Here’s why you shouldn’t go to a club in Moscow on New Year’s Eve

Ok ok, I get it.

You can’t wait for New Year’s Eve to roll around so you can end the old year in style and start the new one with a bang (maybe literally).

I used to think like this for years as well. Who am I kidding, I did the same last year before losing my phone at this party and…well that’s a story for another day.

But think about the following for a moment. 

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How many times have you woken up with a god-awful hangover on New Year’s Day?

How often were the parties really worth it?

How often was it not just a regular club night but one for the history books?

I can count my really memorable NYE parties on one hand. That’s why this year I’m going to mix it up and not hit the clubs. And neither should you.

Now before you think I lost my mind, here’s a couple of good reasons why clubbing on New Year’s Eve in Moscow sucks.

Reason #1: where to go on New Year's Eve in Moscow?

The proble is not that you can't find a party but there are actually too many parties on New Year's Eve in Moscow. You become a victim of paralysis of choice.

This happened to me a couple of times. Should I go Icon or Bessonitsa? No, how about trying something new? But what if it's no good? Or maybe I should just...

At the end of the day you just end of going where you always go because it's a safe bet and you know it's going to be kind of ok. And that's what you get: a "kind of ok" party. 

Now you might say: "but isn't it the same for Halloween and that day is great".

And you're right about that. The difference is that not all parties on New Year's Eve in Moscow are good. That brings me to reason no.2...

Reason #2: New Year's Eve is not really a party day in Moscow

Unlike Halloween in Moscow and unlike New Year's Eve in a lot of other countries, this day isn't a pure party holiday in Russia. It's more of a family holiday where you come together with your loved ones and celebrate, comparable to Christmas in Western countries. 

After midnight people do celebrate but a lot do so with their own social circle at home or maybe at a dacha out of town. It is not the kind of day where people run in masses to the clubs and bars in Moscow.

Is there going to be a crowd? Yes for sure. But is it going to be absolutely crazy? Don't bet on it.

Reason #3: on New Year's Eve the party starts really late

Even the people who do celebrate in the nightclubs tend to not show up until really late in the night. That is because most are still doing the family thing at home first and go out only after that.

I remember standing with my buddies in Jagger a couple of years ago in an almost empty club at midnight. Only at like 2:30 in the night it was decently full. 

I am sure it's different if you go to a gala evening that has a full program for the entire evening including dinner and whatnot. But don't bother going to the club early.

Reason #4: but it's still more expensive than usual

Now for some reason New Year's Eve is still the only day where a solid amount of clubs decide to charge hefty deposits or cover fees. In a lot of clubs in Moscow you will have to pay 3,000 Rubles and more deposit, or sometimes even cover, on New Year's Eve. But you still get mostly the same kind of party that you do every other weekend of the year. Sounds like a bad deal? I agree.

Reason #5: you start the year the wrong way

Look, I'm the last person to say no to a good night out. But as you get older you get wiser as well. Waking up with a massive hangover on the first day of the year is not a great way to start it. 

You want to set the tone for the new year on the first day of the year.

In Russia there's a saying that you'll spend the new year the way you started it. Funny enough, in 2017 I can agree with that. 

That's why my personal celebrations will be a bit different this year and yours should be too.

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