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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Full-House Beer Gallery

MTOnly on evenings at the start of the week can you find empty stools.
Pivnaya Galereya must be doing something right, judging by its popularity. And it certainly is popular: A table is not to be had on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights without booking in advance -- and not just a couple of hours in advance, but the day before.

There are plenty of beer/grill restaurants around Moscow, so what exactly makes this newcomer so popular is intriguing. For starters, it doesn't go for the old-Europe beer hall feel. It has a thoroughly modern, spacious design, with slick sharp lines and a predominately black color scheme. It softens the atmosphere with a series of black-and-white historical and artistic photographs hung around the walls. By the entrance is a separate, smaller private room with a more traditional feel, resembling a study or library.

The menu doesn't offer any surprises, but the prices are reasonable. Perhaps one of the menu's strongest drawing cards is the draft house beer, which is a great value at 70 rubles a half-liter for either filtered or unfiltered. Nevskoye can even be had for 10 rubles less. There is a substantial range of imported beers as well, including Newcastle Brown (200 rubles a half-liter), Bowman (185 rubles) and dark and light Budweiser (165 rubles) among others.

As for food, Pivnaya Galereya serves a classic grill menu. There is a selection of steaks such as rib-eye (600 rubles), t-bone (720 rubles for 300 grams, 950 rubles for 400 grams) and sirloin (480 rubles).

Other dishes from the grill include rainbow trout (330 rubles), pork ribs (260 rubles) lyula kebab (200 rubles) and shashliks including salmon (small 190 rubles, large 350 rubles) and lamb (300/550 rubles). Naturally, there are also sausages, starting at 210 rubles for smoked chicken.

For those looking for a lighter snacks, there are fried garlic breads (70 rubles), nachos chips (50 rubles), boiled prawns (100 rubles) and fried calamari rings (130 rubles).

14/19 Novoslobodskaya Ul., Bldg. 7, (499) 978-2364/19, noon-midnight, M. Novoslobodskaya.