The Best Bars and Cafés in Moscow to Try Local Wine

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Yulia S.

Contributor / Journalist

What defines a good wine bar in Moscow? Should a bar only serve local wine and snacks? Or maybe this place should have a kitchen and take bookings for a fine dining experience as well? We took this difficult work upon ourselves and checked all the popular places in the city. Here’s the list of the top spots.

1. I Like Wine

Gastropub, European, French, Italian, Mediterranean

I Like Wine is considered to be the first democratically priced wine and gastro bar—this is a place where wine matters most. More than 100 local and imported items are on the list and it’s really hard to resist and choose at least one of the options. On top of that, it is quite revolutionary, providing visitors with an exceptional chance to serve rare small local wines at affordable prices.

2. AQ Kitchen

Restaurant, European, Seafood, Mediterranean

The wine list of this centrally located restaurant in the historical and central district of Moscow is democratic, diverse, and fascinating. You always can choose a wine according to its style and regions, but we highly recommend you to take a look at the local wines section, which is quite vast here. You can choose famous, popular, and rare uncharted wines. Organic and biodynamic wine options are also introduced here, so you’ll always be able to find something that you really like.

3. Wine Religion

Gastropub, Restaurant, European, Mediterranean, Wine

This centrally located gastropub and wine bar should undoubtedly be on your foodie map. They offer a vast choice of local wines along with typical Russian snacks and sandwiches. The best bit? You can also pick up a few local souvenirs to keep the good times going back home, including good local wine gift bottles.

4. Wine & Crab

Restaurant, European, Beer, Pub Grub

This restaurant and wine bar is not just about crabs and wine; it suggests way more courses and drinks. Owners carefully select the best local and regional wines of Russia for all kinds of crabs, and if you’re not satisfied with the list, they may always offer you another extensive wine list, which includes over 900 items.

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