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Bar Union: All Together Now

Published: February 27, 2014 (Issue # 1799)



  • With its vast alcohol selection, skilled bar staff cordially prepare an eclectic assortment of exotic drinks for its young revellers.
    Photo: VKontakte

The hasty arrival of this years winter thaw has brought an unusually early end to the inevitable post-holiday hibernation among Petersburgers.

Warmer climates usually precipitate a gaze towards spring and a time typically bringing rejuvenation which mirrors the ever changing nightlife of St. Petersburg.

There is a wave of fresh hotspots and hidden gems springing up all over the city to entice you to shake off your winter wear and don your stylish threads to tackle St. Petersburgs hippest new establishments.

Stylish Bar Union is on the crest of that wave.

Related: Drinking for Freedom

Union, which celebrated its official opening night Feb. 1, is a joint venture by trio Sasha Vardanyan, Jos Frumkin and Denis Nemytov, who are also responsible for bringing us popular café-bar Fartuk. After being disappointed with another recent project of theirs, they decided to open a place with its own character and thus created Bar Union.

Situated a stones throw from the bustle of Nevsky Prospekt, youd be forgiven for not noticing Union as its name isnt emblazoned across its anonymous exterior as is customarily. However, upon entering, the attention is instantly arrested by an impressive display of alcohol behind a bar inundated with well-dressed revellers.

Skilled bar staff cordially prepare an eclectic assortment of exotic drinks ranging from attractive cocktails such as a furiously bright-red Taigi (280 rubles, $8.11) to a compact, rusty-coloured Cocktail Union (210 rubles, $5.99), which comes served with a tower of crushed ice. The mysteriously titled Black Magic beer (210 rubles $6.09) is also available for those in search of something a little more enchanting.

My companions and I opted for a less adventurous but still very well assembled and divinely sweet Daquiri (250 rubles, $7.10) each and bottle of Les Grandes Vignes white wine (900 rubles, $25.53). After collecting our drinks and planting them on the hollow metal barrels that double as tables, we seated ourselves among the vibrant huddles occupying the window-ledges.

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Thursday, Aug. 21


Time is running out to see the fantastic creations on display at the 2014 Sand Castle Festival on the beach at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Adhering to the theme of Treasure Island, visitors can wander amongst larger-than-life interpretations of pirate life or attend one of the workshops held to educate a future generation of sand artists. The castles will remain on the beach until Aug. 31.



Friday, Aug. 22


Get ready to pledge allegiance to the flag during National Flag Day, paying tribute to when, 23 years ago today, the iconic hammer-and-sickle was replaced with the tricolor that now flutters in the wind. Petersburgers will be treated to a free concert on Palace Square, a military parade and a culminating air show featuring Russias Russian Knights stunt pilots.



Saturday, Aug. 23


Uppsala Park plays host to Fairy Noon today, a performance of five separate fairy tales ranging from folk classics to more haunting selections. There will be three different renditions of the tales throughout the day and tickets start at 500 rubles ($13.80) for adults and 300 rubles ($8.30) for children.


Classic Finnish cartoon characters the Moomins expect to receive a warm welcome from Russian fans during todays Moomin Festival at the Pearl Plaza Shopping Center at 51 Petergofskoye Shosse. Become a kid again or introduce a new generation to the beloved creation of Finnish writer Tove Jansson.



Sunday, Aug. 24


The tortured genius of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh gets his day in the centers Konnushnaya Ploschad during Make Art Like Van Gogh, a daylong celebration of the artist that will allow amateur artists to try and replicate the work that made the famed painter world-renowned.


Experience a variety of dances highlighting the diversity of the world around as at the final day of the Ethno-Dance International Dance Festival that has been at the St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions this past week. Tonights performance will feature Egyptian dancers accompanied by local orchestras.



Monday, Aug. 25


Today kicks off the Elena Obraztsovoy International Competition for Young Vocalists in the large hall of the Shostakovich Philharmonic. Talented youngsters will showcase their range over the next six days before a winner is chosen on Aug. 30.



Tuesday, Aug. 26


Love movies but hate all those words? Then check out Rodina Cinema Centers Factor of Consensus film forum this evening. Silent movie classics from the beginning of the 20th century will be screened and accompanied by a pianist, who will provide the soundtrack for the ongoing action. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. Check Rodinas website for more details.



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