The Alternative Krakow Crawl takes you through the lesser-known side of Krakow and goes where the locals hang out. We will take you to the best hidden hot spots in Kazimierz. This is is a bustling area full of amazing bars, pubs and street food.
Kazimierz is a 5-minute walk south of the Main Square and is also known as the Jewish Quarter. Now for a little bit of history. In the middle ages, Poland was one of the most tolerant countries in Europe. Home to the largest and most significant Jewish community in the world. Krakow’s Kazimierz district is the heart of Jewish culture in Poland where the cultures of Christian and Jewish coexisted for more than 500 years.
Some of the most exceptional people among the Jewish nation were born here, and it has a unique atmosphere due to its previous cultural importance to life in Krakow, you’ll see many great examples of Jewish architecture but also places of great tragedy. Here you’ll find students drinking shots with corporate types, locals chatting over a beer with forgeries and everything in between.
But the most important thing of all is………there are so many great bars to discover, and that’s why we’ve made this self-guided crawl, but if you would like one of our guides to take you on a private tour you can book a group tour here.
Feel free to change our pub crawl around or do your own thing as there are so many fantastic drinking spots in Kazimierz and we just couldn’t fit them all in.
We recommend to check out the Jewish Quarter Walking Tour when the hangover clears, to get a bit more historical and cultural understanding of the area. You can check them out here.
Our starting point is Plac Nowy which is situated in the heart of Kazimierz. Plac Nowy is an old Jewish marketplace that has many great food stalls and bars. We recommend getting a zapiekanka to snack on to start the evening, which is a traditional polish meal that’s half pizza half baguette and you can have almost anything on it, but most importantly it does a great job of soaking in all that alcohol that you’ll soon be consuming. There are many other great street food stalls to choose, like sushi, burgers and grilled sausages.
Pijalnia Wódki i PiwaPlac Nowy 7
Next up is a traditional polish shot bar with a decor that makes you think you’re back in communist Poland, with its distinct green stools, old newspapers for wallpaper and retro appliances. You’ll find Pijalnia all over Krakow as it is a chain, but that doesn’t hinder the experience at all. Some people stop by for a quick shot or beer on the way home while others come in before a night out, drinks are only 4zl (yes that’s right a beer, shot or wine is only €1) but you’ll still find a nice mixture of locals and tourists perched up there for the night. They use an excellent Polish Vodka called Zubrowka for all their shots, and there are 13 mixed shots to choose from, our favourite is the Chupa Chup.
Alchemia is one of Krakow’s oldest bars. It’s candlelit with alchemist tools on the walls and ceilings. Each of its different rooms and cellar having a unique atmosphere, almost anyone can find their nook. Downstairs you can regularly catch a range of local and international bands that play there. They also have a relaxed indoor smoking section and great food.
Just across the square is Entropia. Infusions are what they do, and they do them well, they infuse 20 different alcohols depending on the season and current trends. Some of the injections to expect are dried figs, sesame seeds, vanilla, cranberries, sour caramel, white tea, pineapple etc. You’ll also notice that the majority of the furniture and a lot of the artwork is creatively made from random recycled household items.
Z Ust Do Ust???
It’s possible you might not make it to the next bar because, well it’s a hidden bar and we can’t ruin the surprise by giving you the address. You can find them by solving a series of riddles on their website or asking one of the locals, as the place, has been vastly popular ever since its’ inception. Their bartenders are highly skilled and passionate about the art of making cocktails. They even serve drinks in miniature bathtubs, complete with a plastic ducky on top. If you’d like to experience something out of the ordinary during your trip to Krakow, Z ust do ust is a must do.
Kraina SzeptówIzaaka 1
If you’ve managed to make it out of the hidden bar, this next stop is only a short walk. Kraina Szeptopw translates to Land of Whispers, and it is the essence of a Kazimierz bar, dark wooden rustic decor, squeaky wooden furniture, 50s alcohol ads and murky mirrors. Spread out over two floors, Kraina Szeptopw, gets very busy and is bustling with locals of all ages.6
HevreBeera Meiselsa 18
Just around the corner is one of the largest venues in the Jewish Quarter. It was previously a 19th-century prayer house, and you can still see the warn out Jewish murals on the walls. The high ceilings and unique chandeliers give the place a real grand feeling. They mix great cocktails and even have unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell beer from the tank. We recommend trying this as its the only place in Krakow that has it from the tank. On select nights they also have techno parties in the basement.
Zoo ClubJózefa 6/1P
The perfect place to finish of the night if you’re still looking to party. Zoo Club is a nightclub with a charming beer garden. As their website states “Here, every “party animal” will find a place” and whether you want to dance all night, relax in a booth or simply chill out in the beer garden. Zoo club has it all. If you show them this guide, you’ll even get a 10% discount on the bar.
If you’d like to have a guided crawl of the Jewish Quarter just contact us on any of the below details as we organise private tours for The Alternative Krakow Crawl.