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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12 Volt

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This gay club for both men and women is tricky to find, but has a welcoming atmosphere. It has DJs, film screenings, karaoke, and cheap...


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With its homely atmosphere, film nights, and tasty food, this club has become the top refuge of Moscow's gay and lesbian community and...


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With the biggest club stage in Moscow and a dance floor capacity of 3,500 people, this live music venue is a prime spot to see big and...

Arma 17

  • Dance Clubs

A vast warehouse to the east of the center makes a refreshing change from the city's glitzy clubbing scene. The club regularly hosts...


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One of the best places in Moscow for live rock performances, this enormous five-story club includes a restaurant, a pool hall, a dance...

BB King Blues Club

  • Music Clubs

The man himself came for the opening, and visiting Western stars have continued to make appearances here, often for post-concert jams.

Balchug 5

  • Bars/Pubs

This place is not cheap, and the face control gets strict from time to time, but if you're looking for an elite bar scene, it's hard...

Bar Strelka

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The superbly positioned summer terrace overlooking the Moscow River and the Cathedral of Christ Our Savior is the main attraction of...


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Young, creative types frequent this smoky bar-club-bookshop, which also has inexpensive food, live rock and pop music, and weekend club...

Central Station

  • Dance Clubs

This popular spot with students is one of the most well established gay clubs in town, with a regular rotation of good DJs. Mostly men...


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