16 Tons: Club, Pub, Restaurant in Moscow

“16 Tons” is a club, pub, restaurant in the centre of Moscow; the oldest one of the existing in Russia English pubs. It is the first concert venue in Moscow, specializing in the performances of guitar groups.  

Picture: Club Official Website

The 16 Ton club is named after the song of the same name by American composer Merle Travis dedicated to the hard work of miners, which was written in 1946, but became popular only in 1955 after it was performed by Tennessee Ford. The song Sixteen Tons is played before every concert held at the club.

The club’s English name “16 Tons” is written with one letter n, because the text of the song by M. Travis and the name do not mean a metric ton (tonne), but the so-called short “American” ton, which weight is 907, 2 kg.

From the day of its foundation, its own brewery has been operating, where three patented types of beer are prepared – “Light Special”, “Red Special” and “Extra Stout”. The 16 Ton beer has received many international awards.

On April 16, 1996, the first floor opened – a traditional English pub with a relaxed atmosphere and its own brewery. On October 30, 1997, the second floor began working, that is a nightclub with a stage and dance floor, where concerts and parties take place almost all week in the evenings.

The interior was created by the famous British company Andy Thornton Architectural Antiques, which has the Queen of Great Britain Award (1994). The first floor is a classic interior of an English pub. The second floor was designed specifically for the “16 Tons”.

The popularity of the “16 Tons” among promoters and the public is eloquently indicated by the club’s schedule: not a day without a concert.

Ru-Main, 10.12.2019   

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