Krakow is a great place with an amazing history, but what is left after the sun goes down? Party time! Or chill time? No matter what sounds more appealing to you, here is a list of the best places in Krakow that accommodate all needs and tastes. Experience Krakow after sunset!
1. Cocon Music Club: LGBTQ+ dance bar
Staring off with a bang, here is the best dance club in Krakow — Cocon Music Club. Although, it is a LGBTQ+ dance club, it is very friendly towards its straight ally friends. After all, fun is fun, no matter your sexuality. This place will let you have the night of your life among a crowd that is pulsating with life, where the energy never ends and getting yourself out of the crowd just to get a drink at one of the three bars can be a challenge. With the best music in town and a party that rarely ever stops, Cocon is guaranteed to make even your stiffest friends wiggle in the rhythm with the music. With its crazy parties, while still maintaining a reasonable level of safety, and karaoke nights every Thursday, Cocon will steal your heart from the minute you step inside.
Cocon Music Club - LGBTQ+ dance bar
Address: Gazowa 21, 30-001 Kraków, Poland
Price: from 10 PLN / 2.5 USD
Opening Hours: 10 pm to 6 am, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
Duration: around 4 hours required.
Contact: +48 12 632 22 96
2. Alternatywy Bar
Next up is Alternatywy Bar, a small bar located in one of Krakow’s basements just 5 minutes away from the Main Square. The place can be described as a hybrid of a relaxed dance club and a bar. With dim lights and exposed bricks walls, it creates an amazing atmosphere for both a relaxed night with a gin and tonic as well as a little wiggle on the dance floor. The place has a large seating area with three different rooms, which will assure you a seat, even on a busiest night. The bar has a large assortment of liquors and an extensive cocktail menu consisting of both local and common ingredients. The bar also hosts weekly karaoke nights, so if you want to unleash your inner Celine Dion, here is a perfect place to do that. If you do not like large crowds but would still like to dance a little and have a calm place to relax with your beverage, this is a venue worth noting.
Address: Mały Rynek 4, 31-041 Kraków, Poland
Price: from 7 PLN / 1.77 USD
Opening Hours: 5 pm to 5 am
Duration: from 2 hours
Contact: +48 12 422 16 67
Facebook: Alternatywy Bar
3. Cybermachina Game Pub
Another stop on the Krakow nightlife adventure is Cybermachina Game Pub. This place is reserved for those who want a geeky night out in the city. The bar offers drinks inspired by famous franchises and games such as Star Wars or Mario Bros. Here you will be able to unleash your inner geek with video and board games. Having a large variety of video games, for example Guitar Hero or Just Dance, and just as diverse an assortment of board games, such as DixIt or Catan, Cybermachina Game Pub will make sure you will not be bored for even a second. The interior goes perfectly well with the theme of the bar. Being located in a raw basement with bright lighting inside, it creates an atmosphere of an old school arcade to put you even more into a geeky mood. The Mario Bros inspired lamp shades are a nice finishing touch appreciated by most of the bar’s guests.
Cybermachina Game Pub
Address: Stolarska 11, 31-043 Kraków, Poland
Price: from 6 PLN / 1.51 USD
Opening Hours: 2 pm to 3 am
Duration: around 3 hours required.
Contact: +48 507 458 119
Website: Cybermachina Game Pub (in Polish)
4. Frantic Club: exclusive night club
Finishing up with Krakow’s most popular — and biggest — club, Frantic. Frantic is definitely a place for you if you are seeking a more authentic club experience. This glamorous venue will greet you with three bars, two dance floors, and a chill out zone for those with sore feet. A host to many amazing Polish and international DJs, Frantic will make sure that you will never want to keep your feet still. The club has quickly gained popularity among young Cracovians — but not only. This party destination can hold up to 500 fun-craving, energy-filled party animals and keep them entertained all night long. The interior is a typical decor for a Kracow’s bar/club scene — raw-bricked basement with brightly illuminated interior. Often describe as one of the best dance clubs in Krakow, Frantic will make sure you will have an unforgettable experience and will not want to leave the club, even after the music stops and the lights go on. Frantic also serves great cocktails that will keep you hydrated and going during long hours on the dance floor. Cocktails are made by well-trained staff that will make sure to entertain you from the moment of order until the last slices of garnish are put onto your cocktail glass.
Frantic Dance Club
Address: ul. Szewska 5, 31-009 Kraków
Price: from 15 PLN / 3.80 USD
Opening Hours: from 10 pm
Duration: around 4 hours required.
Contact: +48 12 423 04 83
Website: Frantic Dance Club (in Polish)
Have a drink!
To wrap up this small guide, it is important to mention that Poland has a well-developed and deeply-rooted drinking culture; therefore, it is essential to go out drinking with your newly-acquainted Polish friend, because as the Poles say, you do not know a person before you drink with them. I, therefore, deeply encourage you to try out this amazing beverage culture while you are there and remember not to attempt to out-drink a Pole — drink responsibly!
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