Krakow Nightlife Guide
What happens when you take an ancient Polish capital, fill it to the brim with cafs, bars and clubs, mix in roughly 120,000 students and then shake this up with a generous measure of ex-pats and young tourists on holiday? The explosive cocktail that is Krakow's nightlife: that's what!
And where can you sample this heady and hedonistic brew? There's no better place to start than in Krakow's splendid Old Town where, underneath a faade of ancient architecture, are housed countless dens of vice and inequity all eager to cater for your ill-advised pleasure. Those of you that have spent any time in Krakow will agree with me when I say that there are few greater experiences in life than following your nose down a dark alleyway or into a cloistered courtyard to discover yet another fantastic bar that you'd never been to before. But if you are new to the city, or are planning just a short visit, then you needn't worry, you don't have to be Keith Richards to track down a good watering hole - we at Cracow-life.com have done the hard work for you! In addition to our complete caf, bar, pub and club listings we would like to proudly present to you our specialist section, Cracow Life's very own Nightlife Guide.
Let's start with the pubs. Now whereas many a young Pole feels that it is perfectly OK to rock up to a club at ten o'clock and make themselves comfortable for the night, the English amongst us know that this nefarious practice is in fact illegal. All nights out, by orders of Her Majesty The Queen (whose authority bypasses such frivolities as international borders) must start in a bar and no later than eight o'clock! Luckily for those of you who share this Anglican ideology, Krakow proves to be something of an alcoholic's paradise. There is a fantastic selection of pubs and bars, often housed in attractive subterranean cellars, which will serve you their finest piwo (beer) for around eight zloty a time (that's about a pound and a half, or two euros). One such cellar bar (or 'piwnice' as they are known in Polish) is Piec Art. These types of places attract a young academic crowd, relatively free of tourists, and are great places to savour a pre-club beer and build up the excitement before the carnage begins in earnest. Piec Art also hosts the occassional jazz night. If though you prefer something a little less studenty and a bit more swanky, then Boogie Bar and Shakers Club are the upmarket joints that are aimed at the money crowd. But then again why not chill out in the relaxing confines of the Budda Drink and Garden, or watch the world go by from any of the many cafs in the main square? When it comes to drinking this city simply spoils you for choice!
If Krakow isn't short of a bar or two (about two hundred in total by all accounts), then you don't have to go very much further to find a club. The roads leading onto the main square are chock full of doorways, which, unnoticed during the day, sprout big burly doorman at night and entice you in with the powerful thump of a familiar bass-line. Although there are clubs that cater for every taste, the vast majority of venues plump for the lowest common denominator soundtrack of house and techno, splash out on a nice bit of dcor and succeed in attracting a mix of tarted-up girls and the usual suspects trying to pull them - or get dead drunk trying. Frantic on Szewska features very palatable house and the girls are tops. There's a second room for hip-hop, and usually the entire place is ram-packed from Thursday to Saturday, whilst Goraczka next door plays cheesy party music and is lively every night of the week, even on Sundays (and if all the good girls are at church that leaves only the bad girls, right?).
Whereas you can enjoy full-scale carnage at any of the above if (like the author of this guide!) you are a something of a 'club snob', then don't despair - there are a few genuinely great places in Krakow hosting serious music nights for the more discerning party-goer. Near the top of the list is Rdza, which has welcomed drum and bass acts as famous as Andy C on back-to-back nights with Makoto feat. MC Deeizim, whilst Ministerstwo is another good alternative to the generic tourist traps, and a worthy addition to the Krakow nightlife scene. But of course, when it comes to the big players no guide to Krakow's nightlife would be complete without mentioning Krakow's most wayward child, Prozak. With its shameless (and yet not entirely without merit) door policy of letting in only fit Polish girls and rich foreign men you might expect the worst, but it regularly stumps up stunningly original house and techno sets that are surely wasted on some of the clientele. Needless to say that if you feel differently please keep us informed by posting a review!
Did someone say they don't like dance music? Shame on you, but fear not - when the thought of yet another night of 130bpm blasted at your poor lugholes gets too much, then you can visit one of Krakow's 'alternative' venues, for 'alternative' people. Carpe Diem I and II and the Tower Pub dish up the metal to the rock kids; and, if you want a truly Polish experience, check out a ragga party at Art Klub Bledne Kolo, which by the way also hosts some pretty wild electro parties, normally on Saturdays. Finally, housed in the same building on Wielopole street, Caryca, Lubu-Dubu and Kitsch add further diversity to the Krakow nightlife experience, and each come complete with their own cult following. Kitsch is one of the only gay bars in town and is famous for throwing a riotous party until the very early hours. (Editorial note - these 3 clubs on Wielopole are currently CLOSED due to buillding regulations, but we will keep this page updated should they re-open)
If all that isn't enough to keep you entertained in Krakow then you will be pleased to know that this is just the sand in the city's bikini, and there's plenty more left on the proverbial beach. Besides the Old Town the reinvigorated area of Kazimierz is rapidly enlarging its reputation as the place to be right now. A bevy of bars and cafes and a couple of clubs are pulling the arty crowd away from the tourist hordes in the main square and preserving a genuinely sophisticated drinking scene in the unique Jewish Quarter. The majority of the best venues can be found in and around the Plac Nowy, the funkiest of which is surely the ultra-hip Alchemia. Worth its weight in gold on any day of the week, it also hosts various concerts and performances in the shadowy depths of its downstairs. More upmarket, Le Scandale is the name on the lips of those in the know. But if you are looking for romance (viz. a cheap lay) be warned, the Kazimierz crowd wouldn't look out of place in Hoxton's finest and the chat up line 'do you speak English?' doesn't guarantee the same sort of success that it does in the tackier joints around the Old Town.
One more thing you should remember about Krakow's nightlife is that it is heavily influenced by the seasons. As summer rolls on and the Polish students finish their exams and jet off to man the bars of London and Dublin, or to venture even further afield, the scene will change considerably. Their number will easily be replaced by the high season's tourists and it's a safe bet that anywhere with seats in the sun, plus all the clubs around the Main Square, will be doing a roaring trade as excited young hedonists on holiday hustle at the bar to be the first to spend their zloty. It's not real money after all!
So now that you know a little about Krakow's nightlife, don't you think it's time you checked it out for yourself? There are hundreds of places besides those mentioned here to try out and we suggest you use our pub and caf directory to get a fuller flavour of what's for you. We are just the few and you are the many, so don't let your opinions of a venue you have visited go to waste. Keep us and our users informed by posting a review and help us make Cracow Life the most up-to-date and accurate guide to the city's hotspots. Remember the best and most informative annual review wins a weekend trip for two back to beautiful Krakow with all expenses paid - that includes flights courtesy of Cracow Life, tours courtesy of Krakow Tours and accommodation courtesy of Krakow Apartments!
Todd from United Kingdom Reply
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Tomas from Poland Reply
Hi guys, I am from Krakow and maybe you want to check out my book - it's called "Krakow Party Guide" :) I am from Krakow and I know everything about this cool city. You can find my book on Amazon :)
Buzz from United Kingdom Reply
Came back from Krakow just this weekend and noticed a company named 'Dionizos Svetlana Ivano' pending large transactions on my card! Can only think that it was when some girls touted us to go in this dead bar on szpitalna street next to the kantor! Tried to pay on card but declined so bouncer marched me to the cash machine in which I used another card to pull out some cash. This dionizos svetlana turns out to be registered at Hard Candy Pub bar Szewska 18, Kraków, Poland which i never went near!!! so the obviouse thought is they skimmed my card when apparently it declined!!! dodgey! out of all the eastern European places I have been I thought Krakow would of been more stricter on things like this!!!
Dave from Netherlands Reply
Anyone any tips regarding my request from Friday?
Dave from Netherlands Reply
Next week in south of Poland all week, but then on Thursday for one night in Krakow. Looking especially for interesting bars/pubs/clubs for 30-plussers. I am a very young minded 36 year old, but I don't particularly enjoy the young students scene. I would love to have great fun and pick up some 30+ ladies for some adult fun which can end up at the hotel room of course.... ;) Also haven't booked my hotel yet so suggestions for hotels (and locations) are welcome. Finally of course if any nice, friendly, fun people are around on June 2nd and want to hook up, I am open to that as well! Any suggestions and tips are welcome. Thanks so much in advance!
edward jean-jacques from United Kingdom Reply
was in krakow january, i am a retired drug dealer and general layabout... the place was amazing .no one ripped me off, i loved the food, every one was friendly and i went to milan after in italy... then wished i stayed in poland.. krakow was awesome for a lone wolf.
Jackie from United Kingdom Reply
Do they sell cider in going to Krakow next Sunday
John from United States Reply
Hello everyone. I will be on Krakow for business until Saturday and would like to go party. Any suggestions where I could go? Do you think it does not make sense to go out alone? Thanks!
AB from United States Reply
What a wasted visit to enjoy Kraków dance clubs. We attempted 2 clubs with a big group and had beautiful ladies with us and was turned away particularly at club Coco. Ridiculous. The guy they pointed at makes $110k a year and had $300 jeans, $200 sneaker white dance shoes and $100 tshirt- claiming he didn't meet the dress code! Wtf. Disappointed with this place. Don't waste your time.
CC from Canada Reply
Nowe Miasto on Beera Meiselsa 24, Kraków. Incident on Wednesday night July 8th 2015 THIS PLACE IS RUNNING A SCAM! !! It seems to be a common scam now that I saw it. This is what happened: 1. Walking along the street nearby the bar when two girls across street are asking for directions. 2. Crossed the street and they ask for directions to Hard Rock Cafe. I don’t know since I am jot from here so I pulled out my phone to look it up. 3. Then they say forget since it’s too far and asked if I would join them for a drink nearby. I said sure why not since I was just walking around anyway. 4. One them said tugged at hand to go ahead and the other one said she’ll come shortly and she pulled out her phone. 5. It looked like a random bar the one who was with me picked. 6. We sat at the bar and looked over the drink menu. I don’t really drink so I was asking for something without alcohol. I ended with canned apple juice and with a dash of ‘supposedly weak Polish vodka’. I didn’t see, smelled, or tasted any vodka. That was ok by me since it’s a cheap drink anyway though I should have just ordered water. 7. The two girls ordered something in Polish but they never looked at the menu. The drink that they got looked like orange juice. 8. The bill came to 369 Zlotys ($128.14 Canadian) !! That’s like more than 4 days of travel money! 9. The bartender – a woman demanded payment right after serving the drinks and showing the amount on a calculator. 10. I was never in this situation before in my life and being in a foreign place I decided to pay the bill. One of the girls said she’ll get the next set of drinks after. I paid feeling I was ripped off. 11. The bartender at times would say she doesn’t know much English but I was beginning to get the feeling they all knew each other. And there was no else in the bar. 12. I was just getting ready to leave when the two girls decided to order more drinks. I refused anything else and two of the same drinks they had previously. 13. When the bill came I said it’s not mine so one of them took out her Mastercard to pay. The card was declined. It looked strange that the bartender was explaining to her in English why the card was declined! Bartender who said she didn’t know much English speaking to another Pole. 14. The bartender turned to me with the calculator and demanded the money. I insisted that they girls pay for their own drinks this time. The older of the two girls started nagging at me to pay and then I was sure something was up. 15. I looked around and didn’t see a bouncer or anyone else but I didn’t want to be cause a scene. I paid the bill which was for another 344.00 zlotys ($120.14 Canadian ) and was trying to get my head around what really happened here. 16. One of the girls insisted that I drink something and I said no. She ordered a vodka shot and I made it clear I am not paying for it or drinking it. She asked if I had 20 zl and I just got up and left without giving anymore money. 17. I left the bar about 12.00 midnight and came back to the hotel. I googled ‘bar scams’ for Krakow and read several identical stories. I called my bank in Canada and the advised to get the police involved. I went back to the bar and the door was locked but music was playing. I knocked really hard but no one opened. This was just before 3 am – about 3 hours after I was last in the bar. I hung around for a couple minutes and the same two girls walked out of the bar onto the street. They looked awkwardly surprised to see me and began to hurry towards a taxi. I tried to talk to them and the older was saying she needs to hurry for the taxi but there was several taxi all sitting nearby. Then when she won’t stop I tried to snap a their picture but it blurry and they ran into another bar nearby. 18. I called the police but the girls had left in a taxi already. The police went into the bar and questioned the same bartender. ( Strange that the bartender opened the door when the police knocked but not when I knocked earlier and even harder ) 19. The police said there isn’t much they can do since the girls are gone and they can only take this as information. 20. I asked the bartender when did the girls leave and she replied ” ..right after I left..” I explained to the police that she is lying and the police asked her in Polish. The police then explained to me that she said those were different girls who just left. WHAT A LIER AND SCAMMER!! DON’T GO TO THIS BAR – THEY ARE THIEVES AND SCAMMERS! The good people of Krakow should put them out of business!
Adam from Poland
I'm really sorry that it happend to you in Krakow. It happend to me too in Budapest, but I ran away. I hope they'll somehow delegalise their activity since it makes great harm to good name of the city and I'm both suprised and ashamed that such things happen as well in Krakow.
Adam from Poland
btw. I've just read further, so the business owners aren't poles but Latvians. Not as it matters since they didn't delegalise it yet.
Nick from United Kingdom
It happened to me in Budapest as well. I had just ordered a coffee and the girls each ordered 3 drinks at the same time. When the bill came, I paid for my coffee and told the girls they had invited me and I was not paying for their drinks. The bar threatened me with the police, I said I was happy to wait for them. Obviously they didn't call the police and asked me to leave after 10 minutes. If it happens to you, the local police are not going to support them you have no obligation to pay except for your own drinks and the girls don't want to lose time, they can be earning from the next victim. I think it's a very rare event in Krakow.
Tonight Shakers !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Szewska 5 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jason Paul from United Kingdom Reply
Love Krakow. Worked there for a few months and been back a few times. Know all the strip-clubs well, never pay by card...only cash. I did get ripped off by one pretty Ukrainian pole-dancer in one club.....who met me several times outside the club and promised the Earth (love, and marriage) but was only using me to constantly buy dances and make money off me....caught her with another customer, doing the same thing, so ended right there! Plenty of things to see and do, locals are mostly very friendly. enjoy but be aware....
V8 from United Kingdom Reply
it's good if you are or wanna get deaf and like techno
ian from United Kingdom Reply
going on my stag do this october, how much are the drinks roughly? does anyone recommend anywhere in particular. ( not touristy just drinking lol)
JuLIA from Netherlands Reply
Im off to Krakow soon with my 15 yr old son. What is the min. age to get into a dancing club (like a disco to dance not to find hookers) What is a good place for edm or house music?
Are there any males strip clubs in krakow? Going at the end of june on a hen do...any help would be great?
jim from United States
probably this is too late but there is no male strip clubs as such but you can visit the female ones. Maybe that doesnt float your boat but there is a nice one at 24 florianska st that will accomodate you :))
John from United Kingdom Reply
If you want to spent the alsom time with amazing girls visit the Bunga Bunga Club on the main square.
TimHanzo from Trinidad And Tobago Reply
Hello, does anyone have any tips about the most simple way to get their baby to sleep all night? I have read various pages with suggestions but I am still struggling. Best wishes
Jake from United Kingdom Reply
Thought it a bit overrated, to be honest. Girls are pretty, though!
Jason from United Kingdom Reply
For bars, all you need is the main square in Kazimierz. No probs at all for me and the mrs. Super drinks, friendly people and no trouble.
Josh from United Kingdom Reply
Going in 9 days time what's the best club other there!
Helen from United Kingdom Reply
Love Krakow ! Party time !
Guillermo from Spain Reply
Hi! I am just at Krakow airport to get back to Spain. I have to say that its a great city. But IMPORTANT: You have to take care about meeting some nice friendly girls in the street and go with them to any cocktail bar. They will bring you to a place (probably HARD CANDY) and the bill will we really high for a few drinks. Avoid this. This is typical and its a way to steal money from tourist and these two girls are part of the organization. I have reported to the police. Take this intp account. Avoid HARD CANDY
Hehe :D from Sweden Reply
Krakow is a great city! But every tourist town has their scams! 1. Im polish but live in sweden. i was their on a trip with my class, The taxi drivers allways pay out a higher bill to tourist. Example: I was paying 30 zl for 10 minute driving, but by friends payed 60 zl for the same route. 2: pickpoketing is common everywhere but especcily in tourist citys. My passport was stolen after a club night in krakow. This was the only scam that i rekongnized. The most suprising thing that happend in krakow and i was 100 % that it would be another scam for me and my friends where that after a night at diamond strip club, it stood a taxi driver outside and i did go to him and asked him on polish if he knew any hooker house. he said yes and did say that he could drive us to that place. me and my friends didn¨t even got money so he drived us to the hotel. so we could get the money. alredy their it sounded to good to be true but then i drived us to that house and we payed 300 zl for 1 hour fuck. The girls was 20-30 years old and where really good looking. There were 3 big guys that watched champions league and didnt care that we were there. After 1 hour sex the taxi driver had been waiting for us and he even drive us back to city for 50 zl. and thats not expensive at all! he was a really nice guy and we didnt get scamed at all! So if you dont make trouble and are clear with what you want everything will be good! sorry for my english haha ;) have a nice trip. the city has much much moore nice sides then dark;)
Rob from United Kingdom Reply
This city rocks!
new guy from United States Reply
Hi, i am coming ro krakow for the first time. I have just started learning this wonderful language called Polish. I heard the nightlife is good. But i have never heard of any scams? What scams? Can you tell me what to look out for? And how do i contact couch group? And what is couch group?
Sisi from Poland Reply
Nightlife is awesome if you wish to avoid scam get help on couchsrufing krakow group. Lots of locals there willing to guide you even if you do not couchsurf.
santa from United States Reply
which girl is that then???
Jim from United States Reply
anybody have been in Flames stip club this year? Tell me about one girl Santa, heard she's great :)
kurwa from United States Reply
why not just tell them to **** ***? didnt you see any police about?
hard candy from United States Reply
Avoid hard candy bar in Krakow!!!! We were violently forced to go to the cash machine to pay for drinks we did not order!!! The usual scenario is two prertty girls luring you in.
Katie from United Kingdom Reply
Incredible parties here - JUST LOVE IT!
kocham polska from United States Reply
Just back from krakow after a stag party weekend. I have to say what an amazing place. The beers and restaurants were reasonably priced. But at night we had to try the lap dancing clubs. Or should i say club. Very expensive place. But worth it i think. Taboo- it is called. Lots of beautiful Latvian girls and a few Polish girls. In fact this is more than a lap dancing club. Try the place and let me know how you get on guys? :))
kocham polska from United States Reply
Just back from krakow after a stag party weekend. I have to say what an amazing place. The beers and restaurants were reasonably priced. But at night we had to try the lap dancing clubs. Or should i say club. Very expensive place. But worth it i think. Lots of beautiful Latvian girls and a few Polish girls. In fact this is more than a lap dancing club. Try the place and let me know how you get on guys? :))
Luca from United States Reply
HARD CANDY does not go all in the same way attended frantic, in the center, unlike other local krakow menu provides for a cocktail normal 350zloty a huge sum compared to the usual 25 zloty a drink. in my case me and my friend we were approached in a totally causal 2 girls and we moved with them in this place, after that on their advice we order a drink (without wading through the menu used to the low cost of the drinks) we find an account (no receipt ovviammete) of 1000 zloty and with no way out we were forced to pay a thousand adventures to find the money. stay away from hard candy!! THIEVES SCAMMERS THE POLICE DOES NOT ALLOW ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!!
cristophe from France Reply
Avoid certain nightclubs and bars in Krakow. Especially HARD CANDY music bar. It's a front for illegal activities, prostitution, narcotics and most common overcharging bills or credit cards. I went there for 2 drinks and they did not give me a receipt. They charged 240 euro! The local authorities in Krakow do not care about the tourists and will do little if you report Hard Candy. it's been open for years and they all know about it. There are likely other bars that scam you like this in Krakow and the local police seem to take a cut.
abraham from United States Reply
if you do not want to spend lots of money i would avoid the lapdancing bars. There is plenty of pubs and clubs. If you do go to lapdancing go to Flames which is on florianski st. If it is still open. Quite expensive but if you go as a stag party then you can have a pint and the odd dance. You will feel stronger going with a group. Also try Roosters restaurant not far from the rynek glowny.Let me know how you get on??
stephen from United Kingdom Reply
nice guide going there on the 29 of this month stag do?! ;)
Johnny T. from United Kingdom Reply
Diamond the best Stripclub.Love this place, I always come here when I have a day off and want to have a good time.The lap dances are GREAT! I just think Diamond Stripclub is the best one I've been to..
chloe from United Kingdom Reply
hi everyone:) i come to krakow in april just wondered what the nightlife is like there?also me and my sister(shes 26) and me(17 and 18 in october)will i get in or be asked for ID thanks everyone:)xoxoxo
Pete from United Kingdom Reply
mark - get a life
mark from United Kingdom Reply
i am late 30's and want know the best place to pull women intersted in black guys
Ana from Romania Reply
Hello. I am 17, can someone recommend a club with people my age, pls. Thks
Mike B from United States Reply
rock and roll baby! Awesome city!
brian from United States Reply
If you have been scammed by HARD CANDY or other 'businesses' then email complaints to Polish authorities: firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adriano from Italy Reply
what about minimal techno?? are there some clubs where techno is played???
christophe from France Reply
Nice article bur needs to be updated, Midgard and Fusion no longer exist... New rising club in Town is DIVA, nice women, affordable price, good Djs
Matt from United Kingdom Reply
Of to Krakow in 3 weeks, whats the best clubs to go to, I keep reading that there are so many but surley people must have there Favourites?
from United States Reply
hi, everywhere around the stare miasto "old square" is magic. As far as scams go i have never been scammed. Not even nearly. Though i have read some stuff on here that people have been scammed. So if it seems to good to be true. probably a scam. like hot women approaching you and wanting to go for a drink. lap dancing clubs are very expensive in krakow. read below.
Scott from United Kingdom Reply
Alright Folks!! Im heading over to Krakow in the near future and can anyone advise me on good bars/clubs and what scams to watch ie strip clubs, scammers on the street. Ive heard mixed opinions about Krakow so knowing this info will help me enjoy the weekend. Cheers :)
bhiggy from United States Reply
Regarding Flames in Krakow. Prices are up. Minimum for a dance is 300 pln. Half hour after that is 600 pln. Girls are familiar with NY / London pricing, if you were looking to pay less go elsewhere.
from United Kingdom Reply
Beautiful city, beautiful people & a cracking time to be had if u show a bit respect to the locals. Highly recommend!!
from United Kingdom Reply
Krakow is great, went to Auswich first day,spent next 2 days pissed out of our heads, got scammed, as we always do when approached by latvian girls, into club,1 drink cost expensive, was pissed so dont remember exact, local girls are all lovely, we counted 5 females who were ugly from around 10,000 we leered at. Are there any fat ugly polish girls, i dont think so
Marcos from United States Reply
Krakow has been good so far, pubs a bit sparse for the early hours, clubs in the old town hopping at night. I did have two Polish (I think Russian really) try to scam me. They approached me at the main square, said they were from out of town and were looking for the main street with bars. They had a map with them and pointed to a street and asked if i would join them for a drink. Too good to be true is right, they worked it good but before I went downstairs to some bar they picked, I realized it was a scam and told them to piss off. Saw them later at the same corner trying to scam again. This was just last night, they are one brunnette and one blonde. Very attractive, said they were from Warsaw. Watch out. Otherwise the girls have been shy, but really nice once you talk to them. Beautiful too!
Aberdeen Lads from United Kingdom Reply
Hey, just got back from Krakow, cracking 5 days, not scammed once, we had a great guide and went to Diva,Shakers,Prozak,Baccarat and Kitsch. These clubs were all between 7 - 12 PLN for a beer. champion city, Great folk, just be switched on and polite.
Allen from United States Reply
I arrived Krakow on April 17, 2011 and my first night was disappointing, I heard alot of bad news about the city but I did't belive it. Unfortunatlly; it looks true that the city in the night is not secure enough for the tourist.
chris from United States Reply
The reviewer has a weird idea of English bar hours!!!!!! Most London pubs and bars in the centre open beyond 1am - and 1000s are open 24 hours!!! :-) Many bars/clubs in London don't even open until 2am!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)
Mags from United Kingdom Reply
Alright everyone. Iv seen a few review's of people asking places to go etc. me and my mates are coming 8th April for a weekend Stag Do, 23 of us to be exact. Im in the navy so iv been around the block with ref to scam's etc, sounds like its rife out there. Would just like some info on places to avoid rather than places to go as there seems to be the good drinking hole's a plenty. Looking forward to a cracking weekend and a trouble and scam free time. Any comments will be appreciated.
Paul from United Kingdom Reply
Like all major cities you have to be careful - there are always those that wish to explore the ignorant. Use common sense, act with common courtesy and you'll be fine. Yes, there are one or two scams - where is there not? Having been to Krakow, Prague, Riga, Barcelona, Madrid, Ayia Napa & Stockholm in the last few years I've heard the same horror stories at all... Yet not seen or experienced any for myself. Lot's to do and see, many bars and clubs - you won't struggle finding a good time. Treat people with respect, you'll get it back. Be warned though, the Polish (initially) don't seem friendly, a bit of effort get's you a long way. :0)
euan2020 from United Kingdom Reply
I'm now walking round Krakow not wishing to speak to anyone because i expect to receive the same crap. Each time speaking to someone you are questioning if they are trying to feck you over. Authorities really need to crack down on this unscrupulous behaviour. Anyway - fight the fight - might see the same feckers tonight
Mark B from Poland Reply
euan2020 - sorry to hear about your bad experience. We've been trying to advise people to avoid this scam, and the Hard Candy scam is also mentioned in the Krakow Post newspaper website. Don't let it put you off recommending Krakow to your friends. I've lived here for almost 10 years, and it is a great place, Hard Candy being the exception rather than the rule....
euan2020 from United Kingdom Reply
also avoid Martini Bar - this is the same rubbish chris below - you are a donkey and a troll
euan2020 from United Kingdom Reply
1st night last night in Krakow Really disappointed that local legislation allows this to happen 110 euro's for 4 drinks - spoke to 3 girls on st which is not unusual - looked like students on vacation from warsaw. 10 minutes later Hard Candy bar and charged 110 euro's I hear some other guys say should ask for menu - never done this in any bar in around 30/40 cities so why should be necessary ? Really just theft Allowing this to happen really gives a bad impression of Krakow and will be reflected when recommend to friends in future where to visit.
James from United States Reply
Nice review, however I've been here 4 days and haven't experienced the full Krakow thrill.
Babod from Ireland Reply
My sister and I travelled to Krakow for 5 days...we decided to go out on the town one of the nights,being Irish of course we tried the Irish bar and it was SO boring,we found a celler bar called "the rock bar" i think,a passer by wouldn't even realize there was a bar there but it was brilliant! had a really good night,rock and gothic is our thing anyway but this place was cool,beer was cheap (and strong!!),people were really nice and a great night was had....not to great the next day though,sick heads all round but it was worth it! This bar is just off the main square under an arch..thats about all i can remember but it was excellent! if your lucky enough to find it that is....
joe from Ukraine Reply
Where can I buy decent grass in Krakow?
johnny from United Kingdom Reply
hi guys iam thinking of comeing over very soon can enyone tell me a good place to be ?....thanx .johnny
Vincent from Belgium Reply
hey all, we are going to krakow from the 26th till the 30th of september. anyone recommend a descent party(ies) during those days? :)
pietro from Italy Reply
Hi guys, I'll go to Krakow next week end, what do you suggest about bars and disco to have a great time? I like electronic music :)
Rishi from Malta Reply
guys what bars/cubs, do you recommend us going to, We heard Prozak is great. Where can we find great atmosphere and cheap drinks :)
Alessandro from Chile Reply
Hard Candy Music Bar Krakow IS NOT a normal bar but a nest of robbery. Local authorities have to dismantle this damned place and to close it directly. Me and my girlfriend were scammed for 950 PLN ... Not funny, beat the personell if nothing helps. in name of all the misleaded customers, will be hundreds of victims each month
Gino from Italy Reply
We were scammed at HARD CANDY MUSIC BAR KRAKOW. Damned bad place!! Be aware of this criminal bar. I lost 700 Polish lotty for 3 normal drinks.
Chris from United States Reply
GIRLS ARE NOT HOOKERS ..... and its a lie when you people say its a robbery in some bar mojto cost 20 zl in baroque cost 80 in Hard candy probably 300 YOUR DUTY IS TO CHECK THE PRICE BEFORE U ORDER.... wether u check the menu or not you have to pay for order.... and another thing which is funny YOU SAY hookers .... there is my question you small boys: did anyone of you have FU**ED there ?? i dont think sooo ... you just got used to that eatern europe is cheap .... STOP CRYING and grow up.... you went with girlswith an idea "i got so freaking lucky. maybe ill shag tonight i willpay her a beer for 5 zl" haha and in he end you first got screwed..... BE A MAN and don't embarrass urselfs
Don from United States Reply
Krakow is great for single male travelers - just stay away from ANY female wanting you to go to Hard Candy Music Club! They will rip you off bad if you give them the chance.
mark from United Kingdom Reply
Is this place cool for single male travellers? ?
Kris M from United Kingdom Reply
Thinking of going in October, definitely gonna a weekend of sinking putts and banging sluts
pjotr nasreska from Russia Reply
Avoid HARD CANDY MUSIC BAR in KRAKOW. It's a scam!!! Unfortunately I lost money in that bar too. 850 Polish zLotty... For three beers. It's crazy. What a thieves.
Lee from United Kingdom Reply
Just thought i would add my review as im going back in just over a week for 5 nights. 5 of us went last september for 3 nights. WHAT A PLACE. 22 degrees sunshine everyday. we stayed in a 10 person apartment that cost us about 60 quid each and was immense. Generally throughout the day we sat in the sun on the square drinking beer. i prefferred the zweic to the tyskie as an all day session on tyskie would endanger your life. On the first night i asked a barman where the best places to go where, He looked at me as though i had an extra head and replied "WHAT there is over 500 hundred bars" RESULT. Anyways we went to a club called Prozac which was awsome, just off the main square, however i think it may be gay night on a sunday because we went back on the sunday and the bouncers wernt wearing shoes or socks and there was salsa dancing classes on the go!!. Generally prices where cheap. about 1-50 for a beer and 2 for a vodka-kick, which is basically a vodka cherry mixer. Cannot wait to go back!!
bjorn from Denmark Reply
Avoid HARD CANDY MUSIC BAR KRAKOW This bar personell has stolen my pickpocket with 1550 Zlotty cash for five regular small beers . Criminals!
Dennis from Netherlands Reply
Krakou: Guys, BE AWARE FOR RUSSIAN/POLISH GIRLS (HOOKERS), who seems to be interested to go out with you. These girls will bring you to places like HARD CANDY CLUB in Krakow. They will order drinks and you have to pay a lot of money for i.e. 4 drinks we had to pay 380 Zloty (+- 85 euro's). We got angry and left Hard Candy. NEVER VISIT HARD CANDY CLUB KRAKOW. BE AWARE FOR NICE LOOKING GIRLS WHO WILL BRING YOU TO THIS CLUB AND LET YOU PAY THE BILLS.
Richard Jones from United Kingdom Reply
Tourists never have to go to the Hard Candy Music Bar in Krakow. Avoid that disgusting place!! They let you pay 10x up to 15x as much for drinks and cocktails as is usual in regarding to other bars in Cracow. They don't give you a clear receipt with normal prices but they ripp off what they can! This bar lets girls introduce tourists to this bar after each drink you have to pay.. more and more.. Abnormal and crazy. A bad asocial image for Krakow city. I had to pay around 80 ZLotty for just a normal beer...
Rob Smith from United States Reply
Greetings from the windy city! Last winter I was in Krakow on business and visited Rece i Nogi on a Saturday evening. On that day they were playing favorites from the 70 and 80's. PERFECT for this 40 something. Any Krakovians or Krakow fans could point to clubs that play the oldies (dance music). I had such a good time during my last visit that this time, I will stay be Krakow two extra nights (Thursday and Friday evenings) to enjoy end of the week fun. The nice things about Rece I Nogi: The atmosphere (loved the cavern set up), the people's vibe (nice down to earth friendly people having wholesome fun without the aggresive attitude that you sometimes find in many clubs). If not Rece I Nogi, please point to the right places. Need two good ones. Dziekuje! BTW I will be in Krakow in early September, and very much looking forward to be in this great city again. Dziekuje!
Marcin from Poland Reply
Hard Candy Club is a SCAM! Stay away from that place!
Dave from United States Reply
Don't go to Hard Candy Club on ul. Szewska in Krakow. They will rip you off on drink prices and there is no action there anyway. Bad place.
richard from United Kingdom Reply
coming to krakow on thursday 5th aug 10 for 3 nights, im looking for good times, cheap drinks n lots of girls !!! Help me find them, anyone can help let me know....
Kristian from United Kingdom Reply
Right people of Krakow, there are going to be 5 of us arriving this Friday for a stag so can anyone let us know where to go and where not to go.
Paul from Birmingham from United Kingdom Reply
Went to Krakow with 3 mates from Monday to Wednesday because the flights were £50 return with ryanair. Hotel was £15 per night each. Exactly, £80 altogether, cheap enit. We met some blokes over there who thought theyd got a bargain at £230 for flights and hotel with a swimming pool, fucking idiots, who wants to go for a swim in krakow, dont book through a travel company! Havnt you learnt they rip you off like fuck. Book it yourself! Our hotel was about a 20 minute walk from the main square. £2 in a taxi if your a fat lazy cunt like beeston. Its called Hotel Delta. The staff mostly girls, they are propa friendly and fit. Make sure you keep one of the hotels cards in your wallet though because its a nigtmare trying to explain to the fucking thick taxi drivers when your pissed. Apparently its a new hotel and the taxis drivers dont know where it is. Dont worry if you dont go on the weekend, the week nights are booming. Cant remember the names of any bars. It dont matter though. Just walk down the little allys, at first you think where the fuck are we going and then you go down a few more steps and then round a bend and then a few more steps and then your in the middle of a mint club with fit birds everywhere dancing to queen. Sometimes its the complete opposite though and you will find some dirty old polish tramp sitting their smoking a cigar giving you evil stares, just turn around and walk out and try the next one. Nobody will grab you and force you to buy a drink. We were paying on average 7 snotis for a beer which works out about £1.50. The beer is nice and strong but sometimes flat. You can have propa nice meals for less than £5. Jenqueer means thankyou. Say it everytime you get served. The waitress will give you a sexy smile and say your welcome in polish, it gives you an instant boner. We didnt get to go to auchwitz which was our main intention. Our mate got ran over on the first night and dislocated his shoulder, lmao, he was ok though, be careful on the roads, they dont stop at zebra crossings
hungover from United Kingdom Reply
just back from a stag do in krackow. had an awesome time and spent an absolute fortune. mostly in flames bar tho, birds in there were much better than other strip clubs we went to. dances were a bit dear 150z but you get plenty for that. double it, 300z, and you'll get a longer dance with a happy ending. treble it, 450z, and you get to have your way with most of the dancers for half an hour. and it'l cost you 1000z to take the stripper home. every dance has been sampled and highly recommended
alex from United Kingdom Reply
any rock/ alternative sort of bar/ club? thanks or event... shop etc... :) thanks im going there (sadly not at the week end) 21, 22, 23 of june
DJ Chew from United States Reply
I will be in Krakow on 19th this month, i am a Polish born DJ/Producer that would love to play at the local club. I DJ for over 15 years (CANADA, USA, MEXICO) and i play from jazzy funky house to hard techno with tribal sounds. All i need is a dance floor. I am in Krakow from JUNE 19 to JULY 13. If you know a club that will welcome me, please send info. Its all about the music.....NO $$
Kristian from United Kingdom Reply
Maria you are funny man!
Maria from Norway Reply
Ok You FARMERS .... those girls are not from mafia .... if u use ur brain not lil man in ur pants u wouldnt go there u really think the girls like them would look at you drunk, stinky with puks on ur shirts DISGUSTING the only on reason is that its great deal to scam this kind of idiot once a while ...... get lost learn: stop looking for girls or learn to be a responsible man and check menu besides i know guys that spent over 10,000 euros and not complaining .... and to be clear they are NOT PROSTITUTeS as a matter of fact its impossible to kiss them/// you are the only one here that are looking for sex ciao u pervs
Rage from France Reply
be aware Krakow girls, we'll be there on friday, I willbe sooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooooooood
dan from United States Reply
kristian: not if you're not blitzed out of your mind. these girls are mostly working for mafiosos from latvia/estonia who open a bar, get a few gringos in, trap them with high prices and then close up shop, best to be with some mates and ask yourself, "am i really that awesome that these babes want to party with me right now at 2 am after meeting me in the middle of the freakin' street." Answer should be obvious.
Glen Quagmire from United Kingdom Reply
Just back from a 4 day stag do. Sunday the bars were very quiet. Friday / Saturday were awesome. AVOID BEING ENTICED TO HARD CANDY on Szewska near McDonalds, I was played by an Estonia (blonde mullett) & Georgian girl (big round head). Fair play to them. 3 drinks 400Zlty! Diggity diggity alright!
Jolly Rog WELSH from United Kingdom Reply
Krakow - been there, done it, fantastic place! really enjoyed, great place but boy am I suffering now... really enjoyed the bars, clubs and mostly the food. Would defiantly visit this place again in the future. Nice one Poland!!!!