Warm up on the inside and out at these cosy bars in St Petersburg
A true winter wonderland, St Petersburg is notoriously cold at this time of year. Luckily, when it comes to beating the frostbite, the city offers a particularly effective cure in its selection of cosy bars and warming winter tipples. From the elegant Nevsky Bar & Lounge with its open fire, to the popular Mishka Bar, the intimate Dead Poets Bar and intellectual hotspot Sunduk Art Café, warm up with this guide to the cosiest bars in St Petersburg.
With leather sofas, an open fire and premium beverages, Nevsky Bar & Lounge is a great place to spend a winter’s evening in St Petersburg. Recline in the comfy leather seats and enjoy a delicious selection of cocktails and snacks beside an open fire. Providing an extra treat for guests on Friday and Saturday nights is a live jazz band which entertains guests from 8 to 11pm. Best of all, you don’t even need to leave Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg.
Sunduk Art Café is one of the quirkiest music bars in St Petersburg. Known for its live entertainment, its whimsical interiors and its flavoursome European and Russian cuisine, this is an excellent place to escape the cold. The interior resembles an underground antiques shop, with exposed brick walls, mismatched furniture and artfully cluttered décor. Guests can also look forward to entertainment such as live jazz, acoustic performances or DJ sets on most nights.
Located just off Nevsky Prospect on ul Zhukovskogo is one of the coolest cocktail bars in St Petersburg. An ideal place to wind down and warm up after a day of sightseeing, Dead Poets Bar offers a relaxing, Bohemian ambience and an extensive drinks menu of sophisticated, classic and contemporary cocktails. This venue is decidedly low-key, yet inviting, and attracts an intellectual crowd with an events calendar full of talks and poetry readings.
An intimate space with a low-lit, moody ambience, Tippler’s Bar offers an excellent alternative to the many glitzy cocktail bars in St Petersburg. Located in a dark basement, the bar’s charm lies in its wintery atmosphere and its highly rated cocktail menu. Adding heat to city’s cocktail scene, the menu features a blend of modern signatures and vintage classics from around the world, presented in striking glassware such as medicinal bottles, tin cans and flasks.
Should you find yourself on lively Rubinsteina Street, shut out the cold winter breeze at Vinny Shkaf (the ‘wine cabinet’, in Russian). This intimate, industrial space offers delicious food and drinks, with a particularly extensive wine menu – ideal for a romantic pre- or post-dinner drink.