When it comes to its nightlife, Bucharest is still marching to the beat of its own drum. In practice, this means the Romanian capital has something for everyone. Here are the best bars to pick from for a night out in Bucharest, one of the most upbeat party destinations in Europe.
Make your visit to Shoteria, in the Old Centre, your warm-up session or the last stop before you hit the clubs, and you won’t miss out either way. Small, resembling a train carriage, it displays its menu on the wall in a way that will instantly recall the departures and arrivals board at railway station Gara de Nord, and has no seats. So count on their creative selection of shots, cocktails to keep you going and from going away too soon.
Shoteria, Strada Șelari 17, București 030167, Romania, +40 0735 400 505
If you ever find yourself wandering around Bucharest’s Old Centre looking for a good drink, a haircut, a tattoo and some new clothes – all at the same time – then look no further than The Urbanist. Serving a great selection of drinks, including matcha tea blends and other non-alcoholic options, the place doubles as a denim shop, barber’s and tattoo parlour on certain selected days and a live DJ party venue every weekend.
If you fabulous and you know it, and want to meet more like-minded people, then E3 by Entourage in the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Floreasca, north of the city, is the go-to place. Serving amazing cocktails in a beautifully decorated interior, it attracts the beautiful people in Bucharest, who start off their evening here before heading to one of the posh clubs in the area, such as Gaia and Fratelli.
Located on one of the winding cobbled streets in the Old Centre, Niște Domni și Fiii, meaning ‘some gentlemen and their sons,’ is a no-fuss bar serving decent drinks to decent crowds who return for its laidback vibe, casually decorated interior and cozy atmosphere, particularly at weekends.