Flashbulbs & Cocktails

MTA basement hideaway for those looking to escape prying eyes.
Pyatnitskaya Ulitsa is already home to many bars and restaurants, so Paparazzi certainly has its work cut out for it trying to make a name for itself. It's a classic bar, located in basement, with brick, cellar-like vaulted ceilings, which make for a cozy setting. The paparazzi theme is created with celebrity-gossip magazine covers in the stairwell, black-and-white photos around the walls, and reels of film hanging from the air-conditioning vents. The mannequin with a camera slung around his neck is a slightly creepy addition.

Being a bar, its food selection is fairly narrow, but there is enough to soak up a few cocktails. Salads include a plain vegetable mix (130 rubles), an olivye (180 rubles) and a Caesar (280 rubles). Other interesting snacks include spring rolls (240 rubles), turkey quesadilla (190 rubles), a salmon on rye sandwich (180 rubles) and a bruschetta with tomato (100 rubles). For those really looking to line their stomach, there are more substantial dishes, such as sirloin steak with garlic butter (620 rubles), spaghetti pomodoro (240 rubles), salmon steak with spinach (310 rubles) and BBQ pork ribs (350 rubles).

But naturally, the real story is all about the cocktails at Paparazzi, and there is a suitably good selection. Vodka and tonic goes for a mere 120 rubles, a cosmopolitan costs 190 rubles, a Bloody Mary 220 rubles, Long Island Ice Tea 280 rubles, daiquiris 190 rubles, and margaritas 230 rubles. There is a long list of shooters from 180 rubles as well as champagne cocktails from 160 rubles.

All in all, it looks like Paparazzi could well succeed as a pre-party spot for cocktails and snacks -- just what's needed to fuel a night in the spotlight.

3/4 Pyatnitskaya Ul., Bldg. 1, 953-1620, 11 a.m.-last customer, M. Novokuznetskaya.