Over the last 6 months, we’ve drunk hundreds of shots and even more beers at some of the best bars, clubs and pubs around Krakow. We did this to find out exactly what is the best, cheapest, craziest, most fun and where to avoid. Even we were supersized at what we found.
This is of course just some of our favourites and there are many other great places around Krakow, if you find any you think should be on the list then please let us know
We have put them into categories for you and with a little bit of information and some photos, if need any extra recommendations on what do to just send us an email or FB message and we will be happy to help
Prozak 2.0 – The Modern reincarnation of one of the oldest underground places in Krakow. Its easy for you physically and mentally get lost in this techno labyrinth with 3 dance floors and many more crevices to hang back in. It also has one of the best sound systems in town.
Dress Code: Hipster or Casual
Bomba – From the street, it looks like a regular cafe turned evening bar, not known to most that frequent this spot during the day, is the small spiral staircase in the corner. Ducking your head most of the way down so you don’t fall, while it shakes violently like it’s about to collapse, you enter a small room that feels like you’re in a tiny garage. Almost pitch black with a sound system that would be fit for a place 10 times the size, once here you won’t want to leave, and not just because you have to go back up those stairs. BOMBA is one of the few places that regularly supports local and upcoming talent all weekend long.
Dress Code: No Dress COde
Szpitalna 1 – The heart of techno in Krakow with some very big names playing here. The well respected Unsound festival also having some of there events there every year, which we definitely recommend to check out of you are here at that time. But most importantly they also support those less well-known and inexperienced artists that drive the techno seen ahead.
Dress Code: Hipster or Casual
Teatro Cubano – Previously a university lecture room now turned into a Cuban dance hall and by far Krakow’s most popular place to party. Cheap drink specials, a great mix of Cuban, Latino and commercial music that everyone can dance to. They also have a small bar at the front of the venue with a kitchen that serves shots and delicious sliders all night long. Get there early or you can be waiting a very long time or pay 10zl to get an express entry pass.
Dress Code: Casual
Frantic – A more upmarket venue with booths and bottle service. Frantic offers the full package for a great night out but the prices of drinks reflect this, so don’t forget your wallet.
Dress Code: Very fancy and on weekends collard shirts only
Coco – They focus on great music, an amazing atmosphere and a very classy decor to match this. The atmosphere of the club is mainly created by fantastic music. There are three well-prepared bars, two dance floors and comfortable and stylish VIP Rooms.
Dress Code: Nice but still casual
Lokal – Situated in the heart of the main square Lokal serves beer and pizza during the day and cranks up the party every night as one Krakow’s best places to drink and dance the night away. Playing a mix of new music and old favourites and also having different events on every week. Lokal is very popular with local students and also gets many tourists due to its great location.
Dress Code: Nice but still casual
Relaxed and Cool Bars
Anti Cafe – Just off the main square this dark and trendy “cafe” has chilled music and relaxed tables and great craft beer.It’s dark and cozy with great wall art with funky photos adorning the walls
Alchemia – One of Krakow’s oldest bars, candlelit with alchemist tools on the walls and ceilings. With 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 cool indoor smoking section and great food.
Forum – The bar is situated on the bottom floor of a monstrous abandoned communist error hotel. In summer you can lounge outside in there massive beer garden which overlooks beautiful views of Wawle Castle and the Wisla river while you sip on some of the many refreshing craft beers they have on tap. In winter, you can cozy up inside and relax at the bar or around some of the funky tables and beanbags.
Entropia –Featuring colourful design, hand-painted menus and homemade vodka infusions in some crazy flavours, their cocktails are very affordable and the local DJs who play there every Friday & Saturday manage to conjure up a perfectly chilled out atmosphere. Very popular with locals. A good alternative for nearby Alchemia, which is always packed.
Pasaz –The bar is obviously named after its location in a passage walkway that just off the main square. You’ll find a pallet couch filled beer garden with great music blaring late into the night and lots of cozy couches and beanbags inside sit back and sip some cocktails and enjoy the music
Irish & English Bars
Polish Shot Bars
Bunia Luka & Pijana -You’ll find Pijalnia and Bunia Luka all over Krakow as they are both chains but that doesn’t hinder the experience at all. Most people just pop in for a quick shot or beer on the way home or before a night out, as all 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.
Mleczarnia – In the middle of the Jewish Quarter, this beer garden is a local favourite and situated next to the very recognizable set from Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Open from April to October this Garden bar is part of the restaurant across the road
Dolnych Młynów – This is not one bar put actually a small area that was previously an abandoned cigarette factory. There are many great bars, cafes and restaurants here and even a rave. It’s defiantly one of our favourite places in all of Krakow
Bezogródek Food Truck Park – This small park is a 5-minute tram ride from the main square and packed with 15+ food trucks and a fulled stocked bar with Dj, bands and events being held here all summer long it’s defiantly worth checking out. Opening from April 1st
Klub RE – A few minutes walking off the always crowded Main Square, this bar/club has everything you need for a great night – cheap beers, great music, hidden nooks perfect for just chilling and even a small dance floor within the smoking area. In the summer, their garden is a must do. They also organize live music concerts every once in a while, so keep an eye out on their Facebook.
Z ust do ust – A hidden speakeasy in the Jewish quarter. 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 last year. Their bartenders are highly skilled and passionate about the art of making cocktails, and it’s definitely a different way of spending your evening. 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.
Sababa –A hidden away cocktail bar in the Jewish Quarter, although this place is fancy and has 25zl top quality cocktails that are made by some of the best barmen in Krakow, it also has a very likable rough feeling to the venue which works very well.
Mercy Brown – The cocktail bar is hidden just off the main square above a restaurant, a stylish and warm interior of an upper-class bar from the 1930’s. Just like Sababa, their drinks are not cheap but you are receiving an art show when they make their cocktails and only with the highest quality ingredients.
Harris – It is a unique place, where you can listen to a great music drinking delicious beverages, an aromatic beer or savouring the taste of a stronger drink. Everyone will find something special here, as Harris Club prefers all kinds of jazz – from classics to new age. That diversity is crucial since, thanks to it, it’s possible to satisfy even the most demanding music lovers.
PiecArt – The Art Acoustic Jazz Club is a music club located one minute from the Main Square, at ul. Szewska 12. Opened in the 1990s, it has the reputation of one of the best Polish jazz clubs. Not only the entire Polish leader but also many giants of the world jazz scene performed on regularly held concerts here. In the era of universal commercialization, PiecArt retained its unique – artistic character.
Weźże Krafta – Located in the area of Dolnych Młynów, this bar has 25 craft beers in rotation on draft and an additional 50 in bottles. A rough industrial decor and interior that reflects the history of the old and worn building. You have the choice of there large inside seating areas or same shaded decking around the side of the bar
Tea Time – A British themed pub. They brew delicious, authentic, English real ales to perfection. Their beers are served via hand pumps from casks located in the cold cellar under the bar, direct to your glass at the bar! With 17 of there own crafted beers, this place is a must for all craft beer lovers.
Football Heaven – The name says it all. A place for all football lovers, with Large screens, typical sporty decor and very comfortable viewing conditions which make every fan feel like in heaven!
Bull Pub – Located just off the main square and across from St. Mary’s Church. Great burgers and playing lots of different live sports.
Pub Enigma – It is Krakow’s oldest cellar bar. This is a traditional authentic Polish cellar bar, built in the 16th century it has exposed brickwork, chunky tables and chairs, great decor and furnishings and plenty of seating options spread throughout this bar.
Places to Avoid
Most strip clubs – Strip clubs normally and the best places to visit but they are extra dirty and scamey in Krakow, unless you want to get scammed out of all your money you should avoid them.