Model T is a bit of a dive and underground bar, but a music lover’s dream with great live performances. It offers everything from death metal to experimental folk to avant-garde jazz. 8 1st Yamskaya Ulitsa.
Metro Dmitrovskaya, Dostoevskaya. facebook.com/modelt.musicbar
Dance parties, concerts, lectures, movies, Strelka is the place to be. You’re bound to bump into an editor of an edgy publication sharing a drink with a bunch of clean-cut Moscow hipsters, while expats dance to a Woodkid set. The food is worth trying, but you’ll probably enjoy it more when there are no DJs or huge crowds. The view of the Moscow River and the biggest church in Moscow is spectacular, and you’ll like it even better when sitting on the open terrace in the summertime.
14 Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, Bldg. 5. Metro Polyanka, Kropotkinskaya. strelka.com
Untitled is an artsy hang out famous for its lectures, readings, small exhibitions and invite-only dinners/art performances. It’s also famous for outrageous weekend parties, where you can easily spot an artist or a celebrity. As for the music, anything goes—from rap to 1990s Russian pop, with songs by Irina Allegrova and Mirazh.
15 Ulitsa Petrovka. Metro Chekhovskaya, Pushkinskaya. facebook.com/untitledhub