Bucharest Nightlife And Clubbing Guide 2024

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:

Bucharest Nightlife Party Areas

Victoriei Boulevard –  relaxed and friendly ambiance

Victoriei Boulevard in Bucharest is a well-known and vibrant area when it comes to nightlife, offering a variety of bars and clubs that cater to different tastes and preferences. The boulevard itself is located in the heart of the city, making it easily accessible to locals and tourists alike. It begins at Piata Victoriei i.e. Freedom Square and ends just outside of the Old Town and stretches to a length of 2.7 kilometers.

Victoriei Boulevard features an eclectic mix of bars and clubs, each with its own unique atmosphere and style. From elegant and sophisticated venues to more casual and laid-back establishments, there is something for everyone along this bustling street.

For those seeking a glamorous and upscale experience, there are several high-end cocktail bars and lounges lining Victoriei Boulevard. These venues often feature stylish interiors, professional mixologists, and a wide range of craft cocktails and premium spirits. They are perfect for those looking to socialize in a more refined and sophisticated setting.

In addition to the well-established bars and clubs, Victoriei Boulevard also offers a selection of cozy and intimate pubs, where locals gather for drinks and conversations. These pubs typically have a more relaxed and friendly ambiance, often adorned with vintage decor and offering a wide range of local and international beers.

Throughout the boulevard, you can also find various outdoor seating areas, allowing visitors to enjoy their drinks and soak in the lively atmosphere of Bucharest’s nightlife scene while people-watching or simply taking in the beautiful surroundings.

Overall, Victoriei Boulevard bars and clubs in Bucharest provide a diverse and vibrant nightlife experience, accommodating different moods and preferences. With its wide variety of establishments, from sophisticated cocktail lounges to energetic clubs and cozy pubs, the boulevard offers something for everyone, making it a popular destination for locals and tourists looking to experience Bucharest’s thriving nightlife.

We suggest starting an evening out hoping from bar to bar along the Boulevard prior to going into the louder and more outgoing ambiance in the Old Town.

Dambovita Riverbank – your perfect view in the middle of Bucharest

Bars on the Dambovita river in Bucharest (between the National Library- Piata UNIRII Square Central Park & Fountain) offer a unique and vibrant experience for visitors and locals alike. These bars are located on the riverbank, providing stunning views of the water and the cityscape. They have become popular destinations for relaxation and entertainment.

One notable feature of these bars is their outdoor seating areas, allowing guests to enjoy the fresh air and the scenic views. The atmosphere is often lively and dynamic, with a diverse mix of people from all walks of life. Visitors can find both trendy and laid-back spots, catering to different preferences and tastes.

Many of these bars have a modern and contemporary design, featuring sleek furniture, stylish décor, and innovative lighting. They often host live music performances, DJ sets, or other forms of entertainment, creating a lively and energetic ambiance.

The bars on the Dambovita river are also known for their wide range of beverages. Visitors can enjoy a variety of cocktails, craft beers, wines, and non-alcoholic options. Additionally, some bars offer a selection of culinary delights, ranging from small bites to full meals, allowing guests to indulge in a complete dining experience.

Whether it’s a warm summer evening or a crisp autumn afternoon, the bars on the Dambovita river offer a fantastic setting to unwind and socialize. Visitors can enjoy the company of friends or meet new people while taking in the serene beauty of the river. With their vibrant atmosphere, stunning views, and diverse offerings, these bars have become an integral part of Bucharest’s social scene.

Old City –  mass party

The Old City area of Bucharest, also known as Lipscani, is a vibrant and popular destination for nightlife in the city. It is filled with a wide array of bars, clubs, and restaurants, making it a hub for locals and tourists looking for a fun and exciting evening out.

The nightlife in the Old City area is characterized by its lively and energetic atmosphere. The streets are often bustling with people, and the area comes alive especially on weekends. Visitors can expect to find a diverse crowd, from young locals to tourists from all around the world.

The bars and clubs in the Old City area cater to various tastes and preferences. You can find everything from trendy cocktail bars to traditional Romanian pubs. Some establishments offer live music performances, while others boast impressive DJ lineups, providing a range of options for different musical tastes.

The area is also known for its outdoor terrace bars, providing a unique experience of enjoying drinks and socializing as you take in the charming surroundings of historic buildings and cobblestone streets. These terraces are particularly popular during the warmer months.

Additionally, the Old City offers a vibrant dining scene, with restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines, including traditional Romanian dishes, Mediterranean, Asian, and more. Many of these restaurants offer a lively and inviting atmosphere, creating a perfect combination of dining and entertainment.

Overall, the nightlife in the Old City area of Bucharest is lively, diverse, and exciting. It is a must-visit destination for those seeking an unforgettable night out in the city, offering something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a relaxed evening with friends or a wild night of dancing and partying.

Herastrau Park – premium clubbing

Herastrau Lake is a popular recreational area located in Bucharest and is known for its vibrant nightlife scene. The lake is surrounded by numerous bars and clubs, offering a wide range of experiences for locals and tourists alike.

The Herastrau area is ideal for those seeking a more upscale and refined nightlife experience. Typically, entrance is subject to reservations, where some clubs are pre-booked from weeks in advance. Dress code is applicable for all customers, regardless of the time of arrival to the restaurants and clubs.

Given the high demand and reputation, but also the psychological prestige created from being able to party in some of the clubs, the prices are a considerably more expensive than the Old Town.

The bars near Herastrau Lake cater to various tastes and preferences. Some of them are relaxed and laid-back, providing a scenic view of the lake. These establishments often have outdoor seating areas where patrons can enjoy a drink while appreciating the beautiful surroundings. These bars usually serve a variety of beverages, from classic cocktails to craft beers, and are perfect for those looking for a more serene and intimate atmosphere.

On the other hand, there are also several energetic and lively clubs around Herastrau Lake. These venues attract a younger crowd and offer a dynamic nightlife experience. They often feature live music performances, DJs, providing an energetic and festive atmosphere. These clubs are known for their upbeat music, high-energy environment, and late-night parties, making them popular destinations for those looking to dance the night away.

Regardless of your preferences, Herastrau Lake offers a diverse range of bars and clubs that cater to various tastes and atmospheres. Whether you’re seeking a calm and relaxing evening or a vibrant and energetic night out, you’ll find options near the lake that suit your desires.

In conclusion… 

I hope you now have a good understanding of the nightlife scene in Bucharest. Now you know where to go to get your right type of nightlife here. Regardless of your status, you’ve now received the necessary input to make wise nightlife decisions in Bucharest.

All you have to do is get ready for the lively atmosphere of Bucharest’s nightlife!

If you’re in Bucharest just for a few days, it’s good to know that while the partying and clubbing scene is in full swing at the weekend, week days can also provide opportunities to chill out and have fun. Be part of Bucharest nightlife and make the best trip memories. Enjoy!

How expensive is to Party in Bucharest

💶 Bar/Club Prices:

🍺Beer: 4€

🍹Long Drink: 6€

🍷Soft Drinks: 3€

🍾Bottle: from 60€

🥂🍾 Old City Clubs Bottle Service: 2 bottles minimum spend

Entrance fee: N/A in general, with the exception of special events or live concerts.

👖👞👔Recommended dress code: casual (t-shirt, jeans).

🥂🍾 TOP Clubs Bottle Service: between 500€2000€ VIP Table minimum spend, 250€-1000€ REGULAR table minimum spend, depending on the club and night (Friday or Saturday)

Entrance fee: between 50lei-100lei (10€-20€)

👖👞👔Recommended dress code: smart casual/elegant

🍽 Food Prices:

💶 Urban food: Kebab-5€

💶 Average restaurant meal: OLD CITY AREA starting from:30€/pers

💶 Fine Dinning: NORTH UPSCALE AREA starting from: 50€/pers

The party budget for clubbing in Bucharest can vary depending on personal preferences and the number of people attending. However, here’s a rough estimate:

Entrance Fees: Club entrance fees in Bucharest usually range from 50 to 100 Romanian Lei (€10 – €20) per person.

Drinks: The cost of drinks in clubs can vary, but expect to pay around 15-30 Romanian Lei (€3 – €6) for a beer or cocktail.

Bottle Service: If you prefer bottle service, prices can range from 300 to 1,000 Romanian Lei (€60 – €200) depending on the brand and size of the bottle.

Transportation: Consider budgeting for transportation to and from the clubs. Taxi/Car Sharing fares in Bucharest are relatively affordable, with an average cost of 2.00 Romanian Lei per kilometer (€0.45 per kilometer).

VIP Packages and Special Events: If you’re interested in VIP packages or attending special events, prices can significantly vary. It’s best to contact the clubs directly or visit their websites for specific pricing details.

Overall, for a night out clubbing in Bucharest, a budget of around 200-500 Romanian Lei (€50 – €100) per person should be sufficient, depending on your preferences and spending habits.

Bucharest Party Culture Tips

Romanian culture of going out is special here: it’s an important part of our daily and social lives: much like the French or Italians, our Latin blood makes us want to spend hours over coffee, drinks and late dinner, chatting about everything and nothing, as long as we’re with friends and having a good time in a cool place.

The answer is given by the local spirit and crave for entertainment. Because of the inner Latin spirit, Romanians enjoy making friendships and partying no matter what. And when they do everybody knows about it. That is why here, in Bucharest, you won’t have any problem finding clubs open at 5 or 6 in the morning. And if you still have enough energy, you can skip brunch and keep on partying till late afternoon in a few after hours urban delights.

The party environment is very safe – crime and safety should not be worried about

General club hours 12 – 6 am Party Starts at midnight before midnight you can have dinner in most of the venues. The party hours are late, up to 5 – 6 am. The usual time to go out is 11 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.

Club reservation & bottle service    

📌 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 (minimum 1 bottle) and levels up to 250 – 500 EUR, in top clubs with Regular and VIP area.

📌 Demands are high for established clubs so make sure to reserve your table in advance, especially if you are coming as a group.

📌 Recommended arrival when booking tables – 12:00 at the latest.

Club Payment & Tips                                                                   

📌 Local payments are made in LEI (also known as RON).

📌 Both cash and card are accepted, but cash is still popular. The bill is usually paid at the end, but you may ask for it when once you cover the minimum spend required.

📌 Tips 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.

Club Entrance Fee  

📌 In terms of entrance fees, keep in mind that some of the most popular locations host events on weekends, which may apply for entrance fees or pre ordered tickets, therefore, the best option would be to check online their events section before heading out to the actual location.

📌 Old Town venues don’t practice cover charge but a reservation is necessary.

📌 Top Clubs Entrance fee: between 50lei-100lei (10E-20E), complimentary admission if you have a VIP table reservation

Club Dress Code 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.

📌 Most popular bars and clubs in Bucharest operate a no all male group policy at the door. Is dependent on the discretion of the staff member at the door.

📌 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.

Clubs dance floor The major difference between common clubs around Europe and the ones over here is how does dance floor looks like. Dance floors in all clubs are flooded with tables so, there is no proper dance floor and people dance around the tables. That is why it is necessary to have a reservation.

Important clubbing tips                                                                 

 ⚠️Follow the dress code as well as the arrival hours recommended by the club to avoid losing your reservation.

❌Do not try to enter the club drunk – even if you have a table booked, the bodyguards will not allow access.

❌ Improper behavior – shouting or disturbing other customers – will lead to eviction.

❌ 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.

❌Make sure you don’t approach ladies who are attended by other men.

Happy clubbing!

Do’s and Don’ts Bucharest Nightlife

Do’s:

Do keep cash on you for anything that you plan on doing – form day to nighttime activities.

Do make sure you call the venues in advance and arrange it in due time, otherwise the plan might be damaged.

 Do Tip The standard tip is 10%, though you can choose to tip more or less depending on your experience.

Tipping the waiters for their work is a common practice in Bucharest, especially when you have a table service – bar, restaurant, club, etc. It is less common to tip when just sitting at the bar. The service is not included in the bill, but naturally it has to be good to deserve a tip. The common is 10 % of the total amount.

Do not worry about talking to locals – especially the younger ones – in English, because we are fluent speakers.

Do explore the Old Town (Centrul Vechi), which is the heart of Bucharest’s nightlife. It has numerous bars, clubs, and restaurants offering a vibrant atmosphere.

Do try local drinks and cocktails like Palinka (fruit brandy), Țuică (plum brandy), or traditional Romanian wines.

Do dress appropriately, considering the specific dress codes of certain venues. Most nightclubs have a smart-casual dress code, so avoid wearing sportswear or flip-flops.

Do be aware of your belongings and keep them secure. Although Bucharest is generally safe, it’s always wise to take precautions, especially when going out at night.

Do familiarize yourself with the local customs and traditions. Romanians appreciate polite behavior and basic Romanian greetings like “Bună seara” (Good evening) or “Mulțumesc” (Thank you).

Do use reputable and licensed taxis or ride-sharing services like Uber or Bolt to travel around the city at night.

Do check out alternative and underground clubs for unique nightlife experiences, live music, or DJ sets.

Don’ts:

Don’t let table bookings to the last minute, because on weekends everything is very busy.

Don’t get very drunk before arriving at the club or the party place, because the group might not be allowed to get in.

Don’t mind a disappointed waiter who is explicit about the fact that he didn’t get tipped. He most probably did not do his job right.

Don’t get too loud and avoid bothering the people inside, or the next thing you’ll know is being taken out by a bodyguard.

Don’t accept drinks from strangers or leave your drink unattended. Like in any major city, it’s important to be cautious and aware of potential risks.

Don’t engage in illegal activities. Bucharest nightlife offers plenty of legal entertainment options, so there’s no need to resort to illegal substances or activities.

Don’t be disrespectful to the locals or their cultural traditions. While having fun, it’s always important to show respect and courtesy to the people and the city you’re visiting.

Don’t rely on street vendors or unofficial promoters who might approach you. Stick to officially recognized venues and establishments for a safer and more reliable nightlife experience.

Don’t wander in poorly lit or unfamiliar areas alone, especially late at night. Stick to well-known and crowded areas to ensure your safety.

Don’t forget to have some cash in hand. While many places accept cards, it’s always a good idea to have some cash for smaller transactions or in case of technical issues with card payments.

Don’t forget to plan your transportation in advance. Bucharest’s public transport might not be as extensive at night, so having a clear plan for getting back to your accommodation is crucial.

Don’t use unlicensed taxis or fall for overcharging. Stick to licensed taxi companies, use ride-sharing apps, or ask the venue staff to call a reputable taxi for you.

Don’t waste any time in your hotel room: Bucharest weekend is waiting for you!

Bucharest Top Clubs Bottle Service

⚠️Premium Club Entrance is subject to reservation and guest list. It is necessary to book tables!

📌 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.

🥂🍾 Bottle Service&Tips

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:

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.

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.

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:250 €, VIP Table:500 €-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.

You’re 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.

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