Where to drink
The best thing first: Affordable beer!
The first night you will decide to go out in Bucharest you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the cheery tonus of young people. Romanians and foreigners living in Bucharest alike enjoy going out, drinking, dancing, socializing. Compared to other European capitals the average prices for drinks in Bucharest are rather low and affordable. The average price for a beer is 6 RON (1,3 EUR) in pubs and bars with a slight increase of 1 or 2 RON (0,2 or 0,4 EUR) in clubs.
There are several areas you could chose to spend a night out. Depending on the time of the year and your personal expectations.
Drinking on top of the National Theatre
If you visit Bucharest during the summer you’ll definitely want to spend some time outside, and the best place to be is a terrace. The most popular one is on top of The National Theatre called La Motoare. You will most certainly enjoy the cool breeze, selection of drinks and nibbles. Plus, some nights start off with a film, a theatre play or even a concert so be on the look out. The closest metro station to La Motoare is Universitate.
Plenty of bars, cafes and clubs in the Historical Center
Another popular area is Lipscani (Historical Center) with bars, cafes and clubs for any kind of budget as well as any kind of weather. Over the summer all cafes and bars invade the pedestrian area with tables and comfy chairs for people to enjoy their drinks, cafes or desserts. This is an area worth exploring as it is not very big, but extremely concentrated. Nearest metro stations are Universitate and Unirii, the historical center being within walking distance from both.
You will find yourself having a hard time chosing where to sit and have a drink, but my advice is to walk around at first. On the right side of the National Bank there’s access to Valea Regilor – inside an old shopping galleria pasajul Villacrosse (calea victoriei 16-20)– where you can have a beer or tea and enjoy multiple flavoured narghile for very reasonable prices. This is the most popular area in Bucharest at the moment.
A pint and a dance at Piata Romana/Amzei
Alternatively you can head back to Piata Romana/Amzei and find a pub/club to have a pint and dance. The clubs tend to be rather small in size: during the winter and over the week-end they could get pretty crammy. But if you like that kind of night out this is the place for you. Prices don’t vary too much from the Historical Center and there are many alternatives on a single street. Walk up Piata Amzei Street and listen to your instincts.