Bucharest Nightlife and Clubbing Guide
Dear Party Guest,
Welcome to Bucharest – the dance floor away from home!
As your Party Planner team, we want to get you ready for those long nights. Here is the ABC’s of local party scene:
There are more or less 300 night venues registered in Bucharest, in all main categories – bars, pubs, disco bars, party lounges and top glam clubs. They vary in style from casual, alternative to smart and luxury VIP.
Best party time and overview:
Weekends are the busiest, so this is the ideal time to plan the party getaway!
Bucharest clubs are open all year round. There are 2 main clubbing seasons – October / May – very busy and ideal for clubbing – June / September – good summer vibes, outdoor clubs and pool parties. Please note that August is less crowded due to summer holiday.
The party hours are late, up to 5 – 6 am. The usual time to go out is 10 pm, typically starting in bar mode and moving on to dancing from 12:30 on. In the summer season, people prefer staying outdoor until 1 am.
Most popular drinks
Beer, vodka, whiskey, rum. Bottles will be served at tables. The labels vary based on the deals of each club, but some of the most common are Absolut, Grey Goose, Ciroc, J&B, Johnny Walker, Havana Club. Popular Romanian beers – Ciuc and Ursus.
Table reservations and club requirements
It is necessary to book tables, especially for the busy weekends. A minimum spend is required in clubs with table service – bottles and mixers. Depending on the club profile, it starts from 70 EUR in small clubs ( 1 bottle ) and levels up to 250 – 500 EUR, in top clubs with Regular and VIP area.
General club hours – 12 – 6 am. Recommended arrival when booking tables – 12:30 at the latest.
General dress code: this will depend on the type of club and area. Regular clubs allow a casual style t-shirt and jeans – while the glam clubs require a smart casual / elegant attire – shirt / classy jeans or trousers. Sporty ware is forbidden and should be avoided.
Important clubbing tips:
Do not enter the club drunk – even if you have a table booked, the bodyguards will not allow access.
Follow the dress code as well as the arrival hours recommended by the club to avoid losing your reservation.
Carriage of weapons or drugs is strictly forbidden. The drugs are illegal in Romania, so avoid inquires on the matter inside or outside the club.
Improper behavior – shouting or disturbing other customers – will lead to eviction.
The party environment is very safe – crime and safety should not be worried about.
The table service is not included in the bill, so tipping is common – the usual is 10 %, naturally according to the customer satisfaction. The tips are mostly paid cash.
Local payments are made in LEI ( also known as RON ). Both cash and card are accepted, but cash is still popular so make sure you keep some for daily expenses. The bill is usually paid at the end, but you may ask for it when once you cover the minimum spend required.
Romanians speak good English, but are not overly sociable in the beginning so adapt your social speech to the local crowd. Make sure you don’t approach ladies who are attended by other men.
BUCHAREST – THE PARTY PLACE
We would like to offer you, through our next articles, an overview on the party scene of Bucharest because after all, you are planning a weekend party here and need to know what to expect. Our goal is to give you a better understanding about the nightlife here – the pubs, the bars, the clubs, the trend – so that you come prepared and remember Bucharest as a great place for either a stag party, a mystery trip with friends, or a just a quick, last minute getaway.
Seasons to party in Bucharest
Bucharest keeps the doors open all year long and has things to show and do all the time.
It’s true that in the summer – mainly late July and most of August – the city is less crowded because locals take holidays in this time of the year, but when it comes to partying, there is no limited season to it. There are party venues open all the time, so you’ll find places to go to, no matter when you plan to arrange you city break.
From the weather point of view, as Bucharest lies in the South of Romania, it is milder even in the late autumn or full winter. It’s indeed the time when temperatures drop below 0 °C, but it’s also the time when people go indoor to have drinks or dance. The pubs, bars and clubs are packed in the cold season – cold weather never stops locals from going out – so you can consider discovering a full house at this point. The only exception are the first days of January, right after New Year Eve party, when people prefer to either rest or spend their winter holiday away from Bucharest.
Starting with May – a very pleasant month to visit Bucharest – the city and the people begin to get ready for the summer. The nice weather 15 °C on average – starts moving the seats outside, so slowly but surely, most of the venues, such as pubs, bars and restaurants will welcome you outdoor. Old Town is one of the best examples to notice the shift from cold to warm. From June on until late September everything turns in the summer mode, with summer terraces, special outdoor parties, pools and summer clubs available. Even if, sometimes it can be very hot, especially in July and August, people stay outdoor for drinks or summer activities and everything is lively, with terraces open till very late.
So, no matter of how cold or hot it gets, Bucharest is ready all the time to provide good fun. You can plan you party here at any time, and the only thing you should think of is just packing the right clothes in your luggage.
Where to go to party?
Thanks to the locals’ never-ending need of going out and increasing touristic interests, the local party scene has refined and has been very dynamic over time. Today, Bucharest has reached a new level of entertainment, with new established touristic areas – Old Town and the surroundings – or the same upscale North District, looking even better and hosting the big, glamorous clubs, some of them with tradition and refashioned every year or others newly built from the same need for good entertainment. The best time to taste the nightlife and the big clubbing is, as expected, the weekend, mainly starting from Thursday, and reaching climax on Fridays and Saturdays, but the first part of the week can also provide good options, in Old Town area. So, let’s take a closer look at the local nightlife and understand it.
Old Town – the melting pot of late nights
First of all, it is good to know that Old Town is a specific area in the old Bucharest city center, which is much larger and runs as a testimony of the beautiful 19th century “belle époque“ of Bucharest.
Old Town is today the most popular, touristic and busy walking area to party in. From an almost desert area with small streets and very old buildings, having partially survived demolition and only 1 or 2 bars, it has steadily become, in the past 6 years, the most flourishing concentration of bars, pubs, small clubs and food corners, live from Monday to Sunday. So, currently, because of the great buzz happening here and the many places to choose from, everybody thinks of going out in Old Town. The touristic potential also became obvious and now almost all the pubs provide info, menus and assistance in English.
The main type of venue in Old Town is the bar or pub with a dance floor, which serves all purposes: drinking, dancing and socializing. Actually, the venues to be found in this area are not very big – the big clubs are off Old Town – but more mass oriented, with some fashioned as clubs. Although Old Town is a bundle of 10 – 12 streets with only venues, there is nevertheless a special, mainstream area, where the action takes place. As soon as you enter Old Town, you will easily recognize it because of the rumor, music, lights, buzz and packed terraces in the summer. From 9 pm to 5 – 6 am, it looks like an unstoppable party here, no matter of the season. Dance, trendy music is mostly played, with secondary R’n’B or live music as well as karaoke or slices of electro. Besides the dance floors, you will also find many attractive bars to enjoy beer or cocktails. With beer priced at 2.5 eur and a good cocktail at 5, you will definitely take interest in drinking on your night out. The entrance is free everywhere, except for special events or live music venues.
In daytime Old Town is also nice to be in, although quieter. In the warm season, sitting at a terrace or watching the artistic events that take place sometimes in the square facing the National Bank – the largest building located in the area – can be very relaxing options, preparing you for another night after dark .
So, in conclusion, Old Town is the place to check first after you arrive here – it’s fun, cheaper and busy all the time. Because it’s so popular, you will see many locals around you, interested in making a good conversation with foreigners or just being part of the party. And, since Old Town is a walking area in the heart of Bucharest, it is directly connected to the rest of central boulevards or points of interest, so when you want to crash in bed, depending on where you accommodation is, you will easily reach it.
The North – home to the big clubs
Opposed to the Old Town area, popular and easily accessible, the North is the upscale side of Bucharest, with a more sophisticated look, wider natural space, a higher local income and more glamorous, elegant and exclusive venues: either restaurants, lounges or clubs. The Herastrau Park and Lake -the largest in Bucharest – offer beautiful lounge terraces right by the lake, ideal for the summer season as well as fun daytime activities. A few of the lounges host outdoor events or parties on weekends and usually attract a more demanding, corporate type of crowd. Since it lays off the city center, transport by car is necessary to reach this part of the city.
One particular attraction for the North, which is indispensable to Bucharest nightlife are the top clubs, which are built on large and specially landscaped grounds. They definitely have to be on the weekend trip list of things to see and do, otherwise you will not fully understand the local party potential. So the following section will be dedicated to a description of Bucharest top clubs and what they have to offer to the people coming here to party.
- BUCHAREST TOP CLUBS: https://partyon.bucharestadvisors.com/bucharest-top-clubs/
Most popular clubs in Bucharest: winter and summer clubs
Special nights in clubs of Bucharest
Bucharest people like to party all the time, but there are particular days when the parties take a different level: These are usually very popular Holidays, when celebration is the word of the day and all the clubs or party places – from small to big – prepare something special. Besides the well expected New Year Eve Party and Easter Party – Orthodox Easter in Romania, 1 week later than the Catholic one – there are a few other special days celebrated here:
14th of February – Valentine’s Day (although Romanians have a similar celebration, but prefer the international one) – when all the clubs prepare specials for the couples.
1st and 8th March – special Woman’s Day at the start of the spring – when live concerts, special shows for the ladies or big events take place in almost everywhere in the city
1st of May – Labor Day – another Holiday – which also marks the unofficial opening season at the Romanian seaside, with the big clubs organizing parties there
15th of August – Saint Mary Day – another Holiday by law – with outdoor places full of people
31st of October – Halloween Night special party
1st of December – The National Day, which is by law a nonworking day, with live parades in the street and venues fully open
31st of December – famous and trendy Romanian singers or groups are invited in the clubs for a full recital on that night. Whenever such special events take place, the top clubs usually charge a special entrance fee and table prices, since a certain organization is required.
In any of these dates, all the clubs organize special nights and the top ones invite special guests to put up truly memorable parties. So, if you plan to come to Bucharest on any of these days, you should expect to find a great holiday vibe in any popular corner of the city, which will make you understand once again that Romanians are truly party people.
Most popular clubs in Bucharest: winter and summer clubs
One important thing to remember is that the clubbing in Bucharest is available all year long. From the small size dance floors in Old Town area, to electro music clubs around the center, special party venues and finally to the top dance clubs in the North, there is a constant flow of music, entertainment and party people.
Nevertheless, the clubs depend on the major seasonal trends: winter and summer. Bucharest looks different in both seasons and therefore the offer and general vibe change. This applies mainly to the major big, large clubs which operate 2 venues depending on the season: the winter club and the summer club. The design and interior differ: the winter clubs are indoor, larger and decorated in slightly darker notes, while the summer clubs are outdoor, more luminous, some of them even white, so that they reflect the summer mood. The type of events also change while keeping the same level of entertainment and show grandeur.
If you come here in the summer, do not miss the daytime pool parties organized by the large pools in Bucharest – that means enjoying a modern, trendy pool while listening to live dance or house music, drinking and dancing by the pool.
Heratrau Park: clubs around the lake text pt summer
What is PartyON BOTTLE SERVICE?
VIP Bottle Service is the ultimate way to experience the Best of Bucharest Nightlife and Top Clubs. If you add up the costs of the drinks for you and your friends throughout an evening (which can and always adds up fast and before you know it). Then factor in the time you waited in line outside. The cover charge. The time you spent waiting at the bar. The tips for the bartender to get him to come back faster the next time. The fact that you lost your stand-up table in the corner when you went to the can. You can see why having your own little corner of a top club might be worthwhile.
Top Best 4 Advantages of PartyON Bottle Service:
1.VIP line entry. PartyON Bottle Service reservations will grant you and your group VIP express entrance into the club. We reserved a table for you and your friends, so you walk right up to the entrance and get right in. Bottle service reservations guarantee easy entrance with no line-up.
2.You are the bartender. Not only have you skipped the entire line, but you also benefit from your own private area and waitress. That means you won’t be squeezing your way to the bar to get some drinks or worse, spend twenty minutes cleaning the stains off of your shirt because half of your drink was spilled on you as you were trying to get back to your friends. Bottle Service also gives you the advantage of making your own drinks—with just as much alcohol as you’d like—because let’s face it, some of those bar-made drinks taste just like juice.
- Your Own Private Space to Enjoy the Night
Keeping your friends together can be quite a difficult task, especially after you’ve all had a few drinks. Scenarios where one is ordering drinks while the others are partying are quite the norm and usually end with someone straying away from the bunch. Bottle service provides you with everything you need, all in one spot. Plus, you can’t deny the fact that having your own private space can really get a party going.
4.PartyON Bottle Service saves you time, hassle, and money
Partying and saving money don’t usually go hand in hand. Shots and drinks can get quite expensive and can also be difficult to obtain if you’re with a big group. Chances are you’ll get a spot around the bar (if you’re lucky). And, since you can’t occupy the bar the entire night, you’ll order up a few rounds right away. Next thing you know, you’re down a hundred because you’ve had too much to drink and decided to buy the next round for everyone (including the random dude to the left). PartyON Bottle service is a great way to celebrate special occasions, without hurting your wallet. You can all split the costs and drink as much as you want. You’ll have more than enough to last you all night.
Here are some Bottle Service Tips:
- Minimum spend in Top clubs of Bucharest – Regular Table:250E, VIP Table:500E-only premium bottles.
- The more you are willing to spend on bottle service the better table location you will receive. Dance floor tables and those closest to the live performer or DJ will cost more than tables on the second story.
- You will almost always exceed your predicted minimum spend by 1.5x. As the night goes on and the drinking begins the alcohol can go fast. Plus you always meet new friends to share drinks with.
- Tell your waitress that only one person is in control of the ordering. This way the entire group isn’t able to start ordering and drive the bill up.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to make your bottle service reservation. Tables are in high demand. If you wait too long you could find that the venues are sold out.
What is Guest List
What does it mean by putting your name on the guest list? Does it mean you have been invited? Does it mean you get in for free?
For novice party goers’ the term guest list can be confusing, so we are going to try and explain what is actually meant by the phrase guest list and what the advantages are of getting on the guest list and how you can go about getting on a guest list.
Your probably wondering why bars & clubs require a guest list and why people cannot just turn up as and when they please?
Well in most cases they can, but on other busier more popular days like the weekends and special event nights a guest list is in operation to help the bars & clubs control the numbers of guests.
The guest lists give the managers a good indication of whether the night is going to be busy or not and if they are going to need extra stock, staff or security.
As for party goers getting on the guest list for clubs has its advantages as it improves your chances of getting in without a long wait, but it’s not a guarantee.
It may also eliminate or reduce the cover charge at some clubs and not at others.
Having your name on a guest list does not guarantee you and your guest entry to the bar or club, there are other factors at play, i.e. dress code, time of arrival, and most importantly your behavior and attitude.
Most popular bars and clubs in Bucharest operate a no all male group policy at the door.