Vision Cocktail Hall
Don’t be put off by the commercial location of this DJ bar/café on busy Novy Arbat, which you reach through the same entrance as a noisy Irish pub above a supermarket.
The ultra-minimalist interior has floor-to-ceiling windows running down the length of the room, with views out over Novy Arbat, a neon-lit street, thick with concrete and six lanes of traffic.
The illuminated bar changes colours creating a ‘wedding disco’ effect at night, when the lounge/house music is pumped up by the DJ. The modern white seating, divided by cinema screens that display art house films all day, is split between upright seats and tables and lounge sofas.
The lighting is unobtrusive and once the natural light disappears the bar descends into near blackness, lit by the changing illuminations of the bar and the traffic on the road outside.
The cocktail list is the highlight here – everything’s colour-coded and categorised (ring a bell), with a range of more than 150 concoctions, shaken by expert mixologists and served by friendly and responsive staff.