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Fire Club: Where hard rock fans meet
The place is known for rock music and a good selection of beers. It was a punk club in the early 2000s, but has shifted a little more to mainstream rock. It looks like your alternative student club with a red brick wall, however some plastic has found its way into the club as well. Undoubtly, some of the original atmosphere has been lost with the last makeover. The basement is often used for concerts of local rock bands, but the one or other international act has made it there as well. I was there on the day there was an Iron Maiden concert in Bucharest and of course, the Fire Club hosted the party afterwards – and was popular with all the fans before the concert. If you like football, top matches from the European Leagues are shown here as well.
There's a full food menu, though at weekend evenings this is not the most comfortable place to eat as it can get very crowded. Look out for beer offers like two for one or 1 litre discounts.
Glasgow Pub: Honest with its name
Popular hangout for youngsters, good to have a pint or two but not something which really stands out. A typical British pub in continental Europe which tries to emulate a pub on the British isles while trying to appeal to the mainstream. Drinking wisdoms on the ceiling at the motto “We proudly welcome heavy drinkers” enforce that impression. Food menu available, though I don't ordered anything.
What I liked was the idea of naming a pub after a city which is not associated with traditional pubs but rather with alcohol and social problems (see also: Glaswegian kiss...). At least, they are honest in that :)
O'Hara Irish Pub: For your dose of Guinness and footie
Of course, Bucharest is not the place to expect a decent Irish pub, but O'Hara's is surely one of the better ones in town and the one which comes closest to my idea of an Irish pub in Bucharest. Guinness, live music in the evening and friendly staff makes this a good place. It's popular with locals and unlike other places not full of tourists. Don't expect a party atmosphere, O'Hara's is more like a place to relax and chat while having some fun and some pints. The even have a food menu with mains in the 25 RON range (2013).
Becker Brau: German beer and sausages in Bucharest
My friend and I visited Becker Brau one afternoon during our visit to Bucharest in March 2008.
This German brauhaus is located on Strada Turturelelor and, despite being fairly close to Piati Unirii (which we used as our main reference point while in Bucharest), it took some finding!
Becker Brau was recommended to us by the receptionist at our hotel. We didn’t have an address for the place, but I had committed the name to memory. Late in the afternoon, and ready for a beer, we decided to hail a taxi and make our way to this pub/brewery/restaurant to sample the fresh beer brewed on site there. The taxi driver had never heard of the place, nor had any of his friends in the neighbouring taxis. We tried to explain that it was a bar/restaurant, but that didn’t help. The driver phoned a friend and passed his mobile phone to me, so that I could explain where we wanted to go. Eventually (after several phone calls and a growing belief in my mind that the place didn’t even exist), the driver spoke to somebody who knew the address. In fact, it was within a kilometre of where we were standing and we arrived there within two minutes of the taxi setting off.
In fairness to the driver, the location is rather odd, being set amongst blocks of residential apartments and basketball courts, set back off the main roads. It’s not in a location that many passers by would stumble across. If attempting to find Becker Brau on foot, follow these basic directions:
From Piata Unirii: walk along Bulevardul Unirii in the opposite direction to the People’s Palace. After a kilometre or so, take a left turn and look for Strada Turturelelor. If you reach Piata Alba Iulia before taking a left turn, you’ve gone too far.
Once you get there, you’ll know you’re in the right place. A huge guitar is mounted above the main entrance door, giving the restaurant something of a Hard Rock Café look from the outside. Inside, the décor is what you’d expect from a German brauhaus – the restaurant area features lots of dark wooden tables and chairs, and the walls and ceilings are adorned with paintings of stereotypical beer hall images (large beer steins, waitresses, plates of sausages…).
To be honest, the selection of beers brewed on site is limited. You can choose from either the filtered or the unfiltered Becker beers, the former being a crisp lager and the latter being a cloudy “white” beer. Both were fresh tasting, as you’d expect from a brewery, and very good quality. Prices were high by Bucharest standards; 7 Lei (1.40 GBP) for relatively small 300 ml glasses.
We didn’t eat at Becker Brau, but we noted that the menu featured a selection of German and Romanian meat dishes – most notably, sausages, pork schnitzel, mixed grills and steaks.
As well as the restaurant area, Becker Brau features a huge indoor “theatre” with seating for 800 people and regular live music performances and an outdoor garden theatre with a capacity of 500 people.
Fresh German beer and sausages in Bucharest. Recommended!
Cara cu Bere: traditional beer hall
Cara cu Bere is a great Bucharest institution. It is the city's oldest beer hall. The food is hearty. Most of the dishes are big plates of fatty pork in various forms, ranging from strips of pure pork fat, through tripe to ham and grilled pork chops. To be honest, it is not really my style of food, but if you are into lots of meat and beer, this is the place for you.
Considering the size of the place and the number of customers, the service is really fast and efficient. If you have been wandering around Bucharest's Historic Centre, this is the obvious place to end up at.
Harbour Restaurant: English-themed bar restaurant
The Harbour Restaurant is decorated with an English nautical theme, but the food is traditional Romanian. There is an extensive menu, including soups, salads, pasta, fish and meat dishes, and the service is excellent. It is a good place if you want to have a meal and a few beers. It is very popular and can get crowded and smoky.
La Gara'n Pub: Creative Setting
This is a place I used to pass by often, but I only stopped for a cup of capuccino a few days ago.
IF YOU'RE WAITING FOR THE TRAIN, INSTEAD OF SITTING IN GARA DE NORD, COME HERE TO GET USED TO THE ATMOSPHERE.
The setting is charming especially downstairs where the tables are arranged like in a restaurant vagoon. (more spacious though). No polution and no noise, just a cousy place to enjoy Belgian beer with a fast snack. (sandwiches and cold plates)
Favorite Dish: Belgian beer and the capuccino
Laptaria Enache: Great Rooftop View!
Situated atop the National Theater of Bucharest, this rooftop bar offers some of the city's greatest views, fairly inexpensive drinks and is a great place for a date. Although be forewarned, many others, especially locals enjoy this place too. Not much of a secret really, so be prepared to share the cafeteria-styled wooden tables with a group of people. The indoor section is usually closed during the summertime and doesn't quite have the unique qualities that make it so alluring during a warm summer evening.
All in all, a fine place to visit during the summer, but best avoid during the winter months. The indoors is dark and smoky, just like any other Romanian pub.
The Harp: An Irish Pub in Bucharest
The Harp is situated conveniently on Piata Unirii. During the summer it has a nice terrace. Quality food and imported beers make it a hit with all who choose to patronize this authentic Irish pub, which is owned by an Irishman.
Laptaria lui Enache: One of the most famous
It's a pub in the National Theater building. Its name translates to Enache's milkshop, hence the cow in the picture. It is famous for jazz and rock concerts that take place here. Also, until a few years ago one could sneek through a small passage and watch the theater rehearsals. To get there, just ask people in University Square.
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