Explore the Best Beer Pubs in Bucharest and Hang Out with Locals and Tourists
May 25, 2018 | Travel guide
Surprisingly enough, Bucharest has a great variety of pubs to offer, so here we give you the 10 best pubs in Bucharest. So direct your Bucharest airport taxi transfers to one of the best downtown Bucharest hotels and let the fun begin!
Good food and drink in a big, lively pub right on Piata Universitatii - Bucharest's beating heart. The food here is what perked interest in the first place – they serve the most amazing burgers and you have to come and try them. There are wings, ribs and salads too, while on the beer front there is Staropramen, Stella, Hoegaarden, Leffe and Beck's on tap. Here you can reserve the exact table you want directly on the venue's website.
What makes this place so special is how very ordinary it is. You will find the crowd more local than foreign - never a bad thing - and ordinary 'out for a drink and a good time' locals. The owners try to make something happen every night, whether it's football on the television or impromptu drinking competitions. Big courtyard/garden terrace out back, and the house Oktoberfest beer is a bargain. Upstairs is Oktoberfest 2, which has another small terrace.
Almost clinically Scandinavian in design this place occupies a historic house where, it is alleged, Romania's King Carol II lost high-stakes poker games in the 1920s and 1930s. His mistress apparently lived next door. Here you can always find at least 20 amazing craft beers on tap, including a couple of terrific stouts. Prices can be a little high for the more exotic brews, but the well-paid crowd that comes here - doesn't seem to mind. Besides, there are always cheaper options to choose from. Good range of bar food too: burgers and sausages.
This pub has probably the largest selection of bottled beers, ales and ciders in the city. With brews from all over the world you could drink a different beer every night for a month and not try the same one twice. Besides the beer, they also have the appropriate glass in which to serve it: great attention to detail. You may on occasion discover that half the beers on the menu aren't in stock, but that's part of the fun of coming here. However, they do always have a decent stock of Clark's cider - made in Romania and the best you'll ever taste.
One of the first, and still one of the best loved Irish pubs to open in all of Romania. Set over two levels, with three great bars, the Guinness is as exemplary as ever, and the food is fabulous, a cut above your usual pub grub and bordering on the outstanding. The enormous burger they have started serving here might be a contender for the city's largest. There is live music every Friday and Saturday night, and be warned that as big as this place is it remains hugely popular. So if you want a table, make a reservation.
Located on central Piata Amzei in one of the best spots the city has to offer, it serves many a great pint, poured by staff who know what they are doing. There is good food too - way ahead of anything you expect from an Irish pub - including a decent Irish breakfast, and Irish pie and a beef sandwich as good as any in the Romanian capital. In fact, all the beef is amazing (and there is a big selection on the menu). If you are feeling particularly curious, the Irish rack of pork made with Guinness is a must, while the meat plate for sharing is ideal for groups.
This is a big, well located and quite frankly, brilliant venue in the Old Town area: it really sets the standard for the many others in the area. Set over two levels, every inch of this place is a proper boozer serving exemplary Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, alongside loads of decent beers and good pub grub. It also has what is probably the largest collection of single malts in the country. Staff is great and they make sure that you’re well served.
Fantastic craft beer pub on Bucharest's most famous street, run by the people behind Zaganu, the original Romanian craft beer, brewed at Maneciu Ungureni since 2013. They have since launched four further beers: a brown ale, an IPA, a red ale and Adonis, a limited edition pale ale. Here you will also find many other locally-brewed beers, from most of the other 15 or so craft beer producers who have cropped up over the past couple of years. Fabrica always has at least ten beers on tap and loads more bottled.
So much more than just a bar, this place is located in a building that was once a police station and it is as funky and offbeat as they come, which is also a fair way to describe the crowd that comes here. The garden is fabulous during the summer months while inside there is always some kind of cultural activity going on, be it exhibitions, book launches or poetry readings. Table tennis tables can be found upstairs for the mildly active.
Of all the pubs and live music clubs in the Old Town, this is the one you want to come to. Set over three levels there is something for everyone. Upstairs you have the best karaoke bar in the city - every night from 21:00 - while the ground floor pub is packed with big screens showing any sport that matters, including English football. Downstairs, the cavernous cellar hosts live music. All the drinks are a good price, served by decent bar staff who will not keep you waiting. Regular live stand-up comedy in both Romanian and English, and the Big British Bucharest Quiz is held here every other Wednesday.
If you had seen this list of amazing pubs, this means that regardless of where you are or how tired you are after seeing the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, you have to come by and have a cold one. And if you get a little tipsy, you can always get a Bucharest cab service to take you to your hotel.