Poland’s Upper Silesia is an industrial region, with mines and factories aplenty and where tourism is based on discovering the long traditions of mining and industry. However, the biggest city of the region, Katowice, is one of the youngest European metropolises, and has an interesting, eclectic architecture, the beautiful surroundings of the Beskid Mountains and Jurassic Upland, and a great nightlife with its rock pubs and Czech taverns. Here are five of the best bars to visit when in town.
The Czech Republic and Polish Upper Silesia have a lot in common – language, culture, and traditions. Situated in the heart of Katowice, Hospoda is the best Czech option that offers not only awesome beers but also cuisine typical of Poland’s southern neighbor, and three rooms named after Czech cities. It’s important to keep in mind that Czechs are not only renowned for their beer production but also their stronger alcohols – from plum brandy to absinthe – all of which can be tried at this top-notch locale in Katowice.
Opening hours: Sun to Fri 3pm-12am, Sat 3pm-2am
Address & telephone number: Hospoda, ul. Gliwicka 6/1, Katowice, Poland, +48 32 701 46 36
Created with a love for good beer and far journeys, Biała Małpa is a pub attracting open-minded people who want to share their love for exploring the world. Located near the building where the town’s 19th century old synagogue once stood, the venue’s interior creates a hip atmosphere with its red brick walls, wooden tables and benches, folk themed cushions, and lighting from the bulbs that decorate the ceiling. The bar’s beer list includes 160 different beers from which every connoisseur will find their favorite taste.
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 12pm-12am, Fri 12pm-1am, Sat 2pm-1am, Sun 4pm-12am
Address & telephone number: Biała Małpa, ul. 3 maja 28, Katowice, Poland, +48 604 866 173
Browariat is the only pub in Katowice offering only craft beers, including beverages from two Bavarian breweries on the menu. Those who want to taste the typical German types of beer like weizen, dunkel, and pils, will not leave disappointed, nor will the fans of other world renowned brews. All the beers comply with the traditional recipe that was declared as a Reinheitsgebot law in the 16th century – consisting on just four ingredients – water, malt, hops, and yeast. The pub has two storys; a modern and light bar room on the ground level, and a typical dark beer basement with barrels used as tables.
Opening hours: Tue to Thur 5-11pm, Fri to Sat 5pm-2am, Sun 6-11pm
Address & telephone number: Browariat, ul. Francuska 11, Katowice, Poland, +48 535 009 768