âGipsyâ reopened! Yes, your favourite party bar is back alive. Seems like the owner found some more money to play with. But be aware. Recently I wanted to book a table for a client and the Gipsy facecontrol lady told me that a table booking is not a guarantee to get in. And there will be no refund of the pre-paid table deposit. Sounds strange to you? âF…ck off and go somewhere else!â, is the meaning of that, in case you didnât understand it. Itâs strange (outdated) behaviour, especially during a Crisis, but OK… Good Luck Gipsy.
What else is hot? Rumour is that Artel Bessonnitsa (Sleepless!) will receive the World Finest Club Award at the end of June and then officially be one of Moscowâs best clubs (with SOHO Rooms), based on international standards. Congrats from us! The makers of Icon and Artel are opening a new club soon. The project is said to have cost a double digit million dollar number and will probably become one of the cityâs hotspots. At Mayakovskaya Square, the owners of Moscowâs largest concert hall open âMoskva Clubâ in September. The club is ready and until then, theyâll do the occasional âprivateâ pre-opening parties.
Buddha Bar will have one of the nicest terraces this year. The French-owned bar is not cheap, but offers live music performances every night, throughout the week (Buddha Bar style tunes). Moscowâs party scene will slowly shift from the Krasnye Oktybr chocolate factory across from the Kremlin (rents are getting too expensive) to the Rochdelskaya factory, which is just between the Crown Plaza Hotel and the White House. This is where Jagger is located. There youâll find the new Arma 17 club (yes, they reopened as well) and the cityâs hottest and hardest to get in bar âDuranâ, where legendary Pasha Facecontrol runs the door. Luckily, he likes well-dressed foreigners and youâll probably have a better chance to get in, than most Russians. Itâs worth a try.
For the after hour you can head just across the river, to âKrysha Miraâ (the worlds roof). Dasha, their facecontrol, has eased up a bit on well-dressed, foreigners. âKryshaâ is one of the hardest clubs to get into. Their annual birthday party, the White Party, in the beginning of July, is legendary. Once you made it inside you can get drinks from heavily tattooed and pierced (but super friendly) barkeepers and enjoy the sunrise on âKryshaâsâ open air terrace. Youâll be surrounded by Moscowâs beautiful, rich and famous, mainly from the entertainment industry.
If Kryshaâs Dasha has a bad day (PMS?) and doesnât let you in, try the nearby âMixâ club, which in no way is related to the, now closed, legendary old âMix Clubâ from around Novi Arbat. The new âMixâ is just a stoneâs throw from âKrysha Miraâ, behind the Ukraina Hotel. It reminds me of Glazur, which was a dark, drugged up shithole for the leftovers of the night. The new âMixâ is slightly better and a dark alternative to Krysha, where you can dance until noon and then walk out into the sun, being surprised at how fast time went by. Moscow never sleeps!
La vie en ROSE! Summer is finally here and we are going to take full advantage of it. I have weekend trips planned to Tula and Yasnaya Polyana; Lev Tolstoyâs residence. We heard that there has been a great deal of reconstruction work done and it looks fabulous. On top of all of that, if you adore Russian classical literature like I do, and dream of reading Russian classics in its native language, there is a great application coming up called Zhivaya Kniga! It will enable to you re-experience and re-discover Russian classical literature and especially the works of Leo Tolsotoy including War and Peace, in a completely new dimension! It is great what technology is doing to enrich our perceptions and broaden our horizons! Especially, when itâs Samsung. I am also arranging a trip to Baikal in July, for those of you who really like nature and do not mind bathrooms outside of the tent.
Theatre work is going great. After a very successful first performance of the first adult theatre group we have childrenâs courses, in addition, to the existing adult courses. We have now a facebook page #MoscowAmateurTheater where you will be able to find information and a timetable. We have an exciting new plan to add later in the year, called âtrain the trainerâ program. This program will enable Russian theatre directors to get appropriate training in teaching theatre a la anglaise, with a possibility to continue their education in England. I am also very happy to add one more instructor to our existing English courses – Viktor Nizhelskoy. Viktor will be leading a course in Japanese theatre KABUKI and, also, a more traditional Russian course, in Russian and the language of guests. I have excursions around town every two weeks during the summer; one of these is âThe history of Diplomatic Mailâ in the Ministry of International Affairs.
We also have dating seminars for both men and women every now and then in a hipster place called: âProjectorâ bar, led by my dearest Dr. Chris. (expert on dating and love life). Moscow is great, enjoy it responsibly!