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Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits

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    What to Expect
    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. 
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Monument to Alexander Griboyedov, Chistoprudny Blvd, 6, Moskva, Russia, 101000
    Departure Time
    7:00 PM
    Return Details
    Razvedka, Novaya Ploshchad', 10, Moskva, Russia, 109012
    • 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
    • Snacks
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Additional food and drinks
    • Souvenirs and personal shopping
    • Tips/gratuities for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    We had an amazing tour with Nikita. It was a Friday night and the city was busy but he was prepared and still took us to some amazing places. The local beer was a real treat but my favorite was definitely the vodka and snacks. It wasn't just about the drinks and food the
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    Response from Valentina_Ekimova, Guides manager at Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits
    Responded 3 days ago
    Thank you a lot for your feedback, it is important for us to know that you enjoyed your time
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    I WAS HIGHKEY WASTED, alcoholic beverages were fantastic, they had me buzzin off the wall, the nightlife was erotic and sensual.
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    Response from Valentina_Ekimova, Guides manager at Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits
    Responded 19 Oct 2019
    Dear Joey, Thank you that found a time to write a review. But we assumed that you actually haven't been on our tour, as far as our tour is more dedicated to the history and culture of drinking in Russia, what Russians drinks and how coupled with stories about the lifestyle of muscovites. So an evening turns to be a really meaningful experience for all our tourists.
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    This event is a must do! We had so much fun exploring the nightlife and visiting different clubs and bars. We also had the opportunity to try different drinks and local foods. This is a tour that steps away from a guide talking about history for 3 hours. It was all about
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    Response from Valentina_Ekimova, Guides manager at Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits
    Responded 17 Oct 2019
    Dear Pam, Thank you a lot for your review! We will be happy to see you again!
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    Tanya was an excellent guide. The locations we visited all had interesting atmospheres, and she provided great information on the walks between them. I'm glad I chose to do this activity on my first night in Moscow.
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    Response from Valentina_Ekimova, Guides manager at Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits
    Responded 17 Oct 2019
    Dear Joshua, We so happy to know that you had great time! We will pass your words to Tanya.
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    Thank you so much to Alex for an amazing evening. This is not a boozy pub crawl. If you want an insightful and social introduction into Moscow after sundown however, then this is the tour for you. We sampled food and drink at a number of well selected bars/restaurants,
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    Response from Valentina_Ekimova, Guides manager at Moscow Evening Tour: More Than Just Vodka Spirits
    Responded 29 Sep 2019
    Dear Mark, Thank you for such a nice words about your experience! We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your time and will be glad to see you again.
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