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By The Siberian Times Reporter
11 May 2015

A guide to the little corner of Ireland in Novosibirsk where you are always guaranteed a good beer and a warm welcome, whatever the weather.

'Surprisingly, Siberians love Ireland. We're similar in spirit. The Irish are just as cheerful as Siberians and love drinking just as much as we do.' Picture: Mr O'Neills

Siberia is known for its hospitality and where better than relaxing with a pint of beer in one of the growing number of Irish bars cropping up in Novosibirsk. Here, we have a look at the best themed drinking holes in the city - where east meets west – in the words of those who know them best: the staff themselves.

CLEVER PUB

5 Sovetskaya St, Kronos business centre (Tel: +7 906 195 6347)

Open 1200-0200

Clever Pub

'This was created as a place where any person can drop by, without a dress code and regardless of their social status and age.' Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Opened three years ago, this bar attract a mix of clientele, including business people during the week and the younger generation at weekends. Traditional Irish fare, including Guinness and Kilkenny, are the most popular drinks at 310 roubles per pint, although it also serves its own speciality Clever beer for just 170 roubles.

Manager Tatyana Frank says: 'This was created as a place where any person can drop by, without a dress code and regardless of their social status and age. Our dishes are very delicious. We have cuisine worth trying, a huge range of beers and constant Irish-Siberian hospitality.'

Bar man Aleksandr Meshkov, 24, adds: 'I started working here very recently and it's a very cheerful and positive place. We're happy to see everyone. We have great music, fresh beer, brilliant homemade liquors, a few cocktails and a great atmosphere.'

Tatyana Frank


Clever Pub


Aleksandr Meshkov

Manager Tatyana Frank (top) and bar man Aleksandr Meshkov (bottom) in Clever pub. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

ST PATRICK'S CORNER

8 Lenina St. (www.stpat.ru; tel: +7 383 222 4477)

Open 1200-0200

Due to celebrate its 16th anniversary in August, this is one of the longest-running Irish bars in Novosibirsk. It was opened by people with a great passion for Ireland and its culture. Among the different sorts of beer you can finf here Guinness for 340 roubles a pint and creative snacks include 'pivcihki' wheat and cheese 'patricks'.

St Patrick's Corner


St Patrick's corner


St Patrick's corner

Due to celebrate its 16th anniversary in August, St Patrick's Corner is one of the longest-running Irish bars in Novosibirsk. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Director Evgenia Vtorushina says: 'Our pub is in the book of Irish pubs of the world. There is such book in Ireland and out of all the pubs in Novosibirsk there is only us and one other in it. The Irish designed the pub, did the decoration, and brought in the furniture, with even the tiles on the floor coming from Ireland.

'We have a special method for pouring beer. It's cooled in a special cool room and is then served. It makes the taste very natural.'

Barman Vasilyi Galkin, 29, adds: 'Even if you come alone, you'll find someone to talk to because we have very different visitors. Come and feel Irish. Feel Irish today, and have a hangover tomorrow.'

Evgenia Vtorushina


Vasilyi Galkin

Director Evgenia Vtorushina (top) and barman Vasilyi Galkin. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

MR O'NEILLS

23 Ordzhonikidze St (Tel: +7 (383) 213 4262)

Open 1500-0400

This bar celebrates its 2nd birthday on July 17 and already it is a firm favourite in Novosibirsk with its founders great advocates of all things Irish. On weekdays it shows Irish movies and live sports matches, and snacks include marinated quail eggs, with Guinness at 345 roubles.

Mr O'Neils


Mr O'Neils


Mr O'Neils


Mr O'Neills

Mr O'Neills celebrates its 2nd birthday on July 17 and already it is a firm favourite in Novosibirsk with its founders great advocates of all things Irish. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Barman Sergey Khvalin, 23, explains: 'Surprisingly, Siberians love Ireland. We're similar in spirit. The Irish are just as cheerful as Siberians and love drinking just as much as we do. The atmosphere in Irish pubs is similar to what we have here in Novosibirsk.

'It won't be an exaggeration to say that our pub is for our people. But we're always happy to see new faces. It's great when the newcomers become regulars. So, please, do come round.'

Siberian pubs

Barman Sergey Khvalin, 23: 'It's great when the newcomers become regulars. So, please, do come round.' Picture: Mr O'Neills

DUBLIN

54 Maxim Gorkyi st. (www.restoclubnsk.ru/dublin; Tel: +7 (383) 210 0118)

Open 0800-0200

Dublin


Dublin


Dublin


Dublin

Opened six years ago, Dublin opens its doors early at 8am and even then you’ll find a warm and hearty Irish-Siberian welcome. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Opened six years ago, Dublin opens its doors early at 8am and even then you’ll find a warm and hearty Irish-Siberian welcome. Food includes delicious BBQ meat and the chef promises 'the best snacks' in town.

Manager Oksana Matveeva says: 'We attract a somewhat more adult audience in their mid-30s and onwards. We love our guests and our staff and chef are always glad to communicate with them. If you want to have a chat with the chef, you are more than welcome. We don't mind even if you want to have a pint of beer with the chef too!'

Oksana Matveeva

Manager Oksana Matveeva 'We attract a somewhat more adult audience in their mid-30s and onwards. We love our guests and our staff and chef are always glad to communicate with them.' Picture: Vera Salnitskaya

HARAT'S

18 Soviet st. & 14/1Chelyuskintsev st (www.harats.ru; Tel: +7 (383) 292 3665)

Open 1200-0200

Part of a chain of Irish pubs in Irkutsk, it has now become very popular in Novosibirsk with the first pub opening in 2012. You'll find dozens of whiskies here as well as a large selection of beers from the UK, Ireland and across Europe, as well as traditional Irish food including roast beef, lamb shank and stew. There’s also a pub quiz on offer.

Harat's


Harat's


Harat's

Part of a chain of Irish pubs in Irkutsk, Harat's has now become very popular in Novosibirsk with the first pub opening in 2012. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Manager Olga Ramus explains: 'Our guests love our pub for the unique atmosphere, because you can easily come and sit at the bar and chat with the bartender as his best friend, sharing your problems, and troubles.

'We have more than 50 whiskies, ranging from the inexpensive and ending with the most expensive brands like 21 year old Macallan. We always have a full whisky stock so our guests can choose one depending on their mood and budget.'

Olga Ramus


Vladislav Sheryakov

Manager Olga Ramus and bartender Vladislav Sheryakov. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Bartender Vladislav Sheryakov, 24, adds: 'In Siberia, just like in Ireland, real tough guys work five days in a quiet atmosphere, and need a couple of days at the weekend to have some screaming, shouting, plate breaking, and bar hitting with fists and mugs, fun. We look forward to seeing you. I work from Thursday to Sunday!'

CELTIC

88 Airport, 2nd Floor (www.nordcastle.com; Tel: +7 (383) 200 2530)

Open 1200-0000

Celtic


Celtic


Celtic


Celtic

With oak furniture, wrought iron elements and stained glass windows and murals, it might be difficult to find a pub any more Irish than this. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Opened five years ago, the whole bar was designed in Ireland and flown over. With oak furniture, wrought iron elements and stained glass windows and murals, it might be difficult to find a pub any more Irish than this.

Marketing director Sofya Kuznetsova explains: 'This is classic pub with a taste of the early druidic middle ages atmosphere. Our guests are a little different from the ones in the other pubs. They tend to be from a middle and upper-middle income, including businessmen and diplomats.

'We have our own smokehouse, where we make our own smoked snacks and meals. We have a huge grill menu, shishas and a wine list, and a wide selection of bourbon, scotch and single malt whiskies as well. We also show sports championships and, of course, football because football is very important for Ireland.'

Sofya Kuznetsova


Konstantin Alexeenko

Marketing director Sofya Kuznetsova and bartender Konstantin Aluxeenko. Pictures: Vera Salnitskaya

Bartender Konstantin Aluxeenko, 23, says: 'I really like the design of this pub and the most important thing is the bar. I have been working as a bartender for four years already and this is the best that I have worked in. It's gorgeous. Come, visit our little Irish corner in Siberia. We will always be happy to meet you at the bar and serve you the best food and drink.'

St. Patrick's Day in Novosibirsk pubs. Pictures: Harat's, Mr O'Neills 

St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's Day


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