Club Piranha: Relax in a special atmosphere
Is a special club,because is more than a club when you can relax,eat and drink.
During the summer you can see a little pond with exotic fish and some ducks(yes, they have animals and you can see them :) ). They also have some parrots, an iguana,two dogs and pigeons. It feels like you're in someone's back yard, and everything is green and made from wood around you, and the music is lovely.
Because we went outside,i don't have any picture with the interior of the club, but i hope you will enjoy the pictures that i have posted.
About the prices: food and drinks are not very expensive here.
Dress Code: You can dress as you want: sport or elegant, is your choice.
Macca - Villacrosse Passage: The Smoke'n Blues Street
This is a strange (but not unique) and comfortable concept: the covered street. It has got a French look but definitely an Oriental origin, as it used to host many little shops belonging to different merchants. Nowadays a few of them have turned into little bars and cafes, where the tables fill the whole street in summer and autumn. They have an Egyptian Cafe with narghiles, a Blues Cafe with excellent music (I can finally say that about a place in this city!!!), a Chinese Restaurant on the first floor and even a French Bistro (even though I personally do not vote for that one, too sticky a place)... The atmosphere is right, the crowd is generally great, coffee is fresh and not instant, they have a few Romanian beers to choose from, while at the Blues Cafe they also have a good variety of ice-creams.
Dress Code: You are in Bucharest, the Balkans. So, what the hell does "dress code" stand for???
- Beer Tasting
- Arts and Culture
Salsa Club 3: Que la gente baile : Salsa Club
Bucharest has been taken by storm by the salsa in recent years. If you want to practice your skills, beware: the girls here dance very well. The dancers nights are Thursday and Sunday (85 % salsa, 5 % bachata, meregue reggeton). If you just want to have fun on Latin music, you can go Friday and Saturday. There's an entrance fee of 5 Euros on Fridays and Saturdays and if you don't cope with the heat well, stay home: the nights are set on fire here. ;)
A beer is somewhere around 2,5 Euros , 1 mineral water 1,5 Euros.
Lately, salsa dancers prefer Sala 4 You club and the parties organized by the dancing schools.
Dress Code: There isn't a dress code but you can't dance salsa in Sneakers, can you?
Gara Lipscani Bar: Your train ain't coming no more.
Gara Lipscani is a student & poor favorite, with a poor, simple and cheap lively place. What does this mean? Simple: food comes fast, food is tasty, food is cheap. Therefore food is good. And no, it is not a restaurant, but they have food. Then: beer comes fast, beer is cheap, and beer is tasty. Then beer is good. You’ve missed the train anyway, so have another beer.
Dress Code: Dress code? What is that?
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
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Clubs & Erotic bars: Bucharest After Dark Escape
Try Bars & Pubs : White Horse, Opium Caf?, Terminus.
? Optional :
? 1.dinner and erotic show at ?Aristocrat? , ?Sexy Club?, ?Leonard? Cabarets (entrance and one drink included)
Dress Code: Casual, Jeans Tie welcome too
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- Wine Tasting
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La Motor Terrace: On top of the world
La Motor. Well, no address needed: just head to the National Theatre, turn left, go round the building until you meet the corner side entrance, enter, wait in line for the elevator for there are others just as thirsty as you, get on the last floor, follow the crowd and go out on the roof of the National Theatre, find a place on the huge terrace, go and ask for beer and relax. Have you got the message?
Dress Code: Normality required.
- Budget Travel
Carturesti Book'n Tea House: Experience the ceai, the caj, the tea, the thé.
A tea is not supposed to be a sweet, pleasant and convenient drink one can have while riding a bike, working or eating a hamburger on the underground train. A tea is an experience and a discovery in the same time. And what can come as a better companion for a great cup of tea, if not a book? In the relaxed, but not exceedingly relaxing space at the Carturesti (look in the Shopping section for more data), they have a Tea Room. Sit down on a labelled chair and enjoy a comprehensive guide of the tea at first. Then make up your mind and have your own combination of a tea and a 'dulceata', exactly as these two sine qua non elements of the once upon a time Bucharest were described by Caragiale, Eliade or Rebreanu.
Dress Code: Just bring your regular mood and your eagerness. Leave out your worries and defies, they are not admitted by others' regular moods.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
The Gate: When electronic music takes over
While taking a night walk with some friends on Victoria Bvd , we met a group of friendly Spanish guys. They asked us about The Gate so maybe this club became famous over night...
The Gate is THE CLUB if you're a fan of minimal, electronic and such types of music... not my case however. The club is quite crowded on Fridays and Sundays.
No entrance fee for the girls, guys have to pay ~ 3 EURO.
Cola: 2 EURO
Bottle of wine: 10 EURO
Cocktails: 5 EURO
You can also go for a cup of coffee during summer or watch football games live on huge screens.
Dress Code: the usual for discos
Club Maxx: Very popular club
Club Maxx is a huge disco popular with the local students. Don't get seperated from your friends you will struggle to find them again. Be prepared for the raunchy shows on the podiums, male and female!
Picasso Cafe: Tea & Coffee Time
Picasso Cafe is a relaxed place (too relaxed to have anything to do with Picasso but hey, we’re in Romania!), tea and coffee are good and the service just as fast and they have (also) good armchairs for those coming early. Just prices are a bit high.
Dress Code: Ties not accepted.
- Budget Travel
La Ruine Terrace: A brick for every mic
La Ruine, another summer paradise, is a wide terrace serving mici and beer (again and again) to a wide range of students and people that come on the Lipscani to do the shoppings. Just watch the ruins of Gabroveni Inn, not to fall over you. I mean it. For, after too much beer, things start to move…and move…ooooohhhh…
Unless you come from Kamchatka or Rejkavik, you have noticed maybe that it is not open in winter.
Dress Code: Just bring your common sense and wear that smile correctly.
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- Beer Tasting
Maax: Club -discoteque
Discos are popping up all over Bucharest, increasingly catering for a wider range of musical tastes. Club Maxx is a popular place with a relaxed vibe and a good mix of tunes, which attracts a studenty crowd.
I was a bit shocked though when going there as even if it supposed to be a "student venue", the " female dancers" who dance on stage are almost completely naked, thing which is not common in Western Europe!!
Dress Code: Informal
2004 updated nightlife
Nightlife in Bucharest is developing probably faster than Romanian's economy or European integration progress:)
Here's some update for clubbing:
- Cuba, mostly house bit of commercial mixtures
- Bamboo, very posh
- Cristal club, house
- Cabaret club, a little bit of R&B, disco, funky house
- Barfly, disco music eventually cheesy parties
The picture was taken in Cuando at a Benny Benassi concert who proved quite cool but quite short...Nevermind, by 1am when Benny started we were deeply in a party mood:)
Offside Pub: Popular pub with live sports action
Offside Pub is a popular sports bar, located on Strada Gabroveni, just a few metres from the pedestrianised Strada Lipscani in the heart of Bucharest.
My friend and I visited Offside Pub one Saturday afternoon during our visit to the city in March 2008, and would recommend it to anybody wanting to catch the latest sporting action while in Bucharest. At the time of our visit, a large screen was showing live English Premiership football (Bolton vs Man City), while other screens were showing live football games from France and Germany. A small screen behind the bar was showing live cycling on Eurosport and yet another screen was showing the latest football results from around the world via teletext. You won’t even have to miss any of the action when you need to visit the gents’ room as a TV set is mounted above the urinals! I'm not sure if you ladies will be quite so lucky! ;-)
I believe that this is a popular hangout for visiting football fans when their club or country is playing a fixture in the Romanian capital, and they’ll no doubt feel right at home in the surroundings. A variety of football memorabilia (framed shirts, signed photographs, autographed footballs…) adorn the walls and there is a table-football table to keep the punters occupied when there is no action to watch on the TVs.
The beer selection isn’t particularly extensive (only Bergenbier, Stella Artois and Heineken were available on draught), although there is a wider selection of higher priced imported bottled beers. There is a huge selection of spirits, cocktails, wines and soft drinks, and a reasonable selection of pub food (pizzas, sandwiches, salads, spaghetti…).
We were paying 4.5 Lei (a little under 1 GBP) for 500ml draught Bergenbier at the time of our visit.
In the evening, we noticed that many of the tables were reserved. We left before the crowds arrived – but I guess they were booking up tables in order to watch the live Steaua Bucharest game that was being screened that evening.
A great place to watch live football in the heart of Bucharest!
Fire Club: Lively bar and nightclub
My friend and I visited Fire Club one night during our visit to Bucharest in March 2008.
This popular bar and nightclub is located on Strada Gabroveni, a small street that runs parallel to Strada Lipscani in the heart of Bucharest. The area offers a few good nightlife venues, with the Offside Pub (see other tip) just a few doors away from the Fire Club.
There is a 10 Lei (2 GBP) cover charge to enter Fire Club, and you will get your hand stamped by one of the bouncers as proof of payment.
When we first arrived, we sat at one of the tables in the ground floor bar area. There was music playing in the background and music videos being shown on large screen TVs. We sat for a while, drinking draught Ursus beer at 4 Lei (0.80 GBP) per 500ml, before deciding to head downstairs to the club area.
Downstairs, there is another bar, a dance floor, and a small seating area with wooden blocks to sit on and small wooden tables. Being a Saturday night, the club was packed out and was particularly popular with students and other young locals. No draught beer is available downstairs, so we drank bottled Ursus beers at 5 Lei (1 GBP) per bottle. We sampled the Ursus Blond (a typical lager) and the Ursus Black (similar to Guinness).
A full drinks menu can be found on the club’s website here: DRINKS.
Expect to pay between 3 and 6 Lei (0.60 – 1.20 GBP) for a local beer, up to 7 Lei for Czech beers and up to 9 Lei for Hoegaarden and Guinness. You will find the usual selection of popular drinks such as Smirnoff Ice (12 Lei / 2.40 GBP) and Red Bull (10 Lei / 2 GBP), as well as a large range of spirits, wines, soft drinks (4 Lei / 0.80 GBP per bottle and hot beverages).
The music consisted largely of rock, pop and indie music from the 80s, 90s and 2000s. It was quite an eclectic mix, from The Proclaimers to The Kaiser Chiefs, as well as music from two of Sheffield’s finest bands; The Arctic Monkeys and Pulp.
No dress code was apparent – I was wearing jeans, a t-shirt and trainers, and most people were casually dressed.
A lively bar and club, with bottled beers and a good selection of music!
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