Arts & Entertainment
Avant-Garde Bar and Gallery
Small, funky watering hole & music venue featuring Soviet artwork & souvenirs, plus Russian snacks.
Websitehttp://www.avantgardebar.com/ Avant-Garde Bar and Gallery135 1/2 Besserer Street,Downtown Rideau,Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6A7 Get Directions
There’s a Russian gem sparkling in Downtown Rideau, and that is Avant-Garde Bar and Gallery at 135 1⁄2 Besserer Street. Specializing in classic eastern European appetizers, cocktails and beer, this one of a kind spot features intimate live performances by internationally known artists in genres ranging from electronic, to classical, to punk, rock, stand-up comedy and even poetry readings.
The Pelmeni is a definite must-try, filled with excellently seasoned ground beef and onions these traditional Russian boiled dumplings are drizzled with melted butter, sprinkled with fresh dill and accompanied by sour cream and Dijon mustard on the side. Wash them down with a Pioneer Blush cocktail, the perfect blend of vodka, Jägermeister, and pineapple juice, or a bottle of light bodied malty Russian Baltika beer.
Avant-Garde showcases historical art inspired by the constructivism movement of the early 20th century which serves both aesthetic and practical purposes, setting the eclectic, art house mood of the establishment and encouraging thought-provoking conversations amongst the patrons.
Co-owners Alex Yugin (pictured here) and Nina Iouguina opened Avant-Garde back in 2004. It is a family owned establishment that is rooted in their European background, desire for a metropolitain way of life and deeply invested interest in everything culture and art history.
They share this funny moment – “Since our bar is also an art gallery, we’ve always had on display an Art Nouveau styled portrait of Gustav Klimt, Austrian artist, painted by Alyona Iouguina, one of the founders of Avant-Garde Bar. Many patrons of the bar used to assume it was a portrait of Alex, the bar’s owner, and would often compliment Alex on a beautifully done portrait. It took us a while to figure out which portrait the customers kept referring to.”
Pop in one day soon, they would love to share their Russian hospitality and heritage.
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