From the bars and restaurants on the pristine Nowy Świat to the stylish spots near the theater district and the bohemian scene across the Vistula River in the Praga neighborhood, Warsaw’s post-sunset world is a vibrant one indeed. Every week, it seems a new club or eatery is making its debut, contributing to this city’s youthful vibe.
The club scene in Warsaw exploded in the last five years, reflecting an economy that has remained healthy compared to other parts of Europe. A recent addition is Room 13 on Mazowiecka Street, near the city center. The interior is an eclectic mix of modern and antique, with oversized photos of angel-style models and a faux-cloud ceiling. Two bars, a dance floor, a VIP section and youthful energy mark this trendy spot.
A perfect example of the city’s post-Eastern Bloc renaissance is Club Capitol, a glitzy spot in the northern corner of the city. A theater by day, Capitol sprawls over two heavily decorated floors, split between a big, busy dance floor tended by visiting DJs and a quieter bar scene upstairs. The complex appeals to the young, beautiful and well-heeled. The club, like many in Warsaw, tends not to have established hours, but on weekends it’s likely to be open.
If clubs are not your speed, you might consider Winosfera, a new multipurpose dining destination with a focus on wine. Collected under one roof are a wine-tasting room, a restaurant, an intimate movie theater and a gallery. The exposed brickwork, light gray interiors and open kitchen format add to the casual feel of Winosfera; but the food, prepared by Head Chef Jakub Adamczyk, is serious. The restaurant serves updated international and Polish cuisine, with choices such as herb-crusted lamb in Madeira sauce, beef tenderloin, beef tail soup, green sea bass, cod, pappardelle with venison ragout and veal ravioli. Because the owner of Winosfera is an importer, the wine shop showcases more than 500 choices.
In heavily Catholic and conservative Poland, being openly gay has long been a risk, but attitudes toward alternative lifestyles relaxed to the point where gay-friendly leisure choices are expanding. Many consider the subterranean Club Galeria the best option for gay travelers seeking a taste of the local nightlife. Set in Hala Mirowska, it is by day a market for produce sellers and street vendors. At night, it transforms to a large club with a stage, a lounge and an expansive dance floor. Drag artists, singers, dancers and strippers supply the entertainment, with locals pitching in on popular karaoke nights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Galeria is closed on Mondays.
The language barrier might discourage many visitors from sampling one of the city’s 30 theaters, but one venue, Na Woli Theatre, provides English subtitles for its performances. Na Woli specializes in Polish contemporary drama as well as new interpretations of Polish and world classics.
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