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Propaganda, St. Petersburg

Fontanka 40
St. Petersburg
Russia 191025
Tel: 7 812 275 3558's insider take:

One of the better examples of the slightly perplexing but fun trend of Soviet era–kitsch places—a youth cult thing. This one's centered firmly around the Constructivists: a low vaulted cellar done out in tank green and Soviet red, with cast-iron beams and perforated steel lamp shades. Not that it's altogether serious, with its soundtrack of chirruping crickets, music speakers with volume control on every table, and waiters dressed as Communist Boy (and Girl) Scouts. Food is better than it needs to be, from cold cuts and caviar to crepes with smoked trout, lime, and dilled hollandaise; pike perch with fries; and an array of burgers. The bar is open around the clock, and food is served until 3 a.m. Viva Rodchenko!

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