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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


They don't strip to nothing like in Krasnoyarsk," said my male companion, who knows these things. "But the girls aren't bad looking, and the Caesar Salad is the best I've had."

That's the verdict on Sirius, an off-Tverskaya strip club that opened last year to mediocre reception, but is now looking to improve with new foreign management. "We're working to introduce something everybody will like," said Cuba native and Sirius manager David Munizoto, carefully divulging no juicy details.

The VIP menu in the strip lounge, or "Monica Lewinsky Cigar Room," offers plenty of choices: among them, two VIP dollars (1,500 rubles) get you a lesbian show or a lap dance. Music outside can fall along the frightening lines of synthesizer pop tunes, but the interior - bathrooms included - are as clean and comfortable as they come. The staff, from guards to girls, is extremely friendly. Overall, a bang for your buck with a lot of potential.

Cover: Fri. and Sat. 150 rubles for men, free for women. 10 Strastnoi Bulvar. Metro Chekhovskaya. Tel. 924-8726. Metro: Chekhovskaya.

6 p.m to 6 a.m. Credit cards: V, MC.

- Elizabeth Wolfe