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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Beers Before the Gig

MTBurzhui-ka combines a subtle historical theme with a modern design.
The neighborhood around the huge B1 concert venue is rather devoid of bars and the like, which presents a bit of a problem if you want to grab a drink or two before a show and don't feel like wetting your whistle in B1's cavernous interior.

Luckily for concertgoers, a new watering hole has opened up just around the corner -- Burzhui-ka, a basement beer bar offering a nice mix of modern minimalism with turn-of-the-last-century adornments. The spacious interior features that flavor-of-the-moment chocolate color scheme and large cylindrical lampshades offset by historical posters and tablemats.

The menu offers a mix of inexpensive Russian and European dishes. Russian salads include olivye with salmon (120 rubles) and vinegret with sprats (120 rubles), while European salads include Caesar with chicken (130 rubles) and Greek (120 rubles). Mains include beef stroganoff with mashed potato (180 rubles) and fried perch with fresh ginger and herbs (150 rubles).

There is a concise selection of beer accompaniments, including chicken wings (120 rubles) and fried cheese balls (95 rubles) as well as the more traditional Russian snacks such as boiled prawns (500 rubles for 300 grams) and "Beer Gourmet," different varieties of prawns surrounding a solitary crayfish (120 rubles).

The beer selection is succinct but well thought out: locally brewed Lowenbrau (70 rubles a half-liter), Sibirskaya Korona (60 rubles) and both dark and light Krusovice (145 rubles). The most noteworthy beer, however, is the Witte Trappist light unfiltered Dutch beer at a very reasonable 150 rubles a half-liter.

From 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Burzhui-ka offers a set breakfast for 180 rubles, consisting of oatmeal, wheat or rice porridge, muesli with yoghurt, croissants and other baked treats, homemade jams, and freshly squeezed orange juice.

11 Ul. Ordzhonikidze, Bldg. 9, 232-4352, 8 a.m.-last guest, M. Leninsky Prospekt.