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By Lauren Hill | January 2 2018
Due to its increasing selection of vibrant clubs and bars, each with their own unique style, Warsaw has officially established itself as one of Europe’s top nightlife destinations. For the ultimate after-dark experience, alternate between the city’s hotspots and some of its finest cultural experiences, and you will have it all. The country’s capital city is also its largest, affording visitors a vast array of activities from music and theatre to trendy venues for a cocktail. Explore the city’s rich history by day and its chic locales by night. These are our picks of the best things to do at night in Warsaw, Poland.
Located in the basement of the National Opera of Poland’s Grand Theater, the Opera Club is a true hidden gem. A huge modern club, the decor is alluringly oriental. Comfortable couches, stone walls, and Buddhist-style furniture create an enticing atmosphere while the scent of incense complements the Far Eastern effect. Small rooms are located throughout the bar and are available for VIP events. There’s space for lounging, a sushi bar for snacks, and a dance floor which hosts popular DJs every weekend. The Chinese shadow theater at the center of the hall is a main attraction of the alluring club.
As one of Warsaw’s most celebrated cocktail bars, with an extensive offering of whisky and live music to boast too, Syreni Spiew has won multiple awards. Over 100 types of whisky and 40 classic cocktails are served including favorites such as Postcard from Havana and Olka Sour. This can all be savored in the elegant interiors of the bar’s modernist architectural facade originating from the ’70s. Glass walls then open the interior up to the trees this building sits within. Live music draws the crowds in each weekend ensuring an upbeat atmosphere. Be sure to try the ‘Whisky of the Month’ for a taste of something new.
The Teatr Wielki (Grand Theater) has been Poland’s grandest opera and ballet theater for more than 170 years and is comprised of a main stage, small stage and Poland’s only Theater Museum.
Built between 1825 and 1833 by Italian architect Antonio Corazzi, the theater remains an imposing structure, though, unfortunately only its classicist, column-lined facade has withstood the 1939 bombings. However, once rebuilt and rejuvenated, the theater returned in the late 1960s to conquer the hearts of Poland’s art-loving crowd with world classics as well as Polish works. Polish National Opera and Polish National Ballet performances take place throughout the season, with VIP seats available.
An evening of unexpected fun can be found at Warsaw’s La Playa club. Be transported somewhere tropical at this beachy bar, which plays music from around the world for you to dance to in the sand. If sports are more your scene, La Playa offers organized games such as beach volleyball for some friendly competition. The “urban beach” vibe of the venue is complemented by a cocktail list that includes fruity vodka drinks evocative of summertime no matter the season.
The Panorama Bar is located on the 40th floor of the five-star Marriott Warsaw hotel and is among the highest hotel bars in Europe.
Just as its name suggests, this is a glass-walled lounge bar with a stunning, panoramic view of Warsaw. And once your gaze returns to the interior, you’ll notice that the decor here is also striking, creating a space that’s ideal for relaxing with one of the bar’s signature cocktails or a glass of Veuve Clicquot. Alternatively, if you’re up for an evening with a bit more of hype, you can always sit around the bar.
Located within the Hotel Bristol Warsaw, Column Bar exudes grandeur with its Art Nouveau decor featuring lighting by Otto Wagner, black and ivory leather banquette seating, and accents of eggshell blue and gold. Live piano music adds to the bar’s ambiance, making it even easier to while time away with a cocktail or two. A courtyard garden provides outdoor space to enjoy in the warmer months.
This jazz and swing bar sits within the grand Polonia Palace Hotel. While some people come for the live music this venue hosts, others are enticed in by its setting and its views of Warsaw’s architecturally impressive Palace of Culture and Science. The bar has a laid-back vibe, which is reflected through its menu of casual internationally inspired cuisine.