Bars in Moscow are big business and run the whole gamut from traditional Russian drinking dens. You can't fault them for enthusiasm however; drinking is a big past time in Moscow.
Arsentyich (Bolshoi Cherkassovsky pereulok, 15)
Arsentvich provides an enjoyable night out. Atmosphere, clientele and good service all combine to make, Arsentvich not just a favourite for the visitors but also for the locals.
Glavpivtorg (Kitai Gorod)
Live musicians perform songs from the Soviet era at his enormous retro-styled eatery. It has a comprehensive choice of beers, including its own brand. The traditional Russian dishes are expensive, but served up with style.
Gastronome (Kudrinskaya ploschad, 1)
Live piano music and fine views. The bar is quite elegant and a great place to spend a romantic evening out in Moscow.
Gogol' Bar (Stoleshnikov pereulok).
Menu and drinks are quite simple. During winter the small yard is used as a skating rink.
Hard Rock Café (Zemlyanoi Gorod)
It may be an international chain, but somehow the Moscow branch manages to maintain its own flavor. Locals come for the pop-music classics, and Westerners stop by for a taste of home.
Hungry Duck (Pushechnaya ulitsa 9/6). Famous American style bar and grill the Hungry Duck has been a popular figure on Moscow's scene for some time. You'll find a young crowd of foreigners, student’s flock here creating an increasingly lively atmosphere.
John Bull Pub (2/9 Smolenskaya Ploshchad)
This is another English pub and popular hangout. Typical English style beer is on offer although the bar menu is rather more wide-ranging, featuring Chinese dishes among some more run of the mill bar snacks.
Krasny Bar (Krasnaya Presnya)
The views of the city from this upscale 27th-floor bar, open until the last customer leaves, are excellent.
Molly Gwynn (Novy Arbat, 24/2)
Wood and leather interior and lots of beer on tap make Molly Gwynn's a little touch of England in Russia. Molly's serves English and Russian pub food.
Proyekt O. G. I (Kitai Gorod)
This was one of the city's first bohemian clubs, complete with a bookstore and live music. It has since evolved into an increasingly commercial, expanding chain of cheap restaurants.
Real McCoy's (Zemlyanoi Gorod)
A speakeasy theme pervades this bar. Weekend nights, the place explodes into an alcohol-fueled party with customers dancing on the bar.
Riverside (Mantulinskaya ulitsa, 10)
Offering a fine selection of beers, Riverside is a fun place. The bar has a friendly and helpful staff, billiards, darts and often live music.
Sixteen Tons (Krasnaya Presnya)
A popular pub with a club upstairs, this spot serves its own home-brewed beer.