Wall St. Watering Hole

MTWall St. Bar may be slick, but it is a surprisingly cozy spot for a drink.
Wall St. Bar, as the name might suggest, is positioning itself as a place for stock traders and the like to unwind after a hard day working the markets. While Moscow may not have a long-standing tradition of such bars, this is a very traditional bar. The color scheme features predominantly dark grays and black, with historical black-and-white photos on the walls and leather-clad furniture. Overall, it resembles a well-to-do, upmarket pub with a slick finish.

But unlike fancy pubs, Wall St. Bar steers clear of draft beer, with just a modest selection of three bottled brews: Corona, Budweiser and Newcastle Brown Ale (all 200 rubles for 330 milliliters). It does, however, have an excellent selection of whiskey -- some 32 varieties (not including the American options), with 40 milliliters ranging in price from 200 rubles up to 2,200 rubles for Macallan 25-year-old. The renowned mixologist Sergei Gevorkyan takes credit for the cocktails, which start from about 350 rubles, although a kir royal will set you back 1,200 rubles. Wine by the glass starts from 500 rubles.

Foodwise, the menu features plenty of popular favorites. There is beef (390 rubles) and salmon (380 rubles) carpaccio, Caesar salad (chicken -- 380 rubles, tiger prawn -- 430 rubles), Kamchatka crab salad (520 rubles) and a green fresh vegetable salad (240 rubles). Soups include minestrone (290 rubles), seafood bouillon with Kamchatka crab and grilled scallops (470 rubles) and porcini soup with "original" toast from white bread (460 rubles). Mains include rib-eye steak (1,200 ruble), Australian marbled beef steak with asparagus and pepper sauce (1,060 rubles), salmon with ginger, garlic, spinach and green asparagus shoots (620 rubles) and sea bass with puree of celery, saffron and oregano (1,160 rubles).

Wall St. Bar: 9-1 Ul. Volkhonka, 916-5731, noon-last guest, M. Kropotkinskaya.