Address: 17/1 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa
Nearest metro station: Chistiye Prudy, Turgenevskaya
Menu in Russian and English
Cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Maestro and Diners Club
Phones: +7 (495) 6217768
One of the projects of Dmitry Sokolov, a veteran of the Moscow bar industry, staying true to his fool-proof business plan of opening inexpensive bars in the city center. Everything at Dream Bar is conducive to enjoyable and creative experiments with alcohol: the interior, people and, most importantly, the cocktail menu.
The attractive design fusion — pink neon signs, aged leather couches, cozy wooden booths, comic books and pin-up girls from the 50s on the walls, windows overlooking Myasnitskaya — brings Dream Bar a daily stream of ‘yuppies who know how to keep track of their money,’ as Sokolov himself defines his customers.
Reading the bar menu, customers can not only choose cocktails, but make up their own too. The extensive cocktail menu is divided into chapters: vermouth, whiskey, brandy, calvados, grappa, the less traditional jenever, absinthe, cachaca and so on. Each chapter has a brief description of the history and properties of that spirit and what mixes well with it.
Classic cocktails coexist here in harmony with Dmitry Sokolov’s signature recipes. A combination of vodka, yogurt, mango and cucumber becomes a fancy Moscow Lassi, red basil sets off the sweetness of a Daiquiri with honey, the Tiramisu Martini (surprisingly, the recipe contains no vermouth!) makes your head spin, while the colorful Dream Shot is a quick and tasty way to relinquish control of your legs.
In addition to these exclusive cocktails, Sokolov has created a unique “molecular” section especially for Dream Bar, where the regular recipes of popular cocktails take on unexpected forms. For example, the classic Cosmopolitan (vodka, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and lime) is served as a delicate jelly, more convenient to eat with a spoon. The molecular Honeymoon is a mousse of fresh mascarpone, whipped with vanilla sambuca and cocoa liqueur, guaranteed to overturn any preconceptions you may have of where lies the boundary to the art of mixing drinks.
Another of Dream Bar’s assets, unusual for a classic bar, is a fully fledged menu, not devoid of culinary ambition, but where the majority of dishes demonstrate a pleasing ratio between price and quality. With music, dancing and go-go shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, this really is a dream bar!