The Best Bars in Moscow That Are Perfect for Tasting Russian Liquor

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Contributor / Journalist19 November 2017

Every now and then, you might get tired of the ordinary bar experience. During those times, you may find yourself craving something authentic. If this is the case and you are in Moscow, we’ve made this list for you. Moscow does liquor bars like no other city in Russia, from intimate bars to raging rooftops. Here are some of Moscow’s best liquor bars that you need to visit when you’re here.

15 Kitchen + Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Russian, Moroccan, Seafood, European, $$$
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Located right in the heart of Moscow, this bar is an absolute leader in local liquor. Many old and aged Russian liquors are offered here daily, and the menu changes from season to season. You can also share your preferences with the bartender and he or she will create something special for you. It’s their signature thing.


Bar, Restaurant, Russian, Pub Grub, $$$
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This modern bar, located in an old mansion in the historic part of Moscow, is full of traditional Russian liquors. It’s a local favourite to score the best cocktails. It also hosts liquor-tasting workshops, so be sure to see what events they have planned before visiting.


Bar, Cafe, Russian, Pub Grub, Fast Food, $$$
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This liquor and cocktail bar is a real hidden gem for locals, located near The Bolshoi Theatre and Petrovka Street. However, it might be complicated to find, especially if you’re not familiar with Moscow’s courtyards. When in doubt, ask a local or two. They’ll show you. The liquor choice is not as vast as 15 Kitchen + Bar, but the atmosphere is very friendly, and fun events are held here weekly.

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Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
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Delicatessen is tucked away on Petrovka street, but is still easily accessible. The Russian vintage decor plays well with the speakeasy, which has an impressive selection of local and imported liquors (mainly French), premium drinks and signature cocktails.

Mendeleev Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Another hidden gem in the heart of Moscow on Petrovka street, is Mendeleev Bar. Although it may share the same street address as others, it has a very different reputation. Mendeleev Bar was one of the first bars that only served locals who knew the special password for the entrance, but now the only thing you need to know to get in is the address. The entrance is hidden among historic buildings, just after a cheap noodles bar. Come here for a flawless selection of liquors and bartenders who know their stuff. Once the liquor is selected, check the liquor list once again; we guarantee that you wouldn’t want to stop at just one.

Strelka Bar

Bar, European, Beer, $$$
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In signature Moscow liquor bar form, Strelka is all about luxury. It is located right on the embankment of the river and serves up some of the city’s finest and oldest Russian liquors, cocktails, whiskies and vodka. Do yourself a favour and book a table in advance.

Kot Shredingera

Bar, Russian, Pub Grub, $$$
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Kot Schredingera (Shroedinger’s Cat) is an extravagant affair for those who are looking for something special in terms of tasting local liquors, service, cocktails, vodka and a decent atmosphere. Be sure to book in advance from Thursday to Saturday, as they are always busy.

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