Moscow Nightlife Used to Be Great at Krasny Oktyabr
Hey Guys, I have decided to drop a couple of words about Krasny Oktyabr district that I visited a couple weeks ago. It used to be the place to go for the best Moscow nightlife during it’s early years! A great number of night clubs and restaurant attracted a lot of people every weekend. These well known Moscow night clubs included Gipsy Bar and Rolling Stone.
Also there was Rai Club that resembled a typical Moscow glamour style night venue associated with the 2000s.
Krasny Oktyabr was home for a number of other Moscow night clubs that used to be part of that 24 hours non-stop party cluster in the central part of the city. It was new and it was fun. Everyone wanted to be there 6 years ago.
Moscow Nightlife Loses its Hype in the Krasny Oktyabr Area
During my latest visit I saw a totally different picture. The whole area has significantly downgraded over time. Most of the night clubs at Krasny Oktyabr have lost their hype but continue to work with a more relaxed face control at the entrance that allows their owners to continue making money no matter what.
They tried to reopen Gipsy this summer but it was a total failure. Rai Club has been reopened with a new name (now it’s called Icon) hoping to see people start lining up at the main entrance on weekend nights again but it didn’t really work. Artel Bessonnitsa is not making anything notable on the Moscow nightlife scene despite the fact that it was created by the father of Moscow glamour Alexey Gorobiy. It has failed to match the level of his previous super projects that include Dyagilev and Imperia lounge.
Another thing that really struck me was the ongoing criminal activity of selling so called Funny Gas Balloons along the main driveway by some strange looking young people from their cars with tinted windows. I was later explained that the substance that is pumped into these balloons is nitrous oxide that is inhaled by club kids and is known for a number of side effects including brain damage. Now that’s really creepy…
(The balloon sellers shown on Russian criminal news)
I also remember taxi drivers that tried to reap us off when we tried to leave the place. You can’t use UBER or GETTAXI on the island because the main driveway around it gets closed by security at night and you’ll have to make a long walk to find your car anyways… Krasny Oktyabr has been abandoned by the cool crowd that made this Moscow nightlife mecca so exciting and fun in the beginning. There has to be a really good reason for me to come back here again…