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Union Bar – Fun under an elk’s head

This bar is run by the folks who are also proprietors of the Fartuk restaurant. But I think the most important person, the one occupying easily the largest amount of space at Union, is Leonard. You see, there’s an elk’s head installed on the wall – apparently it was already there when Union moved into the premises. The next-door cafe apparently had to settle for its rear half, or so I was told anyway. The elk has a name, Leonard, and is forced to watch all the merrymaking. Let’s join him.

There’s a large bar with drinks, and a stage set up on the left-hand side. It is actually fairly interesting to watch a band play as buses, trolleybuses, cars and pedestrians rush by a window that forms part of the stage set. Some of the gigs at Union are very much worth watching, and are in fact a bit hard to pass by as there’s no entry charge. So my first tip is go figure when there’s something worthwhile on the bill.

The second tip is getting beer from the second, smaller bar in the back – it is usually less crowded unless there’s a football game being watched. If they have Knightberg Oatmeat Stout, go for it.

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Details about this spot



55 Liteyny Ave., Saint Petersburg

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Opening Times

18:00 - 04:00 daily


Union cocktail: RUB 350


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)