When it comes to a place to pull up a chair and enjoy a drink, Gdansk nightlife has plenty to offer. Whilst finding places for the beer-lover is easy, there are a range of cocktail and wine choices for those who prefer. The atmosphere is hugely variable depending on where you pick, so you can really find the drinking spot to suit your taste. Gdansk, in many ways, favours straight forward drinking rather than a heavy going club scene, and this is reflected in the range of drinking emporiums you’ll find.
- Brovarnia ( ul. Szafarina): Brovarnia is the place to be if you want to sample Gdansk ‘beer style’. It’s convivial atmosphere, where you’ll be served by traditionally-outfitted waiting staff with beaming smiles, is a wonderful microbrewery. Housed inside a renovated granary, this is a classic drinking environment.
2. Browar Piwna: Describable as classic Polish with a modern twist, Browar Piwna is a popular nightspot that is central and beer-focussed. There’s a range of choice from light, to wheat, to dark beers. Alongside the awesome beer there are a variety of Polish ‘pub food’ choices making for a perfect combo of beer and food.
3. Bunkier Klubogaleria: this is clubbing with a difference. Housed inside a former air raid shelter, this literally is a 6 floor cube zoned like a labyrinth with various bars and dance floors. A musical mix and a hedonistic vibe.
4. Red Light Pub: Don’t get off on the wrong foot thinking of Amsterdam, rather this is a good honest pub in the centre of Gdansk serving excellent local bottled beers. The locals love it, so it must be good. There is a small dancefloor in the basement, but fundamentally this is drinking and relaxing pub.
5. Hard Rock Café: An international blend of fun and memorabilia mixed with food and cocktails. You know what you’re getting with a Hard Rock Café, and Hard Rock Gdansk is no different. There’s even a stage here for performers, so if you’re in town and want to experience some live music then do check out what’s on.
6. High 5: Up on the roof of the plush Hilton, and with worthwhile views of the city, is a bar that lives up to its home. The High 5 is a stylish drinking place that combines the public bar alongside the rooftop pool. Whilst it’s certainly worth enjoying an aperitif al fresco, in chillier weather you can still enjoy the view from inside the glass walled area.
7. Flisak 76: If you’re looking for somewhere that’s homely but stylish, modern and yet relaxed, then Flisak 76 is the place for you. There is a huge variety of cocktails to take your fancy, and being just a short walk from the main square, Flisak 76 is central to Gdansk nightlife. There is street seating, but the central focus is the underground bar. If cocktails aren’t your thing, you’ll also find a good range of craft beer here.
8. Craft Cocktails (ul. Szeroka): Looking somewhat like a gentlemen’s club of high society, this is a friendly and welcoming bar to enjoy some famous Gdansk cocktails. There’s no shortage of choice, and this place is calm and relaxing, away from the hubbub of more intensive Gdansk nightspots. You’ll even be presented with a glass of freshly filtered water alongside your cocktail in an attempt to stave off the hangover – a true gentleman’s approach
9. Amsterdam Bar, Beer & Bagel (ul. Garbary): Unabashed drinking and socialising take place within the sports bar here. With a range of bottled beer, over 180 to be precise, this is a popular place to be.
10. Buddha Lounge (ul. Długa): Before hitting the town proper, spend an hour or two at the Buddha Lounge and get your evening started. With a mix of velvet and opulent blue, and a clever arrangement allowing for a smoking bar, along with brilliant staff and good food, we recommend starting the evening here. Failing that, stop off from the Clubs here and chill out before heading back to bed.
11. Irish Pub Piwnicka (ul. Garbary): Don’t be deceived. What’s on top looks just like a mountain hut, but beneath lies a cavern of a pub. Another good spot for watching sport, this is a drinking and eating den hidden underground.