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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

An Oasis in the Center

MTYekaterininsky Garden's old boat station-turned-cafe.
Nearly everyone has a favorite beer tent -- that special summer spot for a couple of casual coldies. And while plenty of blustery boasts are bandied about when it comes to whose favorite is best, there is one beer spot that should surely be at the top of anyone's list.

Located in peaceful Yekaterininsky Garden, it is housed in the paddleboat station by the pond. The view from the double-level deck is something special as it stretches across the duck-filled water to the green parkland at the far side.

Just in time for summer, the entire shore house has been renovated, which nonetheless does not detract from its retro charm -- especially when it has live crooners performing easy-listening tunes from Soviet times. The patrons like to get up for a boogie.

Besides the usual assortment of shashliks (liver 100 rubles, pork 180 rubles, beef 240 rubles, lamb 270 rubles and sturgeon 330 rubles), there is a handful of salads (olivye 70 rubles, fresh vegetable 60 rubles, Korean-style carrot 50 rubles and piquant 80 rubles) as well as various other snacks and nibbles. There is even a "kompleksny obed" business-lunch offer daily from noon-3 p.m. for 180 rubles.

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The view from the cafe: a duck pond and a leafy park.
The bar has one more trick up its sleeve, however -- a liquor license. Besides beer (changes regularly, 70 rubles a half-liter) it serves wine (70 rubles for 100 milliliters) and even spirits (cognac 200 rubles, tequila 250 rubles, whiskey 300 rubles).

On warm days the bar draws a full house, so it pays to get here early.

By the pond at Yekaterininsky Garden, 2 Suvorovskaya Ploshchad, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., M. Prospekt Mira.