It may look like we’re telling you to hang out in a back ally, but trust us. Stashed by the bins behind a Chinese deli is Chainaya, one of our favourite bars in the city. With only small numbers allowed at a time through the secret door, this is one for drinkers who mean business.

Originally a tiny Chinese tea house, a sharp-thinking bar team got their hands on it, and started stirring up tea-infused cocktails. With a combination of tinctures, jams and unusual spices, these bad boys knock your senses for six, leaving you stumbling back out to Moscow streets wondering what exotic rabbit hole you fell down.

The bar is the size of a modest walk-in wardrobe, if your wardrobe came with a serious back bar (our does, obvs). The drinks are understated, the snacks Chinese and tasty, and the service impeccable. The crowd control means they can always keep their focus firmly on yours truly.



1-Ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa, 29, Moskva, Russia, 125047


Tuesday 18:00 - 01:00
Wednesday 18:00 - 01:00
Thursday 18:00 - 01:00
Friday 18:00 - 03:00
Saturday 18:00 - 03:00
Sunday closed
Monday closed


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