Some Real Russian Pubs

Beer & Brut

If you’re struggling to choose between beer and wine, Beer & Brut has got the answer: Both, and plenty of them. At this elegant manor-house restaurant in the heart of Moscow, visitors can begin their day with a late noon-to-6 p.m. breakfast of cottage cheese in white chocolate with cherry marmalade and a glass of Prosecco, stay for a lunch of crab burgers and Speyside Oak Aged Blond Ale, and come back again for dinner—perhaps a dozen oysters and a Pinot Grigio Corvesso? No matter your drink of choice, Beer & Brut has just the dish to go with it.

26/1 Pokrovka Ulitsa. Metro Kitai-Gorod.

Vse Tvoi Druzya

Created by rappers from the Russian band ILWT, Vse Tvoi Druzya—which translates to All Your Friends—has drawn a loyal following among the intellectuals, oddballs and hipsters of Moscow. The quirky decor and no-reservation policy mirror the pub’s informal vibe: Everyone there’s your friend, so come by and don’t stand on ceremony. With 18 taps of unusual craft beers and ciders, celebrity DJs and a 6 a.m. closing time, Vse Tvoi Druzya has everything you need for a wild night out.

12/27 Maly Gnezdnikovsky Pereulok. Metro Chekhovskaya.


With its down-to-earth spacious interior and simple wooden tables, Varka doesn’t let anything distract from the main event: the impressive food and drinks menus. There are summery fresh lemonades for those who don’t drink, and everything from lemon and ginger Alska cider to Noir coconut session milk stout for those who do. You can chase your drink with one of the pub’s huge original burgers, listen to some quality rock music and enjoy Varka’s lively atmosphere as you watch the next World Cup match.

1/5 Ulitsa Solzhenitsyna. Metro Marxistskaya.

One More Pub

Capturing the warmth and good cheer of a British neighborhood pub, One More Pub lives up to its name as the embodiment of quintessential British drinking customs—albeit with a Moscow twist. With its unassuming homey interior and wide comfy couches, it’s the perfect place to chill out with a pint after a long day or watch a match with your friends. Do try the homemade sausages —they pair wonderfully with the pub’s Russian Konix Crazy Moose APA or the mysterious Adnam’s Ghostship.

5 Butyrsky Val. Metro Belorusskaya.