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.
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. Some nightclubs close in June for the summer and reopen in early October.
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 www.sapteseri.ro, the website for a free entertainment weekly available in the city, which also lists cultural events. Another useful site is www.bucharest-online.com.