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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


The High Priestess of Clubbing

Could this be it? Have we found the perfect place to relax with a beer, dinner and some live music after a tough day in the Moscow rat race?

The Oracle, which despite its name draws more from medieval Europe than ancient Greece, is a cozy, candle-lit bar with heavy wooden tables and stylized Gothic drawings on the walls. The beer is good and cheap, with draft Yarpivo going for 30 rubles for 400 milliliters. The food is also quite a bargain. All the dishes have amusing names ? la Petrovich Club, such as "Advice of the Mutes" (fried eggplant with garlic and tomatoes for 54 rubles) and "The Island of Iron Wares" (boiled sturgeon with rice for 140 rubles).

The club has live music every night. Often, the bands are unknowns, but Boris Grebenshchikov did play there once. On a visit this week, we heard Hot Dogs, who play covers of '50s and '60s rock classics. The most entertaining thing about them is the lead singer, who uses a combination of pelvis thrusts, dramatic wrist turns and a runaway tongue to convince you he's Mick Jagger.

Oracle. Cover: 40 rubles. 1 Sredny Ovchinnikovsky Pereulok, Bldg. 13 (just off of Ovchinnikovskaya Naberezhnaya). Tel. 953-0556. Open from 8 p.m. Metro: Tretyakovskaya.

- Sarah Karush