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Wet Dreams
Miguel Francis

his summer, Moscow has been bombarded by some strange weather. The only remedy for such a summer is a pool and a beach party, and let me tell you, Moscow’s pool and beach parties are unlike anything you’re used to. Without holding back, lets dive in.

The place to be for an awesome wet afternoon, which now developed into a daily all-day pool party is “Shorehouse”! What a place! Initially a restaurant, this is a beautiful pool overlooking the vast outskirts of Moscow. All luxuries are included: towels, pool chairs, exotic drinks and beautiful women. Awesome electronic music, from lounge to house, with a live DJ keeps you moving in the water. Besides, some of the more prominent event producers are there almost daily, like Arkadiy Doncov, and of course Giorgio Paolucci with his ex-pat crew that guarantees to keep the atmosphere ignited. Located at the 65th kilometer of MKAD at the Crocus City Mall (the home of the annual Billionaire fair) the place offers an almost outside of Moscow experience.

Another interesting wet adventure you can embark on is called the Sky Club Summer Terrace. This isn’t simply a club-like club, it’s actually a sports club! Just when you thought I was kidding, right? An important aspect for any clubber is to shake off that excess alcohol and recover from the night before. This place would be the perfect bridge to rest on between your Friday and Saturday nights.

Located on the roof of the Zolotie Kluchi 2 Complex, Ul. Minskaya 1. It’s the first roof-top beach in Moscow I’ve seen! The place has a full protein and alcohol bar (the only one in Russia) and a live DJ. The 21st of May marked the club’s birthday and their opening of the new summer season called “Fitness Summer Miami-style” which lasts through September. With the weather holding hot and firm, a rooftop Miamistyle beach in Moscow with protein and alcohol? Sounds like a good place to start a Saturday!

Next up are the actual beaches in Moscow. Yes, they’re mostly lakes, mostly filtered. I prefer the Serebreniy Bor, its lively, fun, lots of sand, beautiful people, alcohol and music, and a filtered portion of the Moscow river that I personally took a swim in and survived! It’s located near Metro Polezhaevskaya, at Beach #2 and #3. The easier way to get there is by car, or just take a taxi from the Metro. This one is a free-entry beach, unlike some beaches in Moscow which require you to pay between 500-1000 rubles to get in ($25-35 USD)—and I really don’t see much difference. Here you can rent a jet-ski and enjoy riding the Moscow River, or try water -skiing. Even better you could rent a yacht and enjoy a more secluded tanning party. By the way most of the beach attendees, especially the female ones, won’t even think twice when you ask them to join you on your yacht. I suppose that is the beauty of the Russian beach!

And now for a quick update on the nightlife happenings in case it ever gets so hot and smoggy again. Summer season keeps sending people to fly outside of Moscow with the Clubs., as seen in the July issue with “We Are Family”, one of Moscow’s super clubs that took most of their dedicated clients to Kemer in Turkey.

August marked the return of another super club, Rai, which just returned from a visit to Ibiza in Spain! I had the pleasure to work with the creative directors of Rai and Russia’s superstar DJs Vengerov & Fedoroff on two house tracks!

The Russian track “Katyusha” was turned into a house remix with my vocals, and I got the honor to lay down my voice for the official English version of the Kazantip hymn 2010. Kazantip went great. It’s basically a Russian Ibiza festival that is hosted in the warm part of Kipr, Ukraine, with all the craziness and musical freedom you will find in Ibiza, Spain.

Paul Oakenfold held the premiere of his new album, Pop Killer, at Imperia Lounge in August, playing an awesome set for the guests. In short and in my honest opinion, the best places in Moscow with the best ACs, foreign DJs and a fun international crowd are the super clubs We Are Family, Rai, Soho Rooms and Imperia Lounge.

As September settles in and hopefully the summer turns into a pleasant fall you will notice the coming back of the magical force behind Moscow’s nightlife, which truly could only be experienced to the fullest during the cold months, simply because that’s what keeps the city warm during the winter.

Stay tuned, there are new realms, clubs and nightlife activities that you don’t know about, coming at you in the October issue! Stay safe and keep it fun.

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