Jazz Philharmonic Hall (Zagorodnyy prospekt, 27, St Petersburg) – founded in 1989 by Russian musician David Goloschokin, this is a great place for jazz music fans passing through St. Petersburg. With live performances most of the week, much of the music played is jazz from the 1940s & 1950s. Check its website for upcoming events […]
Havana Club (Moskovsky pr. 21, St. Petersburg) – this three-level venue plays a consistent mix of Salsa, Merengue, Latin jazz, and even some Bachata and Reggaeton. Attracting a mix of locals and Latins who live in St. Petersburg, Wednesday night is free for Latin expats. As expected, a number of live Latin bands perform here […]
Griboedov (Voronezhskaya ul, Building 24, St. Petersburg) – opened since 1996, this venue features daily performances by local independent acts in every possible musical genre – from funk and soul to rock and indie. It’s a labyrinth of various rooms among which one can find a concert hall, a famous bar, sofas for sitting and […]
GQ Bar (5 Balchug ulitsa, Moscow) – this is a 15,000 sq. foot supper club venue, which offers three different restaurant and bar experiences to fit one’s taste. The overall bar area has a lounge-like atmosphere with some great seating options. The talented bartenders serve up some of the best cocktails. There’s regular live music […]
Gipsy (Bolotnaya naberezhnaya, 3/4, Moscow) – this is another major Moscow nightspot for well-connected locals, to the point where foreigners learn (often the hard way) the phrase “face control” (a local term for the velvet rope – with bouncers controlling who gets in, and who doesn’t). For those who do get in, they will come […]
Club Che (Ul. Nikolskaya 10/2, Moscow) – given Russia’s long-standing relations with Cuba, it’s expected that there would be at least one nightspot dedicated to Cuban culture. This venue, named after Che Guevara, is a great place for Salsa enthusiasts, and Latin expats who either live in Moscow, or simply passing through. Live bands usually […]
Wanhan Tanssikellari (Kaivopiha, Mannerheimintie 3, Helsinki) – this venue, located in the heart of the city, has an eclectic variety of music – ranging from ballroom dancing to DJ-driven dance music. From Tuesdays to Saturday evening, the orchestras play music to dance to, from walzes to tango, except on Saturdays the music is more youthful […]
The Tiger (Urho Kekkosen Katu 1 A, Helsinki) — The Tiger is a high class nightclub, which is located at the 5th floor of the shopping center of Kamppi (above the rooftops of Helsinki). This club plays a variety of music – from House and Trance music, to Hip Hop and R&B.
The Circus (Salomonkatu 1–3, Narinkkatori, Helsinki) – this 1,500-person venue hold a number of live performances by various regional and international rock & pop acts (such as The Simple Minds, Suzanne Vega, Pitbull, and many others).
Tavastia (Urho Kekkosen katu 4-6, Helsinki) – this is one of the oldest live clubs in Europe and the oldest in Finland. Tavastia has been hosting rock gigs since 1970 and has become a legend throughout the years. You haven’t really been to Helsinki if you haven’t seen a gig here. It’s not a huge […]