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“nice people & great booze” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mishka

Mishka
Fontanka, 40, St. Petersburg 191025, Russia
+7 921 322-51-94
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Ranked #464 of 7,949 Restaurants in St. Petersburg
4.5 of 5 stars 23 Reviews
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Bar, Sandwiches
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Dining options: Late Night
Description: A popular DJ bar/cafe for local scenesters, as well as 20something tourists and ex-pats, located on the most central intersection (Nevsky prospekt and Fontanka). Due to strict dress code don't try to enter with a backpack and be ready to hear that the party tonight is "invitation only". It means the security did not like your look. The place was opened by St. Petersburg avant-garde musician and heartthrob Kirill Ivanov and friends in the beginning of 2011, at the end of 2011 Mishka has already achieved the title of St. Petersburg's Best Bar according to TimeOut magazine. During daytime, Mishka more of a cafe (with free wi-fi), where you can relax, read and/or chat and enjoy a selection of sandwiches and fresh salads. In fact, it's one of the few places that serves in line with the Western understanding of "salad" - a huge bowl of fresh greens with a choice of other fresh ingredients to add, rather than the traditional Russian understanding of salad which is usually a lot of mayonnaise with other ingredients and often without any greens at all. There are two spaces - the entrance space is the "club" side, generally the rowdier side and the place to get boozed up and drunkenly dance the night away, and the second space is more relaxed, more brightly lit, non-smoking, and a comfortable place to grab a bite to eat (even at 4am!) and sit and chat with your friends without shouting over the music from the entrance space. At night there is usually a DJ playing (even on weeknights!) whatever hipsters are listening to these days (rather than typical Russian clubs that only play worn-out house and 90s pop) and the bar can get very crowded on weekend nights. Try one of the dozens of specialty shots to get your night started in the right spirit... or to end your night, if you're on a bender.
St. Petersburg, Russia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“nice people & great booze”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Perfect place to hang out with friends and meet nice and friendly people. Affordable booze and excellent music.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“I <3 Mishka”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

A very popular DJ bar/cafe for local scenesters as well as 20something tourists and ex-pats located on the most central intersection (Nevsky prospekt and Fontanka) with very reasonable prices. There are two spaces - the entrance space is the "club" side, generally the rowdier side and the perfect place to get boozed up and drunkenly dance the night away, and the second space is more relaxed, more brightly lit, non-smoking, and a comfortable place to grab a bite to eat (even at 4am!) and sit and chat with your friends without shouting over the music from the entrance space. At night there is usually an excellent DJ playing (even on weeknights!) whatever hipsters are listening to these days (rather than typical Russian clubs that only play worn-out house and 90s pop) and the bar can get very crowded on weekend nights. Try one of the dozens of specialty shots to get your night started in the right spirit...or to end your night, if you're on a bender.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Really on of the most fabulous places I remember last year.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012 via mobile

The atmosphere is fantastic. People are friendly. One advice- do better fc.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“a friendly bar with relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

A downtown place that sells cheap booze, fine dj's and has a nice scene. Certainly a very hyped one this summer in town. Works as a dance bar on weekend nights, and a decent place to have a tuna or chicken salad (the plate is big and I mean it!) or fresh-made sandwich with cider in the afternoons. The pricing is inexpensive, and people visiting are mostly students and hip scenesters.
Located in a cozy basement just next to the downtown arterial avenue (Nevsky Prospect). Has both smoking and non-smoking areas.
They don't have bike parking stalls, but those are often crammed against the entrance fencing on busy nights.
A good place to include in your average bar-hopping night or to sip on a drink at on the way to sightseeing routines; friday nights can be very populated.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St. Petersburg
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“The best Mishka in Russia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

My favourite place in Saint Petersburg. It's nice & smooth!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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