Average cost: $30-50
Decorated in Soviet kitsch, serves huge portions of excellent Russian cuisine. Also has a members’ only section. Mon-Fri 1pm-5am, Sat-Sun 2pm-5am.
In the early days of Sitnikov’s career, newly founded Russian consulting groups aggressively vied for a piece of President Boris Yeltsin’s burgeoning political war chest. Aggressive business rivalries turned to violence and some consultants paid with their lives. "Competitors started to shoot each other – literally," Sitnikov said. "I needed to arrange an infrastructure where we could communicate."
The solution,Sitnikov decided, was to found a private club, Petrovich, where rivalries could be settled in an amiable venue. "We started to sign some agreements on ethical standards and the next step was to found a club where we could meet each other without ties." The club, founded in 1997, remains one of Moscow’s hottest nightspots where crowds of all ages and nationalities pack the underground bar and dance to Russian music into the wee hours.