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Although it is the largest city in Europe, Russia’s capital is best explored on foot and through its metro maze. Moscow boasts of impressive architecture, art galleries, museums, churches and cathedrals, and numerous parks and gardens. It’s a great place to go ice skating in the winter, or to experience the banya therapy (hot steam bath, followed by a whipping with birch branches) that made the Russian bath houses famous. Two circuses, a puppet theater, water parks, and many other attractions make Moscow ideal for a family trip as well.

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Locals' Pick New York-style secret bar

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Lisa Shukov

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Brings me back to my New York days, its an underground bar that can only be accessed from the Lucky Noodle Bar entrance (great noodles there too!) , though the back door, down the steps and past the hulking doormen. Great cocktails and some food. Face control is pretty strict here as in most clubs so dress to impress.

New York-style secret bar Editors' Note

Mendeleev is quite an experience. Similar to New York-style secret bars, it offers great entertainment, good booze, and a memorable atmosphere. With piano evenings from Monday to Wednesday, then live jazz every Thursday, Mendeleev is sure to entertain every guest.

Weekends at Mendeleev are a bit wild, with lively DJ acts and great fun. Aside traditional cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, the bar also offers excellent Pan-Asian cuisine from Lucky Noodles, the restaurant next door, which, incidentally, is also the entrance to the “secret” Mendeleev.

Petrovka 20/1, 127051 Moscow
+7 495 625-33-85