Hot Spots & Nightlife in Bucharest
It may sound strange, my friends, but my opinion is that the nightlife in Bucharest it is quite busy, all week long the hot spots are full with people just like the bee hive is. The Old city center occupies, lately, the most important place for tourists, young lovers and local citizens for entertainment, as there are many bars, pubs, restaurants, representing worldwide cultures and gastronomy.
From monday ’till sunday there are popular places full of people and locals which are more silent, peaceful for couples in love. Some places have really attractive points, life band music, rustique cuisine, spontaneous disco nights, dancers or stand up comedy moments.
The customers are people from each corner of the world, Europe, Asia, America, Australia.
The places are open around 9 am up to the last client, for young people who like to enjoy after hours party and there are alternative DJ’s mixing live, house – tehno music in clubs.
Romanians are very hospitable, really friendly people, many times drinking and dancing ’till morning with the supporters from football teams coming to play in Bucharest.
Girls are probably the most beautiful in the world and they always wish to have great grooms. The native inteligence allows us an easier aproach to speak spanish, italian, english, french or german.
Romanians like to party too much so do not be surprised if you find a party in full swing even if it is tuesday, wednesday or monday. The busy time starts before weekend, being the way of the people to spend nice time, socialising after work, for business meetings or relaxing by simply having a beer or a cocktail. Close to the center of the city there is also Cismigiu Park, a little oasis of green, with a small lake where you can brief fresh air and boat on the lake.
Romanian cuisine has to offer you a lot of food more or less with some influences from minorities or new kinds of fast food, something close to hamburgers that we call ‘ MICI ‘, but the form is tubular not flat.
“SARMALE” is a dish served with polenta, containing stuffed meet rolled in sour cabage or vine leaves cooked in the oven with some smoked pork ham, smoked ribs or smoked brisket for flavour. My favourite dish, for example, is bio (mountain area of SIBIU) mouton pastramy sauteed in red wine flavoured with Romanian brandy called VINARS, accompanied by polenta, pickles or old sheep cheese.
As starters, i recommend cold aspic drum pork offal, local fresh or old cheese, yellow fresh or smoked cheese, eggplant salad, pike (eggs ) roe salad, sturgeon red eggplant salad, many kinds of salamy and cold cuts similar to italians cold cuts.
For soups i would recommend carp borcht, DANUBE DELTA recipe, beef shard belly or bio hen range soup with handmade noodles.
The desert is very diverse, from sponge cakes to LAPTE DE PASARE, Bird’s milk and also many kinds of pies filled with cheese, sour cherries, apples, pumpkins, traditional also being sweet cheese bread cake, especially during CHRISTMAS and EASTER EVE.
If you want to try something strong i recommend Fruits spirit made in Arges county, Sibiu county, Salaj county, Brasov county. They are double or triple distiled and have about 80-90 % alcohol, so hard, that one of my mexican friends will never forget my palinca.
The vines are beautiful, we never know really when the making of wine starts, it’s a millenary legacy from our ancestors like carving in the wood or working with pottery, working with leather or keeping the traditional folk clothing.
The reason of what i said above is because i read in a book, during my living in USA, that there are 2000 years since Romania has been dealing with vineyard, but in reality this love for wine and making wine it’s much much older.
There is a large variety of grapes, also some unique types which you find only here, Babeasca, Francusa, Novac, Feteasca Alba, Grasa, Feteasca Regala, Negru de Dragasani, Tamaioasa Romanesca, Cramposie, Galbena Odobesti, Sarba Odobesti, Plavaia, Zghihara Husi, Gordanul, Mustoasa and Busuioaca Bohotin.
The grapes CRAMPOSIE and GORDANUL are left from the DACIANS ancestors, with little changes that help them to survive.
If you want to enjoy your time tasting Romanian food and treat yourself with traditional folk music and dance, there is a possibility of visiting Caru cu bere, an old restaurant first built in 1879 and placed right in the center of the capital city, Bucharest.
Today the place looks like the austrian architect Kofczinsky Siegfrid plan. In 1888 there were triggered radical reconstruction works, redevelopments and improvements, completed with great difficulty until 1924. The old building was completely demolished and they raised the central body, made a wine cellar, kitchen and a hybrid style neo-gothic facade. The interior is a combination of styles, Byzantine, represented by balconies and railings, a happy coexistence with frescoes and stained glass windows covered with gold Bavarian academic style.
Caru cu bere is a place full of history where you can try something new and special like green walnuts liqueur which works even before lunch or dinner, also after dinner drink.
Today, the location, is the most visited restaurant in the city because of the architecture. During the WW2 was the mess, catering to Nazis and after the war the russian bolsheviks destroyed the painting making it red.
The painting was restored in 1986 by the painter Nicolae Gheorghe, regaining the charm of those times. Besides the Caru cu Bere there is a beautiful place in the same area, Hanul lui Manuc, a very old inn, that has over 300 years, with a large garden, beautiful terraces, almost the same furniture like it was back then. If the scenery here is inviting, imagine how you could delight your sense of taste. You have Romanian, traditional, large variety of authentic food for your choice and is definitely the visit card of this inn.
For younger tourists there are, in the old city center, a few nice places to dance and spend really great time, my favourite clubs are The Vintage Pub, Club &Lounge FREDDO, Bordello’s.
In the North part of the city, close to Herastrau Park, one of the biggest and the most beautiful Park with lake in town, there are BOA night club (beat of angel-abr.) and PLAYER Club with the full animation of students having fun and entertaining themselves .
The best nights are Wednesday, Thursday, for local people, and Friday – Saturday are the busiest and fuller especially in autumn-winter, because during summer some of them are closed and start on the Black Sea area, Constanta county, at Mamaia Beach, Neptun-Olimp, Vama Veche sea side. The best, for those who like high class, in the Top is FRATELLI Club, the place for people who go for expensive services and wishes. The after hours you will also find in the old city center, in the summer being the main HOT SPOT in town.
If you ever feel hungry, the non stop restaurants and fast food available in the Historical Center will satisfy the most eccentric desires of a customer, a various cuisine making you very hard to decide between, arabic, chinese, greek, french, indian, mexican, japanese food.
The public transportation, bus or tram, subway or trolleybus is working ’till 23,00, but late in the night you can find also bus and trolleybus under the nights shifts.
After 23,00 in the night you can take also a cab, but before you go in, just take a look first at the car door, read the price posted there, about 1,4 RON (RO Lion) per km. So, paying attention to the price, the right price, you avoid taking a pirate brand of Taxi, which maybe does not pay even the government taxes.