The 10 Best Bars in Moscow, Russia

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31 July 2017
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Moscow’s bar culture is gaining its momentum with new exciting venues popping up in Russia‘s capital almost every week. From an atmospheric speakeasy, to scenic rooftop bar to a hip piano bar in a Moscow apartment – here’s your list for an unforgettable visit.

Delicatessen

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$

A hipster paradise that set the tone for a new generation of Moscow’s bars, Delicatessen is known and loved for its honest hefty food and home-made infused alcohols. Located in a nondescript basement and hidden in a maze of Moscow’s alleys, this is the place for those in the know, where the owners cook, mix cocktails and wait tables.

Public Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$

Public Bar will go down in history as the place where Kanye West had lunch with fashionista Gosha Rubchinskiy, which can only mean that Kanye knows a good bar. Though finding this enigmatic place is quite a challenge and you have to make a call to get in, you’ll be rewarded with a quiet evening of elaborate drinks.

Ruski

Restaurant, Russian, Vegetarian, European, $$$

As the name implies, here you can try all Russian drinks (and their variations) imaginable: from traditional infused alcohols to berry mors drinks. Located on the 85th floor of the Moscow City tower, Ruski is famous for its one-of-a-kind ice-bar and breathtaking view.

Antikvarny Boutique & Bar

Bar, Wine Bar, Restaurant, European, Pub Grub, $$$
Here you can actually buy whatever you’re sitting on: Antikvary is an antique shop, restaurant and bar with two menus and impressive wine card. Defined as an “intellectual club” by its owners, the place is favored for its pleasantly laid-back atmosphere and fantastic Dry Martinis.

Kvartira 44

Cafe, Restaurant, Bar, Coffee, Russian, $$$
Kvartira 44 is arguably the cosiest of all Moscow’s drinking places where you can casually eat, drink and talk – all while listening to live piano music. Apart from supreme food and drinks, regulars come for the unique atmosphere – the place is set in an old Moscow apartment.

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