Live music and clubs in Moscow
While the best small-scale club is undoubtedly the extravagant Vanilla Ninja – a tiny private club combining techno, thorned lamps and baroque armchairs – Moscow’s stereotyped twenty-dollar-a-shot clubs and live music venues are fast dying out. A new New York-meets-Berlin brand of nightlife is taking hold and is making industrial estates and abandoned factories the latest party territory.
Gipsy, with a dance floor inside and another on an outdoor terrace, is just one of a neighbourhood of clubs and bars based at the former Red October factory site.
Arma 17, in an industrial area near the Kurskiy rail station, is a temple for all techno-heads with three dancefloors and huge parties two or three times a month (it also attracts international sets from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobo and Ibiza revellers Resident Advisor, Circo Loco and Flying Circus).
If you miss the party at Arma 17, Monasterio (based at another former factory) holds weekly techno club nights, featuring sets from the likes of Regis, Moerbeck and Levon Vincent, and has one of the best sound systems on the clubbing circuit.
And whenever you find yourself out in Moscow you can always head to Propaganda, the only club opening every night of the week. Propaganda is free to enter, with cheap drinks, and attracts a lively student crowd – Sanches’ Thursdays is a favourite night for deep house and every Friday is a special Warehouse club night.
Live music and club venue details
Vanilla Ninja 15 Rochdelskaya Street.
Gypsy 3/4 Bolotnaya Embankment. +7 495 669 86 93.
Arma 17 Building 3A, 5 Nizhniy Susalnyy Pereulok. +7 495 410 04 14.
Monasterio 15/12A Rochdelskaya Street. +7 495 665 22 13.
Propaganda 7 Bolshoy Zlatoustinskiy Pereulok. +7 495 624 57 32.
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