With its spare, white-tiled interior and high-spirited crowd of students, professors, journalists, filmmakers, and political activists, Khroniki (the name means "chronicles") is an appealing combination of a highbrow modern Scandinavian bar and a classic Leningrad ryumochnaya. Journalist Peter Birger opened the place in 2013 with partners Gleb Borisov, also a journalist, and Anna-Maria Khramchenkova, who manages Khroniki and can often be found behind the bar, engaging customers in Russian and English conversation. To set the mood, guest DJs play an eclectic, upbeat music mix. To drink, there is Russian (and Swedish, Danish, and Finnish) vodka, of course: in shot form; in short drinks like the Severniy, which mixes vodka with Minttu, a Finnish mint liqueur, and cranberries; and in long drinks like the signature Free Ingria, in which vodka joins cloudberry liqueur, apple juice, Angostura bitters, and more cranberries. A handful of local craft beers are also on tap, as is Crimean Port from the venerable house of Massandra. A short, seasonally-rotated menu of drinking snacks includes marinated herring, smoked mackerel, chicken liver pâtés with waffle fries, and a veal tongue sandwich whose creamy herring-based dressing makes it into a kind of handheld vitello tonnato.