Hey everybody, I would like to share an article about nightlife in Moscow in 2018 from Ivan, he is author of the moscownightguide.com blog. Ivan lived in the Russia’s capital for over 2 years and he has a lot of experience of going out in Moscow. This article is an update to my previous post about the “Top 10 nightclubs in Moscow”.
Moscow nightlife changes incredibly fast, so if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not, you have to be out there every single weekend (and sometimes on the weekdays!).
Below, you’ll find out the list of the 10 best places to party in Moscow as of January 2018. These are the most trendy and popular nightclubs in the city, so you are guaranteed to have a good time if you choose to go to either one of them!
- 1. Icon Club
The Icon is located in the Krasny Oktyabr area and it remains to be one of the best clubs in Moscow in 2017-2018. This nightclub used to be called “Rai” before it was rebranded.
It is one of the biggest nightclubs but still always packed with people. You’ll never go wrong if you decide to go partying to Icon. It features a big stage, generous dance floors, and tables on several floors. You’ll also see lavish, well-choreographed shows with go-go dancers and light shows.
From time to time, popular Russian pop stars perform at Icon and on these days it gets even more crowded than usual. The crowd is on the elegant side and looking to party hard, which makes this nightclub a must visit while in Moscow.
On the downside, the Icon Club is only open on Friday and Saturday nights 11PM to 6:30AM. It’s also more expensive than most other nightclubs that are listed below.
- 2. Gipsy
The Gipsy is the most popular Moscow’s nightclub among the foreign tourists. It is located nearby the Icon Club in the Krasny Oktyabr neighborhood. “Gipsy” has lost a bit of shine but it’s still extremely popular especially among the younger generation. That’s why it might not be the best place to go if you are over 25.
The interior is without a doubt one of a kind in Moscow: palm trees, a very spacious dance floor and even miniature swimming pools (that you don’t actually swim in).
You’ll struggle to find a weekend when there’s not a solid party crowd in Gipsy. But what makes this venue really unique is the retractable roof that allows having open-air parties in the summer.
It’s open on Friday and Saturday 11PM to 7AM. “Gipsy” is a little bit cheaper and not as fancy as the “Icon Club”.
- 3. Jagger Hall
If you would like to party outside all year long then you should visit the Jagger Hall. They put their summer terrace into a tent in winter, which creates a special kind of atmosphere that blends the best of a nightclub and a bar into one.
In the Jagger Bar, the party never stops. Don’t come here for a quiet evening or one drink. It’s not going to happen. But come here if you want a wild party night because Jagger has one of the most easy-going and fun vibes in Moscow.
Another reason to party at the Jagger Hall is that their drinks are cheaper than at most other places in this list. For example, beers here cost about 250 Rubles and cocktails are up to 600 Rubles. It is pretty reasonable pricing for Moscow’s nightlife.
- 4. Duran Bar
The Duran Bar is located close to the Jagger and it is one of the best places to party in Moscow if you like it fancy. Its best feature is its spacious three-part layout that combines a bar area, a dance floor and a terrace all in one venue.
Most Moscow’s nightclubs of this kind have a similar type of layout but here they pull it off just a bit better. That, combined with the fact that you have a mix of a Russian-style party and a regular house music, makes Duran Bar an excellent choice for a night out “Moscow style”.
The Duran is very fancy and expensive nightclub, especially in comparison to the Jagger Bar. A lot of locals start their night at the Duran and later on move on to the Jagger at 2-3AM.
- 5. Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace
The Artel Bessonitsa is yet another nightclub located in the Krasny Oktyabr neighborhood of Moscow. This is a #1 place if you are a fan of the house and deep house music.
Artel Bessonitsa and Shakti Terrace are the two venues that work as one. In the summer, this is the best nightclub to have an Ibiza-flavored party. Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace regularly have famous international DJ’s in the summer months which makes this club one of the best for house music aficionados. Nowhere else in Moscow you can find such a good combination of a high-end club with bottle service and stylish people, together with well-mixed house music and a club vibe.
This is a higher end nightclub with pretty expensive drinks and cover fee for most weekends in the summer.
- 6. Gazgolder
The Gazgolder is an underground after-party club that has gone mainstream for the past few years. Nowadays it is the busiest nightclub for after-parties from 4AM until you drop. It has some of the finest electronic music in Moscow and often brings famous international DJ’s to play sets.
The stylish ambient with candle lighting, old-school fauteuils and tinted windows in an old brick building is one of the club’s major advantages. Accordingly, the crowd at the Gazgolder club is also very stylish and slightly yuppie type.
There is usually a cover fee to enter the party but drinks inside are not as expensive as at some other nightclubs.
- 7. Garage
The Garage is a legend of Moscow’s nightlife. It is one of the oldest nightclubs in the city and the fact that it has lasted for almost 20 years tells you something about its popularity.
It’s one of a few clubs that works 7 days a week and still manages to attract people almost every day. You get after-parties from Thursday to Saturday and Black music on Sundays and Wednesdays.
The Garage is rather a small club but definitely worth checking out especially if you are looking for a place to go out on a weekday. It’s fairly cheap, busy and very energetic place!
- 8. Miks Afterparty
The Miks is not one of my personal favorites but it is extremely popular and one of the best places for after-parties past 3AM on weekends. Like at the Gazgolder, they mostly play techno house music but overall the club is little a bit more mainstream and commercial.
That is why you will find a lot less creative and alternative people in here but more the posh and mainstream party crowd. Miks is a big club but still packed with people every single weekend.
- 9. Propaganda
Propaganda is the city’s oldest and most well-known nightclub. A huge plus of the Propaganda is that this place is very affordable and has, unlike a lot of other nightclubs in Moscow, a very relaxed door policy and no attitudes inside.
Propaganda is a more “democratic” and European-style small nightclub with electronic music 7 days a week. A great option for any day if you want to get away from the posh Moscow nightlife.
At the Propaganda, you can also find a decent restaurant that’s open during the daytime.
- 10. Klava Bar
Klava is not as much of a nightclub but it’s more like a wild party bar. It’s located in the upscale Patriarch ponds neighborhood and attracts a lot of well-off young professionals and creative people. The bar is really small and sort of a “hole in the wall” place.
The Klava Bar is the perfect place to party with locals without exaggerated flashing of wealth. Just be aware that it’s really small and it gets packed quickly most of the nights.
I really hope this article helped you find some of the best places to go out in Moscow in 2017-2018. Moscow’s nightlife is booming so I guarantee you’ll have lots of fun while visiting one of the nightclubs mentioned above!
You’ve got a question? Don’t hesitate to ask in the comments, I’ll be welcome to help you out! Have a great day!