St. Petersburg

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“Piter,” as the locals call the city, is an all-night town, especially during the White Nights of summer when the sun never sets. After-hours entertainment ranges from cabaret shows and underground raves to smoky jazz bars, strip joints and gay nightclubs. Cover charges are common.

St. Petersburg Nightlife

Café Magrib

Popular with Russia’s nouveau riche, this Morrocan-themed restaurant-cum-nightspot comes complete with hookah pipes, Middle Eastern bites and belly dancers.

Nevskiy Prospekt 84, 011-7-812-275-1255
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | dj

Che

Comfy-café by day, Cuban-themed jazz club by night, Che – open 24 hours – is popular with both locals and out-of-towners for its hottest-spot-north-of-Havana atmosphere (they serve Cuban cigars!) and excellent array of cocktails and appetizers.

Ulitsa Poltavskaya 3, 011-7-812-777-7600
Tags: nightlife | lounge | jazz | cocktails

Cynic

You have to love a place that bills itself as a “trash-café-club.” This cozy watering hole is known for cheap drinks and eats, plus a rotating roster of music--house, trance, jazz, rock…occasionally even karaoke.

Pereulok Antonenko 4, 011-7-812-312-8779, www.cynic.spb.ru
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | pub | dj | karaoke

Greshniki

The city’s leading gay, lesbian club, called “Sinners” in Russian, sports a medieval dungeon, S&M theme, with live erotic-dance and strip performances, dj’s spinning the latest dance tracks and an outdoor chill-out deck.

Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboyedova 28a, 011-7-812-570-4291
Tags: gay and lesbian | nightlife | nightclub | dj

Money Honey

Yeehah! A bit of the Lone Star State for homesick Texans, this roughneck pitstop for cheap pivo (beer) features lives rockabilly music nightly.

Ulitsa Sadovaya 28-30, Apraksin Dvor 12, 011-7-812-310-0549, www.moneyhoney.org (Russian Only)
Tags: nightlife | live entertainment | pub | rock music

Tunnel Club

The city’s flagship techno dance club is housed in a former nuclear bunker, though the Gen-Y types who flock here are too young to remember the Cold War.

Corner of Ulitsa Zverinskaya and Pereulok Lyubyanskiy, 011-7-812-572-1551
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing | nightclub | dj | techno

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