Where to Drink Vodka in Moscow

A tasty Martini
A tasty Martini | © Ralph Daily / Flickr
Dasha Fomina

Although vodka is ubiquitous these days, Russians have their own way of downing their national treasure. Indeed, there is a particular vodka etiquette. So if you want to get the most out of your drinking experience, here are the places to drink vodka the right way.

1. Beluga

Restaurant, Russian, Seafood

The pleasantly spacious and tastefully decorated Beluga, overlooking the city centre from the second floor of the historic Hotel National, is a project of Russia’s celebrated restaurateur, Alexander Rapoport. With 70 varieties of vodka, 20 kinds of caviar and an impressive assortment of vodka pairings, Beluga is a classy modern Russian restaurant with an elegant take on traditional food. It’s a place where you can drink vodka and feel great about it.

2. Petrovich

Restaurant, Russian, Beer

Petrovich is a cult music club where time stopped in the 1980s. The food is traditional and simple; interiors are deliberately scruffy, and service is a little on the slow side. However, you’ll probably find it full of celebrities and the creative crowd looking for the ultimate vodka experience while listening to a live music band or dancing to 1980s hits.

3. Sakhli

Restaurant, Georgian

Who says traditional Russian food is the companion for vodka? After a mouth-watering dinner at Sakhli, a gold standard for Georgian cuisine, you’ll never think this way again. Appetizing khinkali, lobio, shashlyk and ajapsandal are the perfect match for vodka and Georgian chacha, something that even philosopher Slavoj Zizek couldn’t resist.

5. Café Pushkin

Cafe, Restaurant, Patisserie, Dessert Shop, Pastry Shop, Bakery, Russian

Despite the fact that there’s no shortage of food places in Russia’s capital, Café Pushkin is where your Moscow friends will take you on your first night in the city. Café Pushkin, located in a lovely 19th-century mansion, is the place to wine and dine in style, complete with deliciously cooked and impeccably served Russian and French dishes, elegantly designed interiors and a surprising selection of vodka, including the ones made with thyme, grape and lemon.

6. Oblomov

Restaurant, Russian, Vegetarian, Vegan

This gourmet restaurant, located in the city centre, is the place you should go for a taste of 19th-century Moscow. Oblomov’s casual ambience and dishes, such as smoked sterlet, bear and deer meat, and an assortment of mini-pies, will make even a non-drinker want a shot of vodka.

7. Shinok

Restaurant, Russian, Ukranian

Opened in 1997, Shinok has been the best place to eat the food of Russia’s south in Moscow for the past 20 years. The restaurant, equipped with a petting zoo, has some of the best vodka pairings in the city. The borscht, pancakes and caviar, pickled fish and mini-pies are nothing less than legendary.

8. С.D.L

Restaurant, Russian

C.D.L., located in the history-rich Central House of Writers (Tsentralny Dom Literatorov), is a restaurant with authentic Russian food and spectacular ambience. In this stomping ground of Soviet intelligentsia, you can have three kinds of caviar, inventive cold and hot platters and traditional Russian soups that work surprisingly well with vodka and Russian moonshine while sitting under the chandelier that Stalin himself presented to writer Maxim Gorky.

9. Lyusyen

Restaurant, Russian, French

A beautifully designed restaurant where you can have a traditional Russian meal in a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere, Lyusyen offers plentiful appetizers, authentic Olivier salad, and ground meat cutlets. In other words, it has everything to enhance your vodka experience.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article