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(1) GO TO A SOVIET OR RUSSIAN THEMED BAR
(2) SEND US PHOTOS & STORIES OF YOUR ADVENTURES
(3) WIN 
LC-A+ AND DianaF+ CAMERAS


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To the Stars and Back!

Sputnik
262 Taaffe Place
Brooklyn NY 11205
718 398 6666
718 398 6667 Fax
barsputnik.com
myspace.com/sputnik1


On an overcast Sunday night we ventured into Sputnik, our local Soviet-theme bar with a flair for 60's space-age kitsch. As we entered we were welcomed by a robot declaring "You will be close to me" in Russian, and no shortage of undulating plastic forms. Sputnik is in a category all it's own - equal parts neighborhood hang-out for Pratt students and locals, burger joint (including offerings of bison, ostrich and elk all 100% organic), and venue whose stage has been graced by some of the most revered names in hip-hop.

"Our mission is to make the tastiest and freshest burger in Brooklyn, and possibly the universe." After my "Zurich" (swiss, bacon, horseradish mayo, baby spinach and tomato) burger with Turkey, I'd have to agree. (Our food was gone before we had a chance to snap a picture.) *The lunch special advertised includes a free beer with any Sputnik burger.


There was a hip hop show going on in the basement, but most of the patrons
at the bar upstairs were glued to a Dallas Cowboys game.


Sputnik specialty cocktails include: cosmo-naught, wired russian, gagarin grape,gin lenin,
siberian serf, melon bomb. He had the Siberian Serf (coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple)


Outside Sputnik. It felt like we were on a sci-fi movie set
(see "To the Stars by Hard Ways (Cherez ternii k zvezdam)")


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The Flying Elephant in Shanghai

3F, The Bund Hotel, 525 Guangdong Lu
广东路525号金外滩宾馆3楼

One of our Soviet Bar Crawlers had an interesting night at the Flying Elephant in Shanghai. However, he isn't able to post on LiveJournal himself from behind the Great Firewall of China. And so, we bring you this Soviet Bar experience on behalf of Stephen Yang:




Searching for Russian buildings yielded many false leads. I searched for an hour to find a non-existent Russian restaurant advertised by a sketchy online listing website that also advertised for discreet massages. All my friends said they’d never been to a Russian restaurant or bar before. On the interweb I found a Google map with an arrow pointing to the middle of the Huangpu river. From other sites, however, there appears to be alive Russians barbequing in a Chinese park and a long history of Russians living in China during the 1920’s and 30’s. During China’s most overt communist days, Russia was seen as an ally. You can also find kitschy Russian communist memorabilia mixed in with some of the Chinese ones at antique stores.

The one Russian bar or restaurant in Shanghai is called The Flying Elephant. It’s on the third floor of a Chinese hotel. When I arrived there was an American guy at the bar. He was flirting with the Chinese bartender girl trying to get her to write something in a notebook. The rest of the restaurant was empty with neat rows of folded napkins and silverware, no lights on besides at the bar.

I sat down at the bar. To my right was a container filled with beer, each with a different number, two to nine. I had never seen them before, had never drunk Russian beer before, but assumed that the higher number meant it was stronger beer. To make sure I pointed to my arm, flexed and gave a shrug, pointing at the relative bottles. The bar girl agreed with me. Number 9 was a sickeningly sweet, but strong.



The bar girl spoke Russian but was from China and had never been to Russia. The American guy had been trying to get her to draw him a map in a notebook of her hometown. She turned to me, as I am half-Chinese and asked in quick Mandarin what this foreigner was trying to say. I too am a foreigner but look Chinese and speak very little coherent Mandarin.

I turned to the American who said “I want to know where she’s from. Can she draw a map? How do you say map?”. I told him I didn’t know and told the bar girl that the American wanted her to draw him a map of her hometown. American ex-pats are always trying to do things like this, I don’t know why, a desire to “connect” to the local culture or something. I asked the girl in Chinese where her hometown was, which ended up being only a day away from Shanghai, not some exotic location on the China-Russia border.

Still hoping for an out-of-this world story to tell all his friends back home, eyes shining brightly, The American asked her “So how come you speak Russian?”

The girl looked at me and replied in Chinese: “Because I worked at a Russian restaurant in a different city before”. The American looked disappointed.

The bar girl, suddenly interested in me because of my Chinese face and terrible speaking skill, asked “Where are you from?” I told her I was half Chinese and half Korean, but didn’t speak either language. For a while, we talked about how this was strange. When I asked the bar girl why she liked Russia and Russian, she said “I like the…feeling”.

The American, feeling left out, broke in and asked the girl “what does your nametag say? What does it mean?” To his credit, the nametag was a strange looking writing that looked equally Russian or Japanese. Before she could answer, the American asked “Can I take a picture of it?” and rumbled through his bag to get his camera out. She looked uneasily at him and smiled shyly: “ok”.

PRAVDA Bar in New Orleans

PRAVDA Bar & Cafe
http://www.myspace.com/pravdaofnola
1113 Decatur St. (French Quarter), 504.525.1818

A great bar. Soviet kitsch, but darker. Atmosphere, cheap well drinks, many kinds of absinthe, courtyard, wifi, coffee, food, events, open late, locals, goths, artists, foreigners, regulars. Keeping New Orleans alive and drunk.







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SillyMascotGreetings, Comrades! We've just announced our recent winners. Now it's your turn! Join us, submit your best photos and stories right here on Live Journal and RUSSIA! and The Lomographic Society will award an LC-A+ every month to the best photo and story entry, and a DianaF+ every 2 weeks to a photo or story entry that really stands out from the pack. So grab your analog camera, get creative, and don't think, just drink! (Full contest rules HERE.)

And now for some Soviet Bar suggestions from Russia! magazine and our friends. And if you have happen to know of a little place that's Soviet themed or is somehow associated with the Soviet descendant diaspora, contribute to the cause and comment on this post with your suggestions.

Spasibar in Oslo, Norway
Pravda Bar in Dublin, Ireland
Red Square in Las Vegas, United States
KREMLIN in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Propaganda in London, England
Pravda Sushi bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Gagarin Cafe at Anjuna Beach in Goa, India
Anka in Costa Rica (no site, De la Pops de Curridabat, Telephone: + 506 234 9169)
A10 Russian Bar in London, England
Le Politburo in Paris, France
Eastern Bloc in New York City

*NEW*
PRAVDA Bar & Cafe in New Orleans, Louisiana
As promised, RUSSIA! magazine and The Lomographic Society present the winners of the first Soviet Bar Crawl competition. Thank you all for participating and we hope to see more from you here on LiveJournal. The grand prize winner will be featured across four pages of the Fall 2008 issue of RUSSIA! and receive an LC-A+, a DianaF+, and a Horizon Perfekt.. Each of the four runners-up will be featured across two pages of RUSSIA! and receive a LC-A+ and a DianaF+.

And now it's your turn! Join us. Submit your best photos and stories right here on Live Journal and RUSSIA! and The Lomographic Society will award an LC-A+ every month to the best photo and story entry, and a DianaF+ every 2 weeks to a photo or story entry that really stands out from the pack. So get your camera, get creative, and don't think, just drink!

Full contest rules HERE.
RUSSIA! Fall 2008 featuring our winners and more - available soon!


The grand prize winner:


Les Nouveaux Russes & Doucha Bar in Brussels by maxpinckers

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Runners up:


MOSKVA in Copenhagen by larslau

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KGB Bar in New York City by MaudGonne
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Bar Revolution in London by matt charnock

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Soviet-related hoopla at Zum dicken Heinrich
Hotel and Restaurant in Luedersfeld, Germany by graefin
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Join and win, the Glass commands you!

Greetings, Comrades and Welcome to the Russian Bar Crawl Photo Competition!


The GlassOf all iconic objects of the Soviet era — the orb of the Sputnik, the needle of the Ostankino TV tower — none speaks to the Russian heart as clearly and loudly as the Glass. As to what it says, well, take a guess: with a volume of exactly 250 grams, the Glass happens to divide the equally classic 750-gram bottle of vodka evenly between three friends. Hence, the whispered invitation heard daily around every Soviet liquor store: "Третьим будешь?" (Wanna be the third one?)

The LomoAnd so, we invite you to include an analog camera with your preferred drinking accessories and join us in the merriment of the Russian Bar Crawl Competition. Check out our Contest Rules below, participate in some artful debauchery and adventure, join our community and display your finds to the world! (Oh, and did we mention that you can win really cool cameras?)

We will soon be posting the winning entries from our past contest. These entries will be published in RUSSIA! magazine and you will be able to view their full galleries exclusively here at the Russian Bar Crawl Competition community page.

Join and win, the Glass commands you!






For more on the Glass, read RUSSIA!'s article HERE.

CONTEST RULES

***SPECIAL UPDATE*** Now you don't need a LiveJournal to participate in the competition! Send you submissions by email to frontdesk@readrussia.com and we'll publish your Soviet Bar adventures for you so you can go nurse your hangover... Think of it as a holiday favor.




RUSSIA! Magazine (http://www.readrussia.com) and The Lomographic Society (http://www.lomography.com) have an assignment for you, should you choose to accept it.


The Russian Bar Crawl Photo Competition We’ll Drink to That!


1. Go to a Russian-themed drinking establishment anywhere in the world (except Russia or the former Soviet union). This can be a kitschy “Soviet”-themed bar or simply one that has a connection to Russian culture through its owner, décor, or clientele. The interpretation is up to you.

2. Spend an evening at the establishment documenting your experience with any Lomographic or other analog camera. Take photos of the interior, the bartender and the patrons that you meet.

3. Join the community and tell us in pictures and words what is interesting, unique and uniquely Russian about both the place itself and your experience of it. The format is up to you. Tell us a story and show a few pictures. Or tell a story with no pictures. Or show a photo gallery without a story. Tell us a true story or a fictional one. You make the call. Ultimately, we’re looking for one thing: the world’s most compelling
tales and shots of real or imagined Soviet-themed bars of the past, present, or future.

***SPECIAL UPDATE*** Now you don't need a LiveJournal to participate in the competition! Send you submissions by email to frontdesk@readrussia.com and we'll publish your Soviet Bar adventures for you so you can go nurse your hangover... Think of it as a holiday favor for RUSSIA! with love. 


The Prize:


Submit your best photos and stories right here on Live Journal, and we'll award an LC-A+ every month to the best photo and story entry, and a DianaF+ every 2 weeks to a photo or story entry that really stands out from the pack. So get your camera, get creative, and don't think, just drink!


What is Lomography, you ask?

Though Lenin’s heirs didn’t quite succeed in exporting the Revolution to the West, they did produce a Trojan horse of sorts. It’s called LOMO, and it’s a small, portable camera you can stash in your tunic pocket, always ready for that candid shot of a fat cat slurping caviar. And though the Soviet Union is long gone, its battalion of Trojan horses continues to multiply under the auspices of an Austrian company called Lomographische AG. Just last month, suspiciously close to the 90th anniversary of the October Revolution, Meg and Jack White, the rock ’n’ roll siblings known as the White Stripes, came out with their very own, limited edition his-and-hers LOMO cameras in — you guessed it — cornea-scorching red ...

Read the rest of RUSSIA!'s article on the Lomo camera HERE and visit the Lomography website HERE.

Hello from Russia! magazine

Hello, this is a community for those who went to a soviet-themed bar anywhere in the world. We know that there is at least in Tokyo, in Stockholm and Goa. Please post photos here. Many thanks!

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