One of several Irish theme pubs in the city, this is as good as any and serves as a popular meeting place for the Moscow expat community. Naturally, draught Guinness is available on tap, although it does not flow cheaply.
Classical culture – theatre, music, ballet – was always an important feature of Moscow life but far more hedonistic types of nightlife have also surfaced in the Russian capital in recent years. Modern Muscovites may now be free to enjoy the pleasures of a 24-hour city - but it comes at a price: 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 the latest Prada 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: (495) 228 0987; www.topbilet.ru).