"The Player" beer restaurant is decorated in the classic german tavern style

Century and a half ago there were 12 bars on Stolyarny Lane and among them there was a merchant Sviridov’s restaurant 'Der Spieler' that was particularly popular due to its cleanness and delicious cuisine, and a walking distance to the Sennaya Square (which was the main shopping square of Russia at that time) attracted commercial people and neighbors, from which you could hear a lot of interesting stories. Therefore artists and writers often visited this place and many of the heard and seen stories were embodied in his works. 'The Karamazov Brothers ' and 'Crime and Punishment' were born this way. In the restaurant where everything reminded of clean and cozy famous beer gardens with traditionally hearty and delicious cuisine Turgenev and Dostoevsky used to enjoy their meals. A German immigrant Chef Karl Eernstman recreated the menu and burgher atmosphere. Here you can enjoy a game of chess, checkers and cards accompanied by violin and accordion performing Russian and German folk songs. To hot meals the first shot of vodka was served. From yet another trip to Germany Dostoevsky brought and gave the tavern German harmonium 'Fortune' with a large collection of records, many of St. Petersburg visitors came to listen to this unusual thing. Dostoevsky was an avid player and many times lost his fortune in the gambling houses of Wiesbaden and Baden-Baden where he witnessed many human tragedies and survived the horror of loss himself. This had formed the basis of the novel 'Player' where he was the prototype of the main character.

In the restored restaurant we tried to recreate the old menu, interior, decor and atmosphere that existed at that time. And we kept the harmonium with the same collection of records

  • German
  • European
  • Address: St. Petersburg, Stolyarny per., 13
  • Phone Number: +7 (812) 570-46-30
  • Site: www.derspieler.ru
  • Working time:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00 - 00:00
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 - 02:00
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