A legal alcohol outlet on ul. Lusinovskaya

This one pretents to be not a store but a bar, which allows it to sell at night. Ulitsa Lusinovskaya 48/50, kv. 10. It is where Lusinovskaya crosses Pavla Andreyeva, and the store’s dore is right at the corner. Nearest metro: Dobryninskaya or Tulskaya. Based on eyewitness report. To be investigated soon.

Walking distance from my apartment for rent >>

Free range eggs at the Fish Market

Рыбный рынок (rybny rynok, fish market), Pyatnitsky pereulov 2. Look for Elena the butcher under the sign “Деревенское мясо” (derevenskoye myaso, village meat). Small eggs from young chicken at 100 roubles per 10.

Next to her is a stall with Ukrainian (Lviv) and Belarus beer but I think I’ve already listed it.

Buying alcohol after 11pm

Ask neighbourhood drunks to buy it for you. Every neighbourhood has such a store, and drinkers tend to be a friendly type ready to help each other. Easy!

How to identify such a store? It will have to be a small owner-run establishment. Shabby if now somewhat dirty. A good sign is a cat on the counter because there is a rule against cats on the counter, MORE>>

An old booze store on Pyatnitskaya, Zamoskvorechye

Among things you’ll find there is brandy from Moldova and a multi-herb potion that defies description from Karelia. Pyatnitskaya 27, Spotykach. One of these stores that’s been there from times immemorial and still remain independent. A good selection of classic brands like Stolichnaya and Staraya Moskva, and vodka-theme souvenirs. Recommended as one of very few human-scale stores with a classic selection.

…Come to think of it, “bitter” probably is the word for that potion from Karelia, a classic Soviet product that was around in late 70s, goes down easily, causes neither a hangover nor tachycardia, and is not sugary the way most compositions of this type tend to be. Downed a small bottle yesterday, slept like a baby, and woke up full of energy and without my usual morning desire to hang myself in an ostentatiously unappetizing manner.

Shelters for the homeless. Free food. Sanitation facilities.

A poster with info about shelters for the homeless. Been in one or two of these. No, don’t get excited, not as a client, not quite yet, not unless the trend continues. Clean and comfortable but rules are strict and enforced. You are either in before 9 or 10pm or stay out. If you stagger or smell of alcohol, you are out. But if you comply and behave like a respectable citizen, warm space, basic facilities, and simple but plentiful food is there for you. No one from what I know is denied admission.

True, they tend to be far away and a a bitch to find but if you are in a true and real fix a special van will come out and get you. If you are down and out BUT MANAGED TO STAY SANE help is available even in Moscow.

Also listed in this poster is where the homeless can get washed, eat, and receive clothing.

I’VE SEEN AT LEAST ONE CASE WHEN A FOREIGN TRAVELLER, AN AMERICAN, WAS SICK AND WITH NO MONEY OR OTHER RESOURCE, AND VERY CLOSE TO BEING LEFT ON THE STREET. THE ABOVE IS REPRODUCED NOT ONLY FOR ITS ENTERTAINMENT VALUE.

Another one of my favourite time capsules

I remember this place at the intersection of Devyataya Parkovaya and Izmaylovsky Boulevard (Metro Pervomayskaya) was there in late 70s, when I was old enough to explore what’s around.

Plentiful cheap Soviet style food. A standing room only section for those who are there to drink only. Some aluminum forks were still in use I was there last time.