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Obscura Society NY: Russian Banya Fest

Unwind and get wild with wonder in the sultry heat of the Russian baths, while you wine and dine to the tune of popular Soviet classics!

Party with other bikini-clad obscura-seekers and indulge in a unique spa experience at this wintertime gala! Enjoy the food, music, drink, deep relaxation and wonderful wildness of banya culture.

You'll gain full access to the bathhouse's three saunas and full size swimming pool, cold pool, and whirlpool hot tub, where you can immerse yourself in this unique spa experience and sweat your winter worries away. Dance to the jazzy sounds of Soviet pop and enjoy the sumptuousness of a traditional Russian meal. Top it all off with vodka shots, Russian-style! 

This truly authentic evening of bathing, eating, drinking, lecture and live music, curated by the New York Obscura Society's resident Russian expert Dan Veksler, gives you an intoxicating glimpse into the sensual wonders of Russian culture by experiencing its traditions with the full range of your senses.  Learn about the country's age-old traditions of Russian eating, drinking, and bathing, while you enjoy the heat of the night. Sweat away your worries in the traditional heat saunas and steam room, then enjoy authentic Russian cuisine and share a shot of Vodka in the traditional Russian way.  All the while, enjoy the live music by the critically acclaimed Svetlana and the Eastern Blokhedz, who bring Soviet pop classics to vibrant life. Strip down to your bathing suit and join the New York Obscura as we eat, drink, sweat and make merry!


Thursday, February 18th, 8pm-11pm (first check-in begins at 7:30)

at Sandoony Bath House, 1158 McDonald Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11230

$75 (Ticket price includes food, drink, lecture, music, and access to the pools and saunas. Additional beverages and bathhouse services will be available for purchase.)


Please bring a bathing suit and slippers/sandals! Lockers will be provided.

This event is not recommended for anyone who is pregnant, has a heart condition, or any other serious medical condition. If you're on the fence, consult a doctor first!

Limited vegetarian options will be available.

All ticket sales are final.