I found that if you're a business traveler and you're looking to meet someone special in Moscow and especially if you don't speak English, it might be easier to use an English speed dating service - I encountered one by accident in club B2, they are having event every Wednesday at 8PM. The hostesses were very helpful and overall I was happy that I found them.
Dress Code: business casual, casual
With nine straight years of fast paced growth and high world energy prices Moscow is booming. And like any frontier town, it has an easy come, easy go attitude. There are freshly minted multi-millionaires and scores of others who have benefited from Russia's new found wealth. Most of the wealth is concentrated in Moscow. So you will find many cafés and bars that will rival anything found in London or New York, and many places that you won't find anywhere else. However, be careful. Strangers do stick-out. And, not everyone that befriends you can be trusted. Use common sense and stay away from casinos and other likely unsavory places. Don't flash your cash around or your expensive watch. Being a foreigner, drunk and too visible can be a dangerous cocktail. Otherwise, enjoy yourself and the nightlife of Moscow.
Dress Code: Over dressed is always in fashion in Moscow. Unless you're going for the grunge look? Then you will need the right labels to impress for that too. Just let your chauffeur drop you off directly in front of the nightclub, so the doormen will know you're loaded, baby! ; - )
We came into Moscow during the day seen a few women walking the center of the road I asked what they were doing well street walking! In the evening they really are out and are lined up and down the streets! What a Mess! We were out in the country in Voronezh and the same thing I thought it was people having picinics on the side of the road, Wake Up Holly! more girls and women selling themselves or we also heard they will rolled you for your money! Beware it's not a place to find a girlfriend!
Moscow is simply flashing with neon signs nowadays. OK, I do not know what this particular one's for, but then I've rarely partied in Moscow, so plz forgive me:))
Moscow's nightclubs are now pretty much like those in any Western capital, and it's better to have a considerable sum of money, especially if you want a drink or two.
Although things are much more civilised now than they were, say, 7 or 8 years ago, it does not mean you'll never meet some of the uncouth newly-got-rich so called 'New Russians'... Their behaviour is far from exemplary :(((
Dress Code: Try to dress up, since that's how things stand nowadays. In fact, some clubs may even decline you entrance if they do not deem you to be suitably dressed...
I am sure you will have no problem in Moscow, so long as you stay in the city center. I would not visit the suburban areas at night, but then again there is no reason to go outside the city center.
If you take a hotel taxi, it will be expensive, but you will have the luxury of ordering it beforehand. If you flag a black cab or unofficial car down on the street, you will have to strike a bargain. The price can vary dramatically. The same ride may cost you 100 or 600 rubles depending on whether you speak Russian or not? Therefore, you should have a rough idea before hand how much you are willing to pay?
If you come out of a nightclub late at night, you will most likely find taxi drivers out front waiting to take you home. These are usually the most expensive ones looking to cheat you. If you walk 100-200 meters and then stick-out your thumb you will usually catch an unofficial taxi coming by for less.
If you cannot speak Russian, if it useful to write out the address and how much you are willing to spend beforehand. I am always willing to spend just a little extra rather than negotiate too much. However, I don't want to be cheated. 100 ruble is about $3. Within the city I usually pay between 100-300 rubles no matter how far?
You should carry small bills and not expect the taxi driver to have the correct change. In many cases, they may not have any money on them, in other cases it may be a way to try to cheat you. I once got back a phony dollar bill in change. I kept it for a souvenir, but was glad it wasn't more money like $20-50 dollar bills just the same ; - )
Use your common sense and good luck. You can find other transport and nightlife tips on my other pages.
Take care and enjoy Moscow by day and by night.
If in doubt pick up a copy of the Moscow Times or The Exile. The Exile is a bit crass, but has great listings, descriptions and ratings of the local resteraunts, night clubs other attractions. The Moscow Times has a great lising of everything htat is going on in the city for the following week on Friday. Night clubs, movies, theatre, ballet...
In Moscow nowadays one can find plenty of places to go at night and during the day, it's useless even to give a discribtion to any, it's as useless as to list such kind of spots in Paris, London or NY. Variety of trends, muisic and cuisine.
In case your Russian is relatively good, go to (http://www.afisha.net) AFISHA. It's an electronic version of the magazine with the same name. It's exactly like Time Out in London or NY. Another good site is (http://eng.moscowout.ru/) MOSCOWOUT. It has English version and provides with very uptodate info on different sorts of events in Moscow as well as full list of clubs, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatres, etc.
Moskva has an enormous choice in nightlife-activities. Numerous bars, cafés, discotheques and clubs are all over town and especially in the weekend packed with teenagers, youngsters and older youngsters. Try not to stick to the clubs at your hotel, they are mostly not that popular by the Russians and have 'own entertainment' (willing girls).
Therefor just a walk through the innercity touristic hotspots that are beautifully aluminated is a very special joy. Visit the 'roof' of the subterranean Manege-shoppingcentre, here many Moskovian youth is hanging out, making music and drinking (Baltica)beer Most of them are very friendly to people that show intrest in them.
Dress Code: In discotheques and clubs Russian dress quiet fashionedly in our eyes, but what do you want from a people that find it absolutely normal to wear fur and leather.
I think it is safe to say that there are few cities on earth that have the variety to offer that Moscow does. No matter what your taste--from the Bolshoi to the Hungry Duck--you can indulge your tastes and proclivities. Though I won't swear to it, my sense is that if you can't find it in Moscow, it doesn't exist. I won't recommend particular places because destinations depend too much on personal taste and the spontaneity of the moment. Also, perhaps more than most cities, places close with sometimes surprising frequency (or change management or name or even location). So check often and confirm before you go and have a great time wherever you end up!
Going out is dam expensive in this city. We went to New Arbat Street. There are several night clubs and bars in the area. It costed $20 to go to a night club (which is the norm) and $5 - $7 per pint of beer. I think it was because we looked so stupid :). Seriously, as I said above try and strike a conversation with a Russian and give them the money to buy rounds of beer. They are charged a fraction of what foreigners are charged. We found this out on our last night unforunately.
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