Moscow Nightlife

St. Petersburg may be known as Russia's cultural capital, but Moscow easily rivals its northern neighbor. Ballet at the Bolshoi, concerts at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and theaters packed for Chekhov plays are among the highlights of the intense arts scene in this city with dozens of theaters and concert halls and many prestigious acting schools. From raucous, boho joints like Kitaisky Lyotchik

to sophisticated "minigarch" (wannabe oligarch) hangouts, Moscow's nightlife scene has a little bit of something for everyone. Almost all the major hotels have upscale bars: those at the Baltschug Kempinski, Ararat Park Hyatt, and Golden Ring are elegant and have majestic views of the city. But you'll likely have more fun if you head out on the town and taste a little Russian hedonism, be it sipping a cocktail on the rooftop at Rolling Stone or jumping about to a guitar band at Krizis Zhanra. For those after something calmer, there are several English-style pubs like Sixteen Tons that are great for a quiet pint and a bite to eat.

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Krizis Zhanra

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An easygoing but stylish clientele fills this café-bar. In the evenings, the staff pushes away the tables to create a small dance floor.


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With its high ceilings, rickety furniture, and buzz of intellectual conversation, this bar and restaurant attracts an arty crowd. DJs...


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A black curtain to the right of the counter in a cheap eatery, Lucky Noodles, conceals an atmospheric underground boîte with chandeliers,...

Papa's Place

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Themed nights, daily happy hours, and disco music ensure there is always a party atmosphere at this lively club. Entrance is free during...


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This is probably the city's most reliable club for trendy, yet laid-back crowds and good DJs. It's the place to be on Thursday night.

Rolling Stone

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What's considered by many to be Moscow's best night out presents an eclectic mix of all the best bits of the city's unique nightlife:...


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This is the place to go for an authentic Irish pub atmosphere and a pint of Guinness. Wood-paneled walls, shamrocks, and tons of expatriates...

Sixteen Tons

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A popular pub with a club upstairs, this spot serves its own home-brewed beer and hosts regular rock and indie gigs. ...


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Several rooms in this high-ceilinged converted mansion double up as a great café and restaurant during the day and a dance club after...


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A lively microbrewery with a wide range of tasty home-brewed beers and hearty German-style food is popular with diplomats working in...


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