Moscow's Notorious Nightlife

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As you might expect in a city of over 12,000,000 people Moscow has an amazing array of nightlife options and a scene for everyone - be you a jazz aficionado, a hardcore clubber, or just a plain old alcoholic. In fact it's difficult to generalise about the nightlife scene here, precisely because of its diversity, but there are things we can mention that are typical Moscow traits...

One thing that newcomers to the city will quickly notice is that a bar or nightclub is rarely just that. Every drinking venue in Moscow doubles up a restaurant and a very high proportion triple up (if one can do such a thing) as a bowling alley, billiards club, casino, concert venue or even book shop! Perhaps it's because Moscow is such a vast metropolis, and taxis are so expensive, that bar and club owners want to provide their customers with a 'one-stop-shop' for nightlife entertainment - rather than send them out into the, often bitter, cold night for a bite to eat!

So in other words Moscow isn't the best city in the world for bar-crawling, especially bearing in mind that these multi-purpose venues often charge a cover, but rather it's best to choose your spot for the night and stick with it. Naturally then there's a little extra pressure to make the right choice... And that's where we come in! Read on for our top nightlife recommendations.

Well first up in Propaganda, a stalwart of the Moscow nightlife scene if ever there was one! A good-looking yet friendly crowd of local students and foreign tourists reliably pack out this bar-cum-club, and a night of drinks and dancing here rarely disappoints. If however you want a more full on club experience, then Fabrique is the place to head. No relation to Fabric in London, Fabrique is more glamorous, although perhaps slightly less fun that Propaganda, with a decent programme of foreign DJs. Then of course there's Mio, where the cool kids like to cut loose!

If you're more wired towards alternative nights out and live music, than 130 BPM, then fear not. Mother Moscow does not neglect any of her nightlife children... B2 is a veritable palace of fun, with a floor dedicated to cutting edge live acts of every variety, whilst the cult favourite - The Chinese Pilot - is not to be missed by anyone who likes to take a walk on the wild side.

The scope for listening to live jazz in Moscow isn't narrow either. Choose between homely authentic jazz dens like Forte, or go upmarket and check out super-suave joints such as Le Club. Real jazz lovers won't be disappointed with either.

Of course Moscow being the city of sin that it is, there are some great places to hang out, flash your cash and see how far you get with the rather sultry members of the opposite sex around here. A word of warning - if it seems to be too good to be true, then there's probably a price tag attached. And it's unlikely to be a small one. Bars like Piramida and Nightflight occupy prime spaces near Red Square and are notorious meeting places for rich businessmen and very naughty girls! Of course you could remove the ambiguity and head straight for Dolls, one of the classiest strip joints in the city. And if you're really feeling like a high-roller, break out the Bentley (or better still the Bugatti Veyron) and head for Premier Lounge or Soho Rooms.

Finally no guide to Moscow's nightlife is complete without paying lip service at least to its most notorious venue. The Hungry Duck has seen some very raucous action in it's time, and although it might not be quite the no-holds-barred haven of hedonism it once was, there's still plenty of life in the old bird yet.

Right, if you still haven't found what you're looking for we can only suggest that you have a thorough root around in our pubs and clubs directory. As well as our humble takes on the venues in question you'll find the opportunity to read public opinions and place your own reviews - who said that Russia isn't a democratic country?


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I'm not a fan of clubs, I prefer to go to the Soho spa salon more. There you can relax with a massage, drink and smoke a hookah. And I like the music and the girls there more

Reply Jul 10th, 2023

Guys, nightclubs and restaurants are already boring and banal. If you want to get unforgettable for a lifetime, then you definitely need a Soho spa salon. There they will do a massage, there is an alcohol Jacuzzi and beautiful girls. You can relax from the heart

Reply Apr 20th, 2023

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Reply May 11th, 2023

I recommend visiting the Barbie Spa salon. Everything is at the highest level

Reply Jan 9th, 2023

You don't understand anything about rest. I recommend visiting the Imperium salon. That's when you'll find out what a real vacation is

Reply Oct 6th, 2022

Guys, in the center of Moscow there is a cool Podium salon. I advise everyone, there is a good rest with beautiful girls. Better than a club

Reply Jun 14th, 2022

The best vacation in the BarbieSpa salon, it's always fun and cool there. Beautiful girls, alcohol and massage

Reply Jun 3rd, 2022

Guys, I often visit Moscow and go only to the Vanilla salon. This is an elite establishment.

Reply May 23rd, 2022

Guys, the best vacation in Moscow is the salon Imperium. There are many beautiful girls

Reply May 16th, 2022

Guys, cool place - Salon Podium. You can have a good rest there.

Reply May 11th, 2022

I love the Barbie Spa. I always go there. There are beautiful girls

Reply May 4th, 2022

Nice salon Vanilla. The best vacation, I myself go there when I come to Moscow.

Reply Apr 25th, 2022
Алексей Александрович

I also advise you to go to the Imperium. The best salon and cool girls

Reply Apr 18th, 2022

Go to the Barbie spa salon, they do a great massage and a lot of cool girls)

Reply Apr 5th, 2022

I advise you to go to Vanilla salon. It's the best vacation there!

Reply Mar 28th, 2022

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Reply Mar 24th, 2022
United States

The best place for men's leisure is the Podium salon. Beautiful girls are giving a delightful massage. When I come to Moscow, I definitely come here. Hookah, alcohol, sauna, beautiful girls - a pleasure!!

Reply Oct 7th, 2021

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Reply Jan 20th, 2019

Don’t allow that closed night clubs list to make you feel sad or depressed. You can still enjoy Moscow nightlife! Here is another list that has all the right places.

Reply Aug 12th, 2018

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Reply May 14th, 2018

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Reply Jul 7th, 2017

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Reply Oct 14th, 2016
United States

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Reply Jun 14th, 2015
Li Mu

"Moscow has an amazing array of nightlife options" Really? If you love pop/techno/R&B then you're set up beautifully. Anything else even vaguely alternative and non-mainstream and you're looking at 'maybe' 1 good bar or club. I'd say that Moscow is one of the WORST cities I have ever lived in for alternative music. Alternative music doesn't bring in the cash and most of the good ones have closed down, leaving only generic stuff.

Reply Feb 13th, 2014

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Reply Sep 5th, 2012
United States

Currently the top moscow night clubs are Premier Lounge (, Krysha Mira ( Soho Rooms ( Enjoy!!

Reply Jul 18th, 2012
United States

It is just a bar though, so not huge, no coat/bag check, and the dance floor is pretty much all available floor space between the tables that are pushed up against the walls. Some people were even dancing on the bench seats. Bathrooms were clean though, drinks were good, and the atmosphere was hot and sexy, just like a club should be.

Reply Jul 15th, 2012
United States

Of course I prefer clubs like I find in the US and Moscow is sorely lacking, at least from what I was able to research on the internet. Propaganda plays horrible techno music (I'm not against techno, even fans say it's bad) that is really difficult to dance to, and most other bars or clubs have some sort of obscure theme, like 50's music or metal, which are, again, not my usual clubbing style. I did find a club by accident (never showed up in any of my web searches). It's called Куба Либре Бар: The one we went to is right next to Chistye Prudy. The music is an interesting mix of American Top 40, American old favorites like Billy Jean by MJ, and Russian and European Pop (don't know if it's current or old favorites). I won’t say I knew or liked all of the songs, but this was the closest thing to my idea of a real nightclub that I’ve come across in this city. It is just a bar though, so not huge, no coat/bag check, and the dance floor is pretty much all available floor space between the tables that are pushed up against the walls. Some people were even dancing on the bench seats. Bathrooms were clean though, drinks were good, and the atmosphere was hot and sexy, just like a club should be.

Reply Jul 15th, 2012

Hi, where is a safe place for an asian to have fun? I mean clubs like fabricue do they discriminate asians?

Reply Mar 13th, 2012

I've forgotten Lookin room - there are two: bar and club, the bar is better! Gipsy and Rolling stone

Reply Jan 3rd, 2012

Hi, I'm from Moscow, and I can recommend you Tiki bar if you like latino, tema bar if you like house music! Hot chicks are in Rai, Fabrique, Soho rooms

Reply Jan 3rd, 2012
United States

Hi...I am a tour director..I would like to know if there is any place in Moscow that people can find nite club with beautiful ladies? You know what I mean. Thanks

Reply Jul 9th, 2011

this is a very old article, old information. this clubs are shit. The best clubs are- soho rooms imperia lounge pacha rai

Reply Mar 26th, 2011

what is the best club in moscow?

Reply Jun 13th, 2010

I was in jazz-club "Souyuz Kompozitorov" (Union of Composers) [ ] in the very center of Moscow - it was amazing! Romantic atmosphere, candles, music that let you fly...Jazz, blues. Recommend!!!

Reply Mar 26th, 2010
United Kingdom

is there a club in moscow called krissa or something like that please help me find it i met a russian girl called anna in the uk and she worked as a dj there i want to find her

Reply Sep 26th, 2009

You know, a DATE on this review would be a good idea. Hungry duck is so pathetic and so dangerous, expect to be robbed. Some of these clubs are closed, or the crowds have moved on.

Reply Sep 10th, 2009

Thanks a Ton. Great writeup and view points. I am sure to try out few of your destination, specially Hungry Duck.

Reply Aug 7th, 2008
United Kingdom

What about the really good places, the ones Moscow are all about? The flash ones with loads of birds. I recommend Club Opera.

Reply Jun 23rd, 2008
United States

thx olot... been to some of these night clubs. but i can say from different to others that club 13 is the best..good atmosphere for good djs..and why people dont speak about djs here...who is playing at where...or which dj is coming..?? anyhow carl cox is coming soon on there mates... have fun

Reply Jun 7th, 2008
United Kingdom

the Moscow nightlife is raucous indeed! Never seen so many hot girls. Spent about a million rubles but i'd do it all again in an instant. Fabrique, Night flight and hungry duck were the best

Reply Oct 26th, 2007
United States

Thanks guys. A great introduction to the Moscow Nightlife. I look forward to getting over to Russia and trying some of your suggestions. I heard that Moscow bars and clubs rule! And that the women are out of this world...........!!!!!!!!!

Reply Apr 19th, 2007