The Baltic Notebooks of Anthony Blunt
Neringa Restaurant
Gediminas Avenue 23, Vilnius
Open Mon–Wed 07:00–23:00, Thurs–Fri 07:00–24:00, Sat–Sun 08:00–24:00

"It was the place for interdisciplinary subjects, such as philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, culture history, etc. Such university was more interesting than Vilnius University of those times. I think that it will be impossible to write the culture history of the 60s and 70s without speaking about Neringa”, describes the restaurant one of its attendees, an editor and a linguist Bronys Savukynas. This was also the place Joseph Brodsky would write poems about and the place where the same Brodsky would sit at the table together with Kim Philby and the others of Cambridge Four (although not necessary at the same time). At the moment Neringa is under the ownership of the Scandinavian hotel chain which refurbished the old interior, once taped by the KGB, with less elegant detailing, and combined the contradictory: the soviet lifestyle and Scandinavian commercialism. VK, 2009