Glitter, glamour, party people: Warsaw’s nightlife beats that of most other European cities hands down. So what if the sun is already high in the sky again when you head home? Lots of bars, clubs and pubs stay open until the last guest is ready to leave – even if it’s in the middle of the following day…
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Warsaw’s nightlife: bars, lounges and tango
Bojangles Bar & Lounge
Drinks and snacks along with the music of swing legends like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Ella Fitzgerald are all on the menu at the Bojangles. In the evenings, a pianist often also sits down at the elegant grand piano and plays. The bar of the 4-star Polonia Palace hotel (right across the road from the famous Palace of Culture) is a perfect place for a stylish start to a long night! As Robbie Williams’ album title says: “Swing When You’re Winning”
Bojangles Bar & Lounge (at the Polonia Palace hotel): Al. Jerozolimskie 45, Tel.: +48 (0)22/318 28 33, www.poloniapalace.com. Opening times: Mon-Fr 3pm-1am, Sat-Sun 10.30am-1pm (Happy Hour, daily 5-7pm)
Panorama Bar & Lounge
Warsaw is booming! And the Panorama Bar on the 40th floor of the Marriott Hotel is a good vantage point for surveying the skyline of this growing metropolis by day or after sundown. Here at one of Europe’s most elevated hotel bars, you can enjoy some spectacular view as you sip one of the many excellent cocktails, single malts and vodkas on the menu.
Panorama Bar & Lounge (at the Marriott Hotel): Al. Jerozolimskie 65/79, Tel.: +48 (0)22/630 63 06, www.panoramabar.pl Opening times: 6pm-2am
It doesn’t always have to be house, hip hop or electric: The fans of other, older music styles also get a chance to party through the night in the Polish capital. Warsaw has long enjoyed a reputation for its jazz clubs and now has a growing set of tango aficionados, who get together for a milonga, a special tango evening, every Monday and Thursday at the Argentina. Tango instructors give free lessons between 6 and 8pm before the milongas (and on all other days of the week, as well).
Argentina: Ul. Sandomierska 13/14, Tel.: +48-22/412 00 00, www.argentina.com.pl (in Polish). Opening hours: Milonga Tue 8pm through 12 midnight
Party through to the morning: clubs and a special breakfast to cure a hangover
A Warsaw club scene classic over three floors. Guests can dance, drink - and eat - at the Organza because as well as being a bar and club, it’s a restaurant in the daytime, too. In the evening, well-known Polish DJs spin chillout, electro, house and Latin, but hits from the 1980s and ’90s also go down well. The venue is less elitist than it was a few years ago, but the bouncers still won’t let every would-be guest through the door. Leave your favorite sneakers at home and affect a smarter style and you’re in with a good chance.
Klub Organza: Ul. Sienkiewicza 4, Tel.: +48/(0)22/828 32 32, www.kluborganza.pl (in Polish). Opening hours: Tue-Sun, from 8pm
Even the longest night ends sometime, and then what you need is a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day. The morning menu at Restaurant 99 includes croissants, muesli and omelets, but the restaurant also serves excellent lunch and dinner somewhat later in the day. According to the Wall Street Journal, the 99 is one of the ten hippest restaurants in Europe.
Restaurant99: Al. Jana Pawła II 23, Tel.: +48 (0)22/620 19 99, www.restaurant99.com. Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-11pm, Fri 8am-12 midnight, Sat 3pm through 12 midnight, Sun 12 noon through 10pm.
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