Set beneath a geometric glass canopy, the rooftop bar at the absurdly ostentatious Ritz Carlton Moscow is an established stop for high fliers. The drinks list is spectacular, particularly when it comes to wine, champagne and prestige vodkas, and the sleek outdoor terrace offers remarkable views. The glamour isn’t cheap, so bring a well-stocked wallet.
Visitors to Russia are always struck by the Russian enthusiasm for classical art forms, particularly theatre, music and dance, and Moscow is one of the top places in the country to sample the glory of Russian ballet, opera and drama.
For those less classically inclined, the city also has all the nightclubs, bars and brew-halls you would expect from a modern European capital. However, going out in Moscow can be a very expensive business. Even with the necessary cash, most elite nightspots have very strict dress codes where even wearing this season’s Prada collection may not get you past the ‘face control’ on the door. Moving considerably down market, there is a seedy side to city nightlife too, with plenty of shady lap dancing bars.
Moscow Out (www.moscowout.ru) is an excellent source of listings and information on cultural events in the capital. The Friday edition of Moscow Times also has a useful weekly entertainment supplement with listings.
Advance tickets for cultural shows can be quite cheap but those purchased from ticket touts on the evening of the performance are usually expensive. Concert and theatre tickets can be purchased at the venues, at large hotels or more cheaply from kiosks on almost every main street in Moscow. Alternatively, book online at Top Bilet (tel: +7 495 228 0987; www.topbilet.com), which also sells tickets to top sporting events and concerts.