After Dark in Krakow: How to Go Out like a Local

Most locals start their night out in and around Rynek Główny, which is one of Europe’s biggest market squares. It lies at the heart of the city in the Old Town and is packed with restaurants so you can line your stomach beforehand.

Any good night out in Krakow starts with vodka. It’s usually served as a shot so forget the fizzy mixer and prepare yourself to knock it back quickly.

Head to Ambasada Śledzia for your first taste. It’s known as the ‘herring embassy’ and serves up its vodka as the locals take it, with a side of pickled herring. The midnight closing time is unusually early for Krakow, but it makes it a great place to begin your evening.

Singer Café is a pretty funky spot, named after the vintage sewing machines. Like most of Krakow’s bars, it’s lit by candlelight and is in a small cellar. For the best atmosphere, you should go after midnight. Closing times are flexible and depend on the clientele, but expect the vodka to be flowing until the early hours.

Alchemia is another popular place in Krakow. The dimly lit bar is very casual, switching from low key café during the day to cosy bar at night. With an antique-style decor you can watch live music acts playing cellar sessions most days.

If beer gardens are more your thing, try Klub Re. It’s right in the city centre but hidden behind some huge buildings. Keep an eye on the listings as they host a whole range of different types of live music every week, while in summer the garden becomes one of the most popular in the city.