High-altitude watering holes are all the rage in Moscow. Why? Likely because these rooftop venues allow bar goers to take in the capital as it undergoes its remarkable growth spurt.
City Space Bar & Lounge, Swissotel Kransye Holmy
View: Moscow’s highest—34th-floor—bar offers up a view of the entire metropolis.
Vibe: A meeting spot for lawyers. At 52 Kosmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya, Bldg. 6; 7-495/787-9800; swissotel.com.
Conservatory Lounge & Bar, Ararat Park Hyatt
View: Old Moscow, the Kremlin, and charming 19th-century buildings (many are being razed, so take them in while you can).
Vibe: Best in summer when the terrace is open and on weekends for a light meal. At 4 Ulitsa Neglinnaya, Tenth Fl.; 7-495/ 783-1234; moscow.park.hyatt.com.
Krasny Bar (Red Bar)
View: The Kremlin in the distance and many soon-to-be completed skyscrapers.
Vibe: Reveling architects and transiting clubbers; surprisingly good $20 sandwiches; flavored hookahs, currently a local obsession. At 23A Naberezhnaya Tarasa Shevchenko, 27th Fl.; 7-495/730-0808.
O2 Lounge, Ritz-Carlton
View: A panorama of the entire city center. The Red Square and the Kremlin, a stone’s throw away, are riveting.
Vibe: You’ll find club music, a sushi menu, and $40 cocktails. Waiters can show guests how to open a bottle with a saber. At 3 Ulitsa Tverskaya, 12th Fl.; 7-495/225-8888; ritzcarlton.com.
Sky Lounge, Russian Academy of Sciences
View: The Moscow River and the lovely Neskuchny park as well as a monument to the cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
Vibe: Once a spot for academics, it now boasts Moscow’s longest bar and very unscholarly hours. At 32A Leninsky Prospekt, 22nd Fl.; 7-495/938-5775; skylounge.ru.