Here is a general overview of some of the main Moscow night clubs so you’ll get the idea of what the city has to offer. I’ll be writing about the places that are most popular and talked about at the moment. All of these Moscow nightlife venues can be divided into two key groups.
Moscow Night Clubs that are Most Expensive and Hardest to Get Into
On one side this group includes several most exclusive Moscow night clubs. The first one on the list is Duran Bar, that was opened in the end of 2014. Today it still remains to be number one on the Moscow nightlife scene even despite the tragic death of a 34 year old German native Alexander Lambert that happened in September 2015. Apparently Alexander who headed the corporate relations department at the Moscow branch of Mercedes-Benz fell down a staircase from the second floor. The accident happened during a party on Saturday night.
Then there are well-known clubs like Soho Rooms, Siberia and Krysha Mira where you’ll also see traffic jams of high class Mercedes and BMWs on weekend nights. One of the other clubs I wanted mention is called La Barge. It is located on the ship moored on the Moscow River right near the Radisson Royal Hotel. The place is packed with lots of beautiful women but I really hate the music played there that has lots of pop hits mixed with RnB. All these clubs have a strict door policy with unpredictable face control. All the ladies there are beautiful and the cars parked in front are expensive.
On the other side this category also includes several niche underground clubs that have less glitter but their door policies seem to be much stricter. They position themselves as the guest list only venues. One of the most notable clubs here is Chateau de Fantomas. You can read about these Moscow night clubs in this post.
Moscow Night Clubs that are More Casual and Relaxed
The second group of Moscow night clubs includes bars that have become an integral part of the city’s nightlife. The bars I’m talking about are the ones that function more like night clubs rather than regular bars, so they can be referred to as night bars. Typically, this type of places have a little more relaxed atmosphere than the regular clubs.
One of the first venues to start this bar trend in Moscow was the place called Luch. At some point this was the number one pre-party place in the city. All the right people had to start their Friday night there. People weren’t really dancing here, but rather walking around or standing in front of one of the longest bar tables in Moscow listening to the coolest DJs in town. Some were just relaxing in the couches at the tables.
10 years ago the famous Russian designer Denis Simachev opened a bar on the first floor of his boutique and named it Simachev Bar. In my opinion this particular place brought the whole upscale bar culture in Moscow to the new level. The atmosphere was relaxed, people were dancing all night long and the music was funky.
There is a place called Chips located near Bolshoi Theater and TSUM department store. It has several levels and combines a restaurant with a night club. It used to be pretty hot several years ago, but not anymore. The only time I visit it is in summer when they open a very nice summer verandah on top of the building.
Moscow Night Clubs in Krasny Oktyabr Area
Continuing with the night bar scene, there is a piece of land in the downtown area of Moscow surrounded by the Moscow River called Krasny Oktyabr. The name of this super expensive and exclusive location comes from the name of the confectionary production plant that has been functioning here since the Soviet times. Today all of the buildings that were part of the plant are occupied by night clubs, bars, restaurants and design companies.
One of the first Moscow night clubs that started functioning here was Rai club . 10 years ago this venue was on top of the list with the most fashionable crowd. The next place to open nearby was the Rolling Stone Bar. You could see that it didn’t have a lot of money invested in it, but it managed to attract the right crowd with its atmosphere, music and a huge veranda on top of the building overlooking the Moscow River. Then there was Bar Gipsy that became a huge success without any major investments either. This Krasny Oktyabr area used to be extremely popular several years ago. Today the only night club I visit here from time to time is called Artel Bessonnitsa.
Other Moscow Night Clubs I Visit
There are several other Moscow night clubs I like to visit on various occasions. Space Club Moscow is really big and it’s the best place in town for major raves with thousands of people and top of the line DJs. On the other side there is a tiny bar called Klava located in the Patriarch Ponds area with a more relaxed atmosphere and music. It has a reasonable door policy and has many expats on weekends. Another place I recently enjoyed is located on the second floor of the famous Ugolek restaurant. It is a small bar called LevelDva (means level 2) that is a really good for pre parties. It has DJs playing hot house tunes on weekend nights.
Moscow nightlife continues to evolve. Take a look at these new night clubs that will continue to attract the most upscale Moscow crowd in 2016.
In addition to that I have compiled a list of my favorite restaurants in the city that are going to be really busy throughout summer of 2016.