It’s a warm Friday evening and it’s time for the grand tour of outdoor summer nightlife of Warsaw! Starting off on the beautiful pl. Zbawiciela (pics), home of three of the most popular clubs in town: Coffee Karma (one of my breakfast regulars, closes at 22:00). And across the square the recently opened Charlotte’s has become an instant hit with the successful combination of bakery and wine bar. Posh Charlotte’s slightly more dressed up clientele rub shoulders unbothered with the huge beer & vodka crowd that occupy the pavement outside the ever hip summer joint Plan.B next door. If you were to pass by you may get the impression that Plan.B is a pop bar, since all guests drink out of big Coke cups, but don’t be fooled (like the police?) – the content is all beer!

No probs spending the whole evening at pl. Zbawiciela but I need to continue on… A five-minute walk along the stylish residential Al. Wyzwolenia and I’m at UFOwhere the dreadlocked DJ is spinning his music for a sadly small number of scattered people. It looks like UFO has probably lost out in the summer club race of ’11. I guess much due to lack of alcoholic beverages.

Cross Al. Ujadowskie and follow the path through the park along Al. Armii Ludowej road towards the Legia’s football stadium. The extended staircase leads down to Plac Zabaw (pic), corner of a park, with deckchairs, a bar and a BBQ. Not overly crowded tonight, as on Thursdays, when there are live rock bands on the stage.

Further on underneath the overpass, about 10 minutes walk on ul. Rozbrat to The Moominvalley, Dolina Muminków. Which, surprisingly enough(?) has gathered a pretty large crowd of Friday nighters – despite the lack of any alcohol in the bar (no liquor licence), however quite a few who enjoy this scenic glade have brought their own.

Not me though so I moved on with the final lap to the safest of havens in the city’s nightlife, the very cool bar Warsaw Powiśle (pics), situated beneath Poniatowskiego Bridge. The spaceship shaped former station entrance would fit in perfectly in South Miami Beach’s art déco environment, although it was built in the early 1960’s. Undoubtedly the place to see and be seen at until early morning!


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