Nightlife - Moscow is a city that never sleeps.
If you want to go out and have a good time you can
definitely find it in Moscow. There are friendly bars
and clubs in Moscow, and there are unfriendly bars
and clubs in Moscow. If you are in a bar or club with
some unsavory gentleman (or ladies), it's best just
to ignore them, or find a different establishment
to enjoy. Another phenomenon that happens in some
Moscow Clubs is that otherwise low-key
places often stage strip shows aimed at both sexes.
Many bars and clubs have live music most nights with
music ranging from pop to techno.
Finding a quiet place to sip a beer and chat may be difficult. In the summer the beer and shaslyk stands work okay. If you want an upbeat and wild time, you will not have a problem finding it. There are no real serving hours, so many place are open 24 hours.
Some of the hot spots in Moscow
Kitarsky Lyotchick Dzhao-Da (924-5611) www.jao-da.ru this place is in a basement close to Kitai Gorod Metro. It's one of the best and most relaxed restaurants. It often has live music.
Proekt OGI (229-5489) - cover charge R50-80. A very hip place for student types to hang out. Enter through the unmarked door in the corner of the courtyard. There is live music most nights.
16 Tons (253-5300) - cover charge of R100-200. Has a brassy English pub and eatery downstairs, and brews an excellent house bitter. Upstairs, the club gets some of the best foreign bands that play in Moscow.
Garage (209-1848) - is a funky Soviet themed underground bar. There's a bit of biker overlay with an old BMW protruding from over the bar. After 3 a.m. anything goes. There's no cover charge, but there is strict face control.
Duck (923-6158) - is a successor to the Hungry Duck, a bar that was described as the wildest in Europe. Apparently most people loose their clothes by midnight and every woman dances on the bar. This may be relocated to the policy as free drinks to woman until 11:00 on some nights.
Akademiya (938-5775) - on the 22nd floor of the Academy of Sciences boasts an awesome view of the city. This bar is popularly known as "The Brain" after the surreal metallic structures topping the building.