London has long been known for an international outlook on dining and nighttime entertainment, and one of the latest and most popular trends is the Russian bar. The city has been attracting Russian immigrants ever since the fall of Communism and the opening of eastern Europe, and these newcomers have brought their cuisine, cocktails, and zest for life to the busy London pub scene. Several establishments can provide their guests with a worthy introduction to eating, drinking, and celebrating, Russian style.
A10 Russian Bar
The A10 Russian Bar is a lively pub on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch that is known for its retro/seedy decor, slightly uncontrolled but friendly Russian bartenders and wait staff and throbbing techno-washed dance floor. The regulars are flamboyant and artsy. A smaller cabaret space is downstairs, with another dance floor and a small bar. Evening entrance fees are generally low, around five pounds, and drink costs are reasonable as well.
A10 Russian Bar 267 Kingsland Road London E2 8AS England +44-07809-425-905
This establishment below Jermyn Street in the central St. James quarter is known for creative cocktails and extensive wine and champagne list. The interior is designed for informal but elegant relaxation. The bar has a popular restaurant with private booths available and Russian and eastern European dinner specialities. The HeyJo club downstairs is open in the wee hours for dancing and socialising.
Abracadabra 91 Jermyn St. London, SW1Y 6JB England +44-20-7930-3111 abracadabra-restaurant.co.uk/
This bar and restaurant in Clerkenwell offers a huge selection of more than 120 vodkas from the old country, as well as eastern European beers and creative cocktails not found anywhere else in London. A small restaurant operates downstairs. The cooks, staff and owners are Russian, as are most of the customers, assuring any guest an interesting evening and an encounter with authentic Russian society.
Potemkin 144 Clerkenwell Road London EC1R 5DP +44-207-278-6661 potemkin.co.uk
Nikita's is a lively place with a good selection of Russian vodkas and cocktails. The upscale atmosphere has attracted celebrities and royalty over the years, including Elton John, Kate Moss and Princess Margaret. Several lavishly decorated private dining rooms are available, and Nikita's offers live balalaika music and Russian dancing on weekends.
Nikita's 65 Ifield Road London, SW10 England +44-20-7352-6326