Only at Stirka …

Your friendly neighborhood laundromat/bar (it seems like almost every establishment in St. Petersburg can be classified as "/bar").

Your friendly neighborhood laundromat/bar (it seems like almost every establishment in St. Petersburg can be classified as "/bar").

Стирка (Stirka, “laundry”), the local bar which gets its name from the three rarely functioning washing machines in the back corner, has to be the one of the first equal-parts laundry/drinking establishments in the world.

Only at Stirka can you do your laundry and …

  1. Take shots at the bar.
  2. Listen to a DJ produce electro-beats music live at 1 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon.
  3. Fear your clothes will be eaten alive by one of the temperamental, ancient washing machines, which emit a high screeching noise whenever they hit a fast spin cycle.
  4. Graffiti a washing machine.
  5. Leave with your clothes actually smelling less clean, having absorbed a fetus-killing dose of second-hand smoke.
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4 Responses to “Only at Stirka …”

  1. Oh my gaash!! I wish I’d have read this when I was high!

  2. Hell yeah Russia! Thats the way I like it.
    Unfortunately I’m not high, but I’m a little drunk at my little wi fi cafe. Your posts are great!

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