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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pints for Good Measure

MTKarl Balling's dark wood decor makes for a cozy spot to go for a brew.
Karl Balling is an eminently appropriate choice as the name of a beerhouse. In 1843, a renowned German chemist by that name invented a scale for measuring the levels of sugars in a solution -- an important and useful development for brewers. Professor Balling was later appointed as a lecturer on the chemistry of fermentation at the Prague Polytechnic. To this day, a version of this measurement can still be found on the labels of some brands of local beer -- a percentage reading that hovers around the 12 percent mark -- leading to much consternation among unaware expats, who often mistake it for the alcohol content.

The bar itself, however, should cause no confusion -- it's a classic old-style beer restaurant. There are two halls, both similarly decorated with dark wood paneling and heavy-set furniture. In the room with the bar, the "chandeliers" take the form of giant glass beer mugs. Overall, it is lavishly fitted out, but all the same, it's cozy.

The menu offers all the beer-friendly snacks usually found in Moscow's bars, such as boiled prawns (150 rubles), fried calamari rings (180 rubles), onion rings (120 rubles) and garlic black-bread toast (80 rubles). More substantial options include pork shashlik (300 rubles), lyula-kebab (320 rubles) and river trout (350 rubles), all of which are cooked on an oak char grill. A rib-eye steak sells for 600 rubles. The beer selection is decent and competitively priced -- unfiltered Maisels, Krusovice dark and Veltins all sell for 150 rubles a half-liter. Carlsberg is available for 100 rubles a half-liter.

17 Ul. Ivana Babushkina, korpus 1,
125-1282, noon-11 p.m.,
M. Akademicheskaya.