Russia

Things to do in Russia

Russia's first private brewery occupies an industrial-chic space. The live rock shows, sports on TV, and beers on tap draw an enthusiastic crowd of all ages.

Another world-class boutique for avant-garde fashion imported from Japan, New Zealand, and Europe. Find designs by United Bamboo, Nicholas K, and Belgium's Natan Collection and A. F. Vandevorst.

Wine bottles line the wall and the menu lists single malts by region, but in a town just discovering cocktails, Korovabar is known for having the best mojitos in town.

Sandunovskiye Baths, renovated in 2006, is the city's most famous bathhouse, which offers ornate halls for steaming, plunging into cold pools, being massaged with coffee grounds and honey, and sipping tea.

Years as agent: 18. Specialties: Russa, Eastern and Central Europe. Consulting fee: From $200.

The chocolate-toned, candlelit subterranean hangout on the Moika Canal is a fine place for Earl Grey during the day or stiffer drinks at night (absinthe is on the menu). Cherished by expats, it's got a distinctly bohemian air.

The gallery aims to introduce Russians to photography as fine art. Its first show was a provocative narrative series by Ellen von Unwerth.