- Jan. 18 2015 00:00
In Moscow, you work like a dog, but party like a boss. The nightlife reputation in this lively capital precedes itself: we have the most extravagant clubs, the most gorgeous women, the most stone-cold face control, and the freest-flowing liquor. Enjoy a delicately hand-mixed house cocktail in an all-glass bar overlooking the city, or clink beers with mates in front of a football game in a basement pub — Moscow's got the perfect place for whatever your taste. As we're fond of an after-work drink ourselves, we tipped a few glasses back here and there (for research, of course) to winnow down our selection for our favorite bars in the city. Tell them we sent you.
You can pretend that you're coming here for the European chic decor, the stylish company, or the expertly mixed drinks, but everyone knows why you're really here: the view. 360 degrees of Moscow city skyline greet you in this bar at the top of the Swissotel, one of the tallest buildings in the capital. Have drinks with colleagues or bring your significant other here for a romantic sunset cocktail at the top of the world: either way, you'll impress your company.
+7 (495) 787-9800
52 Kosmodamianskaya Embankment, Bldg. 6
Open daily 5:00 p.m.–3:00 a.m.
A bar is… friends. Atmosphere. Good drinks. Bar Is… is a hipster-style, creative-yet-refined gastropub so spanking new that the paint on the walls has barely dried. Flickering candlelight, heavy crystal glasses, friendly and bearded bartenders, and delicious cocktails. Come on in... the Bar Is… open.
+7 (495) 739-1045
6 Maly Palashevsky Pereulok
Open daily 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
Jolly Dog Pub
Old-school and modern, staid British and flashy European, pub and club collide at Jolly Dog. "There are some restaurants where guests come in like they're at home," its website expounds, and Jolly Dog accordingly provides food, drinks, and dancing to cater to all your after-work fancies. The menu features both nachos and escargot, and they occasionally have live music.
+7 (495) 619-9454
34 Sheremetevskaya Street
Open Mon-Thurs, Sun noon to midnight, Fri-Sat noon to 2:00 a.m.
An eclectic and iconic watering hole at the heart of Moscow's Strelka Institute, an educational project located in the old refurbished Red October chocolate factory. Bar Strelka combines Italian and Scandinavian art deco elements in a gorgeous interior designed to foster creative, idea-driven discussions. With food designed by the former chef of a Michelin-starred French restaurant, an extensive and sumptuous cocktail menu, and a view from the summer terrace to die for — across the river from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior's glowing golden dome — Bar Strelka is a bar for the Moscow intellectual.
+7 (495) 268 06 19
14 Bersenevskaya Embankment, Bldg. 5a
Open Mon–Thur from 9:00 a.m. to midnight, Fri from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., Sat from noon to 3:00 a.m., Sun from noon to midnight
Kitaisky Lyotchik Dzhao Da
A great basement bar for live music, cheap drinks, and dancing. Kitaisky Lyotchik (Chinese Pilot, in English) hosts groups playing genres from jazz and British punk rock to African drumbeats and French love songs. Come early to sit and sip wine while enjoying jazz and reclining in one of the bar's rickety wooden chairs, or come later to party harder: Kitaisky Lyotchik is always a good time.
+7 (495) 623-2896
25 Lyubyansky Proyezd
Open Sun–Sat noon–8:00 p.m., Mon–Fri 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.