so its a Friday night , and the tension is in the air and Everyone could feel it , why ? because one of the most infamous nightclubs in the world is opening the doors and coming back to life . Hungry Duck was one the top venues in the 90th , running out of a small venue in Moscow , Russia . it was like Sodom and Gomorrah , it was know n for wild fights , for wild girls and for being anti communist . You could literary run into people abroad and they would ask you about this joint . I m sure that anyone can find a lot of info about the place in the newspapers and Internet . So anyway , we were invited to the re-opening and the rebirth of the Hungry Duck .
It has a nice round bar on the ground floor . the DJ is above the main bar , looking down on the crowd . the second floor is mainly for dining guests and has a bar as well . the top floor is a chill out area , with a bar and pool tables . One very cool addition to the interior is the old soviet Militia traffic watchtower , that is now a VIP area at the Duck . I don’t know how and where they got it but it looks very cool , and draws a lot of attention .
On the opening night there were allegedly around 2000 people , which is a huge crow for the over populated Moscow club scene . . The menu is obviously American , and offers a lot of unhealthy alternatives , just like any bar would . The prices for drinks are very pleasing for such a venue . Now , on that night i did try couple cocktails , but as a guy with a lot of drinking experience , i must say they very quite poor . I did order 3 gin tonics , and all 3 were just water with ice and a lemon , which i pointed out to the barman , but he didn’t want to hear it . And since there were so many people on that night , and the cue to the bar was at least a 30 min deal , we decided to just get couple bottles of tequila and some water and juice to gag down in between the shots . A bottle of tequila turned out to be relatively cheap , around 6500 rub ( 210 usd ) and it went down like a dream . I have not had a opportunity or a recollection of having any food , but then again i was wasted that night , so I will not comment about it . But all and all , i would like to draw forth the verdict , and say that the opening night was a SUCCESS !!! and thanks to good promoters doing their job it attracted a lot of people and brought back some good vibes and memories from the past .
So summarizing , the pluses are Location , Interior , Menu , Advertisement , Bar , Music , Crowd .
the minuses are cocktails , staff , security & safety .
So at the end of the day The owners managed to capture the crowd with this massive venue , location and advertisement , and the key is now to keep the crowd alive , and I believe to do so , They MUST BRING BACK THE WILD LADIES NIGHTS , where girls drink for free and enjoy striptease or some other entertainment and when the time is right like around 10-11 pm , you let in the anxious boys to take over …
I believe that despite people arguing against , the reason for people to go out to the bars and drink is to relax and have fun not considering the consequences , not to so much chat to the point where everyone goes home alone without having sex . Alcohol erases a lot of confusion and shyness , and gives people confidence and lets them act out on pure emotions rather than reason , which is good as long as it doesn’t lead to anybody s death and please understand that People want to have random sex with someone they just met , if they wouldn’t they would go to a cafe or a restaurant . so with that said :
If you enter the DUCK , you better be ready to F*CK !!! that should be the motto and that will reign success and triumph for years to come !!!
so if the owners think that they can just open a club that will run like any other place without that special flavor of booze and debauchery added to the mix , well they are wrong … the place will be deserted in such case …
So lets revive and relive the legend !!! I want to enter the club and see the place alive with wild , horny girls and adolescent behavior . I want to feel like a teenager going to a club for the first time !!! and I believe that is the key to success in Moscow club scene today , there are way too many posh and similar clubs that offer nothing different apart from interior and location . I already know everything about them and people that come there before i even enter the club for the first time , so I get bored , and i rather get drunk at home .
So it only remains to see whether this will be a win or a flop !!! GOOD LUCK
So its a saturday night , and my friends and I are living an Indian restaurant after four hours of drinking , eating and talking . One of the boys recommends a bar called THE BAR . Its located close to the Red Square and We ve been there couple years ago when the place just opened . He said that there will be friends we know , and since no one objected , we hailed two cabs and went for it !
Arriving ten minutes later , we walk inside this place . The entrance is very sexy . marble tiles on the floor s, beautiful 18th century interior . we checked in our coats , and took the stairs down to the club . Two gorillas greeted us and after a short stubby kid cleared us for dress code and face control , we were inside . The place was pumping with loud music , girls were dancing on the tabletops , it was loud and sweaty like it usually is . We spotted some people we knew , and gave them our hellos etc . Bundling together near the bar , we made our first order .
This is when i realized that this event was done by the honey bunny crew . they organize parties around Moscow for couple years now , and I ve been to their events on and off . Then I ve spoted a guy my friend knew , and I ve known from some time back . He was indian , and a chef . And apparently the event was an Indian theme . So there were indian dancers , indian food . I didnt dare to try , but it was resting on the bar top for people to take .
As far as the club itself . It has a charm , the interior is nice and very cozy . But its extremely small , and not intended for nightclub people and parties of that caliber . This is a place where top ceos and gentlemen can come have a table , and a drink and chit chat about business while getting a bj from one of the hookers . So to me that s the kind of business that should be inside this place , but now they ve turned it to a regular nightclub .
As far as the honey bunny , well they ve done the food , dancers , gave out these indian dots on the forehead to guests and played indian music . I do wish that the food would be handed out by waiters and not laying on the bar , cause God knows its not hygienically proof . But other wise I really dont see what they could have done more , if only they should have invited more Indian and Pakistanian people to the place .
As far as a club , its just like all the other places . Very hard for me to see why I would choose this club before any other location . Its small , so it gets full pretty easy , so if only i m in that particular part of town , i would choose this club , but then again there s Pacha club five minutes away . And thats a full size nightclub .
So the event organizers done well . But the more times they ll change locations the more people they ll attract and more new people will get their brand and recognize .
The club itself , needs a format change . We dont need another nightclub here , we have way too many already . But I would like this to be a gentlemens club , where we would sit with the boys , smoke cigars and talk prior to going out and partying .
So well done the promoters , club owner should consider a new approach , otherwise this club will be short-lived .
thursday and i m getting into the subway heading to Pacha club for the last event of this year for Internations (www.internations.org ) . Internations is a social on line community for expats and people with that background . They have covered most of the world and do networking events . So basically you can always check whats happening in the city which you live in or waiting to travel to . The Moscow community is quite large , i believe that have almost 1000 members . The community is managed by germans and they do events once a month , they always choose thursdays and offer either 3 alcoholic drinks and food for the entry fee , which is around 1200rub-1800 rub per head , or do a free bar depending on the event and endorsements . now , they usually change locations , but they use some spots more often than others , such as starlight dinners and radio city bar , obviously cause of the strong connection between venue owners and the organizers . Internations events in Moscow always have sponsors , and raffles . But i have my doubts about them , cause its a strange coincidence that some people always win something , and I have been attending this for third year , and never won anything …but i dont have any hard proof )))
But never mind that , so this time the event is held at famous Pacha club . I ve been there many times , and its one of my favorite spots for going out . good interior , good music ,and girls are amazingly nice . but i dont visit the club too often nowadays cause most of my friends , choose different locations . Anyway i make my way to the buff bouncers and tell em to let me in . As i enter i walk to the hosts , and announce my name and pay the entry fee . they give me a poker chip , which i m to trade for a meal . Despite being a thursday and very early , the place is packed . these events usually always look the same , foreigners aged 30 to 60 , and young russian girls . so people get drinks and mingle , its suppose to be a business networking event , but i hardly believe that you can do any business with anyone there …I personally talk , but almost never follow up on connections made at internations events .
here are some of my friends ( and you can spot me in the background )
I was pretty much happy with the drinks , and was having some beers , cocktails , vodka shots , vodka cocktails and some red wine in the end . I never tried the food …but it looked like they were serving some sort of a curry dinner . But my friends told me that it was good .
And as always after some time , the german organizers take the stage and start the raffle . I never listen or follow it , so i wasnt into that . but that have ok prices , usually hotel getaways , clothes and ipads . but as i ve mentioned before , i do believe that they are some what tainted , rigged .
This time my friend was a part of the raffle announcements , so i cared for a look see !
Minuses : thursday ( not the best choice), no music , no entertainment , same crowd .
thats about it )))
Its friday evening , and I m on my way to Belorusskaya metro station . I m there to attend a Golds Gym in Russia 15th anniversary party . The party is held at a new location called Runways bar . I ve never heard of it , so it took me some time to find it . Then i ve realized that its located exactly at the same place where a club called Zhara ( heat ) was once located .
I m met by four big mean looking bouncers at the doors . they ask for a club card or an invitation . I flip em the card , and they step down , to let me in . Its still quite early , only 15 min past 8 pm . but the line to the wardrobe is huge . i think i ve spent like 20 min or so in cue for the wardrobe , luck would have it , i took my mp3 player and was happily listening to some heavy metal by Bullet for My valentine . As i finally caught a break , and turned in my jacket . I was approached by two very hot looking young ladies , one gave me a glow in the dark wrist band with golds gym logo on it , and another one gave me a hundred dollar bill , and told its for gambling . Well , the bill was fake of course , but i could use it to play either black jack , or roulette . I walked in to the club , it was pretty much packed . and nothing changed much interior wise since i ve been there a year ago , when it was club Zhara . The bars were fully operational , and i decided to pick up a corona to start the evening . I was waiting on my brother , so i ve located myself in the gambling section of the venue , and observed people playing black jack . On stage there was a show with dancing , they were announcing some memorable sports moments etc .
finally my brother showed up , and we started the drinking properly . the bar meny was standard , nothing special . overpriced as everything else in Moscow , but we re used to it . so we went for the tequilas and some gin tonics . I must point out that prior to this day , i have been sober for over three weeks . so my alcohol resistance was put to a test . after throwing couple of drinks down , i went outside to meet a good friend of mine , who stopped by to check this party out , since i ve invited her .
As she came in , a popular pop singer Stas Pieha made his apperance on stage , and the crowd was dancing and singing along , so did my friend . I m not a fan of this guy , but at least he sang live and he did pretty well . so i was tapping my feet , as i was drinking down my gin tonic . After a while , we went to do some gambling . the money was fake , but it was still fun nonetheless . So it was black jack . we bet some money , won some chips and traded them for a parcel full of goodies . Which bytheway i forgot later the same night at a different bar . bollocks !!!
So to summarize the event . It was well made . there were hosts , dancers , singers , disco , decorations , cake , photographers , goodies , games those were the plus sides . the minus was the club itself is horrible designed and arranged . the tables , bars are located in the way of the dance floor and stage . the bar menu was weak , so were the bar staff . huge line to the wardrobe and obviously no fire exits or safety was tainted . luckily it was a private event so people were keeping themselves cool . Otherwise i wouldnt go to this club to party unless it was a closed event like this .
but just to rate the party , it was a strong 3 out of 5 stars . good but not great .
Its been awhile since the last post here . I have been partying every weekend non stop . But lets review the last fridays party . Russia had a holiday , so people were partying thursday , friday and saturday non stop . We were a big gang , my brother and I and four other girls . The night started at our house with cocktails and cognac , after these pleasantries , we took the cab to check out the new hot venue Rock n Roll bar (http://rocknrollbar.ru/). It tooks us 25 min standing in line outside , to get to the door . And we couldnt come in cause one girl in our party was under 21 . So the actually card people , thats very new for Russia . Without loosing much hope , we ferried down couple hundred meters to KitchKock bar ( http://www.kitchkock.com/) . Mr Sergey Zakrasin ( host ) informed us that the place is full and we had only to pay 20.000 rub (650 usd )as a deposit for a table and we would come in . Well , since no one but my brother and I would pay , we decided to try another location down the road .
We walked by Lookin cafe (http://www.citycafe.ru/lookin/), and it looked packed and busy . I have been to Lookin rooms bar before which is a nightclub and it was a popular location with many party people , so we decided to check the place out .
It was small , but had lots of different areas , and was full . music was various from club to rock , to 80th . people were dancing and drinking . we had some tequila shots . The bar staff was pleasant , security was in check . Not a bad place , but dance floor was overcrowded and it felt like inside a subway . but nonetheless not a bad place for kids aged 18 to 23 .
I ll stop by there again for sure !!!