|Big Wine Freaks
|Design, Interior Design
|Monday to Thursday, Sunday 12:00 - 01:00 / Friday, Saturday 12:00 - 03:00
Bol'shaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, 62/3
|+7 495 968 30 60
Overlooking the imposing Kudrinskaya Square Building, a Stalinist neo-gothic edifice in central Moscow, Big Wine Freaks is a new champagne & wine bar by Real Authentic Wine, Russian purveyor of organic, biodynamic and natural wines, whose live d.j. sets aim to inject the venue’s nostalgic glamour with contemporary gusto. Designed by Italian architect Sabrina Bignami and Alessandro Capellaro's practice b-arch studio, the bar is an abode of bohemian elegance that contrasts an urban vibe with a vintage, plush refinement to elicit the 90s laissez-faire, anything-goes atmosphere of post-Soviet Russia or, as Bignami describes it, “sexy chaos between people and music”.
Stepping into Big Wine Freaks you are engulfed in an energizing mélange of contrasting textures. Timber slatted ceilings of unvarnished wood, metallic ceiling ducts, exposed brick walls and blue stucco panels provide a stark and sombre background for the more sumptuous, rich textures and exuberant colours of the velvet-clad chairs, the elongated corner sofa by Blå Station and the silk carpets by German designer Jan Kath that adorn both the floors and walls in an abstracted floral pattern—the latter a nod to the Russian practice of hanging rugs for decoration.
The defiant bohemian aesthetic of the interiors is supplemented by an eclectic section of idiosyncratic light fittings that includes a striking brass chandelier, custom designed by the architect in the form of a suspended ring in the centre of the space, theatrical spot lights casting mesmerizing projections, and glass chandeliers that evoke the more classically designed interiors of the bar’s St. Petersburg outpost which opened three years ago in an industrial part of the city and has since transformed it into a Shoreditch-like destination.
Housed in the same building and designed by b-arch studio in the same eclectic manner of chic nostalgia and urban grittiness, Real Wine Salon is a wine showroom that also functions as a private events space, perfectly complementing the bar area next door.
As expected, the wine list, curated by sommelier Andrey Larin, is one of the biggest in Moscow offering a variety of organic, biodynamic and natural wines as well as craft champagnes and a wide selection of fine wines from Europe and America. Accompanied by a gastronomic menu of Russian and oriental delicacies such as kholodets with horseradish, dim sum and crab wraps served in porcelain dinnerware by Italian manufacturer Richard Ginori, and live DJ sets that encompass beats from electronica, downtempo and chill-trap to hip-hop, funk and oriental—in what is an idiosyncratic program that has spawned a SoundCloud channel and a forthcoming music label - Big Wine Freaks is truly a place of enticing contradictions that makes it the toast of the town.