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7 Secret Bars in Moscow Only Locals Know About

Picture of Julia Shinkareva
Contributor / Journalist
Updated: 15 January 2018
Modern Moscow’s cocktail bar scene is growing very fast, and locals are always looking for a friendly atmosphere and an absence of crowds. You’ll find them at these bars, hiding from the masses and drinking some exclusive cocktails.
Voda Bar

Voda bar opened its doors in July 2017 and immediately became a beloved spot of trendy locals. The cocktail list is so extensive that you don’t even know what they will have on offer the next week. They offer many seasonal drinks made with local and imported ingredients. The place is located in the city centre, but we highly recommend checking a map before, as it’s hidden in an old yard.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Thu - Sat :
7:00 pm - 3:00 am
Budget
$$
Golova Bar

Another hidden bar is located in the Tverskoy District of Moscow, near Trubnaya Metro station. There’s a vast choice of local and imported alcohols, snacks, good music on Friday and Saturday and pretty strict FC & DC. We highly recommend you to check their Instagram account and Google Maps before you go, but once you’re there, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun a la Russe with locals only.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Wed - Fri :
6:00 pm - 4:00 am
Sat :
8:00 pm - 5:00 am
Budget
$$
Public Bar

If you’re looking for something unusual that only locals know about, something you cannot book online or over the phone, then look no further than Public Bar. It’s located in the historical centre of Moscow, in an old Stalinist building. There’s a great cocktail and wine list.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Wed - Sat :
7:00 pm - 3:00 am
Budget
$$
Veladora

This Mexican bar and tacos spot just opened its doors last week, and it has already become very popular with locals. It’s located in the historical part of the city, and offers a vast choice of traditional Mexican drinks, cocktails, beers, nachos, tacos and more. Good music and neon decorations create a special atmosphere for a relaxed evening with tequila and salt.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Wed :
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Sat :
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Sun :
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Budget
$$
Berlin Bar

Locals call this place “The nightlife Embassy of Berlin in Moscow”. Inspired by the German minimalist techno scene, the design of this bar is reminiscent of the best techno spots of the Kreuzberg and Mitte neighbourhoods of Berlin. Good music and wonderful cocktails are offered daily. It’s a must visit if you like techno and house music. Plus, you likely won’t meet any tourists here.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
6:00 pm - 5:00 am
Budget
$$