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Zov Ilyicha, St. Petersburg

Kazanskaya ulitsa 34
St. Petersburg
Tel: 7 812 717 8641's insider take:

Of all the retro-Communist places, "Lenin's Call" is the silliest and strangest. A cross between a brothel in a '70s porno, a souvenir shop, and New York's old Russian Tea Room, the all-red boîte has hundreds of plastic Lenins dangling from the ceiling, waitresses dressed in real Stalinist worker's uniforms—only much smaller—and former Soviet leaders giving speeches on TV screens in between scenes of soft porn. The comedic menu is divided into "Soviet Food" and "Anti-Soviet Food"—both of which are better than you fear. It's very popular, especially on the Russian song nights.

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