Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits
Join us for a night out in Moscow and learn how to walk, talk, drink and party like a Russian. Obviously there will be lots of vodka but we'll also include craft beer and berry-infused spirits, too. Your local guide will teach you how to do shots the Russian way (by saying a special toast!) and we'll pair our vodka with tasty local snacks. Discover hidden gems and pass by some of the city’s most famous icons, including the legendary KGB building. As the Russians hardly ever say… “Na zdorovie!”
per adult from
What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide
- 1 Russian craft beer (0.3 litre) with snack
- 1 shot of Russian vodka with variety of appetisers (pickles and smoked lard)
- 1 shot of nastoika (infused vodka) and fried suluguni cheese
- Alcoholic Beverages
What's excluded :
- Additional food and drinks
- Souvenirs and personal shopping
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
- After meeting your local guide, you will head over to Moscow’s hottest district for nightlife: Myasnitskava Street and beyond. This area is a magnet for the hip crowd, where you’ll always find a concert or some other fun activity going on. Its cosy labyrinth of side streets is also full of fabulous places to eat out.
We’ll start by visiting a bar that’s well known for its extensive selection of quality craft beers, many of which were brewed locally by the owner. Russian breweries are experimenting not only with exotic fruits, local berries and coffee flavours but also with the packaging and naming of their beers. One of the locals' favourites is even named after a well-known Russian Prime Minister! We’ll try some beer here, alongside some traditional Russian snacks.
On the way to the next spot, we’ll pass by a beautiful old building in the chinoiserie style that sits behind the old Central Post Office. It was transformed into an attractive tea shop a number of years ago. Your guide will talk to you about Russian tea-drinking culture and how it differs to that of other tea-drinking nations.
Our next stop is a charming and friendly restaurant named after a city by the Black Sea, Odessa. The city is famously cosmopolitan, welcoming people from Jewish, Russian and Ukrainian cultures, amongst others. The restaurant is known for its hearty cuisine, so we’ll enjoy some very typical zakuska appetisers, which pair well with the vodka we’ll be drinking (more on that in a minute). You’ll also get to sample a variety of pickles, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and cabbage. What is more, you will try one of our favourite snacks, smoked lard (pork fat), which may sound unappetising but trust us when we say it’s super delicious! While you snack away your guide will cover vodka etiquette with you before pairing a few shots with the food.
We’ll then take a stroll down the ‘crooked-knee’ street, passing by a spectacular mansion, the first privately owned public library in Moscow. Further along, we’ll walk through Lubyanka square, home of the ex-KGB headquarters. For a long time, the area has been a source of scintillating gossip, cold war anecdotes and even the inspiration for many contemporary art projects.
Our tour ends in the mysterious setting of a secret service themed bar. Here we’ll have another traditional Russian drink, nastoika, which is a berry (or sometimes veggie) infused alcoholic beverage. For Russians, this type of drink is usually homemade — something your grandmother in the countryside would lovingly make. We recommend that you try it with fried suluguni, a white Georgian cheese that makes for a superb and traditional Russian appetiser.
By the end of the tour, you’ll be well prepared to party like a Russian! Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for hints and tips on what else there is to see, drink and eat during your stay in Moscow.
Departure Point :Monument to Alexander Griboyedov, Chistoprudny Blvd, 6, Moskva, Russia, 101000
Departure Time :7:00 PM
Return Detail :Razvedka, Novaya Ploshchad', 10, Moskva, Russia, 109012
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- No children allowed. Travellers between the ages of 12-18 years old are allowed to join the tour with a parent or guardian but will not be permitted to drink any of the alcoholic drinks.
- If you have any special dietary requests, please notify us in advance and we’ll do our best to accommodate you, although we cannot guarantee that there will always be alternative snacks available.
- For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- Urban Adventures have received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.