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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 year’s 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. Petersburg’s 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 stone’s throw from the bustle of Nevsky Prospekt, you’d be forgiven for not noticing Union as its name isn’t 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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