When we weren't watching the competition, our hosts treated us to many days and nights of food and drink. Surprisingly I didn't make it to the bars I most hear about: CitySpace, Chainaya, and Delicatessen, but I hit a lot more. Here's a brief summary.
BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS
Across the street from our hotel was Noor Bar. It ended up being the unofficial (and official on some nights) after-party bar the whole week.
One night we had dinner and drinks at Luch, a bar and restaurant with the tallest back bar I've ever seen.
We took a daytime tour of TimeOut Rooftop Bar. It's on top of the Peking Hotel, a former hotel for KGB agents with one small elevator that holds 4 people at a time to get to the top. From there one of the leading bartenders in the Moscow scene, Aleksandr Kan, leads the program. The bar features Dutch recycled table design, whimsical wallpaper in the downstairs room, bottled cocktails (pitchers and a tea pot), and an incredible view of the city.
One night there was a crazy party at Chateau de Fantomas, a private nightclub with bottle service and circu-like antics from bartenders and hosts. While we packed hundreds of people into the space, there wasn't too much room for that.
We had a daytime-nighttime party at Strelka. I didn't manage to take pictures of it somehow, except for one of the outside at night and the gorgeous views from it.
And finally, we ended up at Gipsy, this gargantuan tropical-themed club nearby.
We had a delicious lunch at bright Bapashka. Whatever this thing is with runny eggs on top of cheese-filled bread is probably the world's best hangover food.
We had another lunch at Christian, a restaurant owned by the same group.
One day we were in a very fancy grocery store in a very fancy mall near Red Square. They had 1938 armagnac just out on the shelf.
Cafe Pushkin is a 24-hour restaurant with an ornate, old-looking French design but with traditional Russian fare. Weird but awesome. I had a Moscow Mule there, because I was in Moscow.
We had another lunch with a view at the Apapat Hotel Conservatory Rooftop Bar. We felt very ladies who lunch there.
And we also had one late-nite meal at Starlite Diner, an "American" diner offering such American foods as Texas Nachos, Cheeseburger Chimichongas, Skinny Hipster Burger, and Philly Cheesesteak Wrap. Hilarious.