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    Girlfriend Visit

    Hello All!

    My girlfriend is coming to visit on Thursday this week for a week.

    So my question is as follows, where should I take her? Apart from the obvious red square and Kremlin?

    I need plans for the whole day, so some site seeing, eating and then drinking on the night.

    Would like to go to authentic Russian places, show her the real Russia as it where.

    The drinking is probably the most part of the day, would like recommendations of places which are cheap, non-pretentious and full of nice young people.

    Thanks in advance.

    Den.

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    and you think you got it right?

    Would like to go to authentic Russian places, show her the real Russia as it where.The drinking is probably the most part of the day


    so would think drinking the whole day long is the real Russia?
    There is no greater treasure then pleasure....

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    Haha, I see what you mean, but no I would like a whole day of non-drinking intellectual activities followed by a night of drinking and partying in Moscow city center.

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    Since today's vile weather is forecast to continue, I would try to stay indoors quite a bit?

    The Tretyakov Gallery? The Pushkin Museum?

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    My nerd self will come out here, but I suggest the Planetarium.

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    Night Flight?

    There is nothing in Moscow more real than that - in business already 20 years.

    The restaurant - with Swedish chefs - gets good reviews.

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    What are the prices for the Gallery and Museum, is there any possibility they are free (socialism!)?

    Planetarium sound awesome, where is that? Would you happen to have a link?

    What is Night Flight and what restaurant with Swedish Chefs?

    Thanks All!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Den88 View Post
    What are the prices for the Gallery and Museum, is there any possibility they are free (socialism!)?
    Last time I went I think it was around 300r for a foreigner at the Tretyakov. If you have a work permit or a visa which shows you are working you may be able to get in as a local and pay a bit less. That probably won't help your girlfriend though. If the weather is good, you can comfortably walk there from Red Square as well.

    Planetarium sound awesome, where is that? Would you happen to have a link?
    On a related note, try the Space Museum at VDNKh (come out of the metro and you can't miss it - it's under the big shiny statue sweeping into the sky!). The exhibition complex at VDNKh is also worth a look around

    What is Night Flight and what restaurant with Swedish Chefs?

    Thanks All!!
    Proceed with caution

    If you want something a bit offbeat, I like the museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. But it's not necessarily a 'must-see'. - http://15kop.ru/en/

    I'd also advise a look at Gorky's house on Spiridonovka. It's free to get in (unless you want to take photos) and it's a lovely art deco place. (http://dslov.narod.ru/mos/mo63.htm in Russian) Even if you've no interest in Gorky as a writer, it's an impressive building. If you want to appear to be a cultured, literary kind of chap, you can also point out the nearby church where Pushkin got married, and take a stroll back towards Patriarshiye Prudi and Dom Bulgakova if the weather is nice.

    Other cultural stuff: some good photo galleries in the old Krasniye Oktyabr complex (on the island next to Kropotinskaya metro). Also you may find Strelka bar meets your evening food and drink and young people requirements, although it's a bit hipstery. Or you could try the contemporary art at Winzavod (m. Kurskaya, www.winzavod.ru), although that very much depends on the exhibition. The Multi-media museum on Ostozhenka also has a good reputation, and is showing exhibitions in the bienalle at the moment.

    Nightlife: depends what you want, but places like Gogol (m Teatralnaya), China Town, Kitaisky Lyotchik (both Kitai Gorod), Proekt OGI, Bilingua (both Chistiye Prudy), 16 Tons (ul 1905 Goda) all have live music and a young crowd without ridiculously pretentious door policies. The area between Chistiye Prudy and Kitai Gorod is worth looking around for places to drink in general, I'd suggest.

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    Thanks Andymackem, that is a great reply.

    I will report back on what we have had time to visit.

    Just one question when you so not super pretentious how un-pretentious is this? Is there a dress code involved or will a shirt and jeans be ok?

    Thanks again.

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    I never go out in anything more sophisticated than jeans and a sweater / t-shirt (depending on weather). I've never had a problem getting into any of the places mentioned.

    Yep, I'm a scruff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Den88 View Post

    Would like to go to authentic Russian places, show her the real Russia as it where.

    Den.
    The real Russia is not in Moscow

    As for places, depending on weather it can be Vorobyovy Gory and State University, Tsaritsyno (palaces, XIX-century-spirit etc), a long walk - Porkovka (Kurskay)-Maroseika-Novaya sq (Lubyanka building, Politechnical museum), then to the Bolshoi Theatre, Duma, Tverskaya (up to Pushkinskaya). I would recommend Pizza Express on Tverskaya, MooMoo Cafe (true Russian cuisine, simple interior, low prices).

    Red Sq and Kremlin fit here perfectly.

    Arbat is an option as well. Especially when it is dark outside (there are plenty of food-and-drink places of all kinds), Khudozhestvenny cinema (the oldest in Moscow) or 35 mm (movies in original languages), a walk along the Garden ring to Kropotkinskaya (if the huge church may impress her).

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    New & Old Arbat,
    Tverskaya,
    Gorkii park,
    VDNH, ....
    Many places. Depends on what u prefer.
    There's a lot u can do )

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