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Krakow Hits: How to Experience Poland's Nightlife

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Berlin isn’t the only Euro hot spot for delicious beer and great live music: The Polish city’s nightlife also now delivers. -by Liv Combe
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Szczepańska 5, 31-009 Kraków, Poland
Krakow’s medieval skyline is best viewed from the top—at the roof-level Sky Bar of Hotel Stary, which also happens to be a solid choice for accommodations. For your first beer of the night, order any type of Zywiec, Poland’s national brew, made...
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Sienna 12, 31-041 Kraków, Poland
A five-minute walk from the main market square and you’re at Kogel Mogel, a cozy, velvet-curtained spot for traditional Polish cuisine. On the cheeky menu, printed to look like a Communist newspaper, watch out for the pierogies and the house...
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Szeroka 1, 31-052 Kraków, Poland
The walls of Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu are lined with accordions, mannequins, and miscellany in a nod to Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter where it stands. Absolutely everyone, the elderly women included, will be taking shots of Zubrowka, a...
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Świętego Wawrzyńca 12, 31-060 Kraków, Poland
Night owls convene at Stara Zajezdnia, a former tram terminus, to dance to sets from live DJs. A good word to know here: piwo. It means “beer,” and this spot brews its own. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
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Estery 5, 31-056 Kraków, Poland
Krakow loves its music. Shows at Alchemia are generally more mellow—jazz and folk are staples—but you are in Europe; check the lineup if you’re allergic to techno. The bar doesn’t close until 4 a.m., so feel free to linger after the encore. This...
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Grodzka 43, 30-962 Kraków, Poland
You can translate bar mleczny as “milk bar,” but the name is misleading. These Communist-era canteens (we recommend the aptly named Bar Mleczny in Old Town) recall Poland’s shortage economy in the 1950s, when the government subsidized meals for...