Moscow drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Sisters Cafe

This cosy and quiet cafe-cum-bar has a distinct feminine touch about it – as if Chekhov's sisters have finally made their way to Moscow and started a new life here. Cheapish smoothies, lemonades and teas are on offe…
Top Choice Cafe in Zamoskvorechie

Bar Strelka

Located just below the Patriarshy most, the bar-restaurant at the Strelka Institute is the ideal starting point for an evening in the Red October complex. The rooftop terrace has unbeatable Moscow River views, but t…
Top Choice Bar in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Ukuleleshnaya

In its new location, this is now more of a bar than a musical instrument shop, although ukuleles still adorn the walls, prompting an occasional jam session. Craft beer prevails on the drinks list, but Ukuleleshnaya …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Presnya

Time-Out Rooftop Bar

On the upper floors of the throwback Peking Hotel, this trendy bar is nothing but 'now'. That includes the bartenders sporting plaid and their delicious concoctions, specially created for different times of the day.…
Top Choice Bar in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Noor / Electro

There is little to say about this misleadingly unassuming bar, apart from the fact that everything in it is close to perfection. It has it all – prime location, convivial atmosphere, eclectic DJ music, friendly bart…
Top Choice Club in Zamoskvorechie

Gipsy

Euphoria reigns in this postmodern nomad camp of a bar with its strategic rooftop position on Red October. The decor is bright-coloured kitsch, which among other oddities means fake palm trees and toilet doors cover…
Top Choice Bar in Tverskoy & Novoslobodsky

Enthusiast

Scooter enthusiast, that is. But you don't have to be one in order to enjoy this superbly laid-back bar hidden at the far end of a fancifully shaped courtyard and disguised as a spare-parts shop. On a warm day, grab…
Cafe in Arbat & Khamovniki

Surf Coffee

This tiny coffee shop is hidden between the Old and New Arbat streets. A vibrant chain from Sochi, it envelops you in a special atmosphere of surfboards, funk music, delicious smells and random visitors who talk to …
Cafe in Meshchansky & Basmanny

Coffee Bean

Winds of change brought US national Jerry Ruditser to Moscow in the early 1990s on a mission to create the nation's first coffee chain, which he succeeded in doing long before Starbucks found Russia on the map. Some…
Bar in Presnya

Jagger

Tucked into the courtyard in the old Tryokhgornaya manufacturing complex, Jagger is a super-hot bar with a super-cool vibe. Excellent cocktails, sharp clientele and laid-back atmosphere are characteristic of a new M…