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Nightlife in Warsaw

Most people out for a few drinks converge on the area round Nowy Swiat. Dressed-up revellers should check out the Theatre Quarter with its clubs and bars, while those looking for something alternative should head across the river to the Praga district. Order Mad Dog, a vodka with syrup and Tabasco cocktail at Porto Praga. Bars close with the last customer, which at weekends could mean dawn.

Opera Club, Warsaw.             Courtesy of Opera Club
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Bar Below

Basement beer and sport

Bar Below is a modern space, sparingly furnished, that comes alive each night with people of all nationalities converging to watch live sport. Its basement location in the city centre means evenings here tend to last longer than intended.



Address

64, ul. Marszalkowska, Warsaw 00-987

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 621 1850

Transport

Hoza tram

Website

Bar Below Website

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Bradley's

Sport and Guinness

The British accents usually outnumber the local ones inside Bradley's, an Irish-run pub next to the train station. There's all the usual, from sports trophies to shamrocks, while Warsaw's largest satellite dish ensures you'll always catch the big match.



Address

39, ul. Sienna, Warsaw 00-121

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 654 6656

Transport

Dworzec Centralna train station

Website

Bradley's Website

3

Chlodna 25

Warsaw counter-culture

Hang out with the local beatniks in Chlodna 25, a dishevelled-looking space that features an abstract music menu and thrift-store furnishings. Get here early or you'll find yourself competing for armchairs with the bohemian clientele.



Address

75a, ul. Zelazna, Warsaw 00-867

Telephone

+48 (0) 620 2413

Transport

Hala Mirowska tram

Website

Chlodna 25 Website

4

Szlafrok

Chilled-out cocktail bar

It's all black velvet, golden tassels and fairy lights at Szlafrok, a kitsch cocktail bar set in central Warsaw's theatre district. Sink back into the sofas with one of their creative cocktails and take in the chilled-out vibe.



Address

9/11, ul. Wierzbowa, Plac Teatralny, Warsaw

Telephone

+48 828 64 77

Transport

Plac Bankowy tram

Website

Szlafrok Website

Porto Praga,                         Warsaw. Courtesy of Porto Praga
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Porto Praga

Cultured cocktails

Those who know their cocktails recognise Porto Praga's as the best in Poland - try the Jack O'Lantern Crush. The fact it's across the river in Praga doesn't deter chic drinkers from heading to this upmarket restobar.



Address

23, ul. Stefana Okrzei, Warsaw 03-715

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 698 5001

Transport

Tram 4

Website

Porto Praga Website

6

W Oparach Absurdu

Something different

Nowhere is the artsy air of the Stara Praga district better captured than inside this smoky, scruffy haunt. The name, W Oparach Absurdu, translates as 'In the Fumes of the Absurd', and this is the spot to meet unsigned musicians.



Address

6, ul. Zabkowska, Warsaw 03-735

Telephone

+48 (0) 660 78 0319

Transport

Zabkowska tram

Website

W Oparach Absurdu Website

7

Bierhalle

Microbrewery beers

Bierhalle microbrewery brews a range of light and dark beers on the premises. Attached to the central Arkadia Mall, it's thronged at night, with locals and visitors enjoying Poland's best beer along with a menu of sausages and sauerkraut.



Address

82, al. Jana Pawla II, Warsaw 01-501

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 323 6855

Transport

Rondo Radoslawa tram

Website

Bierhalle Website

8

Piekarnia

Ibiza-style club

Piekarnia has long been a stalwart on Warsaw's clubbing scene, and no wonder. World-class DJs like Roger Sanchez often man the decks, while lively themed nights crank up the heat in this popular Ibiza-style club, located in the Zoliborz district.



Address

11, ul. Mlocinska, Warsaw 01-065

Telephone

+48 500 11 44 86

Transport

Rondo Radoslaw tram

Website

Piekarnia Website

Opera Club,                         Warsaw. Courtesy of Opera Club
9

Opera

See and be seen

Occupying the basement of the National Opera in the theatre quarter, Opera features a maze of corridors, with curtained-off enclaves occupied by the beautiful people of Warsaw. The decor is exotic, though the DJ plays it safe with house tunes.



Address

1, Pl. Teatralny, Warsaw 00-950

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 828 7075

Transport

Pl. Bankowy tram

Website

Opera Website

Platinium,                         Warsaw. Courtesy of Platinium
10

Platinium

Upmarket house club

The place to see and be seen is Platinium, a two-storey space set inside a former bank. Adorned with chandeliers and under-floor lighting this upmarket house club enforces a strict door policy and is favoured by a late-20s stylish crowd.



Address

6, ul. Fredry, Warsaw 00-097

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 596 4666

Transport

Pl. Bankowy tram

Website

Platinium Website

Zoo, Warsaw. Courtesy of Zoo
11

Zoo

Animal-themed club

Attractive types recline on plush zebra-striped furniture in this centrally located Warsaw club. Boasting a diverse mix of music styles and a fun atmosphere, Zoo is the ideal place to indulge your inner animal.



Address

13, ul. Mazowiecka, Warsaw 00-052

Telephone

+48 22 827 60 44

Transport

Krolewska tram

Website

Zoo Website

Warsaw                         Tortilla Factory; photo by Clint Fowler
12

Warsaw Tortilla Factory

Rock 'n' roll

The Warsaw Tortilla Factory in the city centre is well known as a Tex-Mex restaurant. However, from mid-week onwards rock bands and acoustic musicians also take to the stage to play to lively and appreciative groups drinking margaritas by the jug.



Address

46, ul. Wilcza, Warsaw 00-679

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 621 8622

Transport

Hoza tram

Website

Warsaw Tortilla Factory Website

13

Jazz Bistro Gwiazdeczka Piwna

Smooth sounds

The spacious, glass-roofed Jazz Bistro Gwiazdeczka Piwna is a relaxed and comfortable spot to enjoy some smooth piano music in the evenings. Located in the heart of Warsaw's Old Town, it offers a good selection of cocktails.



Address

40, Piwna, Varsavia 00-265

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 887 8764

Transport

Stare Miasto tram

Website

Jazz Bistro Gwiazdeczka Piwna Website

14

Great Theatre

Warsaw's premier theatre

Warsaw's Great Theatre (Teatr Wielki) has been home to the Polish National Theatre since 1833. This grand Neo-classical structure dominates Plac Teatralny (Theatre Square) and presents a diverse Polish and international repertoire, from opera and ballet to contemporary theatre.



Address

3, Plac Teatralny, Warsaw 00-077

Telephone

+48 22 69 20 609

Transport

Plac Teatralny bus

Website

National Theatre Website

15

Fabryka Trzciny

Post-industrial drinking

Housed in an abandoned factory, Fabryka Trzciny is a large space with industrial leftovers like pipes and dials on display and, although it's out in Praga, it's become one of the premier spots for music concerts, brand launches and club nights.



Address

14, ul. Otwocka, Warsaw 03-759

Telephone

+48 (0) 22 619 0513

Transport

Wojnicka tram

Website

Fabryka Trzciny Website

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