Guess it’s not a girls’ place to write about but while there are no boys in the St. Petersburg Spotted by Locals community I’ll take my chance and hope to be forgiven by beer experts and pub fans.
O’Hooligans happened to be a discovery during my last year of 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 are the moderate (for a pub) prices, the extensive food and drinks menu and the simple, in a good way, interior. No heavy leather furniture like is preferred in many pubs.
Regulars are younger clerks from the offices nearby - the pub boasts extremely central location & Nevsky is only 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 a mood for good choice of beers (Bellhaven Stout, Delirium Red, Bourgogne Des Flanders, Lindemans, Blanche De Bruxelles if you ask me), 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 company of 2-4, you’ll probably be okay.