It’s great to party in a new city and especially one with such a diverse and vibrant nightlife scene, but just like any other popular tourist city there comes the darker side of tourist traps and scams.
We have outlined a few to be aware of.
Strip Club Promoters – Avoid them at all costs. Unlike the respectable, upstanding and family-friendly strip clubs you’ll find in other European cities, the ones in Krakow are just there to steal tourists money. A common issue is when you are paying for items on your debit/credit card they will say that you have entered the incorrect PIN number and ask you to try again, but in fact, they are just charging you multiple times. Another is when ordering drinks you will be charged a ridiculously high price and due to the size and demeanour of the security, you will be forced to pay it. There are so many friendly and great looking locals who frequent all the bars and clubs in Krakow, and there is really no need to go to a strip club in Krakow.
Drinking on the street – Unlike its neighbour to left, it is illegal to drink in public streets in most Polish cities. Krakow is one of those cities, and there are some exceptions like when the Christmas or Easter markets are on but generally speaking its forbidden. As you can imagine there are fines for this and the Police here are fed up with tourists saying they didn’t know and shouldn’t get a fine. The thing is some police won’t give you a fine, they will just take you straight to the cash point and make you pay them there and then and put that cash right into there pockets. That being said there are still many great cops here in Krakow who might let you off with a warning. The best thing is to just hide your alcohol in a McDonald’s cup.
Street Girls – When your tipsy and aimlessly walking around late at night not knowing what to do. Two very friendly and good looking ladies will come up to you and say that they are not from around here and ask for some advice on what bar to go. (Unless you look like Brad Pitt, this isn’t normal for most people) They will then try to get you to a bar nearby, unknowingly to you they work for that bar. When you arrive there, they will ask you for a drink and being the kind upstanding person you are you will get them one, and this is where they scam you. The drinks here are about 10 to 20 times the regular price in Krakow, and the drink menus don’t have any prices on them. When it comes time to leave, there big scary security come out and you have no choice but to pay the ridiculously high bill if you want to leave in one place.
People selling drugs – We at Krakow Crawl don’t condone the use or sale of any form of banned substance. That being said if you still need your party fix to be very careful as 99% of the stuff people sell around Krakow is very low quality and highly toxic crap. Often what people say they are offering(MDMA or Coke) is actually just cheap methadone, that will leave you feeling horrible and with a terrible comedown that can ruin your trip to Krakow. We advise sticking to the local vodkas as they are strong enough.
Ordering Drinks – When ordering drinks at clubs it is very important that you specify exactly what brand of alcohol you would like or the bar staff will pour the most expensive top-shelf liquor they have and you will end up paying five times more than you should. We advise when ordering to just asking for the cheapest option available. You are in Poland so you should, of course, be drinking Polish vodka, Wyborowa is a great quality Polish vodka that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
If you have any other recommendations or questions please let us know.
The Krakow Crawl Team