Off the main road and through a dingy courtyard, Delicatessen doesn’t seem to worry that its first impression is hardly appetising. Once inside, however, guests will find Moscow’s best cocktail lounge, a former regular on The World’s 50 Best Bars list, opened by renowned bartender Vyacheslav Lankin alongside three other locally loved hospitality folk. Dark and moody, with a fireplace, piano and its distinctive wallpaper, it’s nothing if not intimate. Cocktails aren’t listed on a menu but rather, taking a cue from the Japanese, bartenders will work with either the classics or the palate of the individual guest – and they’ve got the well-stocked back bar to turn out some fantastic combinations.
Sadovaya-Karetnaya Ulitsa 20, Tverskoy District, Moscow, 127051