Moscow – Entertainment
The saying with regards to the capital of Russia is “Moscow never sleeps”. This is true when it comes to cultural and night life in Moscow which continues unabated. Everyone will be able to find something unique among various places of interest.
Bolshoi Theater. This is one of the major Moscow theaters in which the most popular classical operas are seen (“La Traviata”, “Carmen”, “Evgeny Onegin”) as well as ballets (“Giselle”, “La Bayadere”, “Don Quixote”, “The Sleeping Beauty”), but the prices are expensive in Moscow (6000-32000). It is better to be acquainted with the Russian ballet, so as not to pay attention to the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. It has practically the same classical repertoire with modern performances, but prices range from 1000 to 4000 roubles.
Those who do not have language barrier should undoubtedly visit Lenkom and the Russian Academy Youth Theater.
The main and oldest ground for classical concerts is the Moscow Conservatory. Both famous and young performers regularly appear in its three halls: The Great Hall, The Small Hall, and The Rachmaninov Hall where musical contests are held. Eg: The International Tchaikovsky Competition. If you want to save, you can confidently go to the balcony beside the dozy students of musical institutes complex as acoustics is perfect everywhere.
Tickets: 100-5000 roubles depending on the concert.
A young and promising competitor with Conservatory in Moscow International House of Music opened in 2003 and impressive with its futuristic decorations. Concerts of classical, jazz and pop music, as well as musical performances for adults and children take place here.
Tickets: 300-10000 roubles.
Tchaikovsky’s Concert Hall is a place where concerts and musical evenings are dedicated to various composers that are popular among classical music amateurs.
Tickets: 600-3000 roubles.
This is a concert comprising Russian and foreign pop-stars in a stadium at State Kremlin Palace concert hall, Crocus City Hall and the National Olympic Sports Complex. Prices vary from 500 roubles for a corner of the balcony and practically to infinity.
Less famous (and often “heavier”) groups appear at clubs Stadium Live and Ray Just Arena. Average ticket is 1000-3000 for pitch standing and 3000-5000 for VIP zone. Russian rock fans have in recent years gathered at Yotaspace (500-1200 – pitch standing, 3000-6000 – VIP).
Apart from music, if you want cosiness, flamboyant atmosphere and good cuisine, it will be preferable to visit two clubs that are popular among Moscow rockers: “B2” and “16 Tons“. Both specialize in rock-music for a long time. On five storeys of “B2”, there is seamless adjoin of the nostalgic disco of 70-80s jazz and blues which includes the old guards of the Russian rock from which it originates. “16 Tons” went further: after a dinner at a restaurant designed as a London pub, one can go to the first floor and listen not only to rock, but Indie pop, electronic music and hip hop.
It seems that every self-respected jazzman has its own club. The most popular ones are Igor Butman Jazz Club and Alexey Kozlov Club. On Mondays, famous Russian saxophonist Igor Butman plays at his club together with a jazz band. Other days are for popular musicians of traditional and new jazz (1000-5000 roubles depending on the concert). At Alexey Kozlov Club, they also experiment with ethnic and alternative music. It is interesting and always effective (500-2000 roubles per ticket). Successful mix of genres can be found in the club “Soyuz Kompozitorov” (The Union of Composers) where beside jazz, you can listen to art rock and admire flamenco dance (500-5000 roubles).
It is one of the oldest and most democratic dancing clubs in Moscow. Here, parties take place daily and some of them (for example dancing sets of DJ Sanchez on Thursdays) have become legend. Face control is not strict as tourists and students can easily go to the club. There is a nice café during the day with cheap business lunches. At night, there is dancing with techno-, house- and electronic music. Alas, the place is very cramped. Extremely cramped.
This is a huge club with dance floor space of 3500 people and a franchise of Space Ibiza in Moscow. The club is famous with excellent sound and disgusting spirits that are not recommended for others.
One of the most popular youth clubs with an eclectic selection of music, high price and a summer veranda on the roof and a view of Moskva River and the center of the city.
Kitaiskiy Lyotchik Jao Da (Chinese Pilot Jao Da)
This pilot has never been in existence. However, one of the oldest and flamboyant Moscow clubs is dedicated to this fictitious character. Here, they play funk, punk, rock, folk, acoustic and Indie music. The premises are dark, the menu (at medium prices) is more or less European, but the atmosphere is homely such that most people comes back after 17 years.
Moscow – Staying
There is a huge variety of hotels in Moscow. However, prices in the capital are overestimated and it is hard to find good value for money. It is advisable to first pay attention to hotels that are close to metro stations. Even if the hotel is not located in the city center of Moscow, visitors can still get around quite easily.