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The Best Nightlife in Europe: Bucharest

We all love to party from time to time, and choosing to travel to a place with a wild nightlife is a great idea, especially if we are celebrating something. Imagine having a bachelor party in a place where everything closes at 10pm. Not the perfect destination, right?

Many of you think about Berlin or Leipzig when they want to plan an entertaining holiday, but the truth is that there are many less famous, but definitely not less memorable, destinations for party enthusiasts, and one of them is Bucharest, the lively capital of Romania.

Locals and visitors have the chance to enjoy long nights in one of the numerous ( more than 1000) pubs, bars or clubs that keep their doors open until late at night.

Whether you enjoy a good old-fashioned party in a pub, or you want to go wild in a high-class club while listening to famous DJs, Bucharest has everything you can think of. And guess what? The prices don’t even compare to what you would pay in cities like Berlin.

Everybody’s Favorite Cocktail Bar: Interbelic

Interbelic is a place many locals love partying at. It used to be a hidden cocktail bar that became one of the most famous places in town. Not only does it have delicious cocktails on its menu, but the decor and atmosphere are also exactly what you need in order to have an unforgettable time. Last, but not least, the people you will meet here are really, really cool!

Interbelic Cocktail Bar

The Landmark for Great Music: Fratelli

In all cities, there is a bar or a club, or even both were all the rich and good looking people hang out in order to see and of course, to be seen. Well, Fratelli is the place where rich Romanian kids of all ages come to play while listening to some of the best DJs, wearing designer clothes and drinking expensive liqueurs. This is definitely a must if you are into upmarket clubs!

Fratelli Club

Entourage

With excellent cocktails and decent food, an interesting decor and really good music, Entourage is the place where locals who love to socialize meet. The music is fantastic and not too loud, giving people the chance to chat with each other. It’s a great place, especially for people who travel alone and want to spend the night having a great conversation with a local, instead of dancing until the next day.

Nomad Skybar

Located in the lively Old Center, together with other great pubs and clubs, Nomad is my favorite place to dance in Bucharest. Though not really a skybar since it’s located on the second floor, Nomad is not a club but a fantastic dancing bar, where great music meets tasty drinks as well as qualitative people of all ages. No matter how old you are, you will definitely have fun at Nomad Skybar!

Control Club

Control is where the hipsters gather in order to party till the sunrise. With an outdoor bar, good drinks, friendly prices, as well as some really great concerts, this the place where not only you will have a lot of  fun, but there is always a good chance to meet some extremely interesting people!

Control Club

These are just a few of the thousand places where you can spend a wild night in Bucharest. Keep in mind that, unlike other cities, Bucharest never sleeps and you can always continue dancing, singing and mingling at an after party. So, are you ready to have some real fun?

–  by Ana Maria Ionita

George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, for all the music lovers out there

You may have heard of it, even may want to join this year. But if you haven’t, let me tell you about the George Enescu Festival, one of the biggest classical music festival and classical international competitions in Europe. The first edition of the festival was held in 1958, three years after George Enescu passed away.

Grand Palace Hall
All concerts part of the “Great Orchestras of the World” series in the Enescu Festival take place here

But who was George Enescu? As put on the official website of the festival, he was “a genius. A free man. A genuine modern spirit, not only for fashion’s sake. A man of his word. A character. George Enescu, the first Romanian composer who crossed the threshold into the universal cultural heritage, loved equally the cockcrow, the folkloric tones and the thrilling Wagnerian chords”. One of his most beloved compositions is Romanian Rhapsody 1  which, along with Romanian Rhapsody 2,  have long held a permanent place in the repertoire of every major orchestra.

Queen Elisabeth of Romania with George Enescu and Dimitrie Dinicu at Peles Castle.
Source: Wikipedia

This year’s edition is scheduled for September 2 – 24, and some of the world’s most famous orchestras, chamber ensembles and opera companies will perform on stage. The London Symphony Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, The Romanian National Youth Orchestra, The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Munchener Philharmonic, The Royal Philharmonic London, and Scala di Milano to name just a few. For a more comprehensive schedule of performances, go here.

If you love music and travelling, why don’t you take the opportunity to combine the two, join the festival and visit Bucharest (read what The Telegraph has to say about the Romanian capital here), we promise it will all be worth it.

Weekend Escapes, a Bucharest To-Do List

by Giulia Andreola

Have you ever asked yourself what the capital of Romania looks like? Or even, what could you do there if you were supposed to spend a weekend?

To answer the first question, it is very likely that many of you will associate Bucharest exclusively with the soviet architecture. And you’d be almost right. Partly because there are clearly huge communist blocks of flats all over the city, but for instance many of them have a liberty/art deco influence on their façade, particularly in the centre, which is something that one would never expect. Those in the northern area of the city, instead, are smaller and have been recently painted in bright colours. These last ones are the older ones, those that survived the massive earthquake of 1977. Ceausescu, the infamous communist dictator of Romania, decided to take advantage of the earthquake to build more apartment blocks all around the city, to host the numerous workers he was planning to bring in from the countryside. But, as mentioned above, he built his ‘reception living room’ in the city centre. Humongous boulevards, big, yet ‘elegant’ blocks, fountains and trees everywhere and, of course, the People’s Palace were built as a display of power towards other nations. But also towards his people (do not forget that Romania was never part of the USSR, so he really wanted to show his power to the world, particularly during the times of the Cold War), to show them and the rest of the world the ‘Great Romania’. All these architectonical creations are still here, and only by seeing them you will get the sense of what truly happened during that period.

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National Bank of Romania, Lipscani

But the history of this city is more than just the communist one. If you are curious to know how Bucharest looked like before the communist times and the contemporary era, you just have to make a left on one of the streets adjacent to Magheru Boulevard while walking towards Roman Square. In that part of the city, in fact, many of the XIX century liberty buildings miraculously survived both Ceausescu’s demolition plan and the earthquake, and today they host embassies, private schools, libraries, language schools and private homes. The majority of them have recently been nicely and elegantly renovated. It is a nest of normal and narrow streets, big villas with small private gardens but big and nice communal gardens with veranda cafes and little kiosks during the warm season. Strolling around this area is mesmerising and makes you feel like travelling back in time, into a romantic and decadent era. It is not a coincidence that during the XIX century and the beginning of the XX, Bucharest was called the ‘Little Paris’ or the ‘Eastern Paris’. Many famous local architects and urbanists of that period studied in Paris and then came back to apply their knowledge by reshaping their capital.

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CEC Palace, Calea Victoriei

But if you’ve had enough of history (and we’ll spare you Dracula’s one given our ‘nomen omen’ but also because there’s very little left to see about him in the capital) we still have a huge list of suggestions for you!

Bucharest is probably one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Eastern Europe, and you’ll find there any sort of entertainment suiting any type of personality! Do you like underground bars and music? Then Lipscani area, the pedestrian Old Centre of the city, will be perfect for you! Are you more of a fancy-kind of person? No problem! The Northern area of the city, nearby the parks, is filled with elegant restaurants and fashionable clubs where local VIP and business people hang out throughout the week.

But if you really want to experience the city as the locals do, then we’d definitively suggest you to go to Herastrau Park, particularly during a weekend.

Herastrau is the biggest park of Bucharest, located in the northern area, close to the entrance of the city. What is great about it, is that it is really part of the locals’ daily life. You’ll see mothers crossing it to take their children to school, people jogging, others enjoying their time off by sun-tanning, rowing on the lake, eating or having business meetings in the restaurants facing the lake… basically, a big chunk of the locals’ lives rotates around this place. You too can do everything you want to fully enjoy it: have a boat tour of the lake or ride a bike around it. Try the local meat dish from one of the kiosks (it is called ‘mici’), visit the peacocks, visit the Village Museum (the first museum of this kind in Europe, dating back to 1939) and many, many more.

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Herastrau Lake

But we want to leave you with one last tip, particularly for those among you who are foodies and bio-food lovers: go and visit Obor Market, in the Eastern part of the city. It is a huge market filled with genuine products from all over the Romanian countryside. In every season, it is filled with people and life and delicious, home-grown, seasonal food. You will just need a guide with you since it is a particularly busy area and it is not easy to reach…. But don’t worry, we will gladly help you with that!

Contact us and we’ll get back with more suggestions according to your preferences, and help you plan your perfect weekend in Bucharest!