Conservatory Lounge & Bar is set on the 10th floor of the luxurious 5-star Ararat Park Hyatt. The location is perfect, next to the Bolshoi Theatre and very close to the Red Square and Kremlin.
We visited the rooftop bar on a Friday night in early August. Unfortunately, the weathermen / women did not realize it was still summer, and temperatures around 13 degrees celsius meant we could only have a quick drink on the outdoor rooftop terrace.
Luckily, Conservatory Lounge & Bar is great on the inside as well. Check out our full review below.
The theme of Conservatory Lounge & Bar is ‘Botanical Garden’, and this really shines through everywhere. While the space is very modern and stylish, it is also very lush and bright, both inside and outside.
Large, panoramic windows and a glass roof means that the garden house effect at the inside lounge is eminent. Combined with comfy but classic lounge chairs and book-like menus, maybe we should say ‘stylish library garden house’.
The outdoor terrace is more contemporary modern, with wooden chairs and tables, greenery and large umbrellas. And most of all, fantastic and panoramic views over the Moscow skyline! Both towards the Red Square, and in the other direction, towards the Ostankino TV-tower.
Perfect spot for al fresco drinks and food with a view (when the weather allows).
The atmosphere when we visited Conservatory Lounge was relaxing, quite calm and sophisticated. Classic hotel bar one could say.
A mixed crowd in age and a nice murmur from the surrounding groups of guests. But still intimate and with your own private space.
We can only assume that the terrace is more crowded when the weather is on top. It sure should be!
What made the atmosphere even better was the fantastic service! The friendly and well-spoken (in English) staff told us all about the menu and came with good tips on what to order. And when the WiFi was struggling, we got shared network from one of the staff's personal phone. That is really going the extra mile.
So while we did not get to enjoy the outside terrace fully, we did for sure get to enjoy the Conservatory menu. The menu in itself is actually really nice. Looking like an old book filled with stories, it is instead filled with nice drawings of the signature cocktails.
We started with two signature creations: Draa Valley (Bombay Sapphire infused with pomegranate, St Germain liquer, red tea and elderflower syrup). A beauty in smoking presentation and in taste.
The Nam Dok Mai (Vodka, mango liquer, mango juice, passion fruit syrup, egg white, lime juice) was a bit lighter and less advanced in style, but very refreshing.
Both unique and made with care, these are some truly hand-crafted cocktails.
The food menu at Conservatory is extensive and ranges from 'Raw & Simply Prepared' like sushi and tartare, 'Botanical Inspired Appetizer', 'Botanical Inspired Salad', to more filling dishes like fish and selections from the grill.
To try as musch as possible we ordered some dishes suitable to share: Salmon and Yelow Tail Sashimi, a roll of Pirikara Maki Sushi, some Beef Tartare (hand cut raw beef served in a bone) and two Crab Bao Bun (whole chunks of crab meat, smothered in butter lemon aioli).
All dishes were very well made, tasty and beautiful in presentation. But to pick a favourite: the Beef Tartare was something really special.
As digestive, two more fantastic cocktails: A refreshing Seomra Heritage (Gin Monkey 47, lillet blanc, yuzu juice, peach bitter, cucumber juice). Served with a side-slice of passion fruit with the same ingredients.
And an Amorino (fresh strawberry, basil leaves, gin mare, homemade basil syrup, egg white, gin barrel aged bitter). Served with an extra cup of 'do it yourself', which in a strange way is always fun.
We had seen some desserts pass by during the night, and they looked delicious. With some belly-room left we ordered one Rhum Babba (torrone ice gelato, cream chantilly marinated forest berries) and one Chocolate Eton Mess.
Very generous in size, they were just as good as we had hoped for. Amazing, and a perfect ending to a very tasty and relaxing night.
Open from morning (you can enjoy breakfast with a view) to late night and 365 days a year, a visit to Moscow should always include a visit to Conservatory Lounge & Bar. Preferably when the weather is on top and you can enjoy the outside terrace.
But even in cold / bad weather it is very well worth a visit for fantastic food and amzing drinks, complemented with top notch service and views.
Address: 4 Neglinnaya St, Moscow 109012
• Bright botanical garden
• Panoramic Moscow views
• Open 365 days a year
• Fantastic food & drinks
• Great service