O’Hooligans happened to be a discovery during my last year at University and I don’t really remember how I found the place but I do know that I gained respect for it among my group mates.
The name tells us it’s an Irish pub. Correct. You’re also right about regular sports on TV and friendly English-speaking staff. What the name doesn’t tell you is there are quite moderate (for a pub) prices, an extensive food and drinks menu and the simple, in a good way, interior.
Regulars are younger clerks from the offices nearby – the pub boasts an extremely central location & Nevsky is only a few steps away, students – just like me a few years ago, having a drink after a stressful exam, more mature white collars and expats wanting to grab the international beer they are used to back home.
In my mind I describe O’Hooligans like “You are in the mood for a good choice of beers (Bellhaven Stout, Delirium Red, Bourgogne Des Flanders, Lindemans, Blanche De Bruxelles – my personal favs with Lindemans, the raspberry Belgian beer to win my heart), easy atmosphere and want to chat a lot or watch sports”.
Minor drawback: be prepared to find few free seats during the evening. But if you’re in a group of 2-4, you’ll probably be okay.
Another O’Hooligans pub is located in Ploschad Vosstania metro area at Bakunina street and is more spacious, though louder on weekend nights.