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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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Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at todays Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nations premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the citys elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolans latest film Mommy at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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