Warsaw’s vibrant bar scene now includes an illicit cocktail den offering delicious drinks, great music and excellent service away from the tourist trail. Read on to discover the city’s hidden treasure – a mystical speakeasy with a Slavic twist.
Tucked down in a back alley off Nowogrodzka Street in the central Śródmieście district is an unassuming easy to miss black door, which leads you through a dimly lit corridor into a glamorous basement bar. Named after the Slavic god of the underworld, magic, poetry and knowledge Weles, it features a spectacular crystal chandelier descending low into the room, a shiny ornate ceiling, comfy leather sofas and a sculpted wooden bar offering delicious cocktails crafted by skilled mixologists.
The menu includes the classic Penicillin (scotch, honey and ginger syrup, lemon, egg white, angostura, peaty whisky aroma) and Paradise Lost (thyme Belvedere vodka, tokay, cocoa liqueur, strawberry, smoked paprika, black tea) as well as a selection of champagne and snacks. It’s one of Warsaw’s best places to relax and spoil yourself with a fancy drink. Another highlight is the visit to the toilet, which thanks to classical music playing gently through the speakers, is very tranquil.
The bar’s entrance is guarded by a bouncer, so make sure you wear appropriate clothing (smart casual will be fine) to avoid the disappointment of being turned away. It’s open daily from 7pm. Booking is not essential, although it’s recommended for bigger groups.
Weles Bar, Nowogrodzka 11, Warsaw, +48 602 773 997