Ossi Bar Saint Petersburg

Image by Elena Truskova

Ossi Bar – DDR tea and schnapps room

This cozy apartment-like spot is called Ossi because back in Berlin wall times that was the name for East Berliners.

In the daytime, Ossi bar is a nice place for sipping tea with a laptop or a book (it’s opened at noon). In the night, here come the locals to catch a beer or cider and chat up.

The atmosphere is relaxed: imagine coming to a friend’s apartment (if that friend is a music lover! And also if that friend is an important person and it’s still the 80s).

Tea is served in soviet teapots with soviet cups (donated by friends’ grandmothers or found at flea markets). Coffee, too – where else would you find a cappuccino in a USSR cup?

Sometimes there is DJ music in the evening, but it’s not a dancing spot overall because it’s on the ground floor of a residential building.

My favorite type of adventure is coming early when the bar isn’t packed yet and read on the windowsill watching the Fontanka river embankment (sometimes topping my teapot with hot water).

There are cheese/meat/pickle platters and also sandwiches. Lots of alcohol in bottles to choose from and some local tap beer/cider, Fritz-Kola and other refreshments. And also it’s a place you can make friends and talk to people, most people from the crowd know each other and get conversational with new people easily and friendly.

There is no website but try their Instagram account for details.

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Details about this spot



Fontanki embankment, 51-53, Saint Petersburg

Opening Times

Mon - Thu & Sun 12:00 - 00:00, Fri - Sat 12:00 - 04:00


Beer/schnapps: RUB 250
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)