O’Hara is a typical Irish pub, if a tad better decorated than a regular drinking establishment on the British Isles. Massive oaken furniture, homey striped wallpaper, hefty chandeliers…
The two-level space is divided into areas. The ground floor is more packed and busier. This is where you drink to live rock music until you get tired. Then you can go to the second level, which is quieter and has couches.
O’Hara is known for its draft stouts and ales – people come here from the other end of town just for the beer. No one comes here for the food, but spicy BBQ ribs go like hot cakes, and the place usually runs out of them pretty quickly. O’Hara will turn its TV on for important sports events. On those days, it’s safer to call for a reservation.
- Lavanda embankment, 2, Rosa Khutor, Krasnaya Polyana Settlement, Esto-Sadok Village, Adler District
- 1500 rub.
- 7 (938) 461 67 13
Prince of Wales is a typical English pub, reconstructed with furniture and bar accessories brought all the way from London. The English feel is enhanced by the TV screens with nonstop football on the walls. The menu is filled with an impressive array of whiskeys and beers, and the mainstays of English pub cuisine: shepherd’s pie, chowder, fish and chips, and the unexpected intrusion of fried surmullet, which no restaurant menu in Sochi can do without.
Those in the know claim that no place in Sochi has better stout than Prince of Wales. This has to be true, if the level of noise in the establishment in the evening is any indication. It is advisable to make a prior reservation. Prince of Wales has outdoor seating on the porch. There are no great views to be enjoyed, but the porch is roomy and gives shade in the summer heat.
- Morskoy Bulvar, 1, Adler District
- 1500 rub.
- 7 (938) 455 00 58
Nothing on the menu comes from the mass market. Careful thought is given to every dish, served with elegant simplicity. Don’t just leave when you’re done with your dinner. Go to the porch to enjoy the pastoral view of the mountains and cows grazing on the slopes, or to the “song yard,” which is what they call their backyard with benches around a funny spherical char-grill. Old Boys is truly an ideal dinner destination at any time of year. It doesn’t get too hot here in the summer and the noise of the beach is comfortably absent. In the winter, you can easily imagine yourself in a German fairy tale about some mountain folk.
- Ulitsa Medoveyevskaya, 19, Krasnaya Polyana Settlement, Village Medoveyevka, Adler District
- 1500 rub.
- 7 (928) 245 02 45
O’Sullivan’s is an Irish pub with a traditional interior and a limited, but not random, choice of beer (they have Irish beers on tap, which is rare in these climes), several dozen titles of whiskey, and also cider and mixed drinks. The menu mostly consists of the traditional pub grub, heavy and filling: shepherd’s pie, onion soup, fish and chips, sausage and seafood platters, and burgers with a side of coleslaw. The plasma screen TVs on the walls have sports on nonstop. Why even leave, when you have beer and football all in one place? Holiday-makers are fixtures at O’Sullivan’s, coming here night after night. Free tables are a rarity. On a weekend, don’t forget to call for a reservation.
- Ulitsa 65 let Pobedy, 55, Adler District
- 1500 rub.
- 7 (938) 455 00 74
Not everyone can get into Cocos, the bar with stringent face control in the very centre of Sochi. No surprise then that all the more people want in. Those lucky ones whose face and appearance is deemed acceptable by the guards out front find themselves in a quiet semi-dark ambience with secluded tables and dim lights. Cocos has DJs every night and books live guest acts on weekends and holidays. The bar at Cocos is famous for its mixed drinks (over 30 titles) and homemade liqueurs. Most items on the menu are meant as a quick fix in between dancing. They have lots of snacks like tapas, burgers and sushi. But proper food is also available: pasta, steaks, and grilled fish. Japanese food and seafood each get a separate section on the menu. If the DJ’s repertoire is not to your liking, you are free to retire to one of several karaoke rooms and listen to yourself sing.