11 Recommended Bars & Pubs in Zakopane
The atmosphere in the evenings in Zakopane is relaxed, informal and friendly, much as you would expect from a winter sports town anywhere across Europe. Zako, as it is affectionately known by locals, offers a great choice of evening watering holes:
Winoteka pod Berlami (Grunwaldzka):
Don’t miss this delightful bar that offers a range of drinks, but most importantly serves the largest selection of wines to be found in the region with offerings from across the globe.
There are in excess of 100 different wine choices here which can be enjoyed within the wine bar, or ordered to take away. Don’t miss a winter opportunity to sample the Polish winter mulled wine, Grzaniec, offered here.
Beer lovers need to head to Nietota which is a light and airy bar, adorned with images of the mountainous area around Zakopane, matched with pine furniture, making for a light and informal venue.
Café Piano (Krupówki):
Whilst technically on Krupówki, Café Piano is slightly tucked away, but well worth seeking out.
This is a place you’ll remember, not least because of the wooden swings that double up as bar stools.
This is most definitely a bar to visit if you want to soak up the highland atmosphere with a hint of eccentricity. Even better, Café Piano is popular with the locals so you know it has to be good.
Billing itself as a cocktail bar, in reality Jagoda offers so much more.
Take your pick from a conventional lower floor, a stylish loft-style den with bar, or the beer terrace that overlooks a tumbling stream. It’s not just cocktails here but beers, cakes, and a tasty grill.
Whilst Anemon might be tiny, it packs a big punch when it comes to atmosphere.
If you’re a Guinness or Murphys drinker then you’ll find both here on tap, along with other European offerings, and if beer isn’t your drink of choice then you won’t be disappointed by the cocktails either.
Legenda Nietoperza (Krupówki):
If you’re looking for a mainstream bar-style drinks venue in Zakopane then this place, literally translated as ‘The Legend of the Bat’, would feel at home in a provincial American ski resort. Take your pick from cocktails, whiskeys, and cold beer.
As its name suggests, this is Zakopane’s Irish bar and Guinness is in no short supply to be enjoyed in an authentic and classic atmosphere
Lobby Bar (Droga do Bialego):
Nestled above a spa and swimming pool, this is a perfect post-ski wind-down spot to enjoy a Polish vodka, a cocktail and even a fine selection of cigars.
Café Sabala (Krupówki):
Only in Poland do you get a harmonious blend of cake and vodka, and Café Sabala is the place to partake in both. Wrap up warm, sit on the beautiful terrace and watch the town life go by. Café Sabala is attached to a hotel and so draws a mixed crowd.
This is a small hidden gem in the heart of Zakopane but is a cosy art pub with interesting and varied décor in the centre of town.
Karczma u Ratowników (Piłsudskiego):
Home of the Tatra Mountain Rescue, passers by are also welcome here to enjoy a beer or two. This is a comfortable spot to unwind and has been designed in homage to the Tatra Voluntary Rescue Service.