Bars and pubs

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This is a German cuisine restaurant, and it likes to show off its Germanness in every way. The female servers in Tyrolean outfits are adroit at grabbing multiple beer mugs with their left hand. The furniture is bucolic and rough, and the servings are massive, with lots of meat, cabbage and garlic. This is probably just the place for you, if you are (1) a ravenously hungry tourist, or (2) someone who has decided to spend long hours drinking lots of beer (Belgian, Czech and German). Yes, they do Oktoberfest here, and with such flair! Weekends are "family days" at BEERHOUSE. While the dads play pool, their kids have fun with the animator.
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Trinity is an Irish pub and its decor is traditional for places of this kind. If you have a hankering for a Guinness and there is a football game you want to see tonight, then Trinity is the place for you. They have about 15 choices of beer and a convincing array of Irish and Scotch whiskeys. They make perfectly enjoyable sausages in-house. Other offerings include Guinness Stew, which is a thick meaty soup, ideal to get warm in winter, and mussels in cream sauce, to name only a few. They have live music on weekends – mostly local cover bands. They turn their TVs on for major sports events. Real Irishmen are sometimes seen here.
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This is a "professional" cocktail lounge that touts itself as the "Institute of Mixology." ReLab does offer a veritable cornucopia of rare and exotic mixed drinks. If you think it is ReLab for you tonight, our advice is do not go with your tastes and instincts when you order, but instead defer to the experts. At ReLab, they can be counted on to treat you to a cocktail you never knew existed. They will concoct the quaintest mixes and serve them in teapots or flasks or something even weirder. ReLab is not heavy on food, but they will not let you starve either: have a chicken sandwich, a taco or a quesadilla. ReLab has live music at night, but the patrons sometimes laugh louder than the band. They have a versatile discount system at ReLab. They will give a deal to the birthday boy/girl, and they take some empty bottles back. When you return a 50-gram (1.8-ounce) mini-bottle from some alcoholic beverage, you get your refund in the form of a free cocktail.
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This is a massively popular local hangout that stresses noisy consumption of alcohol, live music and DJ nights. Sol has this bona fide feel of a European "any bar" with affordable prices, basic decor and no-frills menu. But students are not the only target audience for Sol. In fact, visitors of any age, taste and wallet size feel perfectly at ease here. People drink lots of strong alcohol at Sol, but they are not averse to Medovukha and Sangria. On the food side, they have burgers (including the unusual shark burger with shrimp and oyster sauce), meatballs, some soups and pastas and, if you really want one, they will do a steak for you. The bar serves breakfast from 11 a.m.: syrniki and oladi pancakes. The breakfast special for vegetarians is an Adygei cheese, feta and pumpkin burger. Those in the know intimate that Sol's ice-cold gaspacho soup is probably the best cure in the world for the morning-after syndrome. Do not come to Sol to have a quiet conversation sitting at the table. The place is crowded, noisy and semi-dark.
Maximilian's is a chain brewpub. Every major city in Russia has one: Novosibirsk, Samara, Chelyabinsk, Ufa, Yekaterinburg, and others. Maximilian's owes its notoriety in equal measure to its quality beer and reliable food, and its loud live music. Many bands and solo performers from across Russia and beyond play here. They are seriously Bavarian about their food and beverages at Maximilian's, serving only the freshest beer brewed in-house, accompanied by such nibbles as bretzel and sausages. Maximilian's offers deals and specials in many forms. On Beer Watch Days you buy one beer and get one free.

On the days of major sports highlights, sports fans flock in. There are multiple screens, and at least one is visible from any spot inside the bar. It is probably a good idea to reserve a table in advance.
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This is a small bar run by a Belgian-Russian husband and wife team: Gerdy Pittomvils and Olga. They somehow manage to get all these rare Belgian beers into Kazan. They also serve food, for example, mussels, pork ribs and rabbit with prunes. Gerdy really knows his beers. On social media, he will regularly fill the BBB page with meticulously detailed descriptions of every new beer going on offer in his bar. There are dozens of kinds of beer on offer at BBB, all spelled out on the chalkboard. Beer lovers and connoisseurs come here from all over Kazan. They bring kids on weekends to enjoy the famous Belgian waffles, baked to order. But BBB is hardly a place where you would want to stay too long with your kid. The place is small, modest, with an unremarkable interior. There is a TV, though, which gets switched on for major sports events.
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