And it’s not about the bar or lounge – the place has an ab-so-lu-te-ly great view over the old city centre! I haven’t checked the numbers, but it seems to me that the 18th floor of Azimut hotel is higher than St. Isaac’s Cathedral colonnade – the major viewpoint in the centre.
To find the bar you need to distance yourself from the metro stations and main roads and go to the Azimut hotel, which had been bearing the proud soviet name “Sovetskaya” until the mid-2000s. It was built in the 1960s and used to be a top-notch spot, where only prominent political figures and foreign tourists (the latter were quite a rare species in those days) could afford to stay. It also was the one and only “skyscraper” in the city.
Time passed, globalization changed the scene and now I can’t say anything specific about the hotel itself, but I love the bar view. Prices for the drinks aren’t overpriced and the staff usually treat those, who stick to the window very patiently, even if they don’t buy anything and just take pictures and point in various directions. Indeed that view is a puzzle and you’d want to place all the pieces in your mind. Splendid pictures, thankful eyes, have a look.