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Best Places in Moscow to Drink Like a True Muscovite

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Updated: 18 August 2017
While St. Petersburg may have been hailed as the official bar capital of Russia, Moscow comes a close second, with an enviable drinking scene. Read on to discover the city’s iconic bars, where you can drink Moscow-style.

Mayak

Bar, Cafe, European, French, Italian, $$$
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This legendary bar shares the building with Mayakovsky Theatre, hence the name. Here you can expect to meet the local art society – actors, journalists and musicians. One of the oldest bars of post-Soviet Moscow, it’s a buzzing party place during the weekend.
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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:00 am

Meal service:

Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

John Donne

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, European, British, $$$
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If you plan to hit John Donne on a game night, be sure to get there early as it gets packed. Latecomers won’t be able to squeeze their way in. On regular days, there’s less of a crowd, making it an ideal spot for beer connoisseurs and pub-lovers.

Челси 1-1 Ливерпуль #джондонн #апл #давидлуиз

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Strelka Bar

Bar, European, $$$
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One of the most interesting bars in the city and the go-to hangout for Moscow’s hipsters, Strelka has it all – inventive cuisine, an amazing view and occasional live music. Come here for some of the best cocktails Moscow has to offer. This popular bar tends to attract a crowd at weekends.
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Mon - Thu:
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
9:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Atmosphere:

Unusual

Kamchatka Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, Russian, $$$
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Kamchatka is a well frequented Soviet-style bar with nostalgic food, Stolichnaya vodka and local beer. What initially began as a tiny room has transformed into a multi-story drinking den, where you’re still likely to struggle finding a seat. No-one seems to mind, since it’s one of the most authentic places in Russia’s capital.

Уютненько #камчатка #вкусныеместа

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Sun - Wed:
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu:
10:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri:
12:00 pm - 6:00 am
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 am

Meal service:

Late Night

Atmosphere:

Quirky

Sosna & Lipa

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Founded by a beer geek and a musician, Sosna and Lipa is a small spot with a big personality. Here you can choose from an extensive selection of bottled beer or sample a few of the 10 varieties of Russian craft beer on tap, all at ridiculously low prices. There’s no snacks, but who needs food when you can have beer for dinner! The perfect place to spend a warm summer’s evening.
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Mon - Sun:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

Atmosphere:

Quirky

Mr. Help & Friends

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Mexican, European, $$$
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This iconic bar was founded in 2004 by the two-time world champion bartender Dmitry Sokolov, who redefined Moscow’s bar culture. The place had a refurbishment in 2015 and now boasts a state-of-the-art cocktail list with a sublime food menu to match.

Одно из самых лучших мест в Москве!

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Sun - Thu:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
12:00 pm - 6:00 am
Sat:
4:00 pm - 6:00 am

Atmosphere:

Casual, Secret

Simple Things New Vintage

Bar, Gastropub, European, $$$
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This is the chicest of the four Simple Things, located in an elegant two-storey mansion. Just like the others in the popular restaurant chain, Simple Things New Vintage keeps the food standards high, offering simple and honest dishes like Black Sea garfish baked with potatoes and capers or beef tataki with foie gras. On the cocktail menu there are lots of “gastro-cocktails” and drinks made with sparkling wine.
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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 3:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Cosy

Lumberjack

Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, American, European, $$$
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Lumberjack has everything you’d expect from a bar with such a manly moniker – staff in checkered shirts, hefty burgers and bourbon-based drinks. This is the place to spend a chilled evening catching up with friends.

Зельеваренье

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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat:
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sun:
3:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Bobby Dazzler

Cocktail Bar, Pub, British, European, $$$
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This atmospheric English-style pub is unsurprisingly the unofficial meeting place of the city’s Manchester United fans. Favoured for its beer selection and hearty food, Bobby Dazzler will win you over with its friendly staff and warm ambience.
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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
11:00 am - 3:00 am
Sat:
1:00 pm - 5:00 am
Sun:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am

Atmosphere:

Casual