Mendeleev Bar

To get into this bar-cum-club you have to first find your way through its entrance secreted within noodle bar, “Lucky Noodles”. Expect exposed brick walls, experimental cocktails and electronic music by Russian DJs.

Chainaya

During Russia’s prohibition era, some tea houses also served hard drinks (to those who knew how to ask) – a Soviet version of a speakeasy. This former teahouse in the midst of Moscow’s Chinatown is hard to get to but well worth a visit. Here you can try some of the finest teas, but we prefer sipping on inventive cocktails (which come tea-infused, naturally). This little gem is rated by the World’s 50 Best Bars, so is a definite must-see (and must-drink).

  • +7 495 967 3052
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  • 1-Ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa 29
    125047

Big Wine Freaks

This wine bar serves organic and biodynamic wines in a chic, bohemian setting. It’s the perfect place from which to admire spectacular views of the Kudrinskaya Square which is crowned with one of seven grandiose skyscrapers built during the Stalinist era. Skip the food and opt for some of the capital’s most interesting bottles.

  • +7 495 968 3060
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  • Bol'shaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa 62/3
    121069

Bar Klava

Located near the Patriarch Ponds, Bar Klava is one of the long-standing hot spots in Moscow. Despite its name, the establishment is more of a club than a bar and gets packed on weekends, so be prepared to rub shoulders with local celebrities on a tiny dancefloor.

Mitzvah Bar

Go here and you’ll be guaranteed a good time. Dimly lit, theatrically decorated in Masonic and Judaic motifs and filled with friendly locals, this bar doesn’t have a menu – you’re simply asked your preferences and presented with a drink to match. Should the late-night munchies kick in, order the turkey pastrami sandwiched between two fluffy slices of challah – it’s the drunk snack your goyish self never knew it needed.

Strelka Bar

Head to Strelka Bar for a taste of Moscow’s indie scene. The bar is adjacent to Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, a non-profit educational project for urban development. The bar’s interior combines the clean design of 60s Scandinavia with Italian art deco, and has an amazing summertime rooftop terrace.

  • +7 495 771 7416
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  • Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya 14/5
    119072

Veladora

Mexican cuisine used to be a distant tropical fantasy to most Moscovites, but now, thanks to the recently opened Veladora, it seems that they are on a first-name basis with tacos and mezcal. This low-key bar has amassed a cult following in record time and is one of the hippest places in the city.

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