Stalowe Magnolie, Krakow
We fancied celebrating in style after South Africa won the rugby world cup, and the Irish bar where we watched was very limited in its beverages.
Maska is in the basement of the Stary Theatre located in the Old Town. Its decor is rich an opulent and with the aid of some very clever low lighting gives the feel as if one is entering a secret cave. It is no suprise that some famous people have visited this bar, amongst these people are Royalty, film directors, actors, actresses and film directors - so a great place for people spotting.
We ordered a bottle of Cava which was only 60zl, I noticed some of the other guests were drinking rather elaborate cocktails - apparently their speciality is making cocktails of the flags of the world. The are is divided into 2 rooms which caters for both smoking and non-smoking.
As I relaxed in a booth sipping my bubbly, soft music playing in the background, I can honestly say this place is quite a find.
Opening times 9am - 3pm except on sunday opening time is 11am
On their website I see that they do serve a full menu as well however we did not eat here.
Dress Code: No specific dress code, however this is more of a sophisticated place - not ideal for stag do's!!
I started going to SM back in 2002, when it was one of the best bars in the world, in my opinion. I went back this year and it is hell. Management have forgotten what they set out to make. The music the bar staff play is appalling, in fact most of the staff are stupid and rude, and the customers are treated like cattle. Better go to Pausa one block away for drinks, or Harris Jazz bar for live music, or Singer for atmosphere. Sorry SM, you've lost all your old charm, and probably all your old customers, including me.
Last New Year party at Steel Magnolias was a disaster.
There were too many guests and too few waitresses, so you had to wait ages for your drinks, and many times you got different stuff from what you ordered.
And when you do not like the bottle of wine you just ordered there, prepare for a long argument if the wine is good or not. Do not dream you will get the bottle replaced. And even if it happens, watch the bill – you may be charged for the bottle you did not like and for the one you finally got.
This was our experience we made during New Year party 2007/2008. We waited for 30 minutes for the waitress to come to take our orders. Then we ordered a bottle of Chilean white wine. After 25 minutes and many requests from our side, the bottle finally arrived. We smelled the wine and it did not smell of wine, but of cork. This means the wine was not stored properly, because it took the smell from the cork, which should never happen. We did not want this wine and asked for a different bottle.
Then the manager came to us and she started arguing that the wine is good, was stored properly, and that we will not get a replacement bottle. We tasted the wine and did not like it. She tasted it and she said it was ok, and again she argued we have to take the wine we did not want. This discussions continued for 20 minutes, and finally, we received a new bottle of wine, which smelled properly, and was very good.
Although outraged that we had to argue and to ‘fight’ to get wine of proper quality, we were happy and thought the story was over.
At the end of the night we paid the bill, but only on the way home we realized we were charged for two bottles of wine – the one we drank and the one we did not take (and never saw again).
A truly unforgetable night at Steel Magnolias!
If you don´t enjoy crowds, loud music and stuff like that, there are other options as well. I´ve been to a nice pub with live music in a lower volume...
Terri "Pigwidgeon" has told me that this place is called "Stalowe Magnolie" ("Steel Magnolias" in english) and that it is a popular music venue in Krakow. Tks for the help, Terri!!!
With very stylish interiors (including burgundy, velvet beds) and so called here 'Warsaw' prices (meaning high), it's really great place for spending the evening. I bet you will have a lot of fun here. There is a live band playing in the evening and also small dance floor where they usually put some other music, not the live band.
Dress Code: There is a door bell policy so don't come here wearing shorts and sneakers or you might be left outside.
In order to enter one of Krakow's classiest night spots you have to ring the door bell outside, but don't let this deter you from visiting this club, it's neither exclusive nor posh, but it certainly does have style. Good live music (not strictly jazz), great cocktails, beautiful bar maids and comfy sofas guarantee an enjoyable night.
Cocktails are around 15 pln!
Open from 6pm.
Unbelievable place. Brilliantly designed Night club on ground level that has live music every night and great bar. But there is a "Member's Only" area at the back for which you need a Member's Card (don't ask how you get it but the members swipe the cards on a reader to access the rooms...v.cool) If you ask the manager nicely she may let you in to the back but if you do get in be prepared for the most amazing byzantine lounge that looks like a queen’s chamber and "Baldochino" beds to lie on with dark red drapes and lighting everywhere. The waitresses are cute and clever so you can chat to them about almost anything. Keep an eye out for the 'theme' nights (70's, 80's Moulin Rouge, Presley, Casino...) you can dress up and be crazy.
Dress Code: Casual smart but no sneakers
Stalowe Magnolie (= Steel Magnolias) is a good place for the evening to meet people (including foreign tourists and citizens), drink and maybe sometimes dance - in my opinion.
Live music in the evenings (sometimes quite good music bands). Very nice interiors of former Lubomirski Palace, including big hall with famous burgundy-style, velvet beds (only for holders of special card - how to get it is top secret of the menager hehe).
Good (I mean well trained) security door guards, better do not discuss with them haha.
Very high prices (though lower then for example in Paris) - we say in Krakow "Warsaw prices".
All drinks like: „Stalowe Magnolie”, „White Russian”, „Manhatann”, „Margarita Presidente” above 4 $/Euro.
Beer - 2 US$/Euro and above.
Dress Code: Shorts and sneakers not allowed.
Stalowe Magnolie (Steel Magnolias).
Quite possibly the funkiest of Krakow's night spots, this live venue club makes you feel like you are at an MTV unplugged taping and if that gets boring, the VIP room has poster beds to lounge on!
A Jazz Bar/Disco with sofas that are more like beds than bar seating. Jazz ends at about midnight, when the house music starts, and people start to get funky.