Moscow has more than its fair share of billionaires and is now a very expensive city. All that money has brought an explosion in contemporary culture - former factories and deserted warehouses have been converted into edgy art galleries and clubs, there’s a whole range of bohemian cafes, underground blues bars and drink-up dives and the food scene is superlative.
Everything changes constantly and there appears to be a new cocktail bar opening every week. Over the last decade, the growth in cocktail culture has been astronomical and the cities 2014 hosting of the Bacardi Legacy final tells us for sure that this city has well and truly come of age on the cocktail scene.
Moscow remains a difficult city to negotiate if you have no grip of the language or even alphabet. Although a few of the best bars are within walking distance of each other, many are in some pretty inaccessible and unassuming locations, so arranging a car between some of your stops is the best way forward.
Food is very well integrated into Russian drinking culture with most bars offering some kind of substantial food and for the most part, the quality is very good indeed. Smoking is not banned in any way shape or form in Russia