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Krakow Hits: How to Experience Poland's Nightlife

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Berlin isn’t the only Euro hotspot for delicious beer and great live music. This Polish city’s nightlife now also delivers. 
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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...
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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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The walls of Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu ("Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz") 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...
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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. 
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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...
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During the communist era, milk bars could be found in every Polish city. These were canteen-style restaurants where workers could come and eat decent, inexpensive portions of simple food in a no-nonsense setting. Despite their popularity in the...