Naturally, doesn’t have the same sacred meaning for Russians as it does for Belgians, Germans or Czechs. Yet, this drink is very popular among Russians, and the beer market offers numerous national brands as well as well-known international brands. Moscow is the centre of a number of breweries, bars and pubs where you can try various types of beer from all over the world, including the Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Russia—and, of course, craft brews, which are becoming increasingly popular among beer connoisseurs.
CLOSE TO THE KREMLIN
The BurgermeisterRussian: Burgomistr or Бургомистр beer restaurant is located in Teatralnaya SquareRussian: Teatralnaya ploschad or Театральная площадь near the Kremlin. This is a wonderful location for beer lovers, who can choose from a great variety of bottled beer from every corner of the world, including some rare styles from European family breweries. Naturally, Burgermeister also offers draft beer and traditional snacks as well as prompt service. This is a good place to relax after walking around the city centre. The average bill is only about 1,500 RUB, even though the restaurant is in the very heart of Moscow, surrounded by luxury hotels and boutiques. Address: Bld. 2, 5 Teatralnaya Square.
Another beer restaurant not far from the Kremlin is called British Queen—you will find it at 5/6 Bolshaya Dmitrovka StreetRussian: ulitsa Bol’shaya Dmitrovka or улица Большая Дмитровка, right behind the State Duma building. There are four rooms in the restaurant, named after the queens of Great Britain: Victoria, Mary, Anne and Elizabeth. The rooms are furnished according to the respective historical periods. English and Irish beers are available, as well as Belgian, German, Czech and even Mexican beers. You can also have typical bar snacks like chicken wings, pork knuckles, racks of lamb and, of course, various types of sausage. A mug of specialty beer will cost you about 150 RUB, while prices for other brews amount to 400 RUB for a pint. The average price of a meal in the British Queen is about 1,000 –1,500 RUB.
London GrillRussian: London gril’ or Лондон гриль is yet another beer restaurant within easy reach of the Red Square, at 4/5 Nikolskaya StreetRussian: Nikol’skaya ulitsa or Никольская улица. Designed in the traditional English style, it offers over a dozen types of draft beer, mostly classical English stouts, ales and ciders. Fans of bottled beer will find dozens of the best European brews, one of which even holds the Guinness World Record for its strength. The grill menu features steaks, charbroiled lamb and chicken, and grilled fish. The average meal price is approximately 1,500 RUB.
If you go a little further, you can visit the ancient Kuznetsky Most StreetRussian: ulitsa Kuznetskiy most or улица Кузнецкий мост. Here, you fill find KamchatkaRussian: Камчатка Bar, a particular favourite with the locals. This place is perfect if you want to experience the atmosphere of the bygone Soviet era. Homemade pelmenidumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough, dressed herring, chicken tabakaa traditional Georgian dish of a pan-fried chicken and traditional cheburekia deep-fried turnover with a filling of ground or minced meat and onions were the most popular beer snacks in the Soviet Union. This place is definitely budget-friendly; beer prices start from only 80 RUB.
Of course, Kamchatka is not purely a beer restaurant. Yet, it offers a special atmosphere and an interesting interior design. The bar is located at 7 Kuznetsky Most St. The average price of a meal is from 500 to 1,000 RUB.
Mandy’s Apothecary Irish pub at Bld. 1, 19 Kuznetsky Most St. is also nearby. Its owners invited Irish experts to recreate the genuine atmosphere of an Irish pub; all the elements of the interior design as well as the furniture were brought from Ireland. Here, you will find an excellent variety of draft beer and, interestingly, a wide variety of cocktails. Expect to spend at least 1,500 RUB on average.
Both Irish and English pubs are extremely popular in Moscow. For a pint of high-quality porter, go to Sally O’Briens, the oldest Irish pub in the city. If you favour Guinness beer above everything else, this is also the right place for you. They serve really good cider, red ale and Kriek lambic and make stunning cocktails. The pub can be found at 1/3 Bolshaya Polyanka StRussian: ulitsa Bol’shaya Polyanka or улица Большая Полянка. The average price of a meal is 1,500 RUB.
An interesting pub called John Gilroy’s is located in the south-east of the capital. It was named after the famous Irish artist of the early 20th century, the man behind the illustrations on the popular advertising posters for Guinness beer. The pub offers a vast variety of Irish beer and delicious ham hock baked according to a national recipe with the addition of authentic Guinness. John Gilroy’s is located at 6 Bratislavskaya StRussian: Bratislavskaya ulitsa or Братиславская улица, BratislavskayaRussian: Братиславская metro station.
Harat’s Pub is a chain of affordable Irish pubs found in many Russian cities. Two pubs are located in Moscow, one in Strastnoy BoulevardRussian: Strastnoy bul’var or Страстной бульвар and one in Arbat StreetRussian: ulitsa Arbat or улица Арбат. Harat’s Pub is focused on Irish brews and offers a wide variety of strong spirits. The interior is designed in the traditional Irish style, and prices are moderate – an average meal will only cost you 1,000 RUB. These pubs are located at: Bld. 1, 23 Arbat St; Bld. 5, 4 Strastnoy Blvd.
Bobby Dazzler is considered one of the best English pubs in Moscow. It has the feel of a traditional English pub where you can chat with your friends over a glass of good beer in a cosy setting. On match days of Manchester United FC, it becomes much more rowdy however, because this is the official pub of Russian fans of the famous football club. The pub is located at 7/13 Kostyansky LaneRussian: Kostyanskiy pereulok or Костянский переулок. The price of an average meal is 1,000–1,500 RUB.
The John DonnRussian: Dzhon Donn or Джон Донн chain of pubs is another popular example of the traditional English pub. There are four locations in Moscow, but the one at 12 Nikitsky BoulevardRussian: Nikitskiy bul’var or Никитский бульвар is probably best placed if you are already walking around the city centre. The furnishings are again reminiscent of a classical English pub with dim lighting, a long bar, wooden tables, and large monitors on the walls that broadcast football matches most of the time. More than 15 types of English beer, porter and ale are on the menu. If you want to have a pint of beer or two and wash it down with a traditional meat pie in a loud, friendly atmosphere, this is the right place for you. The average meal price is from 1,000 RUB to 1,500 RUB.
A piece of Old England can be found at the very end of Old Arbat StreetRussian: ulitsa Stary Arbat or улица Старый Арбат, by SmolenskayaRussian: Смоленская metro station. The John Bull PubRussian: Dzhon Bull Pab or Джон Булл Паб has great furnishings and atmosphere; the reserved English style is augmented by the heavy drapes, paintings and photographs, solid redwood tables, and comfortable sofas. The pub is located at 9 Karmanitsky LaneRussian: Karmanitskiy pereulok or Карманицкий переулок. This chain has another location at Bld. 1, 25 Krasnaya Presnya StRussian: ulitsa Krasnaya Presnya or улица Красная Пресня. The average meal price is 1,500–2,000 RUB.
Molly Gwynn’sRussian: Молли Гвиннз beer restaurant at Bld. 2, 24 New Arbat St is another cosy place with a unique atmosphere. Here, you will find soft sofas, comfy tables, a long bar and good beer — pale, dark, red, unfiltered, and, of course, craft types. Expect to spend about 1,500–2,000 RUB here. In addition to New Arbat, there are other Molly Gwynn restaurants in the popular tourist district of ZamoskvorechyeRussian: Замоскворечье.
There is a famous old bar at Bld. 1, 11 New Arbat St, whose history began in the 1960s, about the same time as that of New Arbat itself. The bar is called ZhiguliRussian: Жигули. The place ceased to exist during the Perestroikaa political movement for reformation within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union during the 1980s until 1991 years but came back to life with the new millennium. The Soviet tradition of hitting Zhiguli while taking a stroll along Arbat is back again. This historic bar is a must for anyone looking for an opportunity to get into the spirit of Soviet Moscow.
Despite being a particular favourite, Zhiguli remains a very affordable place. You will find people of all kinds of backgrounds here: tourists, students, the elderly, businessmen, and even politicians. This is where Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin celebrated International Workers’ Day in 2012. The menu offers specialty Zhiguli beer (pale, dark, and unfiltered) and five more brews of international draft beer. The snacks include, first of all, traditional crayfish, herrings, pelmeni, pickles, and delicious salocured slabs of fatback on rye bread. The average meal price is 1,000–2,000 RUB.
Another location in New Arbat is SPBRussian: SПБ Beer Bar. SPB is one of Russia’s largest chains of beer restaurants, originating in Saint Petersburg. They have 50-odd types of draft and bottled beer, very affordable prices, spacious rooms, and a pleasant atmosphere. The abbreviation SPB is half-jokingly interpreted to mean ‘the rightest bar’. Be sure to try the VasileostrovskoeRussian: Василеостровское brew, which is available in three styles: pale ale, dark beer, and red ale. This specialty beer from St Petersburg will cost you 169 RUB for 0.5 l. The average meal price in SPB is about 500–1,000 RUB.
When it comes to talking about chains of bars, it is worth mentioning BeerMarketRussian: BeerМаркет. This beer restaurant is another good option for those who simply like beer and are not keen on paying for posh interiors of hyped-up restaurants. German, Belgian, Lithuanian, English, Russian, Czech Republican—all majors sorts of national beers are available from dozens of taps. Hip or traditional, bottled or draft—there are beers for all. BeerMarket can certainly not be classified as a quiet place. Whether it’s loud music, live sports on TV or just numerous lively conversations and the sound of heavy mugs hitting the tabletop, there is always some activity going on. An average total bill ranges from 1,000 RUB to 1,500 RUB here. There is one BeerMarket restaurant at 69 Butyrskaya StRussian: Butyrskaya ulitsa or Бутырская улица and one at 3 Strastnoy Blvd.
KruzhkaRussian: Кружка is rightfully considered the largest and most affordable chain of beer restaurants in Moscow. Nearly all the restaurants are designed in the same plain style with the use of wood, bright orange colour, and metal. Meat appetisers (pork, lamb, veal, sausage) and potatoes constitute the bulk of their menu. All Kruzhka restaurants are spacious and perfect for seating large groups. You will pay 500 RUB for an average meal at Kruzhka. The chain has dozens of restaurants in Moscow but the two most central ones are located near the metro stations KievskayaRussian: Киевская (8 Berezhkovskaya EmbankmentRussian: Berezhkovskaya naberezhnaya or Бережковская набережная) and Okhotny RyadRussian: Охотный ряд (7 Tverskaya StRussian: Tverskaya ulitsa or Тверская улица).
BREWING TRADITIONS OF WESTERN EUROPE IN MOSCOW
Connoisseurs of beer should definitely visit BudvarRussian: Будвар, a Czech beer restaurant. This is a true little Czech Republic in Moscow. Budvar has been open for more than twenty years. The restaurant is genuinely Czech; it was built by Czechs, named after Czech beer Budweiser Budvar, and is supplied with beer from České Budějovice.
According to the Czech tradition, a beer restaurant is quite a family-friendly place. Budvar is home to wonderful cats who contribute to the cosy atmosphere by walking slowly between the tables as if they own the place. The fluffy creatures allow visitors stroke them and treat themselves readily to shrimp. A visit to the ‘little Czech Republic’ will cost you 1,500–2,500 RUB. Location address: Bld. 3, 33 Kotelnicheskaya EmbankmentRussian: Kotel'nicheskaya naberezhnaya or Котельническая набережная.
Beer in Bavaria is a national symbol that is also referred to as ‘Bavaria gold’. If you value Bavarian beer as much as Bavarians do, come and see BavariusRussian: Бавариус German restaurants. A cosy and relaxed atmosphere, German cuisine, largely Bavarian beer, live football matches, and courteous service are probably the main reasons to come to Bavarius. You will pay around 1,500–2,000 RUB for the opportunity to drink some German beer and treat yourself to traditional sausages. Bavarius restaurants are located at 21/10 Komsomolsky AveRussian: Komsomol’skiy prospekt or Комсомольский проспект and Bld. 1, 30/2 Tverskaya St.
Fans of Belgian beer will appreciate 0.33 Brasserie belge. The brewery boasts an impressive array of Belgian beers, which include over 300 varieties brewed by major Belgian brewing companies Anheuser-Busch InBev, Huyghe and Alken-Maes, as well as bottled beer from small craft Belgian breweries. Belgians mostly prefer bottled beer, so there are only 8–9 taps in 0.33 Brasserie belge. If you’re feeling indecisive, the beer sommelier will help you out by selecting the exact brew to suit your mood, your choice of snacks, and even weather conditions. The sommelier is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The Belgian brasserie is located at 17/2 Sadovaya-Spasskaya StRussian: Sadovaya-Spasskaya ulitsa or Садово-Спасская улица.
Monks and Nuns Beer CellRussian: Pivnaya Kelya Manks & Nans or Пивная Келья Манкс & Нанс opened in Moscow in 2000 and has maintained the unofficial status of Belgian Beer Embassy in Moscow ever since. The place does look like a monastery cell – stained-glass windows, arches and vaulted ceilings, massive tables and benches made of oak, glowing candles, and waitresses dressed in stylised robes. All of this recreates the unique atmosphere of an old Belgian monastery canteen. The place is quite expensive, with an average meal setting you back 2,500 RUB. It can be found near Arbat Street, at 3/18 Sivtsev Vrazhek LnRussian: pereulok Sivtsev Vrazhek or переулок Сивцев Вражек.
Craft beer is brewed in small amounts at independently-owned breweries using signature brewing techniques. Particularly young people enjoy spending their leisure time searching for new flavours and unusual locations.
Craft rePUBlic is one of the oldest craft bars in Moscow. It offers beer at affordable prices in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere, yet the choice of snacks is limited and the place is often crowded. A number of Russian craft novelties can be sampled here with the average total bill being about 1,000 RUB. The bar located is at 9/7 Gnezdikovsky Maly LnRussian: Gnezdikovskiy Maly pereulok or Гнездиковский Малый переулок close to Tverskaya Street.
Sosna i LipaRussian: Сосна и Липа (‘pine and linden’) is one of the most unusual and interesting craft beer bars in the capital. The bar serves Russian craft beer at the reasonable price of 150–200 RUB for a glass. Bottled beer from foreign brands is more expensive. The place is widely known in some circles, so the small bar is crowded and lively in the evenings. Address: 16 Chistoprudny BlvdRussian: Chistoprudny bul’var or Чистопрудный бульвар.
Vanya NalyotRussian: Ваня нальет (‘Vanya will pour the glass’) is yet another curious location for fans of craft beer. It is not so much the choice of beer as the atmosphere that makes this place what it is. The tiny room with faux brick walls, unpretentious tables and chairs, and a corner counter—that’s all the furnishing that you get. Nonetheless, this is probably one of the cosiest places in Moscow for those who are in the know. No food as such is served here, only chips, salamia type of cured sausage consisting of fermented and air-dried meat and peanuts. Prices for draft beer vary from 120 to 200 RUB. The bar is located at Bld. 3, 6 Bersenevskaya EmbankmentRussian: Bersenevskaya naberezhnaya or Берсеневская набережная, at the former production site of Krasny OktyabrRussian: Красный Октябрь, one of the trendiest spots in Moscow. Numerous bars, clubs and art galleries popular with young people are concentrated in this peninsula near the River MoskvaRussian: Moskva-reka or Москва-река.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com