Spanning 75,000 square feet of underground space near the Taganskaya subway station, The Tagansky Protected Command Point was in use from the 1950s to 1986 when it fell into disrepair. At one time, 3,000 people could live and work in the bunker for 90 days without assistance from the outside world. In the early 2000s, a private company scooped it up with the vision of creating a Cold War Museum coupled with exclusive amenities.
Guests enter Bunker 42 through a vintage staircase, complete with 1950s light fixtures and wood paneling. Many of the retro details have been preserved for the Cold War Museum, including original sleeping bunks, offices complete with typewriters, and rooms containing machines that once ran top secret data.
But enter the newly developed restaurant and club, and you’ll feel like you’ve fast forwarded 100 years. The tube-like structure is lit with multicolored LEDs set along the arched ceilings, giving the bunker the feel of a space station. The entrance to the club and restaurant looks like a scene right out of Star Trek, with endless arched hallways transitioning from chamber to chamber.
The club itself looks like any Moscow club on the surface – decadent overstuffed red chairs and couches, big screen TVs and red chandeliers hang over a red star printed carpet. Combining old and new, the bunker has been transformed into a giant entertainment complex that pays respect to the Cold War Era from which it came.
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