Bucharest Nightlife

Bucharest's nightclubs vary between hip hop haunts spinning the latest sounds and flashy discos where Romania's wealthy go to let off steam. There are no licensing hours in Romania. Nor is there a legal drinking age, however, you must be over 18 to purchase alcohol. Entrance fees are cheap compared to those in the West. Many nightclubs are concentrated in or around the historic centre, making club-hopping an option.
Jazz is popular in Romania and Bucharest has good jazz clubs. Latino music is also trendy and salsa-dancing couples invade the dancefloors of certain clubs. Casinos flourish and many of Bucharest's well-to-do flock to those along Calea Victoriei.
For up-to-date information on nightlife, check out Şapte Seri (www.sapteseri.ro), the website of a free entertainment weekly available in the city, which also lists cultural events.

Bars in Bucharest


A funky, bicycle-themed concept bar on Strada Lipscani with great views down from its third floor location onto the bustling street below, Bicicleta turns into a party venue at the weekends, when it pumps out loud music for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy.

Strada Lipscani 38, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 734 000 555

Expats tend to favour the Irish or English pubs, such as the blokey Dubliner, with Guinness on draught, football on the TV, darts in a side room and great steak sandwiches.

Soseaua Nicolae Titulescu no. 18, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 21 260 2678

This bar and restaurant in a funky former printing house in downtown Bucharest is a popular hangout for young urbanites. A two-minute walk from the Old Town, and open late, it is an ideal place to start or finish an evening.

Strada Ion Brezoianu 4, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 757 086 689
Fire Club

Fire Club has a beer-soaked ground-floor bar filled with a lively young crowd. A great place for cheap drinks, good pub food and for watching sports.

Strada Gabroveni 12, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 732 166 604
Gradina Eden (Garden Eden)

One of Bucharest’s hidden gems, Gradina Eden is located in an overgrown lot behind Stirbey Palace on Calea Victoriei. Unless you know it’s there, Eden is easy to miss, but turn the corner and you’ll find dozens of tables hidden among the trees. Hammocks and beanbags are also available for those really wanting to relax, while ambient evening lighting make it a chilled spot for those looking for less of a party atmosphere.

Calea Victoriei 107, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 726 577 898

In the evenings this coffee-lovers favourite turns into a hip cocktail bar, with Romanian wines, coffee-inspired cocktails, and plenty of spirits. In the summer months this small café sprawls onto the streets outside.

Strada Liscani 9, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 757 086 689

Live Music in Bucharest

Control Club

One of the hippest bars and clubs in Bucharest, Control has a steady flow of live events, and its outside terrace is usually packed with young Romanians enjoying a few drinks after a day of work or study.

Strada Constantin Mille 4, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 733 927 861
Green Hours 22 Jazz Club

Green Hours 22 Jazz Club is a capsule-style basement club with jazz or theatre most nights.

Calea Victoriei 120, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 751 772 275
Piranha Club

Way out in west Bucharest, the friendly Piranha Club is an outdoor web of bars, aquariums, gazebos, eating areas and a stage for live alt-rock shows.

Splaiul Independentei 313 C, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 21 315 9129

Classical Music in Bucharest

Ateneul Roman (Romanian Athenaeum)

One of the most magnificent places to hear classical music performed is at the Ateneul Roman (Romanian Athenaeum). This splendid 19th-century building (looking like Bucharest's answer to London's St Paul's Cathedral) presents a fairy tale backdrop, splendid acoustics and plays host to the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra and other leading groups. The lobby has a beautifully painted ceiling decorated in gold leaf.

Strada Franklin 1-3, Bucharest, Romania
Telephone: +40 21 315 2567
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