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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

The Good Booze News

MTGood News mixes an impressive collection of cocktails at decent prices.
The good news at Good News is that it serves Moscow's cheapest black and white Russians -- at 120 rubles a pop, you'd be hard pressed to find them for less anywhere else.

Besides the Russians, there is also a huge assortment of other cocktails at reasonable prices. Seven varieties of mojito range in price from 190 to 210 rubles. The three different Long Island ice teas go for 240 rubles each. Daiquiris are especially good value at 150 rubles for each of the four flavors listed. The so-called party cocktails that come in huge 700-milliliter portions range in price from 300 to 500 rubles.

Although Good News is strong on cocktails, it is not only a cocktail bar. It offers a full range of food, including all manner of special menus and deals. There is a weekday set lunch menu that runs from noon to 4 p.m., with a selection of salads (45 rubles), soups (45-50 rubles) and mains (50-65 rubles). A "5 o' clock tea" follows from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. offering tea or coffee plus dessert for 99 rubles. On Sundays, there is a 10 percent discount off the regular menu from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The regular menu offers the usual dishes found in the city's cafes -- all with annoyingly cutesy names, such as the "Zagadka Nemo," or Nemo's Puzzle (Thai-style tiger prawns served with Spanish style rice, 680 rubles). Other, less extravagant dishes include club sandwiches (chicken 110 rubles or salmon 130 rubles) and pastas (marinara 180 rubles, carbonara 160 rubles or porcini 140 rubles).

The interior design is nothing special. Fitting with the newsy name, there is a vague media theme, with various newspaper motifs and a collage of fashion magazine photos in one room, but otherwise the place is fairly nondescript.

Perhaps because of the drink prices, Good News is quite popular, attracting a decent crowd of people even on weeknights. The bad news is that perhaps due to the number of people -- but more likely because of poor ventilation -- the air is very smoky.

6/37 Sadovaya-Sukharevskaya Ul. 624-9049, 11 a.m.-6 a.m., Sun. 2 p.m.-6 a.m., M. Tsvetnoi Bulvar.