About Russian liquor and liquor storesMany foreigners that visit St. Petersburg and other parts of Russia often complain that it is difficult to find good liquor here, especially wine and champagne. It is true that Russians traditionally prefer sweeter wines, much different to what people prefer to drink in the United Kingdom, France, Italy or even America. Most local wines are only offered in sweeter varieties and their quality is not usually as high as that of wines imported from Europe. However, many liquor stores that cater to people with more refined tastes in alcohol have opened up in St. Petersburg, so finding good wine and liquor is not a problem if you know where to look.
The only issue with these specialty St. Petersburg liquor stores is that the prices on alcohol are much higher than what you would pay for the same bottle in Europe. This is because Russia has a pretty high import tax on alcohol. However, if you decide to opt for Russian vodka or other local alcohol, the prices will be quite pleasant. Here are a few liquor stores in downtown St. Pete to check out:
Liquor stores in St. Petersburg
Aromatny MirThis is a pretty large liquor store chain that has more than 50 stores all over St. Petersburg region, so you can be sure that there’s one close to you. The store offers imported and local wine and liquor at a variety of price points, so you can find a bottle from anywhere in the world that suits your budget.
Caudal WinehouseIf you consider yourself to be a true wine connoisseur, this store is definitely for you, as it offers an exclusive variety of high quality French wines that are hard to find elsewhere in St. Petersburg.
Alta VinaAlta Vina is a luxury liquor and cigar store that sells imported beer, wine, spirits and cigars. Their stores are located in large malls and the price point is usually quite high.
MonopolIf you’re looking for cool vodka-related souvenirs from Russia, Monopol is the place to visit. It is essentially an outlet store for a local vodka and spirits manufacturer, but you can also find foreign wine and spirits here.
Grand Cru VinotekaIf you’re not just looking to buy wine, but to have an exclusive, luxurious wine experience, Grand Cru will be a nice surprise. Grand Cru has both stores and wine boutiques in their chain, you can visit them to buy high quality wine or attend an exclusive wine tasting.
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