Nightclubs and bars in Krakow

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    Oldsmobil: Sponsored By "Dog in the Fog".

    by johngayton Updated Mar 31, 2015

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    This is a cracking bar/restaurant, a minor zig-zag from the Eastern corner of the main square, and well worth a visit both as a bar and as a restaurant. Unfortunately I didn't find this place until my last few days here in Krakow, but this could quite easily have become one of my regular haunts. The pub itself is quite spacious by Krakow standards with three main areas (including a No Smoking room!) on the ground floor and an upstairs gantry and when it is busy, it's busy with a good buzz and particularly friendly - "Good evening my friend, a large beer?" - proprietor - well worth a visit.

    The "Dog in the Fog" of the title is in fact a beer produced by the Lech/Tylskie brewers who provide an alternative theme to the pub; the main theme being of course the Oldsmobile, and the great thing about the "Dog" is that it "never fails to find his way" - unlike me then!!

    See tip in "Restaurants" for more.

    UPDATE 2015 - Sadly the "Dog in the Fog" as a beer is no more but its spirit lives on - and of course there's plenty of other beers to replace it.

    Dress Code: No particular code apparent but most customers seemed smart/casual.

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    Vis a Vis: Still Maintaining Its "Scummy Integrity"!

    by johngayton Written Mar 31, 2015

    Vis a Vis and the word "scummy" always seem to fit in the same sentence every time the local "In Your Pocket" guide gets updated and rightly so. Even during the summer when it has its outside terrace occupying a prime position on the Rynek Glowny this little bar is still very much a proper pub. The beer's the cheapest on the square and the about the only food offering it attempts is generous portions of Bigos at lunchtime.

    During the winter, when the tourists are a bit thinner on the ground, it really comes into its own. You can happily spend a whole evening in its characterful, intimate bar without ever hearing a word of English and all you need to fit in are the very basics of Polish.

    When you enter - "Dzjindubry" - Good Day

    Then - "Pivo Proche" - Beer Please (a large one is the default value!).

    "Dzjinkuie" - Thank You

    Repeat lines two and three until you fall over and then bade all "Dubranos" - Goodnight

    In between you'll probably end up in various attempts at conversation as people try out their English on you and if you really want to make yourself popular buy a last round of vodkas between falling over and leaving - "Nastrovie!" - Cheers!

    Sorry about the totally naff spelling but you get the idea?

    BTW - This makes a perfect spot for the New Year celebrations - make sure you get in early.

    Dress Code: Summer wear for women should be minimal. In the winter takes clothes you can strip out of as the bar fills.

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    Movida (previously Paparazzi): As Glitzy As Ever

    by johngayton Written Sep 30, 2013

    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.

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    Baroque Pub: Baroque Pub, VTers night

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 4, 2012

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    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^.

    Christian and Zohara, Baroque Pub, Krakow, Poland Andy, Baroque Pub, Krakow, Poland Chris, Baroque Pub, Krakow, Poland Larry and Swanet, Baroque Pub, Krakow, Poland
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    Slowackiego Theater: Night at the Theater

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Slowackiego Theater - Krak��w Slowackiego Theater reflections
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  • Krakow Clubs: Krakow Crawl Pub Crawl

    by corymatthew Updated Apr 4, 2011

    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

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    Pub Popularny: Good For The Loo!

    by johngayton Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    CIEPLARNIA Art Club: Live jazz

    by Pablo_krak Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Nobar: No means no?

    by kolabor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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...

    That's underground!
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    Moliere: Stylish cellar

    by AndreSTGT Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    The Old Town: Meeting with people of great art

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.
    www.culture.pl/en/culture/artykuly/os_mrozek_slawomir
    http://hosted.at.imago.com.au/shadow/mrozek.htm

    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.
    www.lem.pl
    www.solaristhemovie.com
    www.k26.com/solaris

    3. Krzysztof PENDERECKI - a top world composer: a Grammy Award (1988), a UNESCO International Music Council Award (1993) and many others.
    www.usc.edu/dept/polish_music/composer/penderecki.html
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    SOLARIS - NEW HOLLYWOOD MOVIE BASE ON LEM'S NOVEL

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    Klub u Louisa: Cool Cyber Cafe

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.
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    Dress Code: As you like.

    U Louisa

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  • Krakow Clubs: Website with Great Parties 7 Days a Week

    by corymatthew Updated Dec 26, 2010

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    Wondering where the best parties are tonight in Krakow and how to make the most out of Krakow nightlife? Check out where2B.org for all the best clubs, bars, and parties.

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  • Shakers: Cool Cafe/Cocktail Bar

    by corymatthew Written Dec 26, 2010

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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.

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    PROPAGANDA: THE SOVIET (DIVE) BAR

    by DAO Updated Oct 22, 2010


    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.

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