The name of this bar is a pun, since it is both the word for “just outside of Moscow” and literally translated “underneath Moscow” – and it is located underground in central Moscow. This bar is a bit of a labyrinth, with several rooms in some of which you can sometimes catch an art-house movie showing. During the weekends, especially late at night, it has more of a club atmosphere, but on weekdays and early weeknights it’s the perfect place to go with a group of friends, a favorite for locals and as of yet not frequently visited by tourists. Their cocktails in particular are worth a try (and very affordable).
Address: Malyy Kislovskiy Pereulok 6, Metro: Arbatskaya
This bar is attached to the Strelka Institute for Media, Design and Architecture and the interior and clientele are suitably stylish and unique. Students, designers and artists gather here daily to enjoy some quiet sipping of cocktails and, occasionally, a trendy party. Sometimes you will hear one of them playing the piano inside the bar. This is a truly unique place in Moscow and definitely well-worth a visit.
Address: Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya 9, Metro: Kropotkinskaya
Под Мухой (“Pod Muhoi”)
Visit this pub for a small cozy atmosphere and unbeatable prices. This is truly a place to relax, enjoy some well-made drinks and spend a long lingering evening. They also serve assemble-it-yourself noodle dishes!
Address: Strastnoy Bulvar 6-2, Metro: Chekhovskaya
This bar was designed by the famous Russian bartender Dmitry Sokolov to commemorate the booming 90s in Russia, when money and alcohol flowed freely and friends gathered in bars before a night out on the town. It’s perfect for a contemplative evening with friends or a partner, with its nearly limitless choice of drinks and food. They also offer a breakfast and lunch menu, as the name implies, and they are right in the city center, waiting for you after a full day of sightseeing.
Address: Bolshaya Dmitrovka Ulitsa 7/5 Metro: Teatralnaya or Okhotny Ryad
This is a true English pub with a wide selection of beer, televised football games and traditional British food. Warm up here on a cold Moscow evening. This is a relaxed and cozy place, perfect for spending an evening with friends or meeting some interesting new people.
Address: Nikitsky Bulvar 12, Metro: Arbatskaya
A distinctly French bar in central Moscow, this is the place to go for very affordable drinks, delicious food, and always interesting conversation. The bar staff is friendly and the music is good too.
Address: Tsvetnoy Bulvar 24, Metro: Chekhovskaya
This big, flashy bar is not for the timid or broke, but it is a beautiful place to go to enjoy a night of delicious drinks, exquisite food and equally fabulous company. A red carpet leads you inside, where the delicately crafted interior is almost a city attraction on its own. The owner has a leaning towards molecular cuisine, so the cocktails have a gastronomic theme and are definitely unique in the city.
Address: Marksistskaya Ulitsa 7, Metro: Taganskaya
A very trendy bar and restaurant that manages to be both extravagant and affordable at the same time. This is the place to go with a cocktail dress on and share an evening with the girls, Sex and the City style... or put on your best shoes and enjoy the girls’ company! The menu and the interior are as innovative as its creator, Dmitry Sokolov.
Address: Myasnitskaya Ulitsa 17, Metro: Turgenevskaya or Chistye Prudy
This bar is on top of a hotel and offers a stunning panoramic view of Moscow. This is a glamorous spot where you will rub shoulders with the top business men and managers. It’s also a great place to go before a night out on the town. It’s definitely not cheap, but it was one of the top 10 bars in the world in 2008, according to “Bartender’s Guide”.
Address: Kozmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya 52, Metro: Paveletskaya