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Moscow’s nightlife can last well into the wee hours of the next morning — but that’s only if you can get into one of its exclusive clubs with strict “face control,” the very Russian method of weeding out those not deemed cool enough to mingle with the high society. If you want to take your chances with getting into some of the more exclusive clubs, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend dressing up to the nines and heading to GQ Bar or Rai — though be prepared to pay outrageous prices to sip cocktails with Moscow’s elite party crowd.
If you don’t quite make the cut, don’t fret — there are plenty of good places throughout the city to meet friendly locals and listen to some of Europe’s best DJs until last call (which, in the summer, can come well after the sun starts to rise). For instance, the trendy bars and clubs on the island that once housed the former Krasniy Oktyabr chocolate factory have an artsy vibe to them; the entire island is now a hip venue full of bars and art centers like Café Strelka and Gypsy.