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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Garish oil paintings, sketches of the hysterical, naked on backlit sackcloth and ubiquitous black light give Gallery an unwholesomeness unredeemed by lusty exuberance.

If this appeals: Dress to the nines. Pack your wallet. And, taking a cue from the regulars, bring a beautiful baby who'll do little impromptu dances to alleviate your ennui.

Past the arbiters of class and wealth, Gallereya's chief exhibits are tableaux vivants of homo novus Russicus in his natural habitat. Cell-phone-toting businessmen and shockingly svelte glamour girls luxuriate on couches or strike poses in intimate circles.

Drink list is as pricey as it is long, but the clientele seems to think 450 rubles for a Pi?a Colada is a small price to pay to keep away the riffraff. Trendier venues appear to be keeping much of the smart set away as well these days.

Galereya. Cover: none. 16 Strastnoi Bulvar. Metro Chekhovskaya. Tel. 737-0380, ext. 334. Thurs. to Sat. 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Credit cards: none.

- Chris Noble