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The Future of Moscow’s Nightlife
By Miguel Francis

Hello everyone! It’s been two months since you’ve been updated on the always changing Moscow nightlife scene. Sorry for my absence last month but I snuck into John Harrison’s suitcase and got smuggled into Scotland so I couldn’t write anything up!

Boy there is so much new happening in Moscow! I wanted to update you on the fact that Playhouse stopped its facecontrol policy and opened its doors to everyone, becoming even more like the Playhouse that is located in Hollywood. Unfortunately the fire department has infiltrated the premises and shut it down due to some fire hazards—satire in the Russian nightlife prevails. But not to worry, there are so many exciting places that have appeared on the nightlife scene in the last couple of months I promise there won’t be any time to dwell on the past.

Lets start right off with the easy to access but grand to experience, Cherdak. Attic in translation, located on top of Arkadiy Novikov’s Mr. Lee Restaurant Kuznetskiy Most 7/9, across the street from TsUM, this place makes for a great night starter. Very cozy décor and a real “attic” design of the triangular roof makes it extremely inviting and fun. The musical programme is very tasteful as well—MC Shayon, DJ Lupin and some other nightlife celebrity entertainers are regulars at this place. Come right in after your dinner, get a drink, meet some cool people and move on to a bigger venue, unless of course the Cherdak vibe pulls you in and keeps you for good. Our publisher John Ortega has personally experienced this place and highly recommends it!

Before you could’ve blinked, the boys behind We Are Family, the super club that was shut down a few months ago, are back to the block and they’ve opened up a new place with a bit more simmered outlook on the night life. All welcome Ginza Project’s, Sinisha Lazarevic’s and Misha Kozlov’s newest project called RITZ Carlson, spelled in Russian ... , the meaning of which I finally deciphered: Restaurant of Interesting Prices with the cartoon character Carlson, meaning a fairy-tale restaurant with interesting prices. The place is indeed quite nice because it is located high in the sky. With its surroundings grand and luxurious, beautiful interior combined with Sinisha Lazarevic’s vibrant and well saturated crowd, makes this for a great weekend starter as well. Located on Ovchinnikovskaya Naberzhnaya 20 str. 1, Business Center Central City Tower, 14th floor.

A few more wonderful night starters appeared. Chiara Pascarella’s ex-pat after-work drink Thursdays are now at Produkti, a wonderful spot in the evergrowing Rai-club nightlife hive called Krasny Oktyabr, an ex-chocolate factory turned into a massive nightlife zone already housing Rai, Rolling Stone, Glazur and other worth-to-check-out places. Produkti brings you a team of head chefs from Napoli, amazing prices with an average hefty delicious Italian dinner running you about 1500 rubles, a DJ in the second room, a very artsy atmosphere and a very modern design, what a place. I highly recommend it and I did become a regular.

Another place that was vibed up by Chiara is Angelov. A Studio 54 type of ex-pat spot. Turns into super fun on Fridays and Saturdays, I mean what a place! Almost every ex-pat I knew goes there so it feels homey for sure, yet it’s exclusive to the crowd that is “in”. Of course if you’re an ex-pat then most likely you are aware of Ms. Pascarella’s Moscow nightlife projects. If you haven’t visited this one yet, then I suggest you get there this weekend for some beautiful people, great energy and lots of foreign languages including English.

Stay tuned for another scoop of Moscow’s nightlife next month. Watch out for an interview with Chiara Pascarella and Giorgio Paolucci, coming soon as well, learn the tricks and trade of an expat event producer!

For any suggestions, questions, comments or if you want to join us one of our PASSPORT Nightlife Weekend Tours, do not hesitate and shoot me an e-mail at

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