Finding a date in a buzzing metropolis like Moscow
is relatively easy, but choosing the right place for your first night out together in a city with over 2,000 restaurants might be tricky. From scenic places and cosy wine cellars to uber-popular karaoke bars, here are eight spots in Moscow that are perfect for a first date.
Restaurant, Italian, European, Mediterranean, $$$
Set the bar high and have dinner at the highest-placed restaurant in Europe. Located on the 62nd floor of the Federation Tower, Sixty dazzles with mind-blowing views, glass-floor elevators and an elegant European menu. Be sure to book a table in advance if you want that dinner with a view.
Restaurant, French, European, $$$
Complete with white-clothed tables, golden chandeliers, large windows and tiled floors, Brasserie Most could easily be a bistro in Paris or a coffee shop in Vienna. Favored for creative dishes and original cocktails, Moscow’s best brasserie will most certainly impress your date.
Restaurant, Bar, Wine Bar, European, Japanese, Italian, $$$
Popular with foreigners, Kalina Bar boasts fantastic views of Moscow, a hookah bar and a varied cocktail menu. Based on the 21st floor of Lotte Plaza, Kalina Bar sets high standards for food and service. Choose this bar if you want to check how good your date is at karaoke.
Restaurant, Bar, European, Japanese, $$$
Another bar with a view, Mercedes Bar sits on the 31st floor of Hotel Ukraina – one of the seven Stalinist skyscrapers. The fancy bar is known for super-sized cocktails and high-quality food; apart from burgers, Japanese cuisine and gorgeous Italian desserts, you can also treat yourself to oysters, caviar and foie gras.
Sparrows Bar & Grill
Bar, European, Barbeque, $$$
Sparrows Bar & Grill (Воробьи) lies in one of Moscow’s most picturesque districts – Vorobyovy Gory. After enjoying a delicious meal, you can take a romantic walk and admire a magnificent panoramic view from the most popular observation deck in Moscow.
City Space Bar & Loungе
Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Japanese, European, American, $$$
A sure-fire way to woo that special person is the view from the City Space Bar & Loungе on the 34th floor of the Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy. Although the bar is rather pricey, the food, cocktails, service and the panorama are worth it.
Bar, Wine Bar, European, $$$
Located on a side street off of Moscow’s Tverskaya, Brix wine bar is a perfect choice for a low-key first date. Choose Brix if you’re looking for good wine, creative appetisers and a laid-back ambience.
Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
Another panoramic bar in Moscow, Aviator offers hypnotising views from the 52nd floor of the Federation Tower. The food here is also on point – be sure to try their grana cheese stones, trout ice cream pops, salmon salad with avocado jelly cubes or foie gras with tangerine jelly.