This is a club with attributes no other should really be without. Friendly and down-to-earth, cheap and never quiet, arrivals ... More
This is a club with attributes no other should really be without. Friendly and down-to-earth, cheap and never quiet, arrivals enter through an unassuming ground-level entrance before heading down into the nether regions below. In the bar area people drink and mingle freely before going off to the adjacent dancefloor to strut their stuff. Further, the very chilled chill-out room is floored with mattresses and cushions, providing refuge for those who can't take the pace. The music veers from 'disco funky house' on Wednesdays to some quite harsh industrial house on Fridays, but nothing should really get in the way of a memorable night at Griboedov.
2 blocks off of Ligovsky Prospect. If you've never been there, ask a taxi driver to take you there (in town, the rate should be about US $3 or so). You'll be dropped off in front of what appears to be a somewhat oversized phone booth fashioned out of concrete with a steel door. This is the only part of the club which is above ground. Open the door, and a bouncer will check your ID... and then direct you down a long, long flight stairs (at least 3 stories). There, you will encounter the hat & coat check. Inside is a dark, cozy club. Couches, coffee tables. And, as this is Russia, a couple college students playing chess is common. One room (at least on my last visit was in 2000) is painted in day-glow colors with a serious sound system. Being that the structure is completely concrete walls, the sound is entense.
Run by the rock band Dva Camoleta (Two Airplanes), they have a good feel for what makes their clientele comfortable and coming back.
I visited there a couple years ago, and it was an experience. We followed a map to get there, and almost missed the turn because the only indication of where it is is the name of the club spray painted on the alley wall. Then my friend grabbed my arm and we walked down this dark alley towards a light in a courtyard. We didn't see anything but a door with a light above it, and no signs with the name of the club on it. Well, we looked at each other confused, and just then someone opened the door up to leave, and we then knew we were at the right place and headed down the stairs to the bomb shelter turned club. The club was cool, and had good music. I said my first Russian words in public which was, "may I have two beers please". The bartender was wearing Russian fatigues and a cowboy hat, and was friendly.
Sitting there listning to the music there was lady sitting on a young man's lap, both pretty drunk. Well, the young man fell off the chair and down went the lady too, and they just laid there on the floor. The bouncer came up and instead of cutting them off or kicking them out propped them back up on the chair and nudged the beer towards them. I was loving it. After some dacing and drinking we headed home, and I look at that night as one of my favorite Russian experiences during my stay.
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