March 5

Icon Club Moscow reviewed by Moscownightguide

Moscow Nightlife & Moscow Clubs


Read the Moscownightguide review of the Icon club Moscow. I cover all you need to know from a Moscow nightclub.


Review of: Icon Club Moscow

Type of venue: Elegant megaclub


No entry without heels and shirts respectively.


Not cheap but worth it.


One of the best clubs for party.

That's good

  • Very good energy
  • Always packed with people
  • Elaborate interior & shows

That needs improvement

  • Min spend to enter
  • Sometimes too crowded

Summary: Icon is one of the most popular and best-known clubs in town. If you like to party in big megaclubs and want a taste of the typical Moscow nightlife, this will be a perfect fit. You shouldn't be cheap or annoyed by lots of people if you plan to visit.

Where is the Icon club Moscow?

What kind of music do they play in Icon?

In the first area, expect a mixture of mainstream top 40 music and Russian pop songs. In the second, slightly bigger area you get live performances with Russian pop music until about 2am. After that it’s mostly some sort of electronic music.

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

Like on most of the Krasny Oktjabr area, Icon’s crowd is skewed towards younger people. Girls are usually on the younger side (18-25). For the better part, you can expect dolled-up students and model-looking types of girls. Guys tend to be more mixed. There’s a fair amount of younger Russians but you also get some middle-aged men and foreign tourists trying their luck. The Icon club Moscow used to be called Ray( in Russian: Клуб Рай) before getting rebranded and still pulls from its past reputation with good visibility online and in tourist guides.

Table culture is far more noticeable in Icon, as the club features lots of tables across three floors. It’s actually one of the few Moscow clubs, where getting a table will separate you from the mere guests. A lot of people prefer to watch the performances around midnight and the place gets really hot only after that.

The vibe depends on the type of night. Usually, the better and more famous the artist who’s performing, the more fired up you can expect people to be. The style of the club really fits the taste of younger upper-class Russians, though that will not be for everyone. They do put a lot of effort into their performances with very elaborate dance and smoke shows. Icon is also one of the clubs that still has go-go dancers.

When should I go to Icon?

Like most other places Icon only works Fridays and Saturdays. Unlike a lot of other spots, it’s a pure nightclub and not a restaurant-turned-club. The peak of the party is between 2am and 3am, but it stays busy past 4am, especially in the first area.

What's the dress code in this club?

Elegance level: high

Icon is elegant. Girls come in heels and dresses, guys in a suit or a blazer. No exceptions, if you have no “Ins” yourself. Although it is not in the top tier of Moscow clubs (anymore), the dress code is still quite strict.

What are the prices like in this club?

Price level: high

Icon is a bit more expensive than Gipsy and Rolling Stones around the corner. Standard drinks are not exactly strong. Long Island 950 Rubles, beer 350. Bottle service starts at 25,000 Rubles.

How is the energy in this club?

Energy level: high

The Icon club Moscow is a classic nightclub. That means people really come here to have a good time and let loose.

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

  • Icon works with deposit cards, so you will drop 1000-2000 Rubles at the door. But no harm done since you easily spend that much on drinks.

Why you should come to Icon club Moscow

Come to Icon if you want to see how Moscow’s youth splashes the cash. Expect a lot of suits, stilettos and selfies. If you are looking for a classic nightclub with a distinct Russian feel, this is for you.

I came to Russia in 2014 to study. I thought I would leave after one year to pursue a boring office job. But this country offers the adventures and opportunities that you don’t find anymore in the West. I decided to stay in the Wild East.

If you’re sociable, communicative and speak their language, Russians love you. I was decent at the former two and I learned the latter. These days my Russian is fluent and I keep improving my communication skills every day.

I strongly believe that confidence and persistence are the keys to success when dealing with Russia and its people. My mission is to help you to establish a connection with this amazing country, be it through dating, life or language.

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