I believe that every city has a special relationship with its bars reflected on its lifestyle and spirit. And that’s why, from time to time, I try to get a little better understanding of the place I’m living in through the bars – from historic ones to new experiences.
As young and modern Saint Petersburg loves to experiment and new places are opening all around the city, there’s always somewhere to explore. Among those new places the Orthodox bar is one I’d like to recommend. The bar is now noticeable even in a crowded place such as Rubinstein street which is full of restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
To enter, you need to pass through an inner yard that looks completely ordinary, which paints a really strong contrast with the trendy and contemporary design on the inside. I remember that the first time I was looking for it it took me a while to find it.
Once inside, the menu offer drinks separated by authors: intellectuals of the Russian culture such as Dostoevski, Gogol, Tchaikovski or Mussorgski. With friends, I like to take shots like “The Three Sisters” or “The Brothers Karamazov”, otherwise, completing a poem can become tasty research with “The night”, “The street”, “The Streetlight” and “The Apothecary”, lines from an Alexander Blok poem. I’d say it’s also a way to get an interest in knowing who these intellectuals were and how the titles of their works are connected with the delicious drinks in the menu.