1. Russia
  2. Central Federal District
  3. Moscow
  4. Lubyanka Building

Moscow: More Than Just Vodka Spirits Small Group Drink Tour

Product ID: 140973
Enjoy a night out in Moscow and learn how to walk, talk, drink and party like a Russian. Indulge in a range of Russian drinks and appetisers including vodka, craft beers and berry infused nastoika alongside fried Georgian cheese and smoked lard.
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Duration: 3 hours
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  • Discover Moscow by night with a local guide
  • Sample the craft beers of a local brewery
  • Learn the proper way to drink vodka and toasting etiquette
  • Try traditional local cuisine, such as zakuska appetisers and pickles
  • Taste nastoika paired with sublime Georgian cheese
Full description
Meet your local guide before heading to Myasnitskava Street in Moscow's hippest nightlife district. Start with a visit to a bar that’s well known for its extensive selection of quality craft beers, many of which are brewed locally by the owner. Pair your beer with some traditional Russian snacks. From here you'll pass by a beautiful old building in the Chinoiserie style that was transformed into an attractive tea shop a number of years ago. Here your guide will talk to you about the unique Russian tea drinking culture.

Your next stop is Odessa, a charming and friendly restaurant named after a famously cosmopolitan city by the Black Sea. Here enjoy very typical zakuska appetisers, which pair well with vodka, as well as a variety of pickled tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and cabbage. Then try one of Russia's favourite snacks, smoked lard (pork fat), which may sound unappetising but is surprisingly delicious. Your guide will cover vodka etiquette with you before pairing a few shots with the food. Then stroll down the ‘crooked-knee’ street, passing by a spectacular mansion, the first privately owned public library in Moscow. Further along walk through Lubyanka square, home of the ex-KGB headquarters and the source of scintillating gossip and Cold War anecdotes.

End the tour in the mysterious setting of a secret service themed bar. Here enjoy another traditional Russian drink, nastoika, which is a berry (or sometimes vegetable) infused alcoholic beverage. To enjoy it most pair it with fried suluguni, a white Georgian cheese that makes for a superb and traditional Russian appetiser. 
  • Local English speaking guide
  • 1 Russian craft beer (0.3 litre) with snack, 1 shot of Russian vodka with appetisers (pickles and smoked lard), 1 shot of Nastoika (infused vodka) and fried Georgian Suluguni cheese
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

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Meeting point

Next to the monument to Alexander Griboedov, which stands at the far end of the Moscow Garden Boulevard or Chistye Prudy (Clean Ponds), outside the Chistye Prudy metro stop.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children are not permitted on this tour. Travelers 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.
• You will be in a small group of a maximum of 6 people
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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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 restaurant was awesome. It was very Soviet inspired with classic memorabilia all over the walls. What a treat! I would highly recommend this tour and specifically Nikita as a guide! He spoke wonderful English and knows the history of this amazing city so well.

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November 25, 2019

We had such a great time with Elena on our tour around Moscow. She was very knowledgeable about the food and drinking culture in Moscow and it was such fun trying out the vodka infusions and traditional food. By the end of it we were all friends. I also really enjoyed seeing memorabilia from Soviet times. Highly recommend!

October 7, 2019

Great Experience!

Anna was a wonderful guide and it was a treat visiting three restaurants/bars I would not have found on my own. The drinks and snacks were great!

May 16, 2018

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Product ID: 140973