On this night, we parked easily for a change, not usual for central Moscow. We made our way to 10 Tverskoy bulvar, where fairy light filled windows with green shutters and little fir trees greeted us at the entrance.
I had been trying to imagine the decor all the way there. I mean what does a Russian Pub look like? There's a lot of Irish, English pubs all around Moscow, the design is similar - all dark wood, quirky music and sports memorabilia. Would the Russian Pub concept copy? Or go the kitsch route with ubiquitous matryoshkas, bears and balalaikas?
It didn't do either. Picture a sleek Birchwood bark bar, it's counter filled with cylinders of various forms and colours - their home-made tinctures.The pub was buzzing, most of its bar tables, booths and square tables were filled up with young professionals sipping on craft beers and designer cocktails. An unusual feature was the 'banki' (jars) lights on the ceiling casting a cozy glow on their customers. If you're Russian then you've been watching your mom and granny make preserves in those jars your whole life. A nice homely touch.