Top Choice Ballet in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Bolshoi Theatre

An evening at the Bolshoi is still one of Moscow’s most romantic and entertaining options for a night on the town. The glittering six-tier auditorium has an electric atmosphere, evoking over 235 years of premier mus…
Live Music in Presnya

Sixteen Tons

Downstairs, the brassy English pub-restaurant has an excellent house-brewed bitter. Upstairs, the club gets some of the best Russian bands that play in Moscow, hosting such names as Mara and Theodor Bastard, among o…
Live Music in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Art Garbage

Enter this funky club-cafe through the courtyard littered with sculpture. Inside, the walls are crammed with paintings of all genres, and there are DJs spinning or live music playing every night. The restaurant is r…
Club in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

12 Volts

The founders of Moscow’s lesbian movement opened this cafe-cum-social club, hidden away in a courtyard off Tverskaya ul. Buzz for admission. Once you’re in, you’ll find both gays and lesbians socialising together in…
Children’s Theatre in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Durov Animal Theatre

Dedushka Durov (Grandpa Durov) founded this zany theatre for kids as a humane alternative to the horrible treatment of animals he saw at the circus. His shows feature mostly domestic animals, including cats and dogs…
Opera in Arbat & Khamovniki

Gelikon Opera

Named after famous Mt Helicon, home to the muses and inspiration for musicians, this opera company is unique in Moscow for its innovative, even experimental, opera performances. Director Dmitry Bertman is known for …
Circus in Moscow

Bolshoi Circus on Vernadskogo

This huge circus holds 3400 spectators, but the steep pitch means that everyone has a view of the action. The company includes hundreds of performers--mostly acrobats, but some animals too (bears, sea lions, monkeys…
Ballet in Kremlin & Kitay Gorod

Kremlin Ballet

The Bolshoi Theatre doesn’t have a monopoly on ballet in Moscow. Leading dancers also appear with the Kremlin Ballet, which performs in the Kremlin Palace. The Bolshoi is magical, but seeing a show inside the Kremli…
Theatre in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Lenkom Theatre

The Lenkom isn’t the most glamorous theatre, but it’s widely considered to have the strongest acting troupe in the country. The flashy productions and musicals performed here keep non-Russian speakers entertained.
Dance in Meshchansky & Basmanny

New Ballet

If you can’t stand to see another Swan Lake, you will be pleased to know that the New Ballet performs innovative contemporary dance. This performance art, called ‘plastic ballet’, incorporates elements of classical …