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Founded in 1703 and formerly known as both Leningrad and Petrograd, Saint Petersburg is home to a population of over 5 million people. An important port city on the Gulf of Finland, the city has forty rivers crossing its land and is known as the ‘Venice of the North’. One of the most western parts of Russia, St Petersburg is a popular tourist destination with more than 7 million people tasting the hospitality of this former capital city. Producing more than 30% of Russia’s beer, the city has plenty to offer the tourism industry; from its numerous museums and art galleries to the plentiful supply of high-class clubs and bars.
In this guide, we take a look at the adult entertainment scene in Russia’s second largest city including brothels (and whether they are legal), erotic massage parlours and strip clubs. We also look at the BDSM and swinging scene.
- 1 Prostitution in Saint Petersburg
- 2 Saint Petersburg Escorts Guide
- 3 Sex in Saint Petersburg
- 3.1 Brothels
- 3.2 Swinging Clubs
- 3.3 Erotic Massage Parlours
- 3.4 Strip Clubs
- 3.5 Street Prostitutes and Red-Light Districts
- 3.6 Sex Shops
Prostitution in Saint Petersburg
Prostitution is illegal in Russia though the penalty for breaking the law is simply a small fine of around 2000 RUB (€28). As a result of these inconsequential sums, prostitution is widespread and often quite blatant.
Instead of petty prostitution, the authorities focus their efforts on more serious crime such as trafficking and drugs.
It is estimated that that are anywhere between 700,000 and 3 million sex workers in the country. Major cities like Saint Petersburg have plenty of prostitutes who make a living in the strip clubs, erotic massage parlours, brothels and on the street. Whilst the majority of women are Russian, you will also spot prostitutes from Asia, the Middle East and other Eastern European counties like Belarus, Ukraine and Estonia.
Street prostitutes can charge as little as 1000 RUB (€14) with escorts averaging at around 10,000 RUB (€142).
Saint Petersburg Escorts Guide
You can find a whole range of escorts providing out-call services across Saint Petersburg from elite call girls to budget hookers. Some specialise in fetish or massage services whilst others offer a traditional GFE.
There are dozens of good directories for independent courtesans in Saint Petersburg covering a wide range of prices from under €50 to over €500 per hour. Some of the women on these sites will charge additional expenses which may be as low as €10 for the cost of travel whilst some will be much more. The standard service usually covers a massage, oral plus covered sex. Extras, such as A-levels, PSE or roleplay, will cost more.
Sex in Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg has a good range of adult entertainment venues.
Brothels are illegal in Russia and there have been a few scalps from the authorities in recent years as police clamp down on these venues. There was a particularly high profile incident in 2016 when 11 prostitutes and their clients were forced to walk several blocks naked to waiting police cars following a raid in Vasilyevsky Island.
Though you can find illegal brothels in the city by asking almost any cab driver, this is not recommended both for the legal risks, as well as the many scams aimed at tourists.
Swinging is quite popular in Saint Petersburg and there are several clubs around the city. Most are members only and all will require you to have, at very least, some conversational Russian.
To organise membership or to make a booking, see the individual websites for details.
Erotic Massage Parlours
There are dozens of massage parlours in Saint Petersburg where you can get an erotic body rub with happy ending. Most venues will provide full service and extras but the cost of this is negotiated with your masseuse.
As a rough outline of prices, one parlour advertises that a basic erotic body rub with happy ending will cost you 3000 RUB (€42.75) for a half hour session however you can just pop in for a ten minute hand job for 2000 RUB (€28.50) and even a five minute session of French kissing for 2000 RUB (€28.50).
We cannot publish links to websites for these services, but they are widespread across the web and generally pretty easy to find.
Saint Petersburg has a great selection of strip clubs with each having their own reputation for their services. At most clubs, you can arrange a private performance in one of their suites; most include beds and wash facilities with the expectation that you pay for what you get up to with the dancer directly. However, a fee will be charged for the room and the ‘dance’.
Most of the clubs also serve hookah which is quite popular in Russia.
Zависть Strip Bar (Zavist)
29 Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street, Saint Petersburg
Zavist has a chain of bars in St Petersburg with their strip club located close to the Stroganov Palace at Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street.
Their other venues can be found as follows:
- Show Bar, Liteyny Avenue 57, Saint Petersburg
- Topless Bar, Italianskaya Street 5, Saint Petersburg
- Gentleman’s Bar, nab. k. Griboyedova, 17, Saint Petersburg
- Lounge Bar, Vladimirskiy Avenue 9, Saint Petersburg
- Cabaret Bar, Sadovaya Street, 11, Saint Petersburg
All six clubs are popular locations for locals and visitors to the city but it is the strip bar which apparently offers the best shows.
Entrance to the club is free and you can enjoy non-stop strip entertainment (which includes some saucy girl on girl soaping), adult games and even erotic massage in the VIP lounge. A popular activity is taking a full body shot from one of the exotic dancers and drinking it straight from her body.
It’s a stylish club with a modern interior and you can get some private time with your choice of dancer in one of the luxurious boudoirs. You can even enjoy a jacuzzi foam party.
The club is open daily from 8.00pm and stays open until the last guest leaves.
8 Kirpichnyy Pereulok, Saint Petersburg
Decorated with rich frescoes, marble tables, antiques and sheer red drapes, there is a nod to the traditional gentleman’s club here but the atmosphere is one of a modern club.
Seductive girls dance on central stages, sometimes behind rich nets and chains, other times openly in the lounge. There is a large bar and hookah suite with private areas for one-to-one performances.
All guests must be able to prove they are over the age of 21.
The Maximus Club is open daily from 7.00pm to 6.00am though the show program doesn’t commence until 10.00pm.
2 Prospekt Rimskogo-Korsakova, Saint Petersburg
The Saint Petersburg branch of this popular European brand of strip clubs offers a cornucopia of delights. Situated close to the Yusupov Gardens, Eden is popular for stag weekends and birthdays.
The show programme includes some saucy striptease including a lesbian show, BDSM performances and foam/shower scenes.
You can arrange for private performances as well as enjoy massage or some one-on-one time with a hostess in one of their well-equipped bedrooms.
The Eden Club is open daily from 12.00pm to 6.00am though show times don’t start until 9.00pm.
60 Nevsky avenue, Saint Petersburg
The Golden Dolls is located in an area of Saint Petersburg known for its night life and prostitution.
The club has an industrial feel to it with plenty of steel, exposed ceilings and LED light strips. The girls dance from tables, bars and podiums to entertain guests with a range of performances, including:
- Table Dance – 2000 RUB (€28.50)
- Friction Dance – 3000 RUB (€42.75)
- Soapy Peep Show – 5000 RUB (€71.25)
- Dildo Dance – 15000 RUB (€213.75)
The website runs details of some regular promotions for free dances and drinks so check online before arrival. However, normal entrance prices are 2000 RUB (€28.50).
The Golden Dolls strip club is open daily from 9.00pm to 6.00am.
Chicago X Men’s Club
Nevsky prospect 90-92 lit. A, Saint Petersburg
Just down the road from the Golden Dolls is the Chicago X Men’s Club. With a traditional midnight blue, gold and red interior, the club hits the right notes for its sultry atmosphere.
They have a good reputation for their athletic dancers who can perform some amazing pole tricks whilst remaining sexily feminine.
Follow the black and white chequered corridors to experience an unforgettable evening in their VIP suites. Services include private jacuzzi sessions, karaoke and a ‘crazy menu’.
The club serves food and hookah as well as offering a wide range of drinks from the bar.
Normal entrance fees to Chicago X is 1000RUB (€14.25) but they are currently running a promotion where entrance is free (check website for details).
The Chicago X Men’s Club is open daily from 7.00pm to 7.00am.
1 Ulitsa Lomonosova, Saint Petersburg
Situated on the main road running to the Dokhodnyy Doma. V.zmeyeva, the Rhino Bar is well-positioned in the centre of the city.
The interior of the rooms is varied but is designed around majestic velvet seating and decadent chandeliers. There are several private rooms, each styled differently but all offering top quality comfort and great facilities. Some have beds, others have chaises and some feature jacuzzi baths.
One of the best features of this club is that it isn’t dingy or vast, instead you have a warren of smaller rooms, bars and lounges which makes the place feel more intimate.
The Rhino Bar is open as follows:
- Sunday to Thursday: 9.00pm to 6.00am
- Friday and Saturday: 9.00pm to 7.00am
Shcherbakov Pereulok, 17 A, lit. B, Saint Petersburg
Lighter is a popular strip club in Saint Petersburg where the girls are hot and the hookah is good.
With a huge raised stage and a love of the smoke machine, the venue has the appeal of an arena event. This is quite a sexy atmosphere but can lack the intimacy of smaller clubs.
Whilst there are private rooms available, there is a strict policy on what goes on so don’t have high expectations of full service at this venue.
Please note that women can only enter the club if they are accompanied by a man.
Lighter is open daily from 10.00pm to 6.00am.
Lanskoe highway 15, Saint Petersburg
Home of the original Hali Gali strip club where Russian celebrity Roman Trakhtenberg made appearances, the Vertep Bar is a mixed male and female strip venue.
It’s a lively bar that is reminiscent of a 1990s American Roadhouse with bartenders whipping up cocktails Tom Cruise style. Don’t be alarmed if one of them brings out a fire-eating display mid service.
This is not a traditional Gentleman’s club but a slightly alternative bar with the added bonus of topless dancers on the bar and a pole dancing stage.
The Vertep gets quite busy with locals and is a popular venue for parties.
A private dance backstage cost 3000 RUB (€42.75) and most of the girls will accompany you for an evening at a rate of 5000 RUB (€71.25) per hour.
The Bar is open daily from 7.00pm to 6.00am.
Best of the Rest
These other clubs offer a good range of strip performances, hookah, nightclub style entertainment as well as some extras:
- Zabava Bar, Petrogradskaya emb. Saint Petersburg
- Golden Mask, Toreza ave. 36/1, Saint Petersburg
- Playgirls, Prospekt Ispytateley, 37, Saint Petersburg
Street Prostitutes and Red-Light Districts
There is no red-light district in Saint Petersburg, certainly not like those you will find in Amsterdam or across other major European cities. All of the adult entertainment venues detailed above are widely spread across the city.
Street prostitution is not common in Saint Petersburg, certainly not during the winter when the temperature plummets to well below freezing. Hookers tend to head to hotel bars and clubs to pick up or use the internet to advertise as an escort.
A word of warning; Russian women tend to dress very provocatively for a night out and the clubs and hotel bars can often have genuine singles that look like prostitutes. You would be well advised to make sure you are talking to a working girl before making a very embarrassing mistake – and vice versa if you are trying to hook up with the locals!
However, there are a couple of spots in the city where you can find street hookers but they can be dangerous places to go, particularly late at night.
Saint Petersburg has a lot of sex shops, some speciality stores and others offering a more traditional range of bedroom basics, toys and novelty goods.
Sex shops in Russia are fairly commonplace and they are not regarded as ‘seedy’. However, there has been a decline in the number of new stores in recent years due to the rise in popularity of online shopping.
We’ve selected some of the more popular sex shops in Saint Petersburg where you can find a good range of products at decent prices.
Розовый Кролик (Pink Rabbit)
Pink Rabbit is Saint Petersburg’s premier sex store and was awarded the #1 online retailer in the city in 2013. They have stores across Russia, including Moscow, Gatchina, Crimea and Kazan.
You can find a Pink Rabbit store at over 30 locations in Saint Petersburg including a hypermarket at Sedova St., 11, Shopping Center “Evrika”. Some of the stores are pop ups in larger malls whilst others offer a larger selection. Most are open until 10.00pm.
- Petersburg, ul.Torzhkovskaya, 1, k.2
- Petersburg, 3rd Upper Lane, Section 13, Pavilion 2, Room 7
- Odoevsky, d. 31, TC “Odoyevsky 31”, 2nd floor
- Ligovsky prospect 53. m. Ploshchad Vosstaniya
- Bolshevikov etc. 17
- Kolomyazhsky pr. 17, TRC “City Mall”, 2nd floor
- Kolomyazhsky Prospect 15, TC “Kupechesky Dvor”
- Budapest str 94/41, TC “Danube”, 1st floor
- Pribrezhnaya 18, TC “Parade”
- Cadet line 17
- Nevsky prospect, d.81
- Industrial Ave, 19a
- Ligovsky pr. 153A, TRK “Ligov”
- Stachek Avenue, 75
- Stachek Ave.90
- Kamennoostrovsky Ave, 6
- Balkan Square. 5B, TC “Balkan 5”, sec.315
- Kamennoostrovsky Ave d.38
- Grazhdansky ave., 41, letter A, TC “Akademicheskiy”
- Shostakovich d.5 k1
- Torfyanaya road, 2A, TC “Staraya Derevnya”
- Savushkina d.141, TC Mercury
- Zanevsky pr.67 / 2, TC “Zanevsky cascade”
- Altayskaya 7, TC “Altai”
- Veterans Ave. 36, TC Manhattan, 1st floor
- Lakhtinsky pr, d.85 In the TRC “Garden City”
- Vasileostrovskaya 7 line V.O. d.40
- Gakkilevskaya d.34, TC “Leader”
- Nevsky Prospect, 20
- Bolshevikov Avenue, 9, building 1
- Efimova d.1 / 4
- Engels ave. 124 Corp. 1, TC “Voyage”, 2nd floor
- Engelsa, 136 building 1
- Prospect Kultury 20, TRK “Krysha”
Pink Rabbit are known for their low prices and huge selection of classic sex toys. They also sell a good range of lingerie, costume and BDSM gear.
Best of the Rest
For more options on sex toys and bedroom accessories in Saint Petersburg the following are also worth trying:
- Discount Sex Store, Grazhdanskiy Prospekt, 117
- Real Sex Shop, Izmaylovskiy Prospekt, 22
- Extaz Shop, Ulitsa Belinskogo, 8
- He and She, Ulitsa Babushkina, 7
- Bruno, Kolomyazhsky Ave, 20
- Venus, Leninskiy Prospekt, 128 building.2
- He and She, Ulitsa Savushkina, 127А,
- Razfan, Bukharestskaya street, 67
- Love Zona, Prospekt Prosveshcheniya, 19
- Erobutik, Zagorodnyy Prospekt, 32
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