Zamość boasts a stunning Old Town Square and City Hall, and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city sits just 43 kilometres from the Ukraine border and is beginning to attract a new wave of tourists. When night falls on this charming city, a lively crowd head to this list of fine bars and pubs.
Browar Zamość is the city’s best place for some good locally brewed beer in a cosy atmosphere. There are three types of beer on tap – Pszeniczne (wheat beer) Ciemne (dark) or Jasne (light), all home-brewed. The location is also excellent – just a few minutes walk from the famous Old Town Square. The venue sometimes has live music and special events. Beers are often introduced for seasonal periods, like the zielone piwo (green beer) for St. Patrick’s Day and a hot winter beer known as grzane piwo.
For a real treat and a glimpse of Poland’s communist history, Seta i Galareta Zamość fits the bill. It’s a stylish bar aimed to represent the PRL era in Poland, when the country was known as Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa and under the control of the Soviet Union. Inside the bar, you can find memorabilia from those days (record players, gramophones, empty tins of old Polish food products, etc.) and it feels like a warp back in time. On the food menu, try the local Pierogi Ruskie (dumplings filled with potato and onion) or the Tatar wołowy (raw steak with vegetables and egg).
Bar Copacabana is a small and cosy venue with a lively atmosphere. For sports fans, live football and speedway is shown on TV, and there is a dartboard on the wall. The venue hosts darts competitions which attract a good crowd. It is a simple bar with two types of beer on tap, the usual selection of bottled beers, spirits and of course lots of vodka. Pub grub is served, including Polish tatar.
Corner Pub is exactly that – a pub on the corner. The well-designed main bar consists of wood and owes its style to a British or Irish style pub. The bar even has Murphy’s Irish Stout on tap. However, this is a strictly Polish venue with some great Polish dishes on the delicious food menu. Try the Pierogi z kapustą i grzybami (Polish dumplings with cabbage and mushroom), the Śledź (herring) or the Gołąbki wigilijne z grzybami (cabbage rolls with mushroom). Wash them down with some local vodka or the local beer Zwierzyniec or the Irish stout.
Another bar with a sports theme about it in Zamość is Klub Bilardowy Metro. This is a bar that advertises itself as a pool and cafe club. The venue has pool tables and dartboards, and competitions are held in both sports. There are three decent beers on tap and a range of spirits. The food menu tends to be more like pub grub than regular Polish dishes, so try the pizzas and burgers in a relaxing venue.
Wrota Kultury (Culture Gate) is one of the new kids on the block in terms of bars in Zamość. This is a stylish and modern venue that is housed in an old and traditional historic building – part of the former fortress. Sitting in the park at the old gate, Wrota Kultury is a bar that can be booked out for parties and is only open to the public at certain times. The interior has been renovated and the outdoor beer garden has quirky benches.
Cocktail Event Bar is an event bar that can be booked out for parties. It is located in central Zamość near the Lublin New Gate (Nowa Brama Lubelska). Well-trained bar staff serve up excellent drinks all night while top-notch chefs can prepare the meals to cater for your party’s needs. It’s a modern and stylish venue in a traditional building, which makes for a great place to party.
For a no-thrills Polish pub experience here in Zamość, you can’t go wrong with Piwiarnia Warka. It is a chain of bars all over Poland and the Zamość venue is a warm and friendly place to have a pint of beer with some pub food. Beer on tap is of course, Warka, as the Warka brewery own the bar. The food is well prepared pub grub, such as pizza and burgers. Live football is shown on the TV screens.