First is one of the best bar/restaurant/clubs, with unbeatable views across the river to the Kremlin.
Naturally, given its position and reputation, the doormen operate one of the strictest face control policies in the city, which means it’s packed with only the very glamorous and the very beautiful. The elegant all-white interior provides a great backdrop for flaunting the latest, and most revealing, designer gear – you simply cannot be overdressed at First.
The dance-floor begins to heave early on in the evening as the resident DJ puts the in-house system through its paces with a mixture of international and Russian house. For a more relaxed affair, the side-rooms are divided by muslin curtains into intimate chill-out spaces filled with deep, comfortable cushions.
Ladies beware: a one-way mirror looks through into the cloakrooms, where you can be seen, by all and sundry, putting on your make-up and doing your hair. Apparently you’ll have no idea that you are being watched.
First becomes the real talking-point of the clubbing scene in the summer on the opening of their summer veranda – a huge marquee, larger and more open than the club itself.