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  • Unlike its Western counterparts, Russian gay saunas and bathhouses have not been conceived with the exclusive purpose of facilitating anonymous sex encounters. You will be disappointed if you expect to find usual lines of private rooms with doors invitingly left ajar. The sex action is much more discreet in Russian gay saunas, it is ok to cruise others in showers or the steam-room, but the actual intercourse takes place either in locked private rooms rented by the hour, or elsewhere, outside of the sauna. However, now there is a notable exception to these rules - the Mayakovska Sport sauna (see below).

    Address 13 Oruzheynyi pereulok, bldg. 2 (Metro Mayakovskaya, see their web-site for directions).
    Phone 250-00-83.
    Opening timea 18.00-4.00 Sun-Thu; 19.00-6.00 Fri, Sat, holidays.
    Cover fee Men only. 300 roubles.
    Notes The first Western-style sauna in Moscow. It features a bar, a small work-out area, a hammam (wet sauna), jacuzzi, chill-out with porn on a huge screen and a large darkroom with private cabins. Cruisy and sexy.

    Address 25 Novoalexeyevskaya ulitsa (Metro Alexeyevskaya, Vodopribor factory sport facilities building).
    Opening time 18.00-23.00 Mon-Sun.
    Cover fee Men only. US$4.
    Notes Very cruisy dry sauna with a large (25 m) pool where you can swim naked after 21.00. The main action takes place in 'dark showers' - regular shower stalls but no lights on. Inexpensive, but they could have put some more efforts into cleaning the place. Note: there are no lockers at the entrance, please deposit all the valuables with Oleg, the sauna manager.

    Address 18 Sadovaya Spasskaya ul. (corner of Akademika Sakharova ul.). Click for the map.
    Phone 995 66 75.
    Opening time 19.00-02.00 Mon-Thu. 19.00-4.00 Fri-Sun.
    Cover fee One person - 500 Rbl., two persons - 300 Rbl. each, three and more persons - 250 Rbl. each.
    Notes Renovated in January 2002 and centrally located. Steam room, small swimming pool, restaurant, bar, pool, chill-out divided into nice semi-private 'compartments', five private lockable rooms, solarium. Rentboys available on the premises and to take out.

    VODA SAUNA   Recommended!
    Address 12 Bolshoy Savvinskiy per., bldg. 3 (follow Savvinskaya embankment from Metro Kievskaya, turn left after number 19, the sauna is on your right in a pink building behind the grey fence).
    Opening time 15.00-01.00 Mon-Thu, 13.00-8.00 Fri-Sun & holidays.
    Cover fee Men only. Under 23 yo - 150R, 23-29 yo - 220R, over 29 yo - 270R.
    Notes Gay-owned and gay-operated, same management as the famous the Central Station gay club. Over 6000 sq. ft. Steam sauna, dry sauna, pool, hot spa, solarium, fitness machines, darkroom (called "labyrinth"), video, pool, drinks and food served in the bar, summer garden. Very crowded, the most popular gay sauna in Moscow.

    Address 20 Ivana Babushkina ulitsa (Metro Profsoyuznaya).
    Phone 129 22 47.
    Cover fee Men only. RUR300, students RUR100.
    Notes Dry sauna, bar, small pool, solarium, massage room. Please call in advance to inquire about the opening times.

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