Moscow: Nightlife On Steroids


Besides the numbing cold and locations that draw filmmakers, Moscow is also reputed for parties that are ‘completely off the hook’. The city has always been the preferred platform for DJs world over as it has embraced and experimented with various music genres like electronica, house, lounge and is known for its iconic party venues. The nightclubs of Moscow have it all – from underground beats from sought after DJs to clubs with overtly sexual themes. EXEC introduces you to the best of them.
Night Flight

Frequented by business executives and tourists, the club offers a blend of food, drink and good company. Located in Moscow’s main Tverskaya street and a few minutes from the Red Square, the club is the epicentre of Moscow’s nightlife. It is known for its contemporary décor and the grilled cuisine is considered the very best in the city. The club managed by Swedes also offers cocktails and a selected wine list, all in a cosmopolitan setting. The club has three bars – the main bar, VIP lounge and a small disco bar with live DJs.

Garage

Since 1998 this 24-hour automotive-themed nightclub has been a hub for actors, models and businessmen. The ground floor has a veranda, karaoke, board games, a dance floor and VIP rooms while the upper floor has a dance floor with a mash-up theme done up in a splash of champagne colours. Enjoy R&B parties on Wednesdays and Sundays and on Fridays and Saturdays experience the house music churned out by well known DJs followed by an after party in the morning.

Krysha Mira

Krysha Mira is a club in a closed factory plot with a décor consisting prominent works of art. The drinks here are very reasonably priced. The lower floor of Krysha has a dimly lit bar surrounded by lounges and a corridor leading to a room with divans. The upper floor is an open space covered by tented roof and glass walls. The open-air deck sports spaces with couches to recline and relax. DJs on both floors play a mix of house and electronica, the latter being a specialty here.

Krysha Mira

Krysha Mira is a club in a closed factory plot with a décor consisting prominent works of art. The drinks here are very reasonably priced. The lower floor of Krysha has a dimly lit bar surrounded by lounges and a corridor leading to a room with divans. The upper floor is an open space covered by tented roof and glass walls. The open-air deck sports spaces with couches to recline and relax. DJs on both floors play a mix of house and electronica, the latter being a specialty here.

Propaganda

Opened back in 1997, Propaganda is one of the oldest clubs in Moscow and there is party on everyday throughout the week. The menu features salads and appetizers along with Vermouth and bitters, fruit and berry highballs, plum wine and Armenian brandy.

Zeppelin

The Zeppelin Private Aeroclub is one of Moscow’s most glamorous clubs since 1999. It has hosted performances by Fatboy Slim, Danny Rampling and Robbie Rivera among other artists. The club resembles a multi-level airship and has a spacious dance floor and a hangout zone. Equipped with two comfortable VIP-halls, the hall primarily plays lounge music. The VIP-hall has armchairs, sofas illuminated from underneath and a plasma panel, which screens films requests from guests. Regular clubbers love the Fur VIP Hall so much that the décor was left unchanged during the 2003 reconstruction. Refurbished in black and beige and with soft lighting, the Zeppelin restaurant offers Italian cuisine. A plasma monitor also informs guests about upcoming parties at the club. Zeppelin has a restricted door policy with preference given to guests with membership cards.

Solaris

One of the first night clubs in the Russian capital, the Solaris Bar was launched in 1979 on the eve of the Moscow Olympic Games. Decorated by French designers, the hall has a capacity to hold 100-150 people. The nightclub plays dance hits by popular Moscow DJs and hosts performances by artists of different genres. It was also the first strip club in Moscow and conducts the Russian Erotic Show. Weekend parties, banquets, corporate parties are organised frequently here. Clearly, it’s good to be a corporate exec in Moscow.

ZONA

Designed in the likeness of a prison, the Zona Night Club can hold up to 7000 people at one time. Prison guards, patrol dogs, watchtowers and barbed wires are all part of the theme. Inside, the massive doors resemble those in a prison and the waiters are dressed in prison robes. Squeamish clubbers are advised to stay away from the rotating bar and be warned, white rats are constantly whizzing about under the glass floors. The club specialises in dance music, house and R&B. Apart from resident DJs, many celebrity DJs from clubs in London and Amsterdam also play here. Lounge music is played in the VIP zone.

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