Moscow

June 25th, 2006 | brainjuice

I’ve got a friend headed out to Moscow in about 48 hours. It’s been a while since that person has been there, and so they have no clue what it’s like right now, or, more importantly, where to go (internet cafes, clubs and otherwise “cool” places, for instance).

If there’s anyone on the list currently in Moscow or with RECENT experience of the place, I’d appreciate some pointers to pass on.

(Don’t send me website links in an attempt to be “helpful”, eh?)

Thank you for your kind attention.


6 Responses to “Moscow”

  1. I’m sure that this is common sense for anyone that’s been to Moscow recently, but avoid Red Square after dark. The cops there regularly shake down tourists for not having the right “paperwork”. After some negotiating with Officer Friendly, we came to the decision that $25 American was close enough to the paperwork as we could get, and I was allowed to go on my way. All the same, I feel like I was pretty lucky.

  2. You can buy those crazy jumbo beers from these hot-dog stand like establishments and drink while exploring. The locals seem to just toss the bottles *wherever* when done.

    Ahhh Russia!

  3. Baltika 3 beer is piss. 4, 5, 7, and 9 are OK.

    You’ll get a better rate on taxis from Sheremetyevo Airport into the city if you go outside the airport gates first.

  4. Baltika 3 ain’t great, but I concur that 5 and 7 are good. 9 is alright, but don’t get into too many drinking competitions if that is the offering – I’m pretty sure it is the strongest of the bunch.

    Red Square after dark was fine for me (and very pretty, in a garish way). It probably helped that I was with two Russian friends (twins, in fact), and that I was careful not to be too obvious when I was taking photos.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/afishcalledishiguro/tags/moscow/

    Come to think of it, my three or four weeks in Russia were entirely bribe-free – and that is right the way from the Estonian border to Ussurysk, a town a few miles from China, a short hop away from Vladivostok. I was convinced something was going to go awry coming into China.

  5. Go down into the underground and explore it all…its the beating heart of Moscow.. best to get a map of it beforehand though so as not to get too lost
    beware of the russian taxis negotiate price before getting in.. and try not to get dumped where you dont want to be whilst drunk… unless thats the kind of experience your after of course

  6. Stay away from Baltika 2, it tastes like they mixed Budweiser Light with Ginger Ale and bottled it. Horrible.