicious to plunge me in the spiritual meditation.
I knew the beautiful and sexy Russian women, but this brutal meeting with the charms of this sublime city, vodka and this sensuality doesn't fail to disturb me...
I imagine such a secret agent removed by creatures of the KGB by one cold night to the heart of Russia...
And I feel the desire more to be an adventurer with my beautiful friends, that a tourist who is in ecstasies before these architectural marvels.
Et nous voici soudain, en pleine nuit au milieu d'une sublime carte postale qui me laisse sans voix.
Dress Code: Continuation...
And has us sudden, in full night in the middle of a sublime post card that lets me without voice.