‘Krik’ means ‘scream’ in Russian – an appropriate name for a karaoke bar; but this one’s special since it is the first upmarket karaoke (if that isn’t a contradiction in terms) to reach Moscow, brought here by none other than Arkady Novikov.
Just along the road from his chic Galereya restaurant, it attracts the same clientele, who are enjoying this extremely popular Russian pastime with a slightly different emphasis. There is an entrance fee of 500 roubles for this small basement establishment, essentially a long thin room decked out in Eastern-style colours and seating, with deep cushions scattered around a small central stage.
Wherever you sit, you can see the TV screens displaying the words of the songs – choose from a long list of Russian and English songs. The intimate and warm atmosphere means that if singing isn’t your thing, you can puff away on a hookah pipe or sip on one of their huge choice of green teas to get your vocal chords warmed up.
If you do love singing, but just not in public, small private alcoves can be booked; but then again isn’t seeing how bad everyone else is half the fun of it? Reservations are essential either way.