First “West like” bar opened in Norilsk in late 1960s

First “West like” bar opened in Norilsk in late 1960s

April 14, 2023

In 1967, a new restaurant Lama was opened on Leninsky prospect after reconstruction, instead of a former cafe of the same name.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. And what used to be a cafeteria with a donut machine became a cocktail bar.

Two bar counters, high ottomans, soft chairs, a fireplace and even an exhibition of Czech crystal. And also a large assortment of cocktails, punches, soft drinks.

They were prepared by the city’s first bartender, Jonas, who was invited to Norilsk from the Baltic states: tall, in smoky glasses, in a double-breasted jacket – “handsome as a ship”. He immediately became a local star and tourist attraction.

For coffee lovers, Lama organized a small coffee room where they prepared Oriental, Turkish coffee, black coffee, coffee with milk, cognac, ice cream and specialty coffee Pleasure.

The new restaurant worked until one in the morning, although it was built into a residential building.

To come to the Lama’s bar, order a Bloody Mary – it was something unprecedented! It is not surprising that the restaurant soon became a favorite place for the Norilsk golden youth. While the fathers went to a banquet at the Taimyr restaurant, the sons took girls to Lama.

There were fewer seats in the restaurant – up to 150 people, but it was real chic and brilliance. Lama became fashionable, bright and democratic in a Western way.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive

April 14, 2023

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