Bucharest nightlife… ahoy there!
For those lucky souls who managed to experience the magic of Eastern European nightlife, I say to you, congratulations. And for those who got to experience the Bucharest nightlife, congratulations twice.
You’re just saying that because you’re from Romania!
Yes…and No. Sure, every corner of this world has special places to enjoy your Saturday night party with your best buddies but most of the foreigners I met love to party in Bucharest. And Romania in general. Often I wondered why, what makes this place so special and why do the foreigners love it so much. I have friends who regularly return to Bucharest to enjoy the city, have a great time and try to remember the next day who were the girls (or boys) with the numbers in their phones.
So what makes it so special? Why is Bucharest nightlife worth coming back?
Let’s start off with the most obvious – clubs. You will only find Bamboo and Le Gaga listed in the Finest Clubs in The World shortlist, but with them aside, there’s plenty of other good places were you can enjoy a regular Bucharest nightlife party. You say there’s plenty of clubs anywhere, why is this place special?
The people. Yes, the people make it truly special. The clubbers who make it worth raving at 5:30AM when most of the partygoers are drunk and dancing in inertia. The places are raving and booming even when a regular work day starts, and it’s not necessarily because it finishes so late, it’s because during that window of time you’re always dancing, laughing, talking to gorgeous girls (or guys) and enjoying a really good selection of music. There’s a certain “je ne sais quoi” attached to every night out in Bucharest, a certain limited craziness that makes it very much worth it to go out quite frequently.
The best clubs of Bucharest - Bamboo Club, Le Gaga, Fratelli, Gaia Boutique Club (the fashion place), BOA - Beat Of Angels
But you say you don’t want a club. You want something that’s more relaxed.
Then comes the other obvious choice – Lipscani. Or the Old Town of Bucharest. Only a pedestrian zone, the cluster of old houses built in 1920′s architecture is now literally an open party, with pubs, bars, small clubs and party-goers-know-what-else every other step you take. You can eat on the street, on the steps of the Romanian National Bank, have a beer (or too many), party, rave, scream, yell… As long as it’s within the law, you can do it.
What makes it so special? Probably most of the people around you will cheer you on. Lipscani is bustling with activity even at 4 or 5 am when usually everyone takes off for home. The same concept applies here as well – the people make it worth it, so don’t be afraid to dance on the bar. You willl get cheered on if you’re doing a good job!
Places to go to
Caru’ Cu Bere – the traditional Romanian restaurant, housed in a historic landmark
Vintage Pub / Club Bound / Old City Pub / Bordello’s / Gin Factory / Mike’s Pub- Top spots to party
Van Gogh Cafe - Cosy cafe atmosphere (Tip – Go when Holland is playing football, the Dutch embassy gathers to watch the match and it turns the whole place into a big orange)
Biutiful – Classy cafe, refined and very very crowded
But you don’t want to club, or to go to Lipscani. You want something else.
In that case it very much depends on your style, your budget… and what you want to do. There’s plenty of places to go to, such as arguably the best Romanian restaurant, Locanta Jaristea. There’s also the “top spot”, literally, the 18 by Embassy, perched atop an 18 storied tower that gives you a great skyline view of Bucharest. For the posh group, there’s Casa Di David to suit your needs. If delicious steaks are your thing, Osho Primaverii serves the best steak in the whole city.
And if those are not to your taste, then I suggest you go explore – Bucharest is a safe city, so exploring is definitely your best to find a restaurant, pub, bar or club to suit your taste!
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