The Smoky Local Pub

MTWhat Dublin lacks in knickknacks, it makes up for in its atmosphere.
Everyone loves a pub -- or at least everyone in their right mind should. So the residents of Baumanskaya neighborhood were in luck when the Dublin pub opened earlier this year on Staraya Basmannaya Ulitsa. And the Dublin pub certainly has the feel of a real local.

Whatever cliches one might expect from a pub called Dublin, surprisingly it's not fitted-out from a kit -- in fact, it seems completely devoid of Irish knickknacks, Guinness posters and other such kitschy trappings. And unlike at some Moscow "pubs," the waitresses here don't wear short skirts.

The basement setting is rather simple, with pinewood furniture atypical for the pub genre. There's a Venetian bridge decoration on one wall, presumably a leftover from a past life as an Italian eatery. But Dublin is nonetheless popular, and it draws a crowd on a Friday night, making for a noisy, smoky, pub-like atmosphere.

The food prices here are reasonable -- certainly much cheaper than in the pub chains. Caesar salads cost 160 rubles with chicken and 180 rubles with prawns. The crab salad is the most expensive at 300 rubles. The soups list features mainly Russian offerings, such as three varieties of solyanka (salmon -- 180 rubles, meat -- 160 rubles and mushrooms -- 120 rubles) as well as perch ukha (150 rubles) and cabbage shchi (90 rubles). Mains include such hearty dishes as beef cooked in Guinness (270 rubles), pork knuckle (450 rubles) and Irish stew (250 rubles).

The beer selection is decent and includes Guinness (190 rubles a pint), Kilkenny (190 rubles a pint), Newcastle Brown (190 rubles a pint), Boddington's (170 rubles a pint), Beamish (180 rubles a pint), Edelweiss (150 rubles a half-liter), Heineken (120 rubles a half-liter) and Bochkaryov (70 rubles a half-liter).

38/2 Staraya Basmannaya Ul., 231-1171, noon-midnight, Sat & Sun.

2 p.m.-midnight, M. Baumanskaya.