If you are after a little taste of the USA here in Russia, then you should look no further than Hard Rock Cafe Moscow. Of course, this chain of restaurants began in London, not the US, but now it is famous around the world for its US style food and rock music theme.
I am admittedly a bit of a Hard Rock Cafe fan and have visited a lot of their restaurants around the world. No holiday of mine is complete without dropping into the local Hard Rock for a bite to eat and a souvenir t-shirt. I am actually surprised it took me this long to get to Hard Rock Cafe in Moscow!
Hard Rock Cafe Moscow is located on Old Arbat Street, at the bottom end near Smolenskaya Metro. In the summer you cant miss Hard Rock, as they have an outdoor eating area on Arbat, but during the winter it can be a little hard to spot, as their sign is pretty small by hard Rock Cafe standards. The restaurant itself is far from small though. Downstairs is the ‘Rock Shop’ and a small bar area, while upstairs there is the main stage, a large bar and two levels for dining. It is not particularly busy at lunch times, but for dinner on the weekend, or if you have a big group it can pay to book ahead. One of the best features of hard Rock Cafe Moscow is that it is open 24hours on Fridays and Saturdays – party on!
The menu is your standard Hard Rock Cafe fare and can be viewed online and is available in English here in Moscow. I find the drinks to be very reasonably priced, while the food is mid range. A pint of European draft beer will set you back 350RUB and the 300ml cocktails are the same. Main courses start at 600RUB, but for that you do get a big portion.
Unlike other Hard Rock cafes I have been to, there is no set schedule for when there will be a live band playing here in Moscow. Although on the official page there is an events section, it is always empty. To find out when there will next be live music, it is best to contact them directly (don’t worry, the staff speak great English).
For a taste of home and a good night out, I cannot recommend Hard Rock Cafe Moscow enough. If you know any other great places for live music in and around Moscow, please let everyone know in the comment section below.