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It’s Spring Time in Moscow
Miguel Francis

We continue the update on Moscow’s nightlife. It’s springtime. Time to revive and rejuvenate yourself in order to rejoice with an icy glass of Chivas and apple juice. This time of year is always fun in Moscow. The nightlife picks up when the weather warms up and everyone crawls out of their wintery busy or sleepy state and flashes their face in the glamorous surroundings of Moscow’s nightclubs.

Two boys from Moscow’s ever-evolving nightlife scene, Sinisha Lazarevich and Misha Kozlov, did it again. Just after coming back to the scene helping out Ginza Project with one of their new restaurants called the RITZ Carlson, the two eventproducers/ party gurus have revived the infamous “We Are Family” nightclub in the heart of Moscow at Lubyansky Proezd 15/2 Metro Kitai Gorod. The logo stayed the same but the name has changed to “Home Sweet Home”. The grand opening was in April and it wasn’t too bad, the ex-pats were there, provided by Chiara Pascarella and generally everyone made a stop at the grand opening. Only one minus: it took us about 20 minutes to get our coats checked and about 10 to get them back, but I am sure the boys will sort that one out pretty soon.

What else is new? Well, the Boudoir Bar is alive and kicking, a new place which looks like it belongs as a part of Soho Rooms, located at Bolshaya Dmitrovka 32, makes for a great preparty place. The crowd is definitely lavish and mature, so if you like that then this one is for you. For a more easy-going pre-party place filled with young and hip crowd there is another new spot called Bar Nebar, located on 2nd Tverskaya Yamskaya 6/7, reminiscent of the Garage Club. This place is definitely worth checking out.

A quick update on the Karaoke situation. Up until recently my best suggestion and personal favorite was Isterika Karaoke located on top of Evropeisky Mall next to La Terrase. The songs were free, the menu was great, the atmosphere is still great, and the place itself provides you with a full on stage and a very “concert-hall-like” design. Even though the place is part of the same group that owns the infamous Prado Café & Karaoke, where they charge a whopping 300 roubles per song, Isterika was the group’s marketing move which provided you with free songs. Whatever the reason was, Isterika now charges you for the songs, with was an unusual new introduction to the menu. Not to worry, I present you with a new personal favorite of mine Nooning. A three story restaurant–bar–karaoke complex located on Savinskaya Naberzhanaya right next to Soho Rooms. This place is a wonderful night-out starter, the beige interior soothes the mind and soul after a long working week, the third-floor seating makes you feel like you’re in an opera house and the basement- floor Karaoke is still designed grandly enough to make you want to sing your soul out. Here they don’t charge you for the songs!

Coming up next month, an interview with Giorgio Paolucci and Chiara Pascarella, the secrets of event producing in Moscow nightlife!

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