The 5 best nightclubs in Moscow for posh parties (2018 Update)
If you want to know what the best nightclubs in Moscow are, then you cannot miss these venues. This is where the real upscale parties with beautiful Russian women, lots of champagne and way too much money are happening.
The posh nightclubs are the types that you probably associate Moscow with: luxury cars parking outside the club, older gentlemen flush with cash partying with young Russian model women and oligarchs sitting at their tables shielded by security.
The reality isn't that far away from that. If you really want to party in these clubs, bring your fanciest clothes and a generous bankroll. You can have a lot of fun if you know where to go. These are my picks for the best nightclubs in Moscow in this category.
2018 UPDATE: I updated this list in March 2018 because Secret Room has become the new hotspot for the rich, famous and beautiful and now takes the top spot as Moscow's premier high-end nightclub. My beloved Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace unfortunately ddidn't make the cut into the Top 5 anymore.
Secret Room Club Moscow
Secret Room is the new king of Moscow nightlife and the top high-end Moscow nightclub in 2018. If you make it past the harsh face control, you'll enter the fairly small and table-heavy venue. Nevertheless, it's poppin' off several nights a week. Here, you have a good chance of seeing more or less well-known Russian stars and Instagram starlets. Even international stars find their way to this club on occasion. The music leans heavily towards Rap and Hip Hop and it is the standout nightclub to visit in Moscow at the moment.
Oblaka used to be of the best Moscow nightclubs for posh parties but has lost a bit of ground in 2017. The quintessential difference to some of the other clubs is that you'll hear mostly Russian pop. That, coupled with the fact that the rich and beautiful don't even bother to wait until the weekend comes around (Thursday is the best day) make Oblaka unique.
The rest you'll see at the other clubs too: expensive cars in front of it and a restaurant layout inside. A lot of people will be busier streaming the party for their Instagram than actually lighting it up but that's what makes it a real Moscow nightclub.
Duran Bar Moscow
Duran Bar may be third on the list but it's in no way worse. In fact, it is your best Moscow nightclub on the weekend if you want a combination of a high-end venue with house music. The best feature of Duran Bar is its spacious three-part layout: it combines having a bar area, a dancefloor and a terrace all in one venue. Most Moscow nightclubs of this kind have a similar type of layout but Duran Bar pulls it off just a bit better. That, and the fact that you have a mix of Russian-style parties and regular house music, makes Duran Bar an excellent choice for a night out "Moscow style".
All nightclubs on this list are also restaurants. Still, in Valenok it's even more pronounced than at the other clubs. That doesn't stop Valenok from being an excellent spot for an elegant night out. Its strongest feature, in addition to the decent cuisine, is how accessible and affordable it is. Valenok is slightly cheaper than all other clubs and you shouldn't have a problem entering it. That is, if you're dressed well as you should be for a high-end Moscow club. The crowd gets carefully warmed up to house music tunes. In summer you can always step outside on the generous terrace and smoking area in front of Valenok. A very good choice if you're not a 100% sure whether the Moscow style really is your thing.
Siberia might be the final club on the list but if you really want it posh, it should be your first stop. It's the high-end among the high-end clubs, the Bentley with Swarovski diamonds on its rims so to speak. Siberia brings in all big stars of the Russian pop industry to perform on the weekend. I
f you want to get a feel for the music and party taste of the Moscow elite, you must not miss Siberia. Make sure to be extra well-dressed and come with deep pockets. It is not only the fanciest Moscow club but also the most expensive with an extra tough door.
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