Guide to nightlife in Ekaterinburg
Currently in the process of gearing up for the FIFA World Cup 2018, Ekaterinburg already has a nightlife scene well-prepared to keep hordes of international tourists happy. Beat them to it with a whirlwind tour of the top hotspots in Russia’s fourth-largest city.
Billing itself as ‘the most famous bar on the planet’, the original Coyote Ugly’s devoted following made international expansion almost inevitable. The legendary New York bar’s arrival at 51 Malysheva Street received a rapturous welcome from visitors and locals alike. Open seven nights a week until six in the morning, it’s at its wildest, busiest and dancing-on-tables-ist on Fridays and Saturdays.
If you’re in town on a weeknight, never fear – each day has its own theme, including Sunday’s ‘Friendly Night’, Wednesday’s ‘Girl Power Night’ and Thursday’s intriguingly ambiguous-sounding ‘Lucky Night’. Just remember: they do not serve water.
Confirming Ekaterinburg’s status as a party hotspot with another venue open every night of the week, Chili Club has more of an opulent vibe, with velvet armchairs, ornate spiral staircases and wood-panelled bars. There’s space for one thousand people on the dance floor, so this is the place to be if you feel like making some new friends. Professional dancers regularly perform for the crowds, while other nights welcome magic shows or singers to the stage.
Make an evening of it by treating yourself to a slap-up meal beforehand; the club menu includes sushi rolls, steaks and salmon dishes, accompanied by a tempting wine list. Best of all, both Chili Club and Coyote Ugly are just a block away from Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg, so it couldn’t be easier to crawl back to bed at any time of night – or morning.
The dancefloor gets pretty packed at Art Club Podval, which must be one of the few places in the world where you can tuck into a plate of oysters before bopping away till the early hours. Hidden in the basement of the KEF restaurant, revellers heading to the club can enjoy a leisurely dinner beforehand to get their energy up for the night ahead.
While KEF itself has hosted elegant gala dances, down in the basement things are a little more casual and a lot louder. A dizzying line-up of international DJs guarantees a playlist of cracking tunes, and the extensive cocktail menu has everything from classic cosmos to ‘extreme’ concoctions like Liquid Opium, a deadly blend of vodka, absinthe, sambuca, lemonade and grenadine.
For a taste of Britain, specifically meat and two veg washed down with a refreshingly cool beer, head to Ben Hall, Ekaterinburg’s very own English pub. With its mahogany sit-up bar and classic collection of draft beers, its patrons could be forgiven for thinking they’re a few thousand miles to the west – particularly after they’ve had a few.
This isn’t a pub per se, though, as Ben Hall rivals its clubbier rivals by hosting bands and a regular Saturday DJ night. The food is pretty varied too, with both Italian and Mexican favourites on the menu alongside the English staples. If you’re travelling in a big group, you can make a reservation online and even pick out exactly which table you’d like.