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Discover the history of Russian vodka and its large role in local culture at St. Petersburg's Russian Vodka Museum. During this hour-long guided tour your guide provides insight into the difference between Russian and Polish vodkas, offers details on how Russian vodka is made, and shares stories on Russian vodkas like Smirnoff. There is also plenty of memorabilia to explore. Conclude with a complimentary vodka and traditional snack tasting in the museum's on-site bar—an ideal ending for your excursion! 


  • 1-hour of the Russian Vodka Museum in St Petersburg
  • Learn about the history of Russia’s national drink from an expert guide
  • Get an insight into Russian history, culture and drinking traditions
  • See fascinating vodka memorabilia while learning about iconic brands like Stolichnaya
  • Sample three different vodka shots alongside traditional Russian snacks

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You cannot visit Russia without tasting the national drink! On this tour, you will get to try several different vodkas, so you'll soon work out your favorite.

What You Can Expect

Russian Vodka Museum Tour in St Petersburg

Taste pure and potent Russian vodka in St Petersburg!

Meet your guide near Admiralteyskaya in central St Petersburg, and then walk to the Russian Vodka Museum – a small, yet intriguing, exhibition hall with a spacious tasting room and bar-restaurant. Head straight inside and start learning about the history of Russia’s national drink from your guide.

A favorite tipple of 12th-century peasants and 20th-century presidents alike, vodka (or firewater, as some call it) has been firmly ingrained in Russian culture through the ages. Hear amusing anecdotes about Russian drinking traditions, and then learn about the prohibition years and its effect on the economy.

Peruse the museum’s large collection of vodka memorabilia, seeing time-tested recipes, glassware and bottles of varying shapes and sizes. Hear little-known tales about iconic brands like Smirnoff and Stolichnaya, and then visit the tasting room for the highlight of your tour – the samples!

Sip on three vodka shots, noting the different purities and distillation techniques that influence their flavors. Soak up the alcohol with a plate of tasty Russian treats, and then say your goodbyes to your guide. You can stay inside the museum if you wish, perhaps browsing the artifacts independently or visiting the bar-restaurant (additional drinks are at your own expense).

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Learning about Russian history and the history of Vodka was fun. I've never been a fan of Vodka - and still am not - but I thoroughly enjoyed the museum and the tastings. I thoroughly enjoyed the glass of Chardonnay outside in the sunshine from their bar/restaurant afterwards :-

Shuni Vashti K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Just by walking me from the Metro Station to the museum, Anastasia had brought me to the heart of St Petersburg. Her excellent English was one thing, but her passion for St Petersburg was another. In the end, not only about vodka did I get, but also about St Petersburg.

At the museum, I was guided by Euginia who explained things to me with great enthusiasm. After the tour session, I was allowed to stay and take pictures as much as to my heart's content. Aha. After that, when some more questions popped up in mind, Euginia happily answered them for me.

Even for one who is not into liquor, it's still more than worth to take this tour.

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