They say that Moscow never sleeps, and for good reason!Getty Images
Head to the Krasny Oktyabr (Red October) complex in the middle of the Moskva River, blessed with a wide selection of hip bars, some of which offer breathtaking views over the river and Moscow’s most iconic sites, including the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
One of the most beloved clubs on the island is Gipsy. The golden youth’s bar du jour is always crowded on the weekend and stays open until the wee hours. If you get past face control, you’ll be able to gaze over the (ugly?) Peter the Great statue near Gorky Park from the terrace.
Strelka Bar has been Krasny Oktyabr’s center of gravity for a while now. Its prime location and special
Bersenevskaya Embankment, 16 (Kropotkinskaya metro station)
The area surrounding Rodnya is full of quirky, artsy shops and galleries.Rodnya
Rodnya club, a loft-like space in the Artplay complex near Moscow’s Kurskaya railway station, boasts a very cool rooftop terrace with views over industrial Moscow and invites local and international DJs to spin underground electronica. The area surrounding Rodnya is full of quirky, artsy shops, cafes, galleries, and creative businesses.
Nizhnaya Syromyatnicheskaya street, 10/7 (Kurskaya metro station)
A true veteran that’s not going anywhere
Bolshoi Zlatoustinsky lane, 7 (Kitay-Gorod metro station)
A fashion boutique by day, an
Stoleshnikov lane, 12 (Kuznetsky Most metro station)
Suzuran is a tiny basement bar.Suzuran
Suzuran is probably one of the best cocktail bars in town and hosts events ranging from jazz nights to techno parties on a regular basis. It’s a tiny basement bar with a grungy feel to it and can fit a maximum of 70 people, therefore arriving early is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Sverchkov lane, 8 (Chistye Prudy metro station)
Mendeleev is a semi-secret bar accessible through a hidden entrance in the Lucky Noodles fast food joint - a concept originating in New York’s Chinatown. Though face control can be strict at times, once inside visitors will be treated to live piano music on weekdays and cool deep techno and deep house on the weekends. Mendeleev’s mixologists prepare imaginative signature cocktails with all sorts of spirits but
Petrovka street, 20/1 (Kuznetsky Most metro station)
An old mansion from the outside - one of Moscow’s favorite party places on the inside. Dewar’s Powerhouse opened its doors in December 2013 and since then has been drawing in Muscovites of all musical persuasions through a wide range of events: Jazz evenings, electronic music parties, and rap nights. But it’s not only for the night owls: The restaurant is open all day long with some fantastic food and the bar menu serves imaginative cocktails for reasonable prices.
Goncharnaya street, 7/4 (Taganskaya metro station)
During is also a restaurant.Duran Bar
Though relatively new, Duran Bar in an old textile factory has become one of the top venues for Moscow’s nightlife. The bar features a large and elegant loft interior with big windows overlooking Moscow’s hustle and
Rodchelskaya street, 15
At Time Out magazine’s cocktail bar, the views do the talking. Occupying lucky 13th floor of the Stalinist Pekin Hotel building, visitors can behold some incredible views of the city center in a relatively laid back environment - no loud house music and dark spotlighting here. However, on weekends that sometimes changes depending on whether or not there’s a DJ scheduled. But even then the music never exceeds the decibel limit. The menu offers different styles of cocktails for different times of day, like champagne based “breakfast” drinks or a samovar filled with one of many ice-cold tea-based cocktails for “5 o’clock tea.”
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