Sponsored: The Ultimate Guy Vacation: Moscow

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A safe choice. Reliable. Predictable. Not words you’d generally use to describe Vegas, but after your next trip with your buddies to Moscow, Sin City will seem downright sleepy.

??? (Sleep): Hotel National is within stumbling distance of the city centre. The 24-hour Alexandrovsky Piano Bar offers a respite at anytime of day (or night), but for your morning coffee, we recommend the solarium. Rooms offer the perfect balance of old – interesting, rare antique furniture – and new – modern amenities include plasma TVs and free high speed internet. If you’ve earned Gold Preferred Status*on your SPG Amex credit card, impress your pals by scoring an automatic upgrade at the hotel*, and a blessedly forgiving 4 p.m. check-out time.* 15/1 Mokhovaya St., 7-495-258-7000.

?????? (Eat): At 1 Red Square, sip medovukha (honey vodka), and sample traditional Russian cuisine like coulibiac, an irrestibible puff pastry of fish, rice and mushrooms. To dine like an emperor, book the VIP Gastronomic Room and enjoy private entertainment courtesy of live musicians. Mains, from $20. 1 Red Square, 495-692-1196.

??????? (Drink): You can enjoy cheap and plentiful vodka pretty much anywhere in Moscow – including at countless street stands – but Bosco Bar offers a singular nightlife experience. Amidst psychedelic 1970s-inspired décor, build up some liquid courage and sample Bosco’s infamous tobacco-flavoured ice cream. Red Square 3. 7-495-927-3703.

????? (Dance): Bugatti-driving oil tycoons mingle with Moscow’s blonde and beautiful at Opera Nightclub . Multiple floors are packed with young folks bouncing to chest-thumping beats till dawn. And you can forget about 2 a.m. last call: Most Moscow nightclubs are open until 5 – at least. Trekhgornij Val, 6. 8-495-605-9822.

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