Red7 Blogs , June 3, 2016
If you haven’t been to Poland’s former Royal capital, you probably won’t have heard that Krakow is known to have one of the highest densities of bars in the world. Amongst these delights are the medieval cellar bars, or “piwnice” as they are known in Polish. They’re the hot topic in Krakow as the bars themselves are often remnants left over from the medieval networks of the city.
Since the development of Krakow, beginning at the fall of the Iron Curtain, these bars have been revamped and reworked and are now places of wonder. It’s here that you’ll find the hip, young people of the city, ready for whatever comes their way that night, steely-eyed and determined to have an amazing time. So to help you out on your next trip to Krakow, we’ve put together our hit-list of the top five coolest bars, where beer and merriment are found in abundance.
This is probably one of the best bars in the whole of Krakow, let alone the best cellar bar. Upstairs there is a rustic kitchen area, but it is the gypsy caravan vibe going on downstairs in the cellar that is where the real magic happens. Here you’ll find loud rock music playing until the small hours, great beers and a top crowd to party with. Apparently, when this place was renovated there was an unexploded WW2 bomb found buried in the cellar, which may explain its explosive atmosphere!
The bar is run by an art collective hailing from Lodz and the regulars are definitely of the more artistic persuasion. The décor is eccentric to say the least, and not for the prudish. Inside you’ll find walls covered in pictures of nude women, and a bar area furnished in faux-baroque armchairs and sofas throughout its cavernous seediness. A definite must-see if you’re looking for an original night out on your stag do in Krakow.
This place is for the nature lovers in the group. The name translates as ‘Nature Gallery’ and inside you’ll be greeted with a wondrous selection of tropical fish in beautiful tanks. But don’t worry, they also serve a great selection of Polish and Belgian beers. This labyrinthine venue will have you tripping out in no time, just try not to trip into one of the many tanks.
This bar has brazenly borrowed its name from the Soviet-era shops that were prolific in Poland during communism, but it works. Inside you will find a nostalgic fairy-tale world of outmoded appliances, Soviet posters and all things communist lurking within its recesses. It even has a battered old army truck housing its DJ booth. Don’t worry though, the crowd here are definitely not old enough to have experienced much of the hardships and it’s a great drinking hole to enjoy with the lads.
C K BROWBAR
This is a classic cellar bar in the centre of Krakow; it also has the best beer available in Krakow which comes with its own Royal Habsburg seal (CK Browbar means ‘The Royal Emperor’s Brewery’). It is a place to sit and chat, and if you are wanting a bit of football then it has a fine array of TV’s to watch the game on. Franz Josep himself would be proud to sit here.
So there you have it – five of Krakow’s best cellar bars. And as our final parting bit of advice, don’t forget to mind your head… the cellar bar ceilings are notoriously low! For more information on our stag weekend packages in Krakow, take a look here.