When you hear about a small basement bar in the urban yard of St Petersburg you’d hardly be surprised, assuming this is just one of the many. However, El Copitas has travelled the world to bring a hearty piece of Mexico to your glass, with a twist of warm Russian hospitality. The bar takes the form of a small, intimate space, with guests invited to sit around a large table to enjoy their welcoming copita of tequila. The tacos are worth the visit alone and the cocktail menu changes every week to keep the locals coming back. A lot of attention is given to seasonal ingredients, which, given the inclement climate of St Petersburg, is something of a challenge. But perhaps the biggest pull is being able to catch a chat with the owners who, when not adventuring, are usually found at the bar sharing endless stories and their agave love.