I went, at the recommendation of some Romanians, to the Space Club on a Saturday night, and found it to be a trendy place with a young crowd. The music policy seemed to be techno, getting heavier as the night wore on. I left at about five in the morning and it was still jumping. I believe it is only open on Friday and Saturday nights.
Dress Code: I don't know if there is a dress code imposed, but most of the people there seemed to be dressed to impress.
Address: Str. Acacdemiei 35 - 37
Try Bars & Pubs : White Horse, Opium Caf?, Terminus.
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? 1.dinner and erotic show at ?Aristocrat? , ?Sexy Club?, ?Leonard? Cabarets (entrance and one drink included)
Dress Code: Casual, Jeans Tie welcome too
Directions: Café Indigo , in the Cinemateca Str. Eforie 2. Live jazz at weekends, artsy crowd all week.
Club Champion , Sos. Kiseleff 32. Ten-pin bowling, pool and snooker. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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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
Address: 1, Primo Nediolo Street
Directions: across the street from Agronomie Students Complex, close to the Arch of Triumph
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?
Address: 89, Eminescu Street
Directions: 10 minutes walk from Piata Romana: take Mihai Eminescu street and you'll reach a gas station. A few step forward, on the left you'll find Salsa 3
If two years ago there were only one or two places one could dance salsa, the scene has drastically changed now.
The best club around is now Salsa 4 You, where one can also attend classes and occasional workshops (the Vasquez brothers, Melinda, Ismael Oter or Manuel Mascarell have been around lately:) ). The salsa community here also loves costume parties (check the "back to school" pictures).
The doors are opened every day of the week, with an entrance fee of 10 lei (~2,5 euros) on Fridays and Saturdays - it gets very crowded. A mojito is 15 lei (~ 4 euros). Wednesday is also a very popular evening.
www.salsafactory.com - the site of the dance school that holds its classes there
Dress Code: You know the dress code :)
Address: 3 Nicolae Balcescu Bvd
Directions: University Square, across the street from Intercontinental Hotel
Phone: 021 - 313.50.00
Going to Spice Club is a delight for me for many reasons. First of all, they have a live band playing the best of the best every Friday and Saturday. Secondly, it's a non-smoking club or , better said, they have a separated area for smokers. And thirdly: did I say no smoking at the tables and the dance floor? :D
They are also known to host small concerts of Romanian's best bands and not only: I've been here to listen to gypsy (rroma music), salsa or stand up shows.
The entrance vaies between 10 and 20 lei (2.5 - 5 euros), depending on the event. You can reserve a table for about 35 euros (includes a vodka bottle).
Dress Code: Casual
Address: 21-23 Calea Victoriei
Directions: Very close to the University Square
Phone: +40 21 312 01 36
Halloween at the Harp! This has got to be one of my best Halloween nights, such fun on our first night in Bucharest. This place was really cool and very friendly and everyone was chilled.
Not like back home!!! HAHA
Address: Str. Bibescu Voda 1
Phone: Tel : 335 65 08
I was trying to host a CS & VT meeting but the place I tried was fully booked and with only 4 days before my visit Andreea kindly sorted it out for me and booked us tables at Ramayana Cafe. It was the perfect venue and a wonderful turn out as you will see in my Ramayana Travelogue :-)
Thanks again Andreea for this and a wonderful night with everyone :-)
Address: Str. Baldovin Pârcalabul nr. 11
Phone: 021 317 16 81
My friends took us to this popular bar and nightclub which 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 places as after this we went on to Expirat club.
Address: Strada Gabroveni 12
Phone: 021 312 70 19
My friend and I visited Opium Studio one evening during our visit to Bucharest in March 2008.
This quirky little bar is located on Strada Horei, between Bulevardul Ferdinand and Bulevardul Pache Protopopescu, to the east of the city centre. Finding it involved a lot of wandering down dimly lit side streets and passing groups of stray dogs. I really wasn’t sure where we were heading, and the review in the guidebook (complete with the bar’s motto: “an endless dream”) did little to ease my fears that this might be some narcotics-filled den of iniquity. The bar’s external appearance offered no clues as to what lay inside, but we proceeded through an archway and found the large wooden door that led inside.
I’d like to point out in the strongest possible terms, and much to my relief, that this is *not* a drugs den and, despite its name, you cannot purchase opium there!
When we entered, we saw a group of young locals sitting around a large table smoking narghile pipes in a room to our right, and a dimly lit bar area (with décor that could best be described as “eclectic”, and just a little bit morbid) to our left. The music was not at all what I expected – some rather incongruous 1950s/60s love ballads.
We sat at a table in the bar area and ordered a couple of beers. The waitress, perhaps assuming (wrongly!) that as tourists we might not want the cheaper local beer, brought us a couple of bottles of Heineken (9 Lei / 1.80 GBP per 500ml bottle). Once we’d had time to look at the drinks menu, we saw that bottled Silva Brune was available at 7 Lei, Corona at a rather expensive 15 Lei per bottle, as well as a large choice of spirits, wines, vodka shots, cocktails, soft drinks and hot beverages.
The bar is open daily until 4am, and we noticed karaoke nights being advertised on the menu – but thankfully not while we were there!
On leaving, the barman asked us where we were from and asked us to spread the word of this bar to friends and family back home – or, in my case, to random people on an Internet travel site!
A friendly, quirky, and just a little scary bar on the back streets of Bucharest.
Address: Strada Horei 5
Directions: Located on Strada Horei, between Bulevardul Ferdinand and Bulevardul Pache Protopopescu, to the east of the city centre.
Phone: 00 40 1 92 50 50 66
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!
Address: Strada Gabroveni 12
Directions: Located on Strada Gabroveni, a street running parallel to Strada Lipscani.
Phone: 021-312 70 19
Warm-up or cool down! Get together and get funky! this thematic party bar will stir up your imagination, will lift up your mood and will be recorded in your memory as an unbelievable fun and relaxing moment! All that at the altar of Absinth, the Green Fairy, the mystical muse of the old times, of Picasso, van Gogh, Hemingway and many other great names!
Dress Code: according to the party theme
Address: ienachita vacarescu street no 33 bucharest
Directions: Unirii Platza
The Grand Cafe Galleron got its name from the architect that designed the buildings of the National Bank and of the Romanian Athenaeum. Every room has been designed (and subsequently furnished) in a different style. If you go there with friends, you might like the Library Room. If you go with your business partner or with your lover, you might book the Cigar Room. If you only want to have a (great) mushroom soup, you could try the main room by the entrance. Otherwise, you could very well try the Orangerie with its tall chairs and fine view to the street nearby. The wi-fi room (the central room of the house) provides free internet access to guests. The service is very good and the place served a great breakfast, as well as some fine main dishes (the calamari and the assortment of cheeses are especially recommended). Just as a reminder that you are in Bucharest, toilets are located down the same hall with the kitchen, and all waiters / people going and coming from the toilet go through the non smoking room.
Address: 18A Nicolae Golescu Street
Directions: It lies just behind the Athenaeum.
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This was Bucharest's first club, which was born and raised under the caring wing of the University of Architecture. It hosts live (usually rock and folk) concerts on a frequent basis, and it gathers a rather young crowd. When there is no live music, it goes from Phoenix (the most famous Romanian rock band) to Led Zep or Everlast, with (many) intrusions of Abba and other dancing queens and tunes. Not bad, but the crowd could be better. And less of a teenage behaviour would be welcome.
Address: 14 Blanari Street
Directions: It lies close to the National Bank; Blanari Street is parallel with Lipscani Street.
Phone: (+40) 021 313 55
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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.
Address: 88 Lipscani Street
Directions: Find the place just before Lipscani bursts into Balcescu Avenue, to the right. Entrance is also possible from Gabroveni Street.
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