Dirty Blonde is an out-in-the-open speakeasy in the center of the city. Longtime expats will remember that the Coyote Ugly was once here. The old-time whiskey sour is great.
+7 (495) 692 0657
6 Kuznetsky Most, Bldg. 3. Metro Kuznetsky Most
Cocktails without attitude
For a place that was practically invented on the back of the "lumbersexual" trend, Lumberjack is surprisingly unpretentious: cocktails are inventive but not silly, prices are high but not ridiculous. Try the "Dreamers" cocktail, inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci.
+7 (967) 061 0006
3 Bolshoi Spasoglinishchevsky Pereulok, Bldg. 5. Metro Kitai-Gorod
Art Deco cocktails
Since reopening as Noor Electro in February, this beautifully decorated cocktail bar has also started hosting breakfasts, art shows and bands. Current fave: hot buttered rum.
+7 (903) 136 7686
23 Tverskaya Ulitsa. Metro Tverskaya
Elegant setting for delicious drinks
Sitting under a glass dome at the top of a shopping plaza, White Rabbit is Moscow's one and only eatery on the World's Best Restaurants 2015 list. Stop in for a girlfriend celebration, a date night, or a parental visit and relax on banquettes with plushy pillows. Creative cocktails and old favorites. The "Scarlett O'Hara" is our current obsession.
+7 (495) 663 3999
3 Smolenskaya Ploshchad, 16th floor. (Inside Smolensky Passazh shopping center). Metro Smolenskaya
A bar with a view
Known for its huge, beautiful summertime open-air terrace, Strelka can be just as nice in the winter in its cozy main bar. It's like having fancy cocktails in Don Draper's apartment, circa 1966. The "Vanilla Smash," mojito-style with mint leaves and vanilla vodka, is great.
+7 (495) 771 7416
4 Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya, Bldg. 5. Metro Kropotkinskaya