Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace reviwed by Moscownightguide

Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace reviewed by Moscownightguide

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Review of: Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace

Type of venue: High-end house music club


One of the high-end clubs.


Cover fee+high prices.


Good but could be even better.

That's good

  • Good house music and foreign DJs flying in
  • Great summer terrace
  • Stays open well past 7am

That needs improvement

  • Can be hit-or-miss
  • Cover fee not helping

Summary: Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace should be high up on your list for house music in a "sophisticated" atmosphere. The interior makes visits worthwhile too but in winter unfortunately a bit of a gamble whether it's a good night or not.

Where is Artel Bessonitsa (Shakti Terrace) in Moscow?

What kind of music do they play in Bessonitsa?

Bessonitsa is one of the few high-end nightclubs that plays Ibiza-style house and deep house music. During the summer months they invite international guest DJs to play for them. One of your strongest options for electronic music outside of the underground clubs.

What kind of people go to Bessonitsa and how is the vibe?

Artel Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace are two venues that work together as one. Shakti Terrace is the terrace outside, while Bessonitsa is the "club part" that is covered by a roof. Hence the mention of Bessonitsa and Shakti Terrace together.

Bessonitsa has filled the spot vacated by the closed Krysha Mira as Moscow’s no.1 high-end option for house and electro. The crowd is similar to the one you’ll meet in Duran or Oblaka. Plenty of Moscow’s “see and be seen” people with a few genuine house aficionados in between. As such, Bessonitsa is a bit of an outlier on the Krasny Oktyabr area that is mostly for younger people nowadays. It’s probably the last “mature” club that also thirty-somethings can go to without an issue.

There’s a solid amount of tables but it is not packed like Oblaka or Icon, so we are still talking about a genuine nightclub. The club’s strongest season really is in summer when it opens its very spacious veranda and the parties last as long as the late morning hours.

The vibe is somewhere between the classic snobbish atmosphere of a Moscow high-end venue and a genuinely good Ibiza-style house club. Meeting people is about as easy or difficult as in most of these venues – either you enjoy them or you don’t, there is rarely something in between. It is definitely more club-ish than most of the other high-end venues in Moscow.

When should I go to Bessonitsa?

The party doesn’t really kick off before 2am here, no point in coming much earlier than that. Especially in summer Bessonica has a decent amount of people even past 5am.

What's the dress code in this club?

Elegance level: high

This is a high-end place and you will need to dress to impress to get inside. Bessonitsa has some of the most attractive people in Moscow nightlife.

What are the prices like in this club?

Price level: high

Long Island is 800 Rubles, bottle service starts at 40,000 Rubles for 7 people. In summer you have a cover fee (1000-1500 Rubles) as well for certain DJs.

How is the energy in this club?

Energy level: decent​​​​

About on par with Duran. It isn't popping but you will not get bored in here because the party lasts long.

So do you have any insider tips or recommendations for Bessonitsa?

  • In winter they don't have a cover fee but the party is also not as good as in summer. The terrace in Bessonitsa makes a bigger difference than in other clubs in the Krasny Oktyabr area.

Why you should come to Bessonitsa (Shakti Terrace)

If you like Ibiza and/or house music and you want to be surrounded by beautiful and elegant people then Bessonitsa & Shakti Terrace is your go-to club in Moscow.