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  • Yuri Bedrak of Apelsin poses with fans
    Yuri Bedrak of Apelsin poses with fans
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  • JFC sign on old sentry box
    JFC sign on old sentry box
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  • Apelsin band- Yuri Bedrak on Saxophone
    Apelsin band- Yuri Bedrak on Saxophone
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    Other Attractions: Great Views

    by filipdebont Written Jun 1, 2004

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    great view

    Well, maybe it is not a real nightlife tip, in the literal sense of the word, but anyway I enjoyed the views at night, especially after this big rain shower and with the play of the sunset light.

    In the rear you can see the golden peak of the Admiralty building. I just love that reflection on the wet road surface.

    Dress Code: a good umbrella

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    Watching opening of the bridges

    by ania70pl Written Jul 12, 2003

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    During the summer months when the Neva river isn't frozen, the bridges across the river open at night to allow ships to pass up and down. Bridges open from May to late October according to a special schedule. Make sure you check the schedules and don't get caught on the wrong side of the river after 2 a.m., or you will be stranded on the wrong side of the river until the drawbridges are lowered between approximately 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m.
    One night, about 2 am we went to see how the bridge opens. Unfortunatelly, we were too late because this particular night it opened earlier because of the renewing. But... the tradition is that during bridge opening you should open the bottle of champagne and drink it at the bank. So we did it watching at the opened bridge and ships passing by.

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    Tsirk: Russian Circus

    by Canadienne Updated Jun 22, 2003

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    St. Petersburg Circus

    When I visited Spain several years ago, I wanted to see a bullfight. Between Hemingway's romanticism and the gorgeous art of the posters, I was able to put out of my mind the violence involved. . .until it actually came to buying a ticket and I backed out.

    Much the same thing happened with the St. Petersburg circus ~ I thought I wanted to go (it is the country's oldest, with renowned acrobatic acts). . .but chickened out at the last minute, due to the probability of seeing (and supporting through my purchase) cruel treatment of animals.

    But, if you aren't bothered by such thoughts. . .they have evening performances and matinees on the weekend (note that the circus closes for six weeks during the summer).

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    Apelsin Band and Yuri Bedrak: Music: Jazz: Apelsin Band

    by sennaya Written Dec 20, 2006

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    Apelsin band- Yuri Bedrak on Saxophone

    Apelsin Band, new young jazz band playing around St. Petersburg and other parts of Russia led by Sax player Yuri Bedrak. They have a fresh funky sound featureing many original compositons. Great to listen to if you get the chance.

    Their first album called Unicorn featured:

    Yuri Bedrak Saxophone, Keyboards
    Tatiana Schebetun Vocal
    Mikhail Alekseenko Guitar
    Herbert Lazdin Guitar
    Pavel Tsvetkov Bass
    Petr Zaharov Drums
    Roman Sadirbaev Percussion

    A second album is in the works.
    A short clip is here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnRK1UpSiLo

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    various venues: Music: Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet

    by sennaya Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet

    The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet performs regularly around Saint Petersburg and also tour Europe and just recently the US. They perform Russian music as well as other composers. They are especially known for "The Fridays" music from the get togethers Rimsky-Korsakov had on Friday at his place for composers and musicians to get together and try out their new works together.

    Dress Code: Dressy to casual, tourists set the lower end of the dress code.

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    JFC Jazz Club: Jazz at the JFC Club

    by sennaya Updated Dec 29, 2007

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    Apelsin Band plays at the JFC Jazz Club
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    One of the best places to hear live Jazz.
    open 1900-2300, admission 100-300 rubles.

    It has about 15 small tables and some stools along the bar.
    If you want to sit at a table you need to call and make a reservation, about 400 rubles for table.
    You can come early and claim a barstool, 150-250 rubles cover charge.
    Or come around 8 when the music starts and stand all night :)

    Dress Code: Casual, come as you want.
    schedule
    http://www.jfc.sp.ru/afisha.html

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    Other Attractions: Opening of the bridges

    by call_me_rhia Written Aug 16, 2006

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    bridges

    Saint-Petersburg is home to over 300 different bridges - bridges that are spectacularly lit up at night - and that, at certain fix times (from May to November) open up to let ships pass up the city's waterways. Here are some of their timetables:

    Palace Bridge - 1:35-2:55 am, 3:15- 4:50 am
    Alexander Nevsky Bridge - 2:20-5:05 am
    Bolsheokhtinsky Bridge - 2:00-5:00 am
    Finlyandsky Bridge - 2:30-5:10 am
    Liteiny Bridge - 1:50-4:40 am
    Troitsky Bridge - 1:50-4:50 am
    Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge - 1:40-4:45 am
    Birzhevoy Bridge - 2:10-4:50 am
    Volodarsky Bridge - 2-3:45 am, 4:15-5:45 am
    Sampsonievsky Bridge - 2:10-2:45 am, 3:20-4:25 am
    Grenadersky Bridge - 2:45-3:45 am, 4:20-4:50 am
    Kantemirovsky Bridge - 2:45-3:45 am, 4:20-4:50 am

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    The Office Pub: The Office Pub

    by sennaya Updated Oct 29, 2007

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    British Phone booth marks the spot

    Irish or British pub on Kazanskaya Street, a little quieter than most featuring many British brews. Said to be owned by the same people who own Mollies Irish Bar.
    Atmosphere more commercial, comfortable like a restaurant.

    Dress Code: casual but you want to look a little better!

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    Sunsets and night lights in the city center: Great night views

    by sennaya Updated Dec 23, 2007

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    Moika River Sunset
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    Well, maybe it is not a real nightlife tip, in the literal sense of the word, but we enjoy the views at night, especially after this big rain shower and with the play of the sunset light.

    In the rear you can see the golden peak of the Admiralty building. I just love that reflection on the wet road surface.
    This photo is along the Moika River in the city center

    See other pictures too :)

    Dress Code: a good umbrella

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    Other Attractions: Deep, down inside, I bet they're really nice girls

    by sophiebeans Written Feb 9, 2005

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    It rhymes with

    The name of this place of business is "***es" strip club. Sounds like wholesome fun! We, of course didn't go inside to see for ourselves, but I thought the outside of the club was fairly amusing!

    Dress Code: Gee, I would have no idea what to wear to a place called "***es." Maybe something leather or vinyl with a riding crop as an accessory?

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    Tips to find clubs, music and so on.

    by bakunin Updated Sep 21, 2002

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    St Petersburg Times

    The english written newspaper called St. Petersburg Times always has a section with night live tips. Mostly this tips are up to date. You will find the St Petersburg Times in hotels and travel agancies around the city. It is free of charge.

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    Night activity: Bridge lifting

    by Kap2 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    1 or 2am in the morning you can see the bridges rising along the full length of the river, its a party atmosphere as you watch the river heading up stream....

    "A bascule bridge is a drawbridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or "leaf", throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic. Bascule is a French term for seesaw and balance, and bascule bridges operate along the same principle. They are the most common type of movable bridge in existence because they open quickly and require relatively little energy to operate."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bascule_bridge

    St Petersburg is the first place to have one (in 1850). The bridge is close to Blagoveshchenskaya (Annunciation) Square, which was reflected in its original name. It was renamed Nikolayevsky Bridge in 1885 in honour of Emperor Nicholas I, and in 1918 was renamed again in memory of Lieutenant Schmidt.

    There are 21 today across the Neva, the first non-bascule opened in 2003.

    Dress Code: It might be a bit chilly.

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  • Take a night trip around St.Peter

    by Raffmo Updated Dec 14, 2003

    The trip takes about 5h. The bus is going around St.Peter. You can see a lot of interesting buildings and of course opening of the Neva bridges.

    The price for such a trip is app. 10-15 USD for person and it is worth it !

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    Tribunal Bar: Horza Plenty

    by gussymons Written Jul 3, 2003

    Whores a-plenty. This seedy little bar is where I went with two other Westerners just after our car crash. I'd never been here before.

    I don't know what the vibe is here. Its not full at all, but there are dodgy-looking devushki eyeing up the Western notecases stuffed with green. There are some stripper-type dancers (male and female) and its quite a sad atmosphere in general. The beer is overpriced but the vodkas are reasonable.

    Sometimes there is a cover charge - it seems arbitrary. I made the mistake of taking a date there once but actually she kind of deserved it in a way! My advice is to avoid unless you really do want an overpriced lady of negotiable affection.

    Dress Code: Shirt recommended.

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    Other Attractions: Rob Schneider

    by Russophile Written Aug 21, 2003

    A friend and I were going to eat at this restaurant in St. P. I saw this Russian guy who looked so much like Rob Schneider that I had to tell my friend about it. Turned out it was Rob, promoting his movie in St. P. You see celebrities in L.A. every day, but didn't expect it in Russia. Then again, I didn't expect to run into my professor either.

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