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NIGHTLIFE

Welcome to the pulsating heart of Poland's nightlife - Krakow, a city that seamlessly blends its medieval charm with a youthful, vibrant energy. As aptly captured by Jonathan Carol, who proclaimed, 'Krakow is one of my favorite places on earth. It is a medieval city full of young people. A wonderful, striking combination.' This enchanting city beckons all, regardless of age or interests, to partake in its diverse nocturnal offerings. From bustling pubs and trendy clubs to cultural events and laid-back lounges, Krakow's nightlife is a unique amalgamation of historical richness and contemporary excitement, ensuring an unforgettable experience for every nocturnal explorer.

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KRAKOW - NIGHTLIFE

Krakow is a city with diverse facets, functioning both as a university hub, attracting young individuals with its renowned universities, and as a historical destination that draws tourists. This combination contributes to the vibrant party and cultural scene in Krakow, with its nightlife being a significant allure. For some, the nightlife is the primary reason for visiting, with stag parties, nightclubs, and guided tours being particularly popular among young tourists.

The nightlife in Krakow is generally concentrated in two main areas: the Old Town and Kazimierz - the Jewish Quarter. The Old Town is bustling with bars and nightclubs strategically located to offer a lively party atmosphere. On the other hand, Kazimierz is renowned for its more intimate ambiance, providing a distinct contrast to Krakow's Old Town. It remains less susceptible to hen and stag parties, and many of its bars boast a unique and charming style.

OLD TOWN

The heart of Krakow's nightlife, the Old Town stands out as the city's most popular district. With an array of bars, clubs, and pubs, it serves as an ideal locale for pub crawls and bar-hopping enthusiasts. Additionally, the Old Town boasts vibrant live music venues showcasing both local talents and international acts.

NIGHT CLUBS

MOJITOS CASA LATINA BAR & CLUB: It is a unique place on the map of Krakow, offering tasty cocktails and incredible Latin-style parties. The bartenders can craft classic cocktails for you as well as drinks created based on their own recipes.

Address: Mikołajska 13, 31-027 Krakow

FRANTIC CLUB: Located next to the Main Market Square in the epicenter of Krakow's nightlife, Frantic is one of the most famous clubs in the city. It's a modern, trendy club with two dance floors and three bars situated in typical Krakow cellars.

Address: Szewska 5, 31-009 Krakow

TEATRO CUBANO: A pleasant club featuring Latin music, a lively crowd, and an exotic atmosphere that transports you to the streets of Havana. It is one of the busiest and most energetic dance clubs in Krakow, with decor that will make you feel like you are on holiday.

Address: Jagiellońska 10, 31-010 Krakow

CHOICE CLUB: If you appreciate modern, stylish, and well-designed venues, you will enjoy partying inside Choice Club. According to the owners' website: "Choice is a premium-class club with sophisticated interiors, an unforgettable atmosphere, excellent cocktails, the best DJs, and famous personalities among the guests."

Address: Floriańska 15, 31-019 Krakow

PROZAK 2.0: Prozak 2.0 comprises three dance floors and four bars, equipped with a Funktion-One sound system. The club's musical focus revolves mainly around techno and house. Prozak 2.0 has evolved into a cult destination for music enthusiasts, offering a perfect and original venue to dance and have fun.

Address: Plac Dominikański 6, 33-332 Krakow

PUBS & BARS

WODKA CAFE BAR: A quirky little bar located in the Old Town, just off the main square on Mikołajska street. The taster trays of vodka are great for providing a sample of various vodkas. The establishment serves a variety of flavored vodka flights, including unique options like fig, wild rose, elderberry, and pear.

Address: Mikołajska 5, 31-027 Krakow

COSMIC GAMES: A highly original establishment on the map of Krakow nightlife. The interior is designed to resemble a real UFO and also features unearthly games and fun activities such as beer pong, table shuffleboard, table football, air hockey, and much more. It is not just a bar but also a themed gaming venue to entertain you.

Address: Karmelicka 27, 31-131 Krakow

COSMIC MINIGOLF PUB: A venue quite similar to Cosmic Games, offering the same cosmic space for cool entertainment. This time, you can enjoy playing on any of the 9 galactic minigolf tracks.

Address: Karmelicka 50, 31-128 Krakow

FREE PUB: The Free Pub is easy to locate along Sławkowska, a street and area bustling with pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants. It is recommended for its excellent selection of alcoholic beverages. The cellar exudes a cozy atmosphere, with plenty of sports on the TV and the best music playlist.

Address: Sławkowska 4, 31-014 Krakow

MOVIDA COCKTAIL BAR: This place is known for serving inventive cocktails like Bull Ride, Smokey Swan, Sail with Jerry, and White Heaven in a lively ambiance. The owners assure visitors that "Only here, bartenders with international experience serve world-class cocktails."

Address: Mikołajska 9, 31-027 Krakow

MR. BLACK COCKTAIL BAR: This speakeasy bar is quite extraordinary; it resembles the coolest living room with professional service. The atmosphere, decor, and cocktails are beautiful and enchanting. Located in central Krakow, this bar offers a cozy atmosphere and high-end cocktails with a variety of ingredients from around the world.

Address: Szewska 21, 31-009 Krakow

LIVE MUSIC

HARRIS PIANO JAZZ BAR: Located on the Main Market Square, this charming bar is renowned for its live music events. Every night, you can enjoy free jazz performances, complemented by elements of blues, funk, and soul. With its prime location, this venue provides an immersive experience in the vibrant tapestry of jazz genres, set against the backdrop of the historic surroundings.

Address: Rynek Główny 28, 31-000 Krakow

KLUB RE: Klub Re is a typical Cracovian cellar bar with live music and one of the finest outdoor gardens adorned with old trees. As one of the oldest music clubs in Krakow, it occupies expansive medieval cellars coupled with a fantastic garden. The venue offers a niche repertoire featuring jazz, alternative rock, and electronic concerts. The club hosts some really interesting niche rock bands and organizes theme parties.

Address: Świętego Krzyża 4, 31-027 Krakow

SZPITALNA 1: Szpitalna 1 provides an excellent basement for dancing, enjoying music, and socializing with friends. It is a recommended club for enthusiasts of electronic music and jazz jam sessions. They organize Open Decks to give young DJ performers an opportunity to share their passion for music and enhance their skills.

Address: Szpitalna 1, 33-332 Krakow

KAZIMIERZ

Kazimierz is the Jewish Quarter of Krakow, known for its eclectic nightlife scene. The area exudes a bohemian vibe and is home to various bars and clubs. While we recommend typical but unique atmosphere places for Kazimierz, if you prefer more modern venues, don't worry; you'll find plenty of them in both the Old Town and Kazimierz. Just look around – each street is full of people enjoying their night out in Krakow.

 

SINGER: One of the most popular spots in Kazimierz is Singer, situated in a former sewing machine factory, featuring tables made from these vintage machines. Guests also recall the distinctive atmosphere of the place – colorful wallpapers, dimmed lighting, numerous candles, antique furniture, and mirrors cracked, which transport both locals and tourists to completely different times.

Address: Estery 20, 31-056 Krakow

 

ALCHEMIA: Another noteworthy establishment is Alchemia, a quirky little bar/restaurant with a cozy atmosphere, well-known among locals in the Jewish quarter. Mecca of the jazz avant-garde, regular concerts promoting creative, contemporary forms of jazz are held here.

Address: Estery 5, 31-056 Krakow

 

MLECZARNIA: Another interesting find is Mleczarnia, a small cafe adorned with vintage photos of local people on the walls. When this place was created, the owners aimed to maintain its original charm. Upon discovering an inscription under layers of paint, they chose to leave it, respecting the mysterious atmosphere of Kazimierz. The cafe includes a summer patio across the road.

Address: Rabina, Beera Meiselsa 20, 31-058 Krakow

 

ESZEWERIA: Eszeweria embodies the same bohemian vibe of Kazimierz. While it appears modest, it's the simplicity and unique atmosphere that make the place special, featuring a nice, cozy garden in the backyard.

Address: Józefa 9, 31-056 Krakow

 

HEVRE: Hevre is a bar and restaurant housed in a former synagogue, offering food, beer, and cocktails in a classy, vintage atmosphere. This former Jewish prayer house has been transformed into one of Krakow's most evocative and comprehensive venues – a trendy bar, cafe, restaurant, and even a weekend club with antique chandeliers.

Address: Beera Meiselsa 18, 31-058 Krakow

GUIDED TOURS

Several platforms offer organized guided tours that optimize your time and help you avoid unpleasant situations in a new destination. A successful and enjoyable party involves socializing, and in an unfamiliar city, this may not be straightforward. If you want to meet fellow travelers, exchange experiences, and receive advice, it's a good idea to join one of the Krakow Nightlife & Bars tours through the Get Your Guide platform. Pub Crawls, a Boat Party, a Guided Craft Beer Tour, and good company are all you need to have fun in Krakow and make the most of the nightlife experience.

CONCERTS

For those seeking a more refined and culturally enriching nightlife experience in Krakow, the city offers an array of venues catering to various tastes. For an enhanced cultural experience, it is advisable to always check whether the performance will have English subtitles, especially for those who may not understand the Polish language. Explore the following establishments for an evening of musical and artistic enjoyment:

THE CRACOW PHILHARMONIC: Immerse yourself in the grandeur of classical music at the Cracow Philharmonic. This renowned concert hall hosts orchestral performances, chamber music, and classical masterpieces, providing a sophisticated and memorable evening.

Address: Zwierzyniecka 1, 31-103 Krakow

Official website: https://filharmoniakrakow.pl/public/                                                                  

 

TAURON ARENA: a multifunctional venue, transforms into a spectacular concert space. From pop-rock sensations to international acts, the arena welcomes a diverse range of musical events for a lively and energetic night out.

Address: Stanisława Lema 7, 31-571 Krakow

Official website: https://www.tauronarenakrakow.pl/

ICE: Experience the cool vibes at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre. This modern facility hosts a variety of cultural events, including concerts, exhibitions, and performances, promising an eclectic and vibrant nightlife scene.

Address: Marii Konopnickiej 17, Krakow 30-302

Official website: https://icekrakow.pl/en

FOLK SHOWS: Dive into the rich folklore of Poland with traditional folk shows at Jama Michalika. This historic venue offers a charming setting to witness authentic Polish dances, music, and cultural performances. For more detailed insights into the enchanting Folk Show at Jama Michalika, we invite you to explore our comprehensive article on the subject.

Address: Jama Michalika, Floriańska 45, Krakow 31-019

Official website: https://cracowconcerts.com/folk-music/

CHOPIN CONCERT HALL: For any enthusiast of Chopin's work, concerts featuring the piano master's musical compositions are a genuine delight. Pieces from the repertoire of the legendary composer, renowned both in Poland and worldwide, are performed regularly all year round. The concerts highlight Chopin’s most popular piano works, performed by notable pianists.

Address: Chopin Gallery, ul. Sławkowska 14, 31-014 Krakow

Official website: https://cracowconcerts.com/pl/

TEATR VARIETE: brings Broadway vibes to Krakow with captivating musicals and theatrical performances. Enjoy a night of entertainment, featuring talented performers and dazzling productions.

Address: Grzegórzecka 71, 31-559 Krakow

Official website: https://www.teatrvariete.pl/en

OPERA HOUSE: Indulge in the sophistication of the opera at Krakow's Opera House. From classic operas to modern productions, this venue offers a refined atmosphere for lovers of the dramatic arts.

Address: Lubicz 48, 31-512 Krakow

Official website: https://opera.krakow.pl/en

Krakow's cultural scene extends beyond these venues, with countless more options for those seeking diverse and memorable nighttime experiences. Whether it's classical melodies, folk traditions, or the excitement of a live performance, Krakow's nightlife caters to every taste.

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