Little Gliwice is yet another stunning Polish city with a pretty square, a popular football team and some of the best up-and-coming bars and cafés in the Śląsk province of Poland. From retro-style communist bars to cheap shot bars to travel-themed pubs, the town offers an eclectic range of drinking options to all visitors and this list brings together the cream of the crop.
Put simply, Pewex Extra PRL Pub is a really quirky bar housed in a basement right in the town centre of Gliwice. It owes its interior décor to the communist days in Poland, one of the country’s newest PRL bars and has cheap beer and bar snacks. Another thing that stands out about Pewex Extra PRL Pub is it is kind of hidden and looks closed. Yet when you walk down the steps prepare to be amazed at such a throwback to the old times—knick nacks on the walls, a dirt cheap menu, and some cool art. The fact the bar has no windows also gives it that retro feel.
Dom Alchemika is one of the most creative bars in the town. Before you even enter its doors, you are aware that there might be something cool about this venue because the window at the front shows glasses normally vacated by chemicals in some chemistry or biology lab. But here, those glasses are reserved for the best cocktails in town. As well as good cocktails, there are three superb local beers on tap including the popular Piwo Jagodowe (Blueberry Beer). Friendly staff greet you with a smile.
Nowy Gwarek is the clubbing and late night option for those who want to drink, dance, and let their hair down. For these reasons, the club gets packed on Friday and Saturday nights, when top local D.J. pump out good tunes. It’s a stylish venue which also has good lighting and sound systems and a menu which has slightly higher prices than the rest of the bars in town.
With its travel-themed title, this bar takes a leaf from the book of travel writer Ernest Hemingway, and is a favorite of both locals and tourists. The interior design is great, and there is a chance to try the oldest beer in Polish literature (Cieszyńskie Mastne). The walls are adorned with quotes, travel photos, and tributes to Hemingway himself. Its location in Gliwice’s town square also makes Club Hemingway an easy meeting point.
Momo is a swanky and luxury café-come-bar which is actually part of the town square’s famous Ratusz (City Hall). Here at Momo you can enjoy a good coffee, and beer served directly from tanks. The food menu is pricey but worth it for some hearty Polish and Italian options, including tasty pasta dishes, local soups, and traditional Tatar (raw beef appetizer).
Ministerstwo Śledzia i Wódki (The Ministry of Herring and Vodka) is part of a cozy chain of top notch Polish pubs which feature in some of the more unusually visited cities, such as Bydgoszcz and Opole. The best thing about these bars is that they are very cheap—selling beers from four złotych and bar snacks from eight złotych. Aside from the cheap menu, expect a busy bar, where it might be hard to find a seat on weekends, and some classic old-school newspaper cuttings on the walls offering yet more gimmicks and reminders of communist times. It is also open 24 hours, closing only on public holidays.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.