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Kerouac
18-11-2007, 00:25
Hello. I hope someone can offer me some planning advice. I'll be coming to Moscow at the end of December to see my girlfriend. We'll be joined by 6 of my family members for New Year's Eve. Because my girlfriend has been very busy lately, I offered to do all the research into what to do/where to go etc. But I don't seem to be getting very far (I've checked restoran.ru and menu.ru etc). My wish for the night is this: a good, fairly high quality Russian or Georgian restaurant with live music/entertainments (probably big), near to Red Square so we can be right in the centre ready for midnight. Firstly, does this sound like a good idea (I don't mind touristy too much). Secondly, can anyone suggest such a restaurant (with good atmosphere/live music etc). The best I can see so far is 1 Red Square, but I'm not sure the entertainments/party atmosphere would be any good. Also, if anyone has any good bar suggestions around the Red Square area I'd be very grateful. I'd really appreciate any help at all as I want the night to be a success.

annasophia
18-11-2007, 01:06
New Year's Eve in Moscow is a total ripoff. The best most funnest thing you can do is make your own party. Seriously.

Restaurants and clubs and hotels and such have these pre-paid party thing you can do. The cost is usually in the hundreds per person. This is usually a buffet of some kind, a 'free' glass of champagne, possibly music. That's it. Multiply the ticket fee by 5 or 6 people and you see what kind of ripoff it is. Hundreds, running into a thousand dollars. Scamarooni.

Make your own party at home then find a good place to watch the fire works. Avoid Red Square. Repeated series of metal detectors, millions of militsia, security patdowns; no booze, no glass bottles, no street vendors. The street parties that used to happen downtown are over. No more. Luzhkov has shut that down.

The big fireworks are launched by barge on the river behind St. Basils cathedral. Go round to the other side of the river and maybe walk to the middle of the bridge to watch the fireworks. BYOB. Usually there is no militsia posted on the far side of the bridge[s]. Dress very warmly.

annasophia
18-11-2007, 01:17
Here's the deal downtown:

All the streets surrounding downtown are closed down. Completely and very securely. From Lubyanka to Pushkin Sq. to Manege, it's all closed. Side streets barricaded an heavily militisia-ized.

Down the Tverskaya from Pushkin Sq .all the way to the mall in front of the Kremlin, it's 100% security. Every 2 blocks it's a line of militsia, metal detectors, and searches. Repeatedly. Like at least 6 times to go through before you get to Red Sq. Then there's an even heavier security search to get into Red. Sq. Then you can stand there and do nothing but freeze for a couple of hours and watch a nostalgic Russian Frost Princess video in front of the GUM with no food, no drink, and no WC.

Yes, 5 or 6 or 10 years ago there were some wild parties downtown on New Year's Eve, but this is the New, Modernized, Civilized, Luzhkovized Moscow and that is no longer tolerated.

It's a bust. Forget it.

Kerouac
18-11-2007, 01:23
Thanks for your honest and frank (if somewhat depressing) advice. I'm trying to avoid making my own party (ie lack of venue etc). Is there any positive advice you can give about good restaurants/entertainments that might not rip me off so badly? Or alternative ideas. This is starting to begin to look more difficult than I ever imagined. I have 6 family members who are hoping to have a good experience in Moscow.

Kerouac
18-11-2007, 01:36
For instance, does anyone know of any good restaurants at Sparrow Hills (ie with a good view)? I've heard of a restaurant called Rytzarksy Klub. Does anyone know the website address?

annasophia
18-11-2007, 01:53
Thanks for your honest and frank (if somewhat depressing) advice. I'm trying to avoid making my own party (ie lack of venue etc). Is there any positive advice you can give about good restaurants/entertainments that might not rip me off so badly? Or alternative ideas. This is starting to begin to look more difficult than I ever imagined. I have 6 family members who are hoping to have a good experience in Moscow.

Every cafe, dive, restaurant, casino, and hotel in centralish Moscow is reservation only for New Year's. They all offer some kind of dinner/party package that's an overpriced con.

We gave up a couple of years ago. Now we have a party at someone's house and then go watch the foreworks from the bridge.

If you want to spend thousands, your options will be brighter.

bludumbiki
18-11-2007, 18:49
Hi!!
yes New Year can be very expensive in Moscow. We celebrated last year at the Swissotel, diner at the restaurant and then party at the Sky bar which has a great view of the city. Everything was great, great food and great atmosphere at the skybar!! Great view from there as well!! Check the hotel side and get in touch with the events manager..they might inform you about this year's party!!
Good Luck!

Natkin
18-11-2007, 20:13
I have PMed you.

Kerouac
18-11-2007, 20:35
Thanks for your suggestions. I'm still trying to remain positive and upbeat! I'm sure I'll find something. Hopefully my bank account won't be crippled too much, and we won't freeze to death waiting at the police security. So far I've got the impression that I'm best to aim for somewhere high up with a good view rather than Red Square (for midnight). Perhaps I should hire out a hot air balloon!!

Kerouac
18-11-2007, 21:11
We celebrated last year at the Swissotel, diner at the restaurant and then party at the Sky bar which has a great view of the city.

Is this the Sky Bar or the Sky Lounge? There appear to be 2 similar bars. Thank you.

iceman
19-11-2007, 00:38
Taganka being the centre of the universe I can recommend Kitayskiy Kvartal on Taganskaya Ploshad'.

GMC
19-11-2007, 16:43
I can suggest N-JOY at Kuznitskyu most metro station. There are lots of clubs in addition to the restaurant/club N-JOY very near, and the Kremelin is only about a 10 minute walk. Many others cluus 1 to 2 minutes by foot.

Also metro is 30 seconds from N-JOY front door and they have good security but no face control. ( Stupid asses at the door ) MOdern feel with many DJ's

blah blah blah la lala.

GMC

Kerouac
22-11-2007, 22:53
Thanks for the advice that people were able to give under the circumstances (bad news and good news). I'm a bit shocked at how expensive everything is. I expected places to be heavily marked up on NYE but not upwards of 20,000 roubles. No wonder tourists aren't visiting Moscow in their droves, which is a shame! My family are in for a bit of a shock. I knew the city was expensive (hotels etc) but not this bad!! But anyway, I'm trying to remain positive and am sure some fun will be had one way or another! Cheers.

boscoe
28-11-2007, 15:36
Is this the Sky Bar or the Sky Lounge? There appear to be 2 similar bars. Thank you.
It's actually called 'City Space'