Bucharest’s nightlife is thriving. With various parties weekly, one or two days festivals, club nights and concerts, there’s a lot to take your pick from, depending on the budget, mood and musical preference. There are four major nightlife areas: Dorobanti (for the posh and upper – as in money wise – class), Amzei/Romana (areas usually preferred by expats, chances are you might bump into old foreign friends), Lipscani (historical centre very sought after at the moment, the up and coming hip area of town) and Regie (close to student accommodation, predominantly student life).
Posh party: Dorobanti
Situated in the North of Bucharest, closer to major lakes and parks, this area is very convenient during the summer as it becomes a small oasis in the almost desert like heat. Destined to the posh and rich, aside from the various cafes and terraces, you will find a lot of posh clubs, amongst the most popular: Fratelli Social Club , Gaia Boutique Club (Str. Banul Antonache nr. 40) and Kristal Glam Club. All three offer: guaranteed gratification in the matter of the ‘Romanian women are beautiful’ myth, selection of cocktails and a lot of dancing. Expect to spend slightly more money than in any other area 10 RON (2 EUR) for a beer as opposed to 6 (1.3 EUR) in other areas of the town.
Slightly cheaper than Dorobanti, fairly close to kilometer 0 this area is destined to middle-class of socializers. You will bump into office group parties and find you’ll end up socializing with everyone around. It’s probably the best area for socializing and the place where office corporate types like to go out for drinks, karaoke or dancing.
Up & coming: Lipscani (Historic Center)
This area always had some of the best clubs in town in terms of prices and music, the best feel good places Club A, Fire Club, Backstage venues where you will get a feel of the Romanian Music scene and probably end up making a lot of friends. Over the past year this area has boomed with cafes, clubs, bars ever since there’s no car access it’s become a pedestrian nightlife paradise. Within walking distance from Universitate or Unirii metro station.
This is the student area. Quite far from the city center, but if you want to see what the clubs close to student accommodation look like this is where you want to be. Disco and pop parties, rave parties, you name it they have it. As for the prices, well let’s just say they’re pretty student like. You take the metro (yellow line) to the stop Grozavesti.