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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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Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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