Fodor's Expert Review Art-café Brodyachaya Sobaka
No. 5 Ploshchad Iskusstv had a famous café and art salon, the Stray Dog, in its basement from 1911 to 1915. A diverse group of painters, writers, and musicians—including the poets Anna Akhmatova, Nikolai Gumilev, and Osip Mandelstam—used it as a creative meeting point. The restaurant is now open again under the same name and valiantly tries to re-create some of the original "arty" ethos: quasi-postmodernist dog sculptures made of wood, newspapers, and various fabrics by local artists are scattered through a gleaming white interior. At the bar you'll find a selection of pamphlets of poetry hot off the press, as well as paintings by local artists on the walls. On the menu are dishes that were served during the restaurant's first epoch, such as Dogs Rissoles, cutlets made of pork and beef.
5 pl. Iskusstv
St. Petersburg, St.-Petersburg 191186, Russia