Renowned for its tranquillity, the canal city of Bydgoszcz has a wild side just waiting to be explored. An increasingly popular destination due to its sporting feats and reasonable price tags, Poland’s “Venice” knows how to party once the sun goes down. From craft beer to shots of vodka, we’ve narrowed down nine of the best bars in Bydgoszcz.
Opened by a group of friends with a passion for home-brewed beer, this place is one of the best multitap bars in the city. Offering a wide selection from both the 13 taps and various bottles, beer enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice here. The beers are sourced locally and from small Polish craft breweries as well as worldwide, to create the ultimate tasting experience. As well as great quality brews, Kraftodajnia regularly hosts events, workshops on home brewing, bottle-sharings and beer snacks to match whatever drink you choose.
Located right in the centre of the city in the Old Town Square, this is the ideal place to settle in for a drink after a long day of sight-seeing. Boasting a wide variety of drinks from specialty brews to shots and cocktails, this bar will pretty much serve you anything you want. Decked out in green, grey and blue, exposed brick, wooden counter tops, big square tables and white chairs, the pub oozes a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Cheap prices and never-ending sports on the TV screens, it is not hard to see why PUB l’Amsterdam is one of the best bars in Bydgoszcz.
Known in English as Ministry of Herring and Vodka, this next watering hole is part of a chain that has locations throughout the country. In Bydgoszcz, the bar is ideally located in the main square just across from the Town Hall. Taking on an old school retro vibe, the interior of this place is the real selling point with vintage LP covers from Communist times lining the walls and music from the 80s wafting through the air. Sit down and taste the local favourite, the herring dishes, washed down with a shot or two of ice cold vodka. A truly authentic experience, this is a must when visiting the city.
A well-liked local spot, Prolog9 serves a wide variety of Polish beers and keeps its doors open seven days a week. The cellar bar operates 12 taps and has an added bonus of a great garden for when the sun is shining. Renowned for its tendency to push the boundaries in the beer community, the hard rock bar is the place to go if you fancy trying something new.
Open since 2004, the pirate-themed bar is one of the liveliest places in the city once the sun has gone down. With a karaoke set, live sport streaming, pool tables, darts, a beer garden and variety of everyone’s favourite tunes, mingle with the youth of Bydgoszcz and experience what nightlife here has to offer. Line your stomach with something from the inhouse food menu or order in pizza from the restaurant next door. A happy atmosphere and buzzing crowd will guarantee a great night on the tiles.
Another of Poland’s bar chains, this place is famous for its selection of tipples and brews. Cheap and cheerful, start of the night here and with notoriously long opening hours, return later for a nightcap before you hit the hay. Choose from a wide selection of drinks and nibble on some bar snacks including herring and zurek. Carry on the night here on the dance floor or simply come for a relaxed drink with friends – either way you won’t be disappointed!
Take a step back in time at this socialist themed bar in Bydgoszcz’s main square. A throwback to the USSR Communist era in the city, the pub gets its name from the former name of the country, Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa and boasts a quirky décor unlike anything else. Sip beer amongst old gramophones, pictures, typewriters and televisions. A unique experience, this is definitely one to add to the list of the best bars in Bydgoszcz.
The oldest pub in Bydgoszcz, this place was previously known as The Kings Head and is a popular hangout amongst the student population of the city. Imagine ridiculously cheap drinks, an electric atmosphere and shabby chic dance floor and you’ve pretty much got the picture. Visit the terrace for spectacular views over the city and sink in to one of the many sofas with a beer and a slice of pizza that won’t cost you more than two euro.
If you’re after a taste of Great Britain, this is your next port of call. Serving imported beers and a Pommy atmosphere, the pub is the located in a tenement cellar which adds to the cosy, chilled ambiance of the place. A trendy spot for cocktails as well as a cold brew, the exposed red brick and dart boards and TV playing live sports will make you feel at home. Party the night away with the local clientele and watch the sun rise over the canal in one of the best beer bars in Bydgoszcz.
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- Lucy Norris