Ok, boys and girls, if a raucous night out in Europe is on your itinerary, you’ve come to the right country. And while Krakow may hold the nightlife title belt in Poland, Warsaw has more than a few tricks up its sleeve for those looking to party the Polish night away. Worth bearing in mind is the fact that there are no central areas committed exclusively to dancing and imbibing, so be prepared to cab it if your agenda calls for a bar/club combination. You’re also in a city known for its dress code and none-too-friendly bouncers (especially at clubs), so depending on what you’re looking to get into, be prepared to dress the part and, if you’re a visitor without connections, play by the rules.
For starters, the central district of Śródmieście (which encompasses both Old Town and New Town) houses most of the action on the left bank of the Vistula. Streets like ul. Mazowiecka and ul. Nowy Świat along with pl. Pilsudskiego and pl. Trzech Krzyży top the list of localized destinations to check out, full of cafes, pubs and clubs that play on the image of a clean and upscale Warsaw. Looking for a bar? Local brewery Bierhalle, retro Mono Bar and the maze like collection of artsy dives in The Secret Garden (behind Nowy Swiat) should be high on your list of places to visit, along with the historic Palladium for those craving some live concerts. If the glam and hedonism of the capital’s renowned clubs are more your style, keep your eye out for the velvet ropes of Capitol, Platinum, Opera, Balsam and countless others. You’re sure to find some of the most beautiful people in the country here, and some of the worst attitudes as well.
Across the river in the decidedly less polished Praga district, the aged and unrestored right bank of Warsaw has become something of an artist’s haunt, offering a more bohemian/less posh alternative to the city’s stereotypical club scene. Bars here are housed in abandoned factories marked by cracks and wartime bullet holes, but there is a friendliness in their authenticity that is decidedly absent from many establishments around downtown. Just stop into some of the neighborhood’s distinct locations like Sklad Butelek and W Oparach Absurdu to see what we mean. Which just goes to show you that no matter what you’re looking to get into once the sun goes down (including a wide variety of Gentlemen’s Clubs that cater to Warsaw’s visiting stag party population), Poland’s capital has got you covered.