✔️ 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’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!