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Krysha Mira

Krysha Mira (Naberezhnaya Tarasa Shevchenko, 2/3, Moscow) – this is one of Moscow’s more popular nightspots, attracting both post-Soviet Russian high rollers and deep-pocketed foreign visitors. In existence since the 1980s, this nightspot has long promoted electronic dance music (with appearances by various regional club DJs). Located on a rooftop of a defunct factory (along […]

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Karma Bar Club

Karma Bar Club (Pushechnaya Street 3, Moscow) – this is one of the few venues in Moscow that caters to Salsa music enthusiasts and dancers. Since it’s rarely mentioned in tour guidebooks, there are few tourists here. The crowd tends to be a fun-loving mix of students and younger people (including expat Latins) who prefer […]

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Jazz Philharmonic Hall

Jazz Philharmonic Hall (Zagorodnyy prospekt, 27, St Petersburg) – founded in 1989 by Russian musician David Goloschokin, this is a great place for jazz music fans passing through St. Petersburg. With live performances most of the week, much of the music played is jazz from the 1940s & 1950s. Check its website for upcoming events […]

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Havana Club

Havana Club (Moskovsky pr. 21, St. Petersburg) – this three-level venue plays a consistent mix of Salsa, Merengue, Latin jazz, and even some Bachata and Reggaeton. Attracting a mix of locals and Latins who live in St. Petersburg, Wednesday night is free for Latin expats. As expected, a number of live Latin bands perform here […]

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Griboedov

Griboedov (Voronezhskaya ul, Building 24, St. Petersburg) – opened since 1996, this venue features daily performances by local independent acts in every possible musical genre – from funk and soul to rock and indie. It’s a labyrinth of various rooms among which one can find a concert hall, a famous bar, sofas for sitting and […]

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GQ Bar

GQ Bar (5 Balchug ulitsa, Moscow) – this is a 15,000 sq. foot supper club venue, which offers three different restaurant and bar experiences to fit one’s taste. The overall bar area has a lounge-like atmosphere with some great seating options. The talented bartenders serve up some of the best cocktails. There’s regular live music […]

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Gipsy

Gipsy (Bolotnaya naberezhnaya, 3/4, Moscow) – this is another major Moscow nightspot for well-connected locals, to the point where foreigners learn (often the hard way) the phrase “face control” (a local term for the velvet rope – with bouncers controlling who gets in, and who doesn’t). For those who do get in, they will come […]

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Club Che

Club Che (Ul. Nikolskaya 10/2, Moscow) – given Russia’s long-standing relations with Cuba, it’s expected that there would be at least one nightspot dedicated to Cuban culture. This venue, named after Che Guevara, is a great place for Salsa enthusiasts, and Latin expats who either live in Moscow, or simply passing through. Live bands usually […]

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White Rabbit

White Rabbit (Smolenskaya Square, 3, Moscow) – located on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passazh building, this is a new restaurant project from Boris Zarkov and Aleksandr Zaturnisky — who already own a number of successful and popular first-class eating establishments. Celebrity chef Vladimir Muhin – who not only knows the latest culinary trends […]

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Varvary

Varvary (8A Strastnoy Blvd., Moscow) – this gourmet restaurant, launched by chef (and one-time geophysicist) Anatoly Komm, serves dishes that can only be described as “neo-Russian” – transforming traditional Russian foods into new culinary creations. To make this a reality, he uses experimental “molecular” cuisine – investigating the science behind food preparation. What this means […]