Under its previous incarnation as Paparazzi this bar developed its reputation as the uber-trendy place to be, and be seen, specialising in upmarket cocktails and a sort of celebrity theme.
The name has recently changed (March 2013) but checking out the new website it doesn't look much different. Clientele tend towards the younger, non-local, crowd and as well as the cocktails and imported beers it manages to offer quite an eclectic food menu with a few Polish specialities such as pierogi and bigos.
It's not cheap and not my personal scene but don't let that deter you if trendy is your thing.
Dress Code: Smart casual is the general order of the day.
VTers descended on this poor pub/eatery....they fed us canapies (finger foods) till the liquid diet began to flow. The photos show Christian with Zohara in front of the pub, Andy showing us HOW to drink beer, Chris putting everything IMMEDIATELY on line and Larry and Swanet showing the effects ^O^.
The Krakow’s City Theater was built in 1893 in resemblance to the Paris Opera building. Before the construction could start, a medieval hospital and a monastery together with its church had to be demolished.
In 1908 the building was renamed into the Juliusz Slowacki Theater.
In the 1990-ies the theater was renovated to be ready for its 100th Birthday.
The Krakow Crawl is a chance for (especially individual) travelers to meet some other like minded people and have the chance to go out at night with them while discovering Krakow's nightlife scene. The crawl is only 25 PLN (zloties pronounced zwah-tees). You are taken by an English speaker with experience in Krakow's nightlife to 3 bar/pubs where you are treated to 3 shots of different traditional Polish Vodkas before being taken to a good party at a good club.
It is important to not wear sports clothes or become too intoxicated as some places will not admit an individual who falls into either of the aforementioned categories.
The Krakow Crawl is highly recommended for your first night in the city to get an idea of what goes on where and when.
More info is available here: http://krakow.where2b.org/pubcrawl
Dress Code: No sports clothes
This is another subterranean bar, just up the road (but on the other side) from Tower. Not quite as louche, tho' I bet it would love to be. Very much a young persons pub, quite charismatic with its umbelical extraction system coping barely with the cigarette smoke and pretty much wholly candle-lit. More rock music, though personally I just blew "my damn candle out".
Very useful in that the toilets are on the right when you get to the bottom of the stairs - that December cold certainly has its effect!!
Dress Code: Scarves and coats seemed the order of the day, though I never stayed here much later than 7 or so.
Small pub on the Bracka street.
Every saturday live music ( jazz standards playing young musicians from Cracow- piano, bass drums, guitar). Not to loud:)
Music start at 9.00pm.better earlier reserve table by phone
Beer - Pilsner Urquell,polish Beers (tyskie)
Eating - hot sandwiczes on the white wine with bacon.
If you like techno, drum&bass, house or other urban music (including live DJ's from all over the world- some from the elite) it's one of the best places to go in Krakow.
Compared to many of the most popular comptetitors it's small, but if you're there before 22:00 (thursday to sunday when it's open) you should get yourself a place on the dancefloor. To have a place on a sofa or any normal seat however, you would have to be earlier. The whole club, just as 99% of all nighspots in the city is situated in basement chambers from a few hundred years ago. Very modern interior- not original these days, but still nicely done.
In the very small chillout section every week you may find exhibitions of photography/art by young artisits.
The only problem (like in most clubs in the basements) is the lack of air conditioning, which may drive crazy when there's full house.
Dress Code: When I've been there last time there was no selection and I haven't heard there was any now.
Still don't expect to get in wearing sporting clothes...
The Moliere is not a real nightclub, it's a strange mixture between café, bar and club. There's one room upstairs that looks pretty much like an ordinary bar, and two rooms downstairs,one of which looks like an old-fashioned cafe complete with fireplace and old furniture, and the adjacent room is modern with sofas, neon lights and a dancefloor, basically something for everybody. Music is mostly Buddha Bar style, electronic and world music, drinks are pricey by Krakow standards.
You can meet with people of great art in Krakow - personally (official meeting or if you are lucky just by accident haha) or with their art masterpieces.
Hmm... not so easy to choose a few of them. OK, look:
1. Slawomir MROZEK - I love his plays - NEXT Krakow's Nobel Prize in literature? Haha, who knows?
He is the best known among the Polish avant-garde dramatists. His plays have been performed in most of the capital cities in Europe and in New York with enormous success. He received the "Prix de l'Humour Noir" for "The Elephant" in France. He continued to write with success both short stories and dramatic works, becoming - alongside with Beckett and others - a revered creator of the modern theatre. Festivals of Mrozek's plays were held in Amsterdam (1988), Cracow (1990) and Stockholm (1991). His latest work "Love on the Crimea" was awarded the Crédit Industriel et Commercial of Paris.
2. Stanislaw LEM - satirical and philosophical science fiction writer. Lem's books were translated into forty languages, these editions total over twenty seven million copies. He is probably the best single sci-fi author of the late 20th century not to write in English. Lem is best known to English readers for his 1961 novel Solaris, the subject motion picture from 20th Century Fox.
Have you already seen new movie "SOLARIS" directed by Steven Soderbergh starring George Clooney?
What do you think?
The American premiere of Solaris took place on November 27th, 2002; European will be in March 2003.
3. Krzysztof PENDERECKI - a top world composer: a Grammy Award (1988), a UNESCO International Music Council Award (1993) and many others.
It's a pub + internet cafe room located in cellars.
Nice place to
- meet people (mainly young and very young people),
- get a drink (great variety - more then 50, beer: Zywiec, Zywiec Porter, Heineken + many kinds of bottled beer)
- listen to the music (jazz, blues, rock, acid jazz) in good atmosphere; sometimes (rarely recently) live music as well; each Friday since 9pm DJ Party "Lounge U Louisa" - club dancing music;
- connect to internet; very good and fast internet connection (1US$/Euro for 1 hour; 5MBp/s).
Door security guard do not enter too young people (18+ is OK :-), sometimes even check your luggage (esp. young people) looking for drugs, I suppose (+ call the police, possessing even the smallest amount of drugs is a crime in Poland now), some people said me that he was a little rude for them. For me he was very polite.
Opened 11am - +2 (+2 means 2am or to the last customer). Internet room: 10am-midnight.
Toilet - not so bad but hmmm... they should improve it.
Credit cards Visa accepted.
Dress Code: As you like.
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Shakers is one of the few clubs in Krakow that you can go for great cocktails, to mingle, or for a dance where the crowd is a bit older. Although standards had fallen a bit in it's second year of operation, new management is trying to improve business by changing selection to keep the guest age a bit higher while lowering drink prices. It is a good place to go to get out of the basements which are standard in Krakow. Check out upcoming events for Shakers on their profile at where2B.org.
Dress Code: No sports clothes.
If you want to see some real Soviet-era Communist history – and get cold beer at the same time – you have arrived. Warp back in time to Soviet propaganda posters galore, model T-72 tanks, the front of a Lada car, huge radios and even radiation hazard signs (marking the toilets). This really is a mini-museum of items from both Soviet-era Poland and many items, in Russian, from the USSR. Grab a beer from the bar staff and have a slow wander around the whole bar. I spotted items (some probably reproductions) celebrating the Russian Revolution of 1917, praising the 1920’s Red Army, 1930’s agricultural success and of course World War II and post-war Soviet greatness. There is almost no end to items attached to and hanging off their walls. At the very least pop in for a good look and a few pictures. I did and the staff never got up from their table. In fact they acted just like the good old Soviet days and sat there smoking and ignoring me. Authentic!
Propaganda is open from 11am to 3am Sunday – Thursday and from 11am to 5am on Friday and Saturday. Music ends to be in the Punk and Heavy Metal range.
This was the venue for Sunday nights VT Euromeet 'Farewell to Krakow'. I'm afraid our gang arrived late here, having enjoyed an afternoon at the Wieliczka Salt Mines, then we'd got caught in the heavy rain as we crossed the square.
There was no-where for us to sit, and the buffet table was virtually empty-just a few morsels were left. We'd also missed out on the Vodka class. People were tucking into food, which they'd ordered from the menu. We managed to purchase drinks from the bar, and grab a place to stand, when we were all asked to meet in the larger room for speeches and to watch a video. Not surprisingly, those who were eating in the other rooms were reluctant to leave their food and seats.
SueT managed to order a plate of food, which she kindly offered to share, but we'd already decided to find somewhere else to try and eat (It was getting quite late now-on Sunday, most restaurants had closed or were closing around 22.00) and drink-as it was quite pricey here compared to other places.
From what I saw of this place, the long bar is its distinctive attractive feature. Apparently it stocks over 100 Polish vodkas (including 10 locally produced) , with 200 vodka based cocktails. I think it was opened in partnership with The Polish Vodka Association.
The rooms at the back are quite traditional in decor (Baroque)?
Chill-out, acid jazz, lounge house, club is the music played here, until the early hours.
Seating capacity for 80.
Credit Cards accepted
Smoking allowed in the room with Air Con
Opening hours: daily from 8:00 am until the last customer
Breakfast Lunch, and dinner is served from 8:00 to 24:00
WARNING I was quite surprised to see that near the bar, is an opening with stone steps descending -I wonder how many have fallen down here when the bar is crowded???? I'm not a 'Health and Safety' freak, but I felt that this was quite dangerous.
So I'm afraid that my impression of this place was a little less than favourable.
- We finished our night in the Pergamin Chill bar (after grabbing a sub-standard sandwich at Subway) - which stayed open for us all way into the early morning!
Dress Code: I don't think there is a strict dress code, but the door staff operate a right to refuse entry policy.
Matt had arranged for 100+ VTers to meet here, most of us were dressed casual-smart casual.
I should imagine that normally this would be a place to dress up, and is probably likely to attract a younger crowd with zloty to spare!
During Euromeet, 5 of us were staying in the Pergamin Appartments, which are above this and the other bars (same owners) around the small courtyard, so it was handy to get to (and from!!) It's located just off the main Square, so handily placed for most visitors to KIrakow
Apparently there's a discount for residents of the apartments in the Pergamin Bar, but we weren't aware of this at the time - by UK standards, drinks were cheap, out of our 5 nights in Krakow, we drank here 3 nights!
The Pergamin Chill Out Music Bar was a good place to end the night, as it was large enough to accommodate us all comfortably.
There are different rooms and 'areas' with seating being arranged to create more intimate spaces, to - well, Chill out in - There is music playing, along with Music videos' but it's at the right level-to create a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, not too loud-so you can have a normal conversation, without having to shout.
The front rooms are quite trendy-dark wood and cream leather seating , while at the back, there is an 'outside' area -that resembles a tropical beach bar. It's walls and ceiling are covered with hessian sacking, and sea-scape painted walls, along with palm trees and canvas seating, offering a different atmosphere. This is where we chilled on our first night here (Friday), with beer, wine, cocktails and of course-vodka. I stuck to beer, which I think was 8 zloty for a large glass
Waitress service was excellent, with orders taken and delivered promptly - the only problem being that all our drinks got put onto one bill - but we managed to sort it out between us (before the alcohol addled us too much). After this we had separate bills.
The next night, we returned here, only to find that the 'tropical beach' was closed as heavy rain had come through the roof. So we went to the outside courtyard bar, where our group kept expanding, so we had to juggle the seating and tables numerous times.
Our last night of Euromeet (Sunday), some of us headed to this inner square of bars, and tried a different bar, however this was about to close. I nipped into Pergamin, and asked what time they were closing, the bar staff weren't sure, but said late ..... OK.....Late it was I don't know if they'd planned to be there working until gone 3am. This was a great last night, with lots of laughs (and photos of course!)
They got a good tip from us all - a glass was passed around, which we all poured our zloty coins into. (After returning from Lviv for one night in Krakow, the 4 of us came here and were recognised by the waitress, who promptly came to take our orders - we had to explain that it was just us this time - and we only had 1 drink too!)
Open during the daytime as a coffee bar.
The website is in Polish, but you get some music, and a tour of the bar.
I'd certainly recommend this bar to anyone visiting Krakow.
Dress Code: I don't think there is a dress code. We were all casually attired, but presentable!!!
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