A tourist hang-out, but also the preferred eaterie of the well-heeled. High-end Russian cuisine where smoked meat meets pickled fish. Expect to pay at least £50 a head.
26a Tverskoi Bulvar; tel: 095 229 5590; nearest metro: Tverskaya
Apparently an exclusive club-restaurant, but they let anyone in who asks nicely (in Russian). Traditional Russian food, ice cold vodka, and bizarre caricature busts of everyone from Lady Di to Dostoyevski. £15 a head for vodka and food.
24 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa (in a courtyard away from the street); Tel: 095 923 0082; nearest metro: Christiye Prudy
Azerbaijani food (a little like Georgian, but with more herbs and less melted cheese). Kebabs, pickled vegetable stuffed in previously unimaginable ways. Try the kutab with pumpkin (kutab s tykvy). Drink Georgian Saperavi wine. A drunken feast for about £30 a head.
52 Povarskaya Ulitsa; Tel: 291 6376; nearest metro: Barrikadnaya
Sushi is all the rage, but you should try this. Grilled meat, fresh vegetables and hachipuri, bread stuffed with melted cheese - easily the most addictive substance in the former Soviet Union.
Genatsvali restaurant on Ostozhenka, 12/1 (nearest metro: Park Kultury) is not the cheapest, but perhaps the best.
Twentieth-century Russian art. You will need several hours to marvel at the avant-garde and socialist realist masterpieces that bring to life what was happening on the other side of the Iron Curtain.
10 Krymsky Val; Tel: 095 951 1362; nearest metro: Park Kultury; www.tretyakovgallery.ru/english
Traditional Russian baths from the 18th century. Wrap yourself in nothing but a sheet, sit in the hot, purging steam and then jump into a freezing cold-water pool. A perfect hangover cure that, worryingly, leaves you wanting a cold beer (also on offer). Expect to pay around £20 a head for the whole experience.
14 Neglinniy Pereulok; tel: 095 925 4631
Moscow's club scene is large and mostly dominated by posh hangouts for the decadent new rich Russians. Want me to drop some names? Dagilev, Opera and Cabaret are the No.1 upscale clubs.
If you look for the creative and famous, you should check Krisha and Gazgolder. But be aware, for both it's very hard to get in. Moscow is known for its tough face control and these two clubs are among the most difficult to enter. Want to see some photos from the parties there? Check my blog: www.moscow-blog.com - I post regular reviews about Moscows clubs and lounges.
Nizniy Susalny pereulok 5/2
On the riverside embankment just near the Hotel Ukraina. Follow the street and you'll find the entrance (some stairs) on the left.
This is another large gay club, a bit further out of town. It has a very large main dance floor where they play (mainly uninspiring) dance music, a smaller room where they play cheesy Russian pop music and a (men-only) bar. This seems to attract a younger crowd than Three Monkeys. Chance also puts on cabaret but this seems to be less drag-oriented - last time I went there were a lot of cute circus boys performing acrobatics in skimpy outfits.
Shans, 19A Kuusinena Ulitsa; Metro: Polezhayeskaya;
Open: 10pm till 6am, Monday to Sunday.
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