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Your Key To St Petersburg, The Best Bars in Russia – 2020 Les Clefs d’Or Award Nominee – Russia

Saint-Petersburg is known as the Cultural capital of Russia. But this city can also boast in being a gastronomic destination of our country as well as a place with the best bars.

Talking about bars it is worth mentioning that the bar culture is not just a phrase for the locals. It does not matter if you are a beer geek or you feel like a sommelier or may be looking for the perfect cocktail. This city offers you that exact place where you find the perfect match.

Speak easy bars with special atmosphere are riding on the crest of the wave. The top ones are “El Copitas” and “Cabinet” – these two even became a reason of visiting St. Petersburg as attractions. “El Copitas” – Mexican bar with a tiny menu and amazing cocktails based on tequila and mescal. Each week the menu changes and they serve only four cocktails and four dishes but it is enough to feel yourself at Your place. Bar became #27 in The World’s 50 Best – no Russian bar has been ranked so high.

“Cabinet” – bar with America 1930’s spirit. One of the best examples of the speak easy bars – to

get in you enter inconspicuous café, take the staff staircase, behind the door you will find 1930s Casino. Note that it is better to be dressed up but anyway they will give you the cape in case you are not prepared. Cocktails are chosen according to Tarot cards — each category of drinks has its own element.

Petersburg is also a good choice for the wine lovers. “Big Wine Freaks” and “Na vina”: biodynamic, exclusive, natural wines, which sometimes are even brought by the venues owners personally from all over the world in order to impress their customers. You may find the same idea in absolutely different places: Big Wine Freaks – bohemian speak easy bar with gastronomy in menu, “Na vina” – a wine bar with cozy atmosphere where you will enjoy the glass of wine with your name on it, accompanied with canapés.

Lately the bar lovers have bored of “Cosmopolitan” and “Mojito” and started searching for something local and based on traditional recipes. The new wave of “vodka rooms” brought back popularity to these concept places from Soviet times. That time they were on top due to cheap prices and simple food. Today they are popular among hipsters, “white collars” and a group of “babushkas” who were told by their grandchildren that it is a good place to remind about their youth.

“Kosulya”, “Zaliv” are the best examples where you may feel yourself Russian. Ascetic interiors but the choice of infused spirits and liquors will impress even the most sophisticated guests.
There is a place for the craft beer adepts – AF Brew taproom: there are twenty taps with almost daily updated lineup, including the rare varieties that can be tasted only here.

So if you are in Saint-Petersburg – visit one of these places and check it out, you won’t regret!

Meet the Author
Xenia Nikitina

I made my first steps in Hospitality when I was a student. I joined one of St. Petersburg historical hotels as a waitress and that was an absolute love at a first sight. I spent several years there and came to the conclusion to change everything and decided to become a tour guide. I was fascinated by studies at school and by this unique profession because it helped me sharing my love to the city with people who took a chance to visit it. But later life brought me back to a Hotel, which was Astoria by Rocco Forte. I joined Astoria Concierge Team almost 6 years ago. I would never had imagined at the beginning of my path that I would call it my lifestyle and fortune. My every day’s goal is to develop my professional skills and learn how to be “key to the city” for my guests. I consider becoming a member of Les Clefs d’Or Russia in 2019 as one of my biggest and well deserved achievements. I truly believe that being a Concierge requires a lot of effort, knowledge and hard work but most importantly it is impossible without loving what you do.

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