May 11, 2018
There is unmistakable dash of New York to this stylish St. Petersburg cocktail bar. It takes up its elegant quarters in a narrow room which is, by turns, hip, yet not without subtlety. Its atmosphere both in the week, although less so on weekends is one of studied calm, making it the ideal spot in which to have a libation or two. Which brings us to the drinks menu, from which mercifully beer has been banished. The cocktails impress both in terms of taste and presentation. On weekends, the beautiful people take to the stage and when they do so the mercury. They lend the bar a further layer of polish, not that it needs it. Added to which, there are DJs complete with silly headphones who urge you to put your hands in the air in a variety of tongues running the gamut from English to Russian. The upshot is that the vibe becomes livelier, the tempo quickens and the well dressed, glamorous crowd kick back with aplomb. Whichever night you decide to visit, rest assured that you won’t be disappointed by the drinks. These chaps know a thing or three about how to mix a cocktail and the bar is well stocked with premium spirits. If you want to curry favour with the barman ask him to make something with raspberries, about which he is passionate. If you don’t care for raspberries, fear not, he’ll happily knock up a bespoke cocktail with anything you care too name (within reason). In short, Bar 812 is a must-visit hotspot for those who enjoy a well mixed cocktail in pleasant surroundings.