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6 Cocktails

This apartment in Śródmieście used to belong to the owner’s grandparents, who threw parties here in the pre-war years. The tradition is honoured at this speakeasy-style bar, hidden up a stairway behind an unmarked door and filled with a warren of rooms containing original ceramic fireplaces, walls of spirits and that Instagrammable bath of balls.

Smolna

The closest you’ll get to Berghain in Warsaw, this house and tech-focused, 900-capacity nightclub operates a similar dress code – think effortfully no-effort. Throw on a black hoodie and head to this old city-centre townhouse for three dance floors dedicated to experimental electronica. It operates a no phones or photos policy to preserve the vibe.

Bar Studio

The imposing Palace of Culture and Science looms large over Warsaw’s city centre, a marble column-clad Soviet invention that used to host military parades in the days of the occupation. After wandering around the grandiose interiors or catching a screening at the cinema, pull up a chair on the square outside barStudio for a beer and some live music.

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  • Palace of Culture and Science
    Plac Defilad 1
    00-901

The View

“Rooftop club” might not be the words that come to your mind when you think of Warsaw, but during the summer The View is a stunning venue for a night out. It is located on the 32nd floor of a downtown skyscraper, giving you 360 degree views of the city. It is the best place to watch the sun rise on a Sunday morning while a DJ plays an eclectic mix of electronica in the background.

Weles

Weles is named after the Slavic pagan god of the underworld, but this subterranean cocktail bar is more reminiscent of sitting in the basement of a once fabulous mansion rather than anything truly sinister. The menu here includes crowd favorites such as the Penicillin, but I recommend going off-piste with their flagship “Warszawski” – a zesty, lime-based reminder of why Weles is considered one of the best cocktail bars in Warsaw.

Wozownia

Situated in an old carriage house in the middle of the city, this outdoor courtyard serves food from 7am using bread baked on the premises, while by night its long, red bar turns its attention to serving cocktails made with edible flowers and herbs. The atmosphere is chilled out and communal, although from autumn onwards the action moves indoors.

Syreni Śpiew

This is a club and cocktail bar in the middle of a park. During the summer, they have a wonderful outdoor lounge deck where you can take in a balmy Warsaw night. Live music is played here every night, so watch out for Warsaw’s newest breakout acts in concert.

SEN

This glamorous club on the banks of the Vistula river attracts Warsaw’s beautiful crowd. Although it’s not uncommon to see a sparkler-topped bottle of champagne being paraded around, the floor-to-length windows overlooking the city and outdoor deck strung with Edison bulbs and greenery are an attractive spot from which to start your evening.

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