Krakow is best for...

Underground bars: Hundreds of bars and clubs can be found in cellars and courtyards throughout the city

Stag dos: There are plenty of places to party, with the Old Town and Kazimierz having some of the best spots

Polish Vodka: Discover unusual vodkas and delicious combinations when you visit the bars in the city

Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Krakow is Polish

Currency: The currency used in Krakow is the Zloty. Euros are also accepted.

Local time: Krakow is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Krakow's main airport is Saint John Paul II International Airport Kraków–Balice

When it comes to evening fun in Europe, few cities rival Krakow nightlife. It has over 200 drinking establishments and a ton of clubs, pubs and bars where you can dance the night away. Along the winding streets of this ancient city you’ll discover candle-lit bars, the sounds of live music drifting through stained windows, and raucous clubs down the most unlikely alleyways.

The Old Town has buildings dating back to medieval times, many of which are now home to eccentric bars. Krakow has never sacrificed its unique character to satisfy Western demand which means wherever you go, you’ll find yourself in the most wonderfully authentic spots. Head to the cobbled Kazimierz streets of the nearby Jewish Quarter for some of the quirkiest clubs and most interesting places to have a drink.

It’s a rite of passage on a Krakow city break to sample Polish vodka, so expect to be sipping the clear stuff as opposed to any fancy cocktails. People from Krakow are known for their love of vodka and, as you’ll soon see, there’s no shortage of places serving the traditional Polish variety across the city.

Even if you’re not in the city for the vodka then the Krakow nightlife still won’t let you down. Why not head to the House of Beer where you can choose from delicious draft beers from all over Eastern Europe? With enough craft beer to keep you going for years, this beautiful venue also has a great food menu where you can get a light snack or a full meal to go with your beer.

If you want to skip the evening relaxation and head straight for the dance floor, Frantic club is one of Krakow’s best. This place has four bars and some seriously great DJs who’ll let you dance ‘til you’re ready for bed. Baccarat Music Club is another Krakow club icon. This huge club is wonderfully plush with an elegant interior and cosy corners.

With techno and house music pumping all night long, Prozac 2.0 is one of Krakow’s coolest underground clubs. It’s been around for a long time and for good reason, this place really knows how to dance the night away. It’s just round the corner from the Baccarat Music Club in Stare Miasto too, so wherever you’re staying in central Krakow, it won’t be far away.

 

With traditional bars, beautiful restaurants and excellent live music venues, Krakow nightlife has more than enough to keep even the rowdiest partygoers busy. Visiting an underground bar is an absolute must-do as the city is famous for them but there are lots of wonderful bars and clubs above ground too. If you don’t know what to order, just ask the staff, the Polish are always happy to share their culture.