Moscow is known for its extravagant nightlife and exclusive nightclubs. Sometimes, though, you just want to sit down and have a drink with some friends in a cozy pub instead of (or before) a wild night out on the town.
Luckily, Moscow’s pub scene has been expanding rapidly over the past several years, and you're sure to find your favorite atmosphere in the following list of Moscow’s top 10 bars and pubs, all of which are easily reachable by the Metro system or by taxi.
Like in most parts of the world, the pubs in Moscow are subject to sudden closures, so always be sure to check the bars' websites and social media channels for up-to-date information on hours of operation, special events, and food and drink pricing.
Noor | Electro Bar
This is a cozy bar where everyone is welcome and the cocktail selection is unparalleled. The music is always at a manageable level, and you will not have to fight to hold a conversation over it.
In addition, live music shows are held here quite often on the weekends and feature some of the best local and international talent. This latest incarnation of the Red Square neighborhood staple boasts a "friendly elaborate next-door bar with a touch of Russia's ethereal chic."
Address: Tverskaya Str., 23/12 Moscow, RU 125009
Metro: Mayakovskaya or Pushkinskaya
Website: Noor Bar
Mollie's Pub is centrally located in Moscow and one of the busiest spots on Myasnickaya Street. Offering 55 types of whiskey and 15 kinds of beer, this local favorite is a go-to place for those seeking a more traditional Irish pub.
Great for checking out an international sporting event on one of the many TVs or for a quick bite before a night out in one of Moscow's best nightlife spots, Mollie's Pub is a great way to start out your night, but you might want to make a reservation as tables fill up quick!
Address: Myasnitskaya ul., 13, Moskva, RU 101000
Website: Mollie's Pub
This bar is attached to the Strelka Institute for Media, Design, and Architecture and the interior and clientele are suitably stylish and unique. Students, designers, and artists gather here to enjoy some quiet sipping of cocktails, an occasional trendy party, or just to play the piano inside the bar.
This is a truly unique place in Moscow and definitely well-worth a visit—you might even be lucky enough to bump elbows with one of the next great artists emerging in the Moscow art scene!
Address: Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, 14, Str. 5a Moscow, RU 119072
Pod Mukhoi | Pod Muhoy
Pod Mukhoi offers a small, cozy atmosphere and unbeatable prices for a wide variety of pub food and specialty beverages. This is truly a place to relax, enjoy some well-made drinks and spend a long lingering evening, perfect for a quiet date night.
Since 2005, this trendy spot has served the neighborhood in Moscow with some of the best cocktails and small dishes pubs in the city offer. Be sure to check out the assemble-it-yourself noodles!
Address: Strastnoy Bulvar 6, Structure 2, Moscow, RU 125009
Metro: Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
Website: Pod Muhoy
John Donne Pub
This is a true English pub with a wide selection of beer, televised football games, and traditional British food.
Warm up here on a cold Moscow evening in a relaxed and cozy place, perfect for spending time with friends or meeting some interesting new people who share an affinity for comforts of England.
Address: Nikitsky Bulvar 12, Moscow, RU 125009
Website: John Donne Pub
Jean-Jacques Cafe and Wine Bar
As the name would suggest, this distinctly French bar in central Moscow is the place to go for very affordable drinks, delicious food, and always interesting conversation. The bar staff is friendly and the music is good, too, so it's sure to please lovers of French romance and ambiance.
Address: Tsvetnoy Bulvar 24/1, Moscow, RU 127051
Website: Jean-Jacques Cafe and Wine Bar
This iconic British and European pub is perfect for catching a game on TV, but you should visit the website and book a reservation ahead of time on game nights as the pub fills up rather quickly.
Bobby Dazzler is especially a hit among beer enthusiasts from England and has been featured in the popular pub magazine Cheers multiple times in the last few years for its emphasis on excellent craft beers.
Address: Kostyanskiy Pereulok, 7/13, Moscow, RU 107045
Metro: Turgenevskaja, Chistye Prudy, Sretenskiy Bulvar
Website: Bobby Dazzler
A very trendy bar and restaurant that manages to be both extravagant and affordable at the same time, Dream Bar is the place to go with a cocktail dress on and share an evening with the girls, "Sex and the City style" or put on your best shoes and enjoy the girls’ company!
The menu and the interior are as innovative as its creator, Dmitry Sokolov, and it boasts the "best cocktail menu in Moscow." With modern, trendy music bumping and a great atmosphere for conversation, you'll have a positively dreamy time at this venue, and it's open all night!
Address: Myasnitskaya Ulitsa 17/1, Moscow, RU 101000
Metro: Turgenevskaya, Chistye Prudy
Website: Dream Bar
City Space Bar and Lounge
This bar is on top of a hotel and offers a stunning panoramic view of Moscow. This is a glamorous spot where you will rub shoulders with the top businessmen and managers.
It’s also a great place to go before a night out on the town, but it’s definitely not cheap! However, City Space Bar and Lounge was one of the top 10 bars in the world in 2008, according to “Bartender’s Guide."
Address: Kozmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya 52, Moscow, RU
Special Note: Venue is on the 34th floor of Swissotel Krasnye Holmy.
Website: City Space Bar and Lounge