Pravda

Lounge / Vodka Bar
Pravda Opened in 1996 by nightlife bigwig Keith McNally, Pravda is a former It spot that now draws a sociable crowd of young professionals who appreciate the authentic Russian theme, stylish clubhouse atmosphere, and great selection... New York United States 40.723919 -73.995976
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Pravda - Lounge | Vodka Bar in New York.
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Party Earth Review Opened in 1996 by nightlife bigwig Keith McNally, Pravda is a former It spot that now draws a sociable crowd of young professionals who appreciate the authentic Russian theme, stylish clubhouse atmosphere, and great selection... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    B, D, F, M: Broadway-Lafayette Street-Houston Street; 6: Spring Street-Lafayette Street

  • Phone:

    212-226-4944

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  • Hours:

    M–W 5pm–1am, Th 5pm–2am, F–Sa 5pm–3am, Su 6pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Pravda Review

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Opened in 1996 by nightlife bigwig Keith McNally, Pravda is a former It spot that now draws a sociable crowd of young professionals who appreciate the authentic Russian theme, stylish clubhouse atmosphere, and great selection...

Opened in 1996 by nightlife bigwig Keith McNally, Pravda is a former It spot that now draws a sociable crowd of young professionals who appreciate the authentic Russian theme, stylish clubhouse atmosphere, and great selection of vodka and caviar.

A spacious lounge area on the first floor features gilded vaulted ceilings, wrought-iron mirrors, and Soviet-styled light-box street signs that cast a warm glow on the well-dressed patrons chatting over cocktails in the red studded leather club chairs and circular booths.

Russian sayings painted in large Cyrillic lettering on the arches provide a conversation starter for flirty singles, as does the bar itself, a signature McNally mirror-and-lights “altar of booze” offering specialties like coconut vodka martinis and a bar menu of traditional nibbles perfect for soaking up the six-shooters.

While noshing on crêpes, dancing, and chatting with outgoing table neighbors are the order of the night downstairs, those looking for a more intimate place to flirt with the other good-looking patrons can head to the tiny upstairs lounge.

Although the place is often packed to capacity with a lively crowd on the weekends, Pravda is an equally good option during the week when a laid-back “we’re all comrades” vibe prevails.

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Tip from Emma:

There’s no Happy Hour, but if you go before 7pm and buy your friend a drink, the bar will buy you one in return. Share the excellent crispy potato pancakes while you’re at it!

  • Crowd

    Easygoing young professionals, late 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ spins a mix of disco, 80s, Top 40, rock, and hip-hop.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Americanized Russian bar food and caviar, as well as pizza, burgers, and entrées.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $8–$15, entrées $12–$27, caviar $16+/one ounce or $30+/two ounces. Wine 9+/glass or $34+/bottle, cocktails $13, mixed drinks $10+, shots $10+, vodka six-shooters $50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Office attire, business casual, jeans and button-downs, edgier looks from mid-range fashion labels like J. Crew and DKNY.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays for the best crowd, though Saturdays are also consistently packed.

  • Close By

    If the Russian cuisine is off-putting, Café Habana (17 Prince Street) is perfect for those looking for south of the border fare.

Pravda User Reviews

Average rating:
Love Vodka? Go to Pravda.
Sam H. Sep 4, 2012
Pravda is a Vodka and Caviar bar with an elite selection of cocktails. When I went, I had the Ginger cocktail, which was phenomenal. Although when I went it was occupied by a slightly older crowd, Pravda is bumping on a Friday and Saturday night with a much more "club" feel as it fills to capacity with beautiful people, great music and lots of dancing. However, it can also be the perfect place to have birthday drinks, or go on a date. It also happens to be very conveniently located and is near the 3rd Ave bars or anywhere in the West village really. In summary, Pravda is definitely a place worth checking out.
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