I am not sure what drove me to “Na Brovyakh”. If that was a selection of local and semi-local beers (even when the city is 1000 km away we call it local in Russia) or the nutritious inexpensive vegetarian burgers available even after midnight or the relaxed bar-next-door atmosphere.
Nothing fancy or special going on here but drinks, tasty snacks, pleasant-to-listen-to music and eye-catching music videos streaming on the screens. A true bar next door to have a few drinks, chat with friends and leave the place a little bit “na brovyakh” = walking on your eyebrows after a couple of pints.
Within the last 5 years the bar culture has changed in the city and it would take more that one article to explain before vs after but to me “Na Brovyakh” feels like a hug from “good old times” when movies were shown on the bar screens, punk rock was trendy and none of my friends had a clue about wine variety.
One of my acquaintances once called this place a “proletariat (or working-class) meeting point”. After this quote I read Dmitry’s Khroniki article and smiled widely about proletariat vs intelligentsia observations. I totally agree: “Na brovyakh” differs from the fancier design places in the Chernyshevskaya metro area, but this is definitely what I like about it.