Vinosyr wine bar
Wine bars are coming to Russia, to Moscow at least. Wine bars are usually the last wine thing to come in a country newly converted to wine (but is Russia really a newbee in wine?), long after the full wine sections in the supermarkets and the opening of specialized wine shops. It is one thing to sell wine in the retail sector but is usually a much more arduous one to have people come to a place just to buy a glass of wine and stay afloat in this business. It is already a challenge in the West, so imagine in a country discovering wine where not so long ago the only available wines were low-quality wines from Moldova, Southern Russia or Bulgaria. Some such wine bars were short lived and closed, but some others keep sprouting in Moscow under the impulse of daring sommeliers or passionate businessmen. Anatoly Sokolov is one of the latter and while he does not come from the restaurant business, he said in an interview that he wanted long ago to open a wine bar. And he opened Vinosyr last november (2006). The wine bar is located in the center of Moscow, near Pushinskaya-Tverskaya subway station, just a few meters down from the vibrant Tverskaya Avenue. The Malyi Palashevsky street is located just on the left of the "M" sign of the Pushkinskaya-Tverskaya subway station, on the other side of Tverskaya Ave. After going down a few steps to a basement, the bar's interior style strikes at first glance: a long table going from one side of the bar to the other, and a dim red light bathing the whole room. Architect Yuri Nenashev is the man behind the decoration and lighting. The long table is the backbone of this roughly 60-square-meters bar, and the lighting, which is well thought here, comes partly from the middle of the table itself.
The wine bar is opened 7 days a week and its opening hours will soon (september) be from 6pm to 6am. Seems that it is the right spot to hang out for a glass in Moscow's After Hours.