When in Bucharest, there are at least three things you can take for granted. In summer, the days are hot and heavy, during rush hour the traffic is hectic, and at the weekend, regardless of the season, the clubs are full. From hip clubs for the alternative crowds to glamorous venues where dressing up is mandatory, to the odd student-centred clubs, the city is yours to discover. Here are the best nightclubs to check out while in Bucharest.
Located in the centre of Bucharest, Control is a landmark of Bucharest’s nightlife. The club’s outdoor terrace, open in all seasons, is the place to go for a casual drink and conversation literally every day. Still, the best day to go to Control, ironically, is Tuesday. What started as a happy hour promotion designed to bring people to the club in the quietest evening of the week has turned into somewhat of an institution, rivalling Friday as the best night to go out. Regularly hosting live concerts, at Control you’ll find plenty of diversity in both international acts and local bands, but electronic music fans will always be heavily favoured.
Strada Constantin Mille 4, București, Romania, +40 733 927 861
Another cornerstone of Bucharest nightlife, Expirat recently moved to a new location, nearby Parcul Carol, in a beautifully reconditioned former factory a little outside the city centre. Music-wise, Expirat is a tale of two clubs. Counting on a handful of DJs whom the crowd knows and loves, Expirat is the place where people go dancing to familiar tunes and medley of today and yesterday’s hits. But just when you think you’ve got it figured out, a new cool band or DJ drops in from somewhere, and it’s unlike what you’ve seen before.
Strada Doctor Constantin Istrati 1, Bucharest, Romania, +40 733 974 728
Gaia Boutique Club
At Gaia Boutique Club, expect to party alongside Bucharest’s beautiful people and mingle with celebrities. Opened more than ten years ago, it has gained notoriety and built a reputation with its fashion-centric parties. Thursday parties are a long held tradition, so if you happen to be in Bucharest, save the night for Gaia.
Piața Presei Libere 1, Bucharest, Romania, +40 723 610 933
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A gastropub by day, after hours Silver Church becomes one of the most underrated nightlife destinations in town. Airy and recently refurbished, it has transformed from a student disco into an attractive nightlife destination. Its laid-back vibe attracts a mixed crowd with its eclectic selection of music, and prices more affordable than those in, say, the city’s famed Old Centre.
Calea Plevnei 61, Bucharest, Romania, +40 723 379 026
By day, Kulturhaus is a cultural hub regularly hosting concerts, photo exhibitions, screenings and theatre performances. By night, the venue, which channels the spirit of Berlin and New York, becomes a club popular with students, who appreciate the low prices and the laid-back vibe.
Offering a cosier alternative to the Romanian capital’s larger party venues, Loft is fast attracting an enthusiastic following. A restaurant serving delicious Asian food by day, at night it becomes a contender for the more established clubs located in Bucharest’s Floreasca neighbourhood.
Fratelli Social Club
One of Bucharest’s most well-known clubs, to many Fratelli is likened to an institution of nighttime fun. Here, nothing is over the top, so bring your most eccentric outfit and attitude, and you’ll fit right in. As is the case for many exclusive party venues in Bucharest, reserving a table is mandatory for a night of fun.
Strada Glodeni, Bucharest, Romania, +40 722 115 115
Face Club Bucharest
The newest addition on the list of nightclubs in Bucharest, Face Club is also the city’s biggest. Part of a complex that includes a fine dining restaurant, it is spread over 3,000 square meters. And these are not the only features that set it apart. The ceiling, decorated as a starry night sky, as well as the 600-meter screens create a setting unlike that of any other club in Romania, and the crowds are loving it.
Piața Presei Libere 3-5, Bucharest, Romania, +40 730 400 800
In less than a year since its opening, Kran, located on the fifth floor of a central shopping mall, has gathered a loyal following among techno and electro music lovers. Attracting predominantly a young audience, it promotes local DJs and offers a view over the city unrivalled by other nightclubs in the city.