St. Petersburg is one of those cities that should be seen not only during the day but also at night. It looks completely dissimilar at different times of the day. Arriving in St. Petersburg, find at least one night in order to prove it.
Where to go at night in St. Petersburg and what to see? You will find the answer to this question in this article.
Colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the largest churches in Russia and the most recognisable feature of St. Petersburg. Created by architect Auguste de Montferrand, it is located on the eponymous square.
The Cathedral has one of the best observation decks in the city. It provides an opportunity to explore the city from a bird’s eye view. The viewing place with 360-degree coverage located at an altitude of about 43 meters.
The observation deck is open until 10.30 p.m. from April 27 to September 30. During the White Nights period from June 1 to August 20, the Colonnade of St. Isaac’s Cathedral is open until 4:30 a.m.
Loft project Golitsyn Dvor
This is a unique space that combines 5 old mansions, located in the city center. These buildings are combined into a single yard-well which is lined with planks of wood. There are many cafes, bars and restaurants, some of which work all night.
Parties and musical performances are held here in the evening. In addition, you can find beauty salons, tattoo studios, art centres, showrooms, leisure centers and hostels on the territory of the Golitsyn Dvor.
Loft project Golitsyn Dvor works around the clock 7 days a week. Cafes and restaurants are open mostly until 1 a.m., and on Friday and Saturday until 5 a.m., coffee houses – until 10 p.m. and bars from evening to the last client.
The main square of the city looks very majestic in the light of the night illumination. The Palace Square is surrounded by the Winter Palace, the building of the headquarters of the Guard Corps and the building of the General Staff.
During the day there are a lot of tourists, guides and souvenir sellers here, at night the Square can be completely empty. All buildings are illuminated and night Hermitage looks more mysterious, like the entire architectural ensemble of the Palace Square.
You can also visit one of the panoramic restaurants with a stunning view of St. Petersburg. It is beautiful and tasty, and in the case of bad weather, it is an ideal option.
The Mansarda overlooks the St.Isaac’s Cathedral from the last floor of the Quattro Corti business center. This building has a long history – Count Shuvalov lived here. The restaurant’s interior is sophisticated, concise and, at the same time, incredibly cozy.
Even if you booked a table which is not near the stained glass windows, you still guaranteed an amazing view of the city.
The average cheque is 2 500 – 3 000 rubles. Mansarda opens until 1 a.m.
The restaurant is located in the Leader Tower – one of the highest business center of St. Petersburg. It is far from the city center, but there is a spectacular panoramic view of the Gulf of Finland and the airport from its windows. Located at an altitude of almost 150 meters, Floor 41 gives a wonderful view of the modern part of St. Petersburg. If you want to get a table by the window, it is better to book it in advance.
Floor 41 has several zones: a restaurant with an open kitchen, a gastronomic bar, a VIP conference and a karaoke room. There is also a children’s room. The interior of the restaurant is impressive: a mixture of luxury and modern design.
The average bill is 2 500 rubles excluding alcohol. From Thursday to Saturday the restaurant is open until 3 a.m. On the other days of the week Floor 41 closes at 1 a.m.
Sky Bar in Azimut Hotel
If you want to look at the central part of the city from a bird’s eye view at night, you can visit the Sky Bar. Located at an altitude of 70 meters, it provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a beautiful view of all the main sights of St. Petersburg through panoramic windows.
The interior of the Sky Bar is made in the style of minimalism with bright details that are ideal for any format of the party. The menu offers dishes of American, Russian, European and Mediterranean cuisines, but in general, there are not so many dishes on offer. First of all, it is a bar.
Prices are quite acceptable – the average check is about 1 500 rubles. The bar opens until 2 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday. Other days – until 1 a.m.
Self-cost bar Commode on Rubinstein street
Self-cost bar Commode is one of the places worth visiting if you ended up in St. Petersburg at night. First, the bar is located in the city centre, which makes it easily accessible. Secondly, the prices of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at cost.
Where can you order rum for 94 rubles, and espresso for 15 rubles?
Low cost doesn’t affect the quality of drinks. However, an hourly fee is charged for staying in a bar – 180 rubles for every 60 minutes. Live music always sounds here. Guests can
- play board games
- take part in different interesting events
The interior of the bar is quite simple but very interesting and stylish. There are 4 halls, each of which can be rented, and there is a small open balcony with a stunning view of the night Nevsky Prospect on the second floor.
Perhaps the only disadvantage of this place is a modest menu. There are several options for salads, desserts and snacks, you can also order rolls. At the same time, the administration of the bar allows visitors to bring food with them.
Be sure to walk at night along Nevsky Prospect. Even if you know it backwards and forwards and it seems that you have already seen everything, believe us: the Nevsky in the night lights is a completely different Nevsky.
All buildings located on the main prospect of the city are illuminated. It makes them particularly beautiful. You will see the following places of interest in a totally new light:
- Anichkov Bridge
- Elisseeff Emporium
- Gostiny Dvor
- City Duma Tower
- Zinger House
- Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
- much more
Rivers and canals look unusual and fascinating – the lights are beautifully reflected in the dark water.
If you are hungry, you can go to one of the many restaurants, cafes and bistros, which are located here. For example, there is a non-stop family restaurant Marcellis on Nevsky Prospekt 43. You can visit it after a long walk and have a tasty breakfast.
Sightseeing tour – St. Petersburg by night
Another way to spend the night in St. Petersburg is to go on a sightseeing tour. It can be a journey on foot or by bus, as part of a group or individually with a guide. Such an excursion usually lasts about 5-6 hours and in the summer often includes a boat trip.
During the tour, you will see the main attractions of the city quite different. Many tourists note the mysteriousness of those places that during the day seemed completely harmless. If you choose a bus tour, you will make stops during your trip so that you can take a closer look at the sights. The tour is accompanied by a story of the guide, who would be happy to answer your questions.
The average price of such a tour starts from 800 rubles and may differ. It depends on the route and the number of attractions that you plan to visit.
Walking along the embankments of St. Petersburg is one of the most romantic night activities. Our city is often called the Venice of the North: it doesn’t lack in rivers and canals. Many of them are located in the central part of St. Petersburg around the main city attractions.
All of them are beautifully illuminated, but unlike the noisy and busy Nevsky Prospect, they are almost deserted at night.
- If you are going for a night walk along the Neva embankment, you should dress warmly, as it is usually quite cool at this time. You will see the Winter Palace, the Russian Museum, the House of Scientists and the Palace Bridge.
- The wind is not so strong on the Moika Embankment. You will see the Mikhailovsky Castle, Stroganov Palace, Yusupov Palace, General Staff building and the building of the Round Market as well as various revenue houses here.
- The embankment of the Griboyedov Canal is no less interesting. You can walk at the Savior on Spilled Blood, the Kazan Cathedral, the Singer House, the Banking and Lion Bridges, as well as the Mikhailovsky Garden.
Drawbridge is one of the most popular activities in St. Petersburg at night for the tourist. This spectacle is really impressive and it’s worth seeing. There are different ways to observe drawbridges.
From the boat
Many people prefer to watch the drawbridges from the water. Tourists who came to our city for the first time, choose such night walks. To do the same, you need to contact a travel agency and pay for the ticket. You can try to buy a pass to the boat just before the excursion on the land, but it is less safe.
The price of a night boat tour depends on the viewing angle, the duration of the trip, the excursion guidance and starts on average from 800 rubles
The journey begins, as a rule, not earlier than midnight, so it is worthwhile to take care of further transportation to the hotel in advance.
Don’t forget to warm yourself up: the nights in the city are cold, especially on the water. Duration of the tour is usually at least 1.5-2 hours.
From the roof
Another option to watch the drawbridges from a good angle is to observe them from the roofs. As in the case of the boat, you need to contact the travel agency and make a booking. Choose sites in the city centre, as they offer the most successful overview.
The advantage of this option is height: you will be quite high above the ground, and you will be able to see not only drawbridges but also most of the city, decorated with lights.
The price of the rooftop tour depends on the number of people in the group and starts from 1 200 rubles. You can also book an individual tour.
Most companies offer blankets, chairs, sofas for the convenience of their guests. You can take food and drinks with you and even order a photo session. The duration of the event which starts after midnight is 1-1,5 hours.
From the shore
The most budget option is to watch drawbridges from the shore. You don’t need to pre-book and pay for anything. You can just walk around the center of St. Petersburg and go to the right place at the right time. The key to this thing is to choose the best place to watch and arrive on time. So look in advance for the schedule of drawbridges.
The most successful places are the embankment at the Winter Palace and the area near the Admiralty and the Bronze Horseman monument
In the first case, you will be able to see how the Palace and Trinity Bridges move, in the second – Trinity and Blagoveshchensky. On the Palace Embankment from the Winter Palace to Suvorov Square, you can easily expect to see a moving of three bridges at once.
Keep in mind that in good weather, these places are very popular among guests and residents of the city, so if you want to stand right by the water, it is better to arrive at the place in advance. It is also possible to watch how Palace and Trinity bridges are moved from The Old Saint Petersburg Stock Exchange area on the Vasilyevski island.
Whatever place you choose, this spectacle is very exciting, especially if you watch it for the first time. Therefore, positive emotions are guaranteed to you in all cases.