The brainchild of Arkady Novikov and Igor Lantsman, Mendeleev Bar is tucked away in a small noodle shop called Lucky Noodles. This cocktail bar features a menu by Roman Milosteviy, a famous Russian mixologist. Their drinks are based on absinthe and you can order light snacks from the noodle shop. Enjoy eclectic music at this hidden bar.
This place boasts the trendiest Thursday nights in Moscow. It brings together the Russian middle class, local and foreign students, expatriots and anyone else who can appreciate the DJ's tunes and the club's relaxed atmosphere. It's widely known as one of the best clubs in Moscow. Normally quite busy, it gets packed by midnight when the disco begins. The music played is mainly acid jazz and all manner of variants, with the occasional switch to non-techno hits. Cover charge depends on the night of the week and the talent.
This is one place where you will never have to dance to Britney Spears, Ricky Martin or Scooter. 16 Tons is one of the first few clubs in Moscow to welcome and encourage Russian groups and progressive bands to play at their venue. Its refined atmosphere can seem a little cold at first, but it has gently persuaded more than a few skeptics to stay for coffee or a drink. 16 Tons brews its own beer, focusing on British-style ales and bitters; they are reasonably priced and pub grub is also available. The pub opens daily at 11a, while the club opens later at 6p.
Overlooking the Moskva River, Gipsy is a popular spot for clubbers in Moscow. With hundreds of hanging disco balls and cartoon graffiti walls, this eclectic late night destination has the best of DJs in town spinning top techno beats and other popular tunes. It also hosts live music occasionally. Whether you are dancing inside or on the rooftop terrace floor, you can be sure of a memorable time. Once you tire of dancing, replenish yourself with tasty food and drinks, and start swaying again till way into the morning.
For a relaxed and intimate dining experience, choose the rooftop O2 Lounge of the famous Ritz-Carlton Moscow . With its polished black tiles, bright red cocoon chairs, stark white furnishing and to top it all, a dramatic glass dome the lounge is one of the top places to be seen at. The menu includes sushi, created with expertise by Chef Seiji Kusano, known for his famous gourmet roll prepared with Beluga caviar and blue fin tuna, garnished with gold leaf. Remember to ask the vodka sommelier's comments before choosing from the largest collection of the finest of vodkas from across the world. The music is trendy and at dinner time features hits from around the globe.
Swedish management and chefs provide Scandinavian DJs, cuisine and prices every night of the year at this sleek nightspot. The decor is exquisite: brick walls with good oil paintings and horizontal windows that give a broad view over Tverskaia street. Foreign travelers looking for Russian company often come here. The menu is heavy on meat: Reindeer with morels, cherry jus and herbed potatoes, and Oscietre Caviar as a starter.