The Language Tandems
Every Wednesday from 6. p.m. there is a possibility to meet people from different countries and try to talk in different languages.
The free conversations for everyone. The idea of language tandem is very simple: they are free conversational meetings of at least two people of different nationalities who teach each other their native languages. In "The Kana Cellar" Language Tandem Meetings are free. You can just come in, order a hot chocolate and talk in your language. On each table is set the placard with the name of the language. The languages of discussion so far are: Polish, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian. If you know people wishing to speak in other languages - we'll arrange for them a new table. It should also be noted that you can also talk with native speakers, who are mainly foreigners studying or residing permanently in Szczecin. What makes our tandem conversations unique is not only the real contact with the representative of another culture, but also the aura of a surprise. . Who knows, maybe instead of English engage you Spanish?
Szczecin, Plac sw. Piotra i Pawla 4/5
A small friendly bar on two floors, ground and basement. there was a warm welcome from the owner Kasia, who incidently speaks very good English, a real bonus as I speak no Polish, and her assistant Eva. They serve two different lagers the best of which we thought was Tyskie and the normal range of spirits including , naturally i suppose, lots of vodka.The first night that we were there was truly international with a group of Norwegians a couple of Spaniards, some Poles and five Brits. Everyone got on very well and had a really good time with the Karaoke even though we couln't understand the Polish songs we still tried to sing the words even if most of them were unpronounceable. There were of course a few English songs, The Beatles, strangely enough they were requested by the Norwegians, it didn't matter everyone sang them.
We liked the place so much that it became a must go for the four days that we were there. When there wasn't karaoke it became a small cosy bar with just the right atmosphere. I would recommend it to anyone
Dress Code: None, just go as you are.
Being in need of some late night refreshment, I wandered into this place on a Saturday evening about 2300 hours. The only reason I picked it was because it was in close proximity to my hotel and it was far too cold to walk far.
I can only describe it as a madhouse, in the nicest possible way. It was entirely taken over by a karaoke operation, run by a young bloke with a laptop computer which he had set up on the bar and rigged into a small PA and the TV. The place was absolutely jumping.
Polish karaoke, as best I can make it out, consists of the microphones circulating about the (relatively small bar) with anybody and everybody singing whatever song is playing. and what songs! Most of them seemed to me like out-takes from the soundtrack of Cabaret - all hugely dramatic and sung with great gusto by all and sundry. Ordinarily, I'm not a great fan of karaoke (I've travelled too much in Southeast Asia for it to be fun any more) but this really was hugely enjoyable. It also reinforced a long-held view of mine that your ability to understand languages you don't speak is in direct proportion to the amount of alcohol consumed! I was actually singing along to songs I'd never heard in what must have been the worst imaginable Polish accent.
A really friendly crowd, good staff and cheap (even by Polish standards) beer led to a great night. Closes at 0200 on the weekend.
Dress Code: If there was a dress code I certainly didn't manage to work it out.
Szczecin comes alive at night, there are plenty of places to unwind and enjoy the Polish party spirit. Many places are tucked away in the vaulted cellars: Fuga, Hormon and Music Tunnel to name a few.
Located in the center of the city, on the 22nd floor of the highest building Cafe 22 has its own unique atmosphere enhanced by a spectacular panoramic view of Szczecin.