For me there are 2 Poisons: one for weekday evenings, another for weekend nights. I personally strongly prefer the first but I need to warn you right away: 90% chance you will be late for the bus or subway!
In the spirit of an American roadside bar (how I imagine it) in the red light and under the disco ball, 3 TVs broadcast lyrics to songs everybody knows and enjoys singing aloud. It can be Iggy Pop, Bob Marley, RHCP, No Doubt, Arctic Monkeys, Depeche Mode, best of Madonna, Sting, Savage Garden or Portishead and so on and on. All songs are in English, all orders are free of charge.
Weekdays live begins at 21:00 lasting throughout the night. I often say you’re only allowed to sing here if you have a degree in vocal performance and preferably a second one in linguistics. Of course, it’s not true but the level of singing is high: in case someone feels nervous about his/her capability, the karaoke DJ helps.
When there are no volunteers from the audience the same DJ might sing herself/himself in a lovely voice. It’s a great pleasure to listen to and you’ll probably sing along even while sitting at the bar.
Since I first wrote about Poison the singing network has grown! There are now 2 more locations: Ligovsky pr. 50/3 and Rubinshteyna str. 13.