Bars, Pubs & Clubs
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Whether you just want to meet friends for coffee, have a few beers in a bar on a Friday night or dance until dawn, Moscow offers a selection to rival that of any big European city. Most bars and clubs are open well into the next day and have free entry (if you can get past the face control that exists in a lot of places!) Here are the pick of some of the more popular places:
Kamergerski Pereulok 9 M:Okhotny Ryad
Popular and reasonably priced coffee bar on the pedestrian street.
Tverskaya Ulitsa 10 M:Pushkinskaya
Very popular coffee house chain throughout Moscow. Good selection of coffees, teas & cakes. Non Smoking.
29 Ul. Stary Arbat (M. Arbatskaya)
One of the most popular branches of this chain of coffee shops. Open 24 hours.
Nikolskaya Ul. 25, 6th floor, M: Lubyanka
Upmarket cafe situated on the top floor of a shopping centre overlooking Lubyanka and the former KGB headquaters.
Popular with Expats
18/2 Ul. Petrovka M: Teatralnaya
Pleasant European style bar which also serves food and has live music at the weekends. Ideal for relaxing after work or meeting friends at the weekend. Gets crowded.
Albion Pub / Phlegmatic Dog
1 Manezh Square (enter from Alexandrovsky Sad) M: Okhotny Ryad
A British style pub linked to an internet cafe.
Bolshoy Nikitisky Per. M: Okhotny Ryad
Irish pub serving Guiness, Harp and Irish stew.
Zemlyanoy Val, 26 M: Kurskaya
Favorite spot for watching sports on giant screens and later on has DJs playing mainstream music.
21 Novy Arbat, M. Arbatskaya
Huge screens showing all major sporting events, plus a casino, pool tables and restaurant.
Bars with a View
23a Nab. Taras Shevchenko M. Kutuzovskaya
Elegant bar located on the 27th floor, this has a fantastic view of Moscow by night. Expensive cocktails and face control but worth it!
3 Red Square, first floor of GUM M: Okhotny Ryad
With a view onto Red Square, this cafe has a hip, retro feel. Serves a fantastic range of ice creams, snacks and cocktails.
Live Music Bars
Rhythm & Blues Cafe
19 Starovagankovsky Per.M: Biblioteka Imeni Lenina
R&B, jazz and rock in a laid-back atmosphere with outdoor terrace in summer.
The Real Mccoy
1 Kudrinskaya Ploshchad M: Barrikadnaya:
Very lively bar with friendly atmosphere. Popular with expats and Russian students. Good prices and mainstream music guarantees the crowds at the weekends.
Protochnyy per, 11 M: Smolenskaya
Microbrewery and restaurant which also hosts live concerts
12 Taganskaya Ploshchad M: Taganskaya
Jazz club with live music nearly every night and reasonable prices at the bar.
Bolshaya Sadovaya, 8 M. Mayakovskaya
Huge live-music venue with several bars, restaurant and jazz club.
30/7 Petrovka M: Chekhovskaya
One of the few bars in Moscow that is just a bar, not a restaurant and not a club. Gets very busy at the weekends with Russians and expats alike. Late on it has more of a club atmosphere when everyone starts to dance. Cash only!
5/7 Sredny Tishinsky Per. M: Belorusskaya
Restaurant and Latino dance club with free Latin dance classes Can get overcrowded on weekends.
Pushechnaya ulitsa #3, M: Kuznetsky Most
Latin, R&B, hip-hop and top 40 popular with a young crowd. They also offer free Latin dance lessons.
B. Zlatoustinskiy pereulok, # 7 M. Kitai-Gorod
This club has been around a long time and it's still packed out with students and expats enjoying the Russian DJs and good value drinks. Also serves good food until 11pm.
13 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa M: Lubyanka
Recently re-opened after 5 years, this is one of Moscow's most elite and most beautiful clubs
37 Ul. Malaya Ordynka M. Dobryninskaya
An elevator takes you down to the club on arrival. Famous Russian and foreign DJs always guarantee a packed out night.
8a Strastnoi Bulvar M. Pushkinskaya
Another hotspot for Moscow's "New Russians" with mainstream music earlier on and house later.
Sadovnicheskaya st., #33 M: Novokuznetskaya
A huge club located in the former Design University building. Regularly hosts big-name DJs.
Penthouse No. 1
Hermitage Garden, 3 Karetny Ryad M. Mayakovskaya
Cafe and bar until midnight when it becomes a club Thursday to Saturday. Unusual interior with very high ceilings. Russian and big-name foreign DJs.