To help you experience all that Krakow has to offer, we have made a quick list of the Do’s and Don’ts of partying in Krakow. If theirs any that you think we have missed, then please let us know.
1. Go to a shot bar – The shot bars in Krakow are unique to Poland due to there love of vodka and lack of high taxes and regulations on spirits that most western countries have, you can get many delicious flavours from Chupa chup to monte. The most famous shot bars in Krakow are BaniaLuka and Pijalnia. Shots and beers from 1 Euro.
2.Try with the locals – Generally, polish people are very welcoming and approachable, don’t let the language barrier hold you back. As Krakow is a student city, so most young people speak excellent English and if not then have shot and try to speak polish. Hot Tip: Learn a few basic Polish words as it will surly impress the locals. Check this more the most common words and pronunciation.
3. Tip the bar staff – Don’t be such a tight arse, It doesn’t matter if they don’t tip where you’re from they tip in Poland so you should too. More often then not the bar staff will certainly look after you if you do tip.
5.Swap out the standard greasy kebab for some Pirogi. Most people will grab a quick heart stopping kebab on there way back to there accommodation after a night on the town, but in Krakow, you can skip that and instead get yourself some excellent pierogi from some of the all-night pierogi shops. Our favourite is 24Pierogi
4. Do a pub crawl – There are so many excellent and popular bars and clubs in Krakow. There are also some crappy and shit places in Krakow (not many but some) and the best way to see them all or at least the best ones is to join a Pub Crawl. It’s cheap, very convenient but most of all you skip all the bad venues.
5. Visit the lesser know places – Most people spend all there time around the main square, but there are lots of great bars and areas you can venture out to. The Jewish Quarter also know as Kazimierz has some great bars and pubs. If you’re looking to spend some time with locals, then check out the area Dolnych Młynów.
6. Specify what drinks you want – When ordering drinks at clubs you need to make sure you tell them exactly what drink you want, or they will charge you for the most expensive option. For example, if you just ask for a “vodka lemonade please” they will give you top shelf stuff, and you’ll be paying upwards of 15 euro for one drink. Just ask for the cheapest, and you’ll be fine.Hot Tip: Ask for the polish vodka Wyborowa as its great quality but also cheap.
1. Avoid strip clubs, no really don’t go. It doesn’t matter how much you want to go or how strong your urge is to throw money at tits you can’t touch…..just don’t do it. The strip clubs here are not like the upstanding, respectable family friendly business that is in most of the world. They are extraordinarily dodgy and are purely designed to steal as much money off drunk tourist’s as possible. Check here for more details. If you still really need to go then watch then get in contact with us as we can recommend the best ones. Hot Tip: Don’t pay with card as they will charge your card multiple times and say its declined or incorrect pin but really they are just putting the transaction through multiple times.
2. If two girls approach you on the street and say they’re lost or not from around here and ask to take you to take them somewhere, unless you look like Brad Pit… run away as fast as you can. This is a scam where they take you to a bar they work for and you will be charged ridiculously high prices for drinks. Read more about this here
3. Don’t drink in public – Unlike Poland’s neighbour Germany, you can’t drink on the street here and can receive hefty fines from the city police who are sick of hearing tourists whinge and whine about how they didn’t know they couldn’t drink on the streets. Hot Tip: just put it and a coke bottle or McDonalds Cup
4. Don’t fall asleep on the streets – This rule is a bit of common sense but when you’ve had twenty shots of vodka the footpath and garden bed can look like a very enticing place to sleep but don’t lay down not even for a quick nap, as you might wake up with no phone, wallet and shoes or to some police questioning you
5. Don’t look at the security – Well, you can look at them but as long as your smiling and not swaying side to side with your eyes rolling into the back of your head you’ll be fine. It’s safe to say security on Poland don’t have the best temperaments and you don’t want to be on the receiving end of one of them having a bad day.
6. Don’t use the 24-hour money exchanges – Generally, exchanges (Kantor in Polish) that are open during the night will most likely give you terrible rates and rip you off, you can pay with a debit or credit card at most venues in Krakow.
7. Don’t pay with big notes – Don’t pay with big denomination notes as most bars and clubs always seem to be low on change and they will wither not serve you or take bigger tip than expected.
Dos & Don’ts – Depending on what type of person you are these could be in either section, so we decided to make a section with both and you can try at your own risk.
1. Spiritus – There can be sort of a love-hate relationship with this one, this stuff is super strong and will get you super wasted, and at 95% alcohol , it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted
2. Order and attempt to drink every flavour of vodka. There are so many great polish vodkas, and you should try them all but maybe not all in the one night.