Stereo Winter in Gorky Park

Stereo winter in Gorky Park

Australian icon boxer enjoys his new life in Moscow

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/boxing-mma/australian-boxing-icon-kostya-tszyu-enjoys-a-quiet-new-life-in-moscow/news-story/179e4582f9cb74713a3d88e90ceeac5d

Russian’s perform Indonesian gamelan and jaipong dance in Moscow

http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2017/10/19/russians-perform-gamelan-jaipong-dance-in-moscow.html

keep in touch with the Dutch in Moscow

Keeping in Touch with the Dutch

Where to go, where to be seen in Moscow this Autumn

Where to be seen in Moscow this Autumn

Social Movers Spring 2017 – Chris Helmbrecht

Chris Helmbrecht

Moscow is the largest city of Europe with millions of people and probably the most underestimated nightlife in the world. Even during a crisis, it is still thriving and now we are heading into the spring/summer season. The skirts are getting as short as our nights, but Muscovites will still party until 6 am or later.

So Krysha Mira is closed what is the alternative? Gazgolder is the present underground hotspot. Another is Mendeleev Bar on Saturday nights, and for parties until Monday morning. The rich and beautiful dance the night away at Kvartira. Mix Club covers the mainstream segment. But the good news is, Krysha Mira is said to re-open in May to cover the summer season.

Krysha’s owner Viktor and his team are apparently working on a new bar project. The people who saw and heard about it are very excited. Speaking of new venues the new superclub which I previously wrote about is now opening. ‘Mir,’ located on Tsvetnoy Boulevard already opened its banquet hall and is supposed to fully open this autumn. Before then, there will be various pre-parties and warm-ups to get the place started. Its owner ran Gypsy, Icon and Space. That last one surprisingly, had a closing party a few weeks ago. But no worries, Space worldwide closed and took its name back. The venue itself is still running and will continue to bring you Tiesto and the other big EDM and Techno stars under a new name soon.

Berlin Bar finally opened. After months of delays they got off to a good start. Boy what a place. Dark as the Disaster Areas stunt ship in Douglas Adams novel, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. The bar, which was designed by the awarded Berlin based interior designer: Thilo Reich, features sidewalk elements from East & West Berlin on the wall, as well as recycled streetlights. The import of these was a problem, customs could not understand why anyone would import these to Russia and how to put a value on them. The bar offers excellent food, mainly eclectic, but also some Berlin specials as ‘Currywurst’ (Sausage with Curry Sauce), ‘Bulette mit Kartoffelsalat’ (sort of a Hamburger without bread but potato salad) and ‘Molle’ which is a combination of dishes and a beer + schnapps, only offered to people, which will go home soon.

The cocktails are contemporary, but they have also dug out some classic cocktails from 1920’s Berlin. The music is a Berlin based Techhouse. Expect a good mix of people. From black dressed underground guys to creatives and theatre people to the rich and beautiful. This bar certainly is a one of its kind in Moscow and worth a visit.

Dissident is a new star in the underground scene. The venue features techno and tech-house music. Expect a younger crowd, slurping long drinks, water or Softdrinks, rather than cocktails. Still, they have some of Moscow’s best DJs playing and frequently guest DJs from abroad, who bring their flavor of underground from cities as Barcelona, London or even Bukarest. Another up and coming underground venue is Rabica. The highly-improvised club (if you want to call it a club) is very popular among the black dressed underground folks. It features Techno music and follows Berlins (slowly dying) attitude of ‘Who has the more fucked up style?’. Speaking of which, that brings us to Squat 3/4. The city’s new hotspot.

Yes yes, you are probably tired of the underground reviews. So what does the city have to offer, if you prefer it more glam & posh? The headliner is still Duran Bar. Moscow’s rich and beautiful mix with Expat executives and lots of beautiful girls. The tables are filled with French Champagne and Premium Vodka bottles. While the club / bar, features 3 rooms and a terrace, most of the fun is out on the terrace, where everybody mingles with a cocktail in the hand. Artel Bessonnitsa will start in the summer season with its open air terrace and lots of famous DJ bookings. But, this may not be your cup of tea. They are bringing the techno stars from Ibiza and Berlin. Then there is SoHo Rooms, which is SoHo Rooms.

And where to go, if you are neither a glam or underground guy? I can’t give you much advise in that segment, but a warning. Places like ‘Crazy Daisy’ (and the like) seem to be dangerous in parts. Watch out for your drinks and who stands near you. An English guy disappeared from there recently. Apparently, he was drugged and drove off with some criminals who posed to be taxi drivers.

A safe way to party wild is ‘Jagger Bar.’ I can also recommend ‘Chips.’ They are not as cheap as the low-end bars and maybe the sub-urban girls are not so willing, but you’re probably safe and in good hands, even when you are drunk as hell.

Here is my rundown for the week and as with the names above, just google or search on Facebook ‘barname + moscow’ and you’ll find all information about it.

Monday: Dead. Have a cocktail at O2 Lounge or City Space Bar

Tuesday: Propaganda Got Soul @ Propaganda from Midnight

Wednesday: RnB Night @ Garage Club from 00:30, Simachevs Bar (from 23:00)

Thursday: Obloko (glam & posh), Mendeleev Bar (live jazz & networking), Propaganda (‘democratic’, from midnight)

Friday & Saturday:  Warm-Up at Noor Bar, Berlin Bar or Suzuran Bar.

Primetime (from 1:00): Duran Bar(glam), Artel Bessonnitsa (semi-glam), SoHo Rooms (glam), Mendeleev Bar (semi glam / underground), Suzuran Bar (semi underground), Rodnya (underground), Dissident (underground), Jagger (fun & young)

Afterhour (from 3:00): Mix (commercial), Garage Club (House, commercial), Gazgolder (underground / techno), Kvartira (semi-glam)

Sunday: Suzuran Bar (techno / underground) until 1:00, Techno Gypsy (once a month), RnB Night at Garage (from 00:30), Mendeleev Bar (check their schedule, not always)

Have fun. Stay safe!

 

 

Social Movers Spring 2017 – Maria Ushakova

maria ushakova

Maria Ushakova

I am still in Moscow, and am not going to Paris anymore. Here is my news. We are enjoying a new wave of events in Newly Opened H2-Hudson’s bar in Belorusskaya. This is an amazing place with a very friendly atmosphere created by the American twins Marc and Eric. There are live music concerts on Thursdays, and special events bring the best expat crowd together. I was recently introduced to a brand new social club on Mayakovskaya Square, it’s called ‘Spymoscow.’ This is a very high end venue with a very expensive menu and a Canadian Brand Chef. A perfect place for MGFC.

Culture: I am opening an art exhibition of my friend Rostislav Romanov in Omelchenko Gallery on The Arbat on the 6th of April. The exhibition is called: ‘Coming back home.’ The exhibition will run for one and a half months. We plan several charity-related events like children master classes and lectures in order to raise money for the Romanov Fund. Later on in the year, I am going to organise a charity ball in relation to the date of 100 years since the tragic loss of Romanov family.

An acting course in English starts on the 27th of March, run by my amazing Australian teacher, Robert at the House of Actors, Arbat, who will be also teaching us how to write scripts and tell stories. A new and such a fresh approach to acting and performing! I highly recommend this for everybody in creative industries!

As spring is in the air, we continue with our architectural excursions around Moscow, road trips to Krasnodar on motorbikes, wine tastings and cheese tastings. There will be a huge Wine Festival (Russian wines) in Pestovo yacht club; an Australian barbeque competition in Ostankino park. Please get updates about all my events, by emailing me for more information: maushakova@gmail.com

I almost forgot my political predictions, which are always so accurate 🙂 So, Germany will leave NATO and a European Army will be created, most of the immigrants in Germany and other European countries who are now without a job and are physically fit will join the New European Army. Russia and Germany will reach an agreement on joint security, and other peaceful agreements in Europe may be successfully reached this spring!  Maybe I should become a sci-fi writer:) in a constant search of profession and self-realisation, Always yours MARIA USHAKOVA

 

Social Movers Spring 2017 – Don Craig

Don Craig

As the rest of world is still rambling on about the new US President, Moscow continues its drive to move forward. With so many businesses closing their doors in 2015 & 2016, the city seems to have taken a new lease on life and new cafés and restaurants are popping all over town.

Arkady Novikov and his partner’s new project at Nikolskya 10, will add an additional 30 ‘Street Food Corner and sandwich shops’ to the area which will bring life into a building that has seemed more like a museum over the past years rather than a retail outlet offering high end goods.  In the same building you will also find Papa’s Bar & Grill, Tibet Himalaya Restaurant, and Beverly Hills which have all withstood the turmoil over the past couple of years with no end in sight.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Restaurant ‘Selfie’ (Part of the White Rabbit Restaurant Family) which to my delight I found very comfortable. The Service and food beyond reproach, I highly recommend it when considering a place for your next banquet, business meeting, or just as a place to take the family for a great meal. Address: Novinsky Boulevard 31.

The next place I suggest you try out is the new ‘Vintage’ restaurant located at Bolshaya Nikitskaya  60/1. The first thing you need to know is that the interior will simply amaze you, it is so warm and welcoming and at the same time a work of art. The wine list is amazing, the food *5 star plus, and staff is well trained and willing to please. The DJs are some of the best Moscow has to offer and the top floor houses one of the best Karaoke setups in the city. You will notice a lot of artefacts from the old ‘News Pub’ which was a famous expat hotspot back in those days. ‘Vintage’ belongs to the same owner Mikhail Khatsko who owned ‘News Pub’ and definitely knows how to have a good time.

Follow me on Instagram at papa_don777, twitter DonCraig777, or Facebook via Moscow Interacts for news about upcoming events.  Stay tuned for upcoming networking events from the ‘White Collar Society.’

Social Movers Winter 2016 – Don Craig

Don Craig

So as it has been for most of the year, the world has gone crazy and by the time you read this we will understand just how far especially in regards to the buzz subject at all bars is ‘World Politics.’ Meanwhile, here in Moscow we continue life as normal or as normal as we can and continue to party on because that is just what we do. The summer was a blessing but our Fall season was very short and we fell into winter going from our t-shirts & shorts into our ski jackets almost overnight, but I digress.

The Good Food Club hosted by Kim Waddoup has become a monthly look forward to event combing good food with good people in a pleasant social networking evening that all can enjoy. Along those lines the Curry Club which I have hosted for over 7 years still is a Moscow favourite and is a weekly event on Tuesdays at the Tibet Himalaya restaurant located at Nikolslya 10.

Live Music is making a comeback which I am delighted to say with weekly and even Nightly events at such places as:
• Ïmagine Café
• Blacksmith Pub
• Forte Music Club
• Kozlov Club
As far as new Venues ‘H2’ modeled after the Old Hudson Bar is coming to life, with the diehard places like Papa’s and Bar BQ Café holding their own as always. For the younger expat crowd ‘Jim ‘N’ Jack’s’ still is the favourite.

As always if you want to know what I am up to you can find me on Facebook though my groups ‘Papa Don Productions’ or ‘Moscow Interacts,’ also you can follow me on Twitter @DonCraig777 & runaway777 on Instagram.