One of Moscow’s oldest districts and a former city frontier, Kitay Gorod is famous for its historic and cultural heritage, a piece of the 16th-century fortress wall in an underground passage, and vibrant bar scene. Here are the best places to drink when in the neighbourhood.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Nightclub, European, $$$
The legendary club, bar and restaurant, Propaganda has been around for 20 years and still draws crowds even on weekdays. Here you can eat delicious steaks and sandwiches during the day or have cocktails and dance at night. On Sundays, it hosts the most popular gay parties in town.
Bar, American, European, $$$
Bourbon, burgers and beards are the credos of Lumberjack’s lasting success. If you’re looking for a quiet place where food is plentiful and tasty, cocktails are inventive, and bartenders are tattooed and good-natured, then Lumberjack Bar should be the first on your list.
I Like Wine
Wine Bar, Gastropub, European, Italian, $$$
The loveliest wine bar in the neighbourhood, I Like Wine entices with its warm ambience and aesthetically pleasing food. With 80 kinds of wine, all of which you can try before ordering a bottle, and delicious appetisers, I Like Wine is perfect for a date or relaxing drink with friends.
Cocktail Bar, Bar, Chinese, Mexican, European, $$$
This secret bar, which fits only up to 70 people, has a reputation for making the best cocktails in Moscow. With a blend of urban and industrial elements in its interior design, Suzuran offers complex cocktails and rare spirits, simple and tasty bar food and the best hookah you can get.
Dorogaya, ya perezvonyu
Bar, Cocktail Bar, European, $$$
Translating as ‘Darling, let me call you back…’, this popular bar chain with an American swag is a sure-fire way to have a great night out. Each of the six bars scattered all over Moscow sticks to the proven formula: yummy food plus high-quality drinks, good music and friendly service equals everyone’s favourite bar.
Beer & Brut
Bar, Gastropub, Wine Bar, European, $$$
This atmospheric gastropub is one of the few places in Moscow where you can have a glass of wine for breakfast, which they serve until 6 pm. As the name suggests, Beer & Brut offers a wide selection of beers and wines together with elegantly served food pairings.
Restaurant, Bar, Chinese, Asian, Thai, $$$
Styled as a hotel lobby bar, Mandarin Combustible is a popular cocktail bar with creative drinks and Asian cuisine. Although the establishment is known for great alcoholic beverages, the food here is worth trying, with Peking duck, all kinds of noodles and tuna tartar being the ultimate best sellers.
Bar, American, $$$
Arguably the most American place in Moscow, Hooters delivers everything the name stands for – burgers and chicken wings, beer and sports on huge screens, and, of course, lots of long-legged shorts-wearing ladies.