Exploring Bucharest After Dark

After you’ve spent the day sightseeing or checking out the capital’s museums, you’ll be antsy to unwind and experience what Bucharest has to offer for the evening. Tourists who like to think of themselves as night owls will be right at home here, as the city comes alive after dark, and its excellent selection of restaurants, bars and discotheques draws residents and visitors alike. Things don’t generally get going until late and partying can often last well into the next day.

Nightlife Scene

Much of Bucharesfratelli-beach-club-mamaia_4t’s nightlife is consists of nightclubs, bars and casinos. Clubs are generally found near or in the historic center, and are within easy walking distance of each other to make for a varied night of club-hopping. No licen
sing hours exist, so drinking and dancing can go on until the sun comes up. And while you must be at least 18 years old to buy alcohol, there is no legal drinking age. Note that many nightclubs close operations in June and reopen in early October. Popular clubs include the Tunnel Club, Club Sugar and Club Flamingo.

Gamblers who are at least 18 years old can find 24-hour establishments to place their wagers and gamble, and should bring their passport for proof before they do so. Many establishments also have good restaurants and offer entertainment such as cabaret shows. Try the Palace Casino or the Victoria Casino.

Theater and Music

Romanians love jazz, and Bucharest is known for its jazz clubs. The 24-hour Café Indigo is well-known for its jazz and blues performances as well as for good cocktails and Ciuc, a dark Romanian beer. Green Hours 22 and the Art Jazz Club both attract top jazz acts. For more traditional music, you’ll find folk songs and dancing at restaurants specializing in Romanian cuisine such as Burebista Vanatores and La Mardare.

For classical music, head to Ateneul Roman, a magnificent and ornate 19th century building that holds splendid acoustics and hosts the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra as well as many top performances from abroad.