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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Art Garbage is one of Moscow's best-kept secrets and certainly one of the city's nicest, most appealing clubs. It's not teeming with thugs or glitterati or pounding techno. The crowd hovers around student age, but is by no means limited to one age or stereotype. Very tastefully and intelligently laid out, the night club/restaurant should appeal to fans of places like Bunker and Krizis Zhanra.

The entrance, off Starosadsky, is well-marked, though you must walk through a courtyard and bear right. To get to the restaurant and bar, you first pass through the club's discotheque - fairly small, with exposed dark-red brick and a few tables raised a meter above the dance floor.

The restaurant is spread over two rooms, each simply, yet beautifully, laid out. Wooden floors and furniture give Art Garbage a homey, rustic touch, while the rich and interesting paintings adorning the walls lend it an authentic ambiance.

Prices at Art Garbage add to the club's attractiveness. Drinks and entr?es won't break the bank, with a large beer for 40 rubles, dinner generally less than 200 rubles and a cover charge of 70 rubles only when bands play. Thursday through Sunday feature live music, with DJs after 10 p.m. the rest of the week. This weekend ushers in Grease Freaks, Boris Bulkee and the Stainless Blues Band.

Art Garbage derives its name from its building's former service as an archive for the Union of Artists of the Soviet Union, and its own art collection was amassed by a Moscow Artists' Union director. All of which gives the club a genuine artistic flair - though not an artsy one. A nice staff and a genuinely warm atmosphere, free of pretentiousness, make Art Garbage a perfect hangout for cold wintry evenings.

Art Garbage is located at 5 Starosadsky Pereulok. Metro Kitai-Gorod. Tel. 928-8745. Hours: 12 p.m. to 6 a.m. Credit cards: none.

- Guy Archer