Culture dive, Moscow
The Bolshoi Theatre is a perfect answer to evening entertainment in Moscow. It's your chance to see inside the gorgeous and historic building, plus the tickets are less expensive than in St. Petersburg!
The Bolshoi has been home to one of the oldest and most famous ballet companies in the world since 1780. The interior of the theatre is absolutely divine ~ rich red velvet and gold molding. The ceiling is covered in paintings and stucco work.
The atmosphere is less touristy than at the Mariinsky (I heard a number of French-speakers, and a few English, but mostly Russian).
You can purchase tickets online, before your visit at the site below, but see my Warning/Danger tip for caution about picking up your pre-ordered tickets.
Dress Code: If you have a nice outfit, go ahead and wear it. Otherwise, just try to avod jeans, sneakers and grubby tees. Bottom line, though, you've come to see, not to be seen.
Our performance ~ Notre Dame de Paris, which met with split opinions from my mother and me. Aside from the quality/appeal of the performance, our show's intermission turned into an extended evacuation of the building. No excuse was given, but every single person was removed (by hand in some cases) from the theatre. When they finally recalled people to their seats, about 1/4 of the audience had left. We scanned the newspapers the next morning to see if there was any word of a bomb threat, but nothing appeared.
The Great Moscow State Circus is a permanent circus, which was opened on 30th of April 1971. It is huge (3400 seats!!) and its technical possibilities are fantastic:
There are five interchangeable rings that are located 18 meters below the ground in a huge machine hall. Within 5 minutes these rings can be exchanged - it is really fascinating to watch that. They have a horse ring, water ring, ice ring, illusion ring and light ring and I believe I have seen them all when we visited.
Although I am usually not into this kind of entertainment, I am so glad I went!!! It was an unforgettable evening!
Le Club. If you want to know how Russian jazz, blues and Rock'n'roll sound, go here on weekends and Mondays.
A kind of a restaurant, but also a club. Cover fee varies from 200 Rubles to $100, depending on a band playing
Dress Code: It's a kind of place you'd better not wear shorts in. Jeans are ok, more pretty clothes is welcome.
Who had energy for nightlife? I lived basically a street behind the PUSHKIN on Gogolefskaya...it is a great museum..had alot to see...but had an intimate feeling also.Also there was the BEST joint venture grocery store called MUELLERS accross the street! It had almost as much stuff as the Irish Store on Novy Arbat...but cheaper. YES! To this day when i see or hear the word ..PUSHKIN..I also think about spaghetti and meatballs...pass the grated parmesan comrad!
Just an experience in itself even if you're not in to ballet, we were lucky to be in town when the Kirov (based in St Petersburg) were performing. In the interlude it is tradition to pomenade around this very large hall in theatre in your fine clothes to show off, ofcourse as students I don't think we looked too impressive even with our best dressing up efforts!
Dress Code: Dress up the Russians do and it is a special occasion.
Ballet is the name of the dance.
It's a must!
Swan Lake, Nutcracker, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, etc. etc...
Take your pick but do pick!