Begemont, the Russian word for hippo, is the motif of this popular club; however, do not let the statues of cute hippos deceive you—in fact, Begemont is quite a fashionable, stylish club featuring a bar area adorned with an eclectic assortment of lights and playing loud house music, followed by a darker room in the back of the club leading to the karaoke room. As the club is one of the most popular joints for the city's rich and famous, the drinks, although quite good, tend to be pretty expensive.
The bar Coyote Ugly is a member of the international chain that inspired the film of the same name. The bar centers on copious drinking, merry-making (a bull-horn wielding barmaid cheers the bar's patrons to drink and be happy), girl-power and bar dancing. While decorated with the typical signs of American culture, the bar is the central focus of this joint it serves as the stage for professional go-go dancing. While the drinks may be overpriced, the atmosphere is definitely one appropriate for merry-making!
Mosconcert XXXX is merely a version of the classic local XXXX brand made bigger and better. The members of the staff are all quite friendly and flirtatious, and this establishment caters to attractive, well-off Russians in their late-20s. The bar usually plays a decent mix of party music or features concerts (free of charge) of the typical Russian pop music.
Akakao is a club located in the center of St. Petersburg that offers a broad variety of cocktails and plays decent selection of music. Unique for its cozy and intimate atmosphere, Akakao allows guests to feel at ease, as if they were attending a private shin-dig.
Circus is considered to be one of St. Petersburg's most fashionable clubs and offers a broad variety of beverages, Japanese food, and good music. The club staff and waitresses are very attentive and provide good service.
Jimi Hendrix Blues Club
The Jimi Hendrix Blues Club features live blues music and creates the atmosphere as if Jimi Hendrix was still alive today! The bar also serves genuine Russian and Georgian cuisine made fresh, so you should not be surprised if you have to wait a bit for your order to arrive. As this place is always hopping, we suggest that you make reservations.
Mollie's Irish Pub
Considered the most popular Irish bar in St. Petersburg, Mollie's Irish Pub is centrally located just off Nevsky Prospect. Catering to a crowd of Russian locals, expats, and the occasional tourist, Mollie's provides a broad selection of beers and good food and music. The pub also frequently features sport matches on TV and hosts wild parties on the weekend.
The pub Dickens is unique for its genuine British pub atmosphere and for serving beer from all over the world, including more than ten on the tap, along with many different types of good-quality whiskey. The food is also pretty good and served in generous portions—we recommend the chicken wings and their breakfast menu offers up authentic British fare. Also, the second floor of Dickens serves as a fine-dining restaurant.
Featuring one of the longest bars in St. Petersburg, James Cook is one of the most popular taverns in the city. Divided into two sections—one serving coffee, deserts, and the like, and the other serving harder drinks—this bar offers a wide range of drinks and snacks.
The Shamrock Bar
The Shamrock Bar, located right across from the Mariinsky Theater, is the only genuine Irish pub in St. Petersburg. Featuring live Irish music and authentic Irish beer and alcoholic drinks, the Shamrock Bar creates the atmosphere of an Irish bar. They also have a decent menu and broadcast live Irish, British, European and even North American sports.