Moscow Nightlife in the New Economic Reality
Slowing global economy, Russian ruble falling to the lowest levels since 1998 and drastic decrease of consumer income are just some of the bad things that we’ll continue to see happening in 2016. The good thing is that Moscow nightlife didn’t stop despite all these tough economic conditions. In fact several new Moscow night clubs have opened their doors in 2015.
This means that the Moscow nightlife scene is in the process of adapting to the new reality. We’ll definitely see a lot of places get shot down in the upcoming years. At the same time high quality clubs and restaurants will be able to do much better and live through the difficult times.
Moscow Nightlife Rising Star: Konstructor
Konstruktor club is one of the new night clubs that appeared on the Moscow nightlife scene in 2015. It is located slightly outside the central part of the city at the premises of the former Badaev Beer factory. This area is familiar to those who like to visit another well known Moscow night club called Krysha Mira. Similar to “Krysha”, the entrance of the new club can be reached from the embankment of the Moscow River.
Inside Konstruktor you will find a lot of similarities with another fallen star of Moscow nightlife, the club called Solyanka. It has been shut down a year ago because of some rental disputes which was a great disaster for its main crowd. Konstruktor consists of several rooms that resemble an apartment and surround the dance floor. There is a kid’s room with orange furniture, a kitchen and the main living room that has a DJ Booth. Konstruktor is a pretty large club that can accommodate 1000 guests at a time. One of its main features is the high class sound system that is specifically accustomed to play electronic music. In fact the music policy at Konstruktor will focus on high quality underground sound and DJs. By the way Austra was the headliner band at the club’s opening party:
Konstruktor will definitely become one of the most notable places on the Moscow nightlife scene through 2017.
Mishka Bar from St. Petersburg in Moscow
Another place called Mishka Bar started functioning on the Moscow nightlife scene in 2015. Mishka Bar is a well known hipster type of place in Saint Petersburg. They have decided to hold weekly parties in Moscow at the premises of the Blum Café located in the center of the city on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street.
Mishka in Moscow has a casual atmosphere with a young crowd and high quality electronic music that includes a lot of Disco and Funk. I like this place because it reminds me of the earlier version of Propaganda club. There is a disco ball hanging from the ceiling of the dance floor and people actually come here to dance.
Weekly parties took place from April till the end of November 2015. Mishka will return to Bolshaya Dmitrovka in April 2016.
Moscow Strip Clubs Update
Moscow nightlife will never be complete without the adult clubs.
One of the Moscow strip clubs that has expanded its business in 2015 was the club called Virgins. Its first location is way outside the downtown area which is not too convenient. Now they have another club near the Taganskaya subway station that is much closer to the center.
Hardest to Get Into: Troyka Multispace
There is a historic mansion located on Yuzskaya street that hosts one of most closed Moscow night clubs called Tryka Multispace. Inside there are engineering systems that allow to transform the club’s interior by changing the floor levels and moving the stage.
That’s the only venue on the Moscow nightlife scene that opens its doors only once a month. This means that these guys do a great job in preparing for their parties that feature top of the line underground DJs and extravagant performances. Every month a large number of expensive autos line up near the entrance of Troyka to bring guests directly to the club’s doors. Troyka has a lot of similarities with Krysha Mira. This is quite reasonable considering the fact that its creators used to be part of the “Krysha” team.
Moscow Nightlife at Patriarch Ponds: Kianu
There is a new restaurant and bars cluster developing in the Patriarch Ponds area of Moscow similar to the degrading Krasny Oktyabr. This new area is much more compact and upscale, plus it has a much better historic location. In summer the main street in front of all the main venues here gets filled with beautiful crowd moving from one place to another.
The bar called Kianu is located next door to one of my favorite bars on the Moscow nightlife scene called Klava.
Kianu is a tiny place with DJs playing nice underground house music. It gets extremely packed on summer weekends. Kianu can’t accommodate all of its guests, so half of the visitors prefer to hang out outside with their glasses of wine.
Propaganda Style Place: Mondriaan Bar on Tsvetnoy Boulevard
Here is the new bar that started to gain its popularity in 2017. It’s called Mondriaan and it’s located in the heart of Moscow on Petrovka street. In terms of design, the bar looks like a small copy of Propaganda. It has the same brick walls, large windows that face the Boulevard and a wooden bar table. The place is tiny – the total sitting area can accumulate the maximum number of 30 guests. During weekend nights the tables get removed and the sitting area turns into the dance floor. Mondriaan gets really packed at night while the DJs spin good quality house music.
Motel Club From the Creators of Gipsy
I have mentioned this one before in one of my posts. Here I just wanted to emphasize once again that this place is hot right now. Similar to Gipsy this place is pretty big. It takes 3 floors of the old Moscow mansion in the center of the city.
Every weekend the parking area in front of Motel gets packed with expensive cars. It has lots of beautiful girls inside. Make sure to get there before 01:00. Otherwise you can get stuck in the entrance line….
These are some of the new places on the Moscow nightlife scene that I think will be worth visiting in 2016. Of course there are clubs like Duran Bar, Siberia and more casual Propaganda that will remain to be popular in any economic conditions.
Check out my newly compiled list of the Moscow restaurants that will be very popular during summer of 2016!
Nightclubs that Have Been Shut Down
One of the most expensive night clubs in the capital of Russia called Soho Rooms has been officially shut down in April of 2017. During the past 10 years this club was one of the main attraction points for the local riches of all types. Politicians, oligarchs, local pop stars and lots of beautiful women packed inside Soho every weekend night. No more traffic jam in front of the club’s entrance during weekend nights!