Dancing & Drinking, Moscow
...sit with a beer instead!
One of the highlights of my Moscow trip was Gorky Park which is why it'll get a mention under various headings on this page.
The park is the perfect city centre egalitarian space with something for, literally, everyone. For the more active there are sports facilities such as volleyball courts in the summer and ice-skating rinks in winter. For culture there are sculpture parks and art galleries. For children, of all ages, there are playgrounds and rides. For those who just want to wander and relax the open spaces, and well-tended gardens, are a delight.
Then, for me, there are several, strategically-located bars and cafes - HA!
Reki-Raki has one of the best locations, nestled in a nook overlooking the river at the Andreevsky Bridge below which is an open-air ballroom where you can join free dance lessons. Beer is reasonably-priced with friendly service and makes for a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
I wanna to say few words about fabrique, which is situated in Moscow. This is a big city with a lot of places to go. Last time I was there I enjoyed all the time. True it is a little bit expensive but not bad for one night.
Large dance floor and nice stuff and especially bartenders :)
Dress Code: Cute shoes:))))))))
There are a lot of nightclubs in Moscow that are targeted at various crowds.
I would like to mention one of the top night clubs in Moscow that is obviously one of the hardest to get in. The venue is called Krysha Mira (www.trendymoscow.com/krysha-mira/).
This night club is targeted at the underground music scene and puts a lot of focus on the music.
That's the only night club in Moscow that has an electronic terminal at the entrance that is connected to the club's electronic members database. This database includes the names and the pictures. Each time a guest tryies to enter the club he or she is checked against that database.
Only the members are allowed to get in.
This results in a very special atmosphere that is very unique to Moscow.
Dress Code: Dress to impress - but it shouldn't be jsut expensive.....It also has to be stylish.
In the past it was just one of the best clubs in Moscow, especially during the week, if people didn't know where to go... Good music, good general mood and nice people. It was also easy, if travelling alone to meet new people. Nowadays the situation is changing a bit, as the club is more and more frequented by rich-arrogant Russians and less foreigners. Prices are still good (5-6 EUR for a cocktail) but it is no more so easy to meet people.
The club is open almost 24h, and the restaurant serves good meals.
Average age: girls 20-30 - men 30-50
Dress Code: No special dress code required.
If the bodyguard at the entrance likes you, it is not a problem even to get in wearing bermuda short trousers; if he doesn't, then not even an Armani tie would help...
Sally O' Brien's is an authentic Irish Pub in Moscow. The staff are friendly even though not all barmen speak English. The wooden interior also includes many travel memorabilia including a street sign of "Trg Bana Jelacica", which is the main Square in Zagreb (Croatia).
Rosie O'Grady's seems to be the best known Irish Pub in Moscow. It opened in 1993 and was the first one of its kind. It is a multi-roomed pub, where meals and pub food are also served. Russian beers (e.g. Baltika) are usually much cheaper than international beers.
Be prepared that beer prices may vary from day to day or waiter to waiter. It is just Russia here ... ;-)
A great place to watch a soccer game and have a couple of beers or cocktails.
Also good for spending the whole night partying and mating.
The longest bar-counter in Europe, live gigs and tons of fun!
Lots of discounts! Ladies' nights on Thursdays!
Opened last night. I went there because of the name (everyone knows) and the location on New Arbat - wide open, safe and easy to get to. I was expecting something overpriced, but it wasn't I was expecting gorgeous girls - and there were. And some were really great dancers with some real shows. I was surprised (maybe I shouldn't have been, considering the brand and the location) to meet lots of westerners there (and businessmen) and hear lots of western music. The place was still under some construction. Obviously, things were coming together at the last minute. The steak house downstairs was still ... not there. :) But somehow the kitchen was making rib eye steaks that were REALLY good. Most staff and girls speak some amount of English, and if they don't, they quickly get someone who does. Unlike most places in Moscow, service was pretty good. Other than the normal things that inflict opening nights, I have nothing bad to say. Oh and you HAVE to see the men's room! Trust me. :)
Dress Code: This is an upscale crowd. If you wear jeans, make them stylish. Don't know if there's actually a dress code (probably is), but if you dress too down, you'll definitely feel out of place and maybe not get the attention from the girls you might want.
This is a huge dance club with several bars, dance floors and outside patio. It is by far the nicest I have seen in Moscow recently, and would strongly recommend to anyone who is interested to visit it. There are also plenty of hot girls :)
Dress Code: dress well and fashionably
Not as OTT as Dyagilev. But if you can't get into Dyagilev, this is not so bad. Also very very strict face control. Remember to dress to kill. I can't emphasize this enough. Keep the group small. And wear Pucci!!! :)
A younger crowd. Nice music.
Dress Code: Designer. Lots of skin.
Best nightclub in Moscow. Uber hip. Super strict face control. Dress to kill. If you are lucky enough to get in, have fun. All the girls are gorgeous, and all the guys are, er, rich... have fun!!!
Dress Code: Lots of skin. Designer.
Fabrique is one of the most popular nightclubs in Moscow. It's situated in the center of Moscow not far away from Kremlin and red Square. During the week this club works like a restaurant and it is opened like a nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays. It has an open area in summer. Fabrique is a club with house music. They usually invite many famouse people to play there, espesially in summer... They invite a famous DJ every week. Dancefloor is very big, but there are always many people. It can be difficult to get there because of face control and dress code... The entrance is usually free, but if there is some special party with famouse DJ you'll have to pay for the entrance.
"Neo" is one of the most famous night clubs in Moscow. If you like progressive house, you'll like this club. Many nice, beautiful and friendly people, 3 floors and 2 dancefloors... You have to pay for the entrance, but drinks are not very expensive there. Many famous DJ's play in "Neo" when they come to Moscow... The problem is that it's not in the center of Moscow.
It's the best place in Moscow if you like to see some beatiful girls, and in combination dining high class. And you guys that say its expensive, YES it is but its the best and very safe night club. Nothing is free in the life..
Dress Code: Coat
This was a funny dance club in Moscow ( my friend told me the name of it but now the name escapes me) - I also heard a rumour that this dance club closed down due to a bomb!!! ( It was next to a monastery looking building of some sort)
It looked like a mixed club with a nice sized dance floor with strobe lights- lots of muscle men as well as women wearing provocative clothing were present.
At a certain hour ( I think I recall it being midnight)- a strange kind of underwater show went on. The show was in something like a giant aquarium in which guys ( only wearing a bathing costume and some frilly accessories) went under the water and did acrobatics and dances, eventually the frilly shirt came off and the guys were just wearing the bikini shorts swimming costume- they clung on to each other and rubbed each other in erotic movements. After that the dance floor lit up again and it was dancing for the rest of the wee hours. I might have seen a room which was dark and people standing around it but didnt go inside as I had my passport and wallet and really didnt want to lose those ( maybe pickpockets?) I don't know what was in that dark room but I could imagine what happened in it. Anyone reading this know where I am talking about and wish to describe better? Did you go into that dark room?
Moscow was very different from the first trip in early 1980s.