As well as having plenty of picturesque spots that will make your Instagram followers jealous, plus a range of great free things to do, Moscow is also well-known for its brilliant nightlife offerings. Here’s where you shouldn’t be missing out on in the Russian capital.
The name Kamchatka literally means ‘a sea of beer’ and that’s exactly what you’ll get here. The interiors are modelled after a Soviet beer house of the ’70s and ’80s and the hops are flowing on the first floor with its self-serve system. With “Two beer or not two beer?” scrawled across the wall, that is the only question you need to ask yourself here.
Set in the space of a former textile factory at the Artplay Design Center, Fassbinder is a cinema bar and cafe which hosts music and film nights, plus art festivals, making it one of a kind in the city. Part of the Tasty Project, people come from all over to experience the unique and comfortable venue.
Part of the ArtPlay, a converted factory, Edward’s is accessible through a passageway which is great for people watching. The small venue channels a British pub with signs to London streets in the adjacent alley.
The wine bar, which replaces the word “Like” in its logo with a Facebook-style thumbs-up sign, is part of a chain including I Like Wine, I Like Grill and Beer&Brut. Created by restaurateur Vladimir Perelman – he even has his own Perelman People brand of sparkling grape juice on offer. I Like Wine 2.0 serves up five-star food under its corked ceiling; other special touches include beds to lounge on in the window sills and colourful veranda.
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This speakeasy is accessible via a little restaurant named Lucky Noodle. Visitors can’t make table reservations or get on a guest list to enter, and there isn’t even a bouncer at the door, but people must pass strict face control to get into this exposed brick venue. Mixologists specialise in absinthe-based cocktails which people sip during the weekdays to the sounds of piano music and live jazz, or techno and deep house on weekends.
It may look like a spare parts shop for bicycles and motorcycles, but inside this courtyard, the venue is a chilled out bar where customers lay back in beach chairs outdoors and enjoy the weather when it’s warm. The colourful drinking hold hosts regular dancing and film nights, serving ale on tap alongside big bites.
7. La Boule
There’s no better combination than drinking and games, so visitors to La Boule will love the 12 petanque lanes. Based inside Gorky Park, beverages are served up alongside live music on the veranda and people playing boules. The outdoor venue is a great pick for the warmer seasons.
One of the World’s Top 50 Bars, Delicatessen is famed for its fruity liquor cabinet and artsy culinary constructions. The reward starts with just being able to locate the place, which involves looking out for a green door in a courtyard archway. You’ll be greeted with the words – “Thank you for finding us” – above the entrance.