Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Last weekend we checked out a swanky Russian-themed bar near our neighborhood, called Red Square. It didn't look much like the Russia where I studied in the 80's, but it was a lot nicer, so I didn't mind. When I was in Russia it smelled like fish heads, and everything you could buy, from soap to bread, was brown and box-shaped. In this bar the tables and the walls were made of light panels that keep changing colors, and the air was full of cigarettes (ugh) and perfume.
Red Square sells lots of vodka drinks with things like fresh passionfruit or a whole lychee in them. Unfortunately they suffered from the problem of nearly all mixed drinks in Indonesia: they were not strong enough. It's nearly impossible to get a decent mixed drink here. Perhaps because this just isn't a drinking country, or because alcohol is so expensive. Red Square offers an interesting solution: they'll sell you whole bottles of liquor, and you can mix your own.
There was a good crowd of trendy young Indonesians. I was interested to see that there were more male fashion victims than female. Some of the guys had the kind of haircuts you see on popular TV shows here, with the hair all sticking out in one direction or another as if they slept on it funny. The women just wore long hair and strappy tank tops. They knew they were cool.