New Reviews in Warsaw In Your Pocket #96

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Main Feature: Christmas in Warsaw

Restauracja Akademia 1470931840_restaurant

Fabulously bright ‘n white interior with a beautiful rustic wooden floor, Akademia oozes quality. Polish traditional classics – which tend to avoid the popular international tweakings – hold their own alongside interesting European dishes. Fish fans will be delighted with the fine range of seafood offerings. The highly trained, smart and knowledgeable staff also deserve an all-round standing ovation.


Ed Red 1470931840_restaurantcoctail

Having already built up a fine reputation with their first restaurant in Kraków, this meat obsessed emporium has plunged into the deep end and opened a new restaurant in the capital. Situated in the upstairs level of our favourite old market hall of Hala Mirowska (1899-1901), Ed Red’s menu specialises in meat dishes – from the finest cuts, all the way down to the bowels of our farmyard friends. Marvel at their brilliantly selected wine list which comes courtesy of Master Sommelier Adam Pawłowski.


Żona Krawca 1470931861_cafe1470931840_restaurant

Situated just a short hop from the Soho Factory complex in the Praga district of the city, Żona Krawca (The Tailor’s Wife) it’s a friendly little neighbourhood cafe with a great range of coffees and teas from around the globe, their legendary home-made cake and sandwich selection, of the moment soft drinks and a small range of niche Polish craft beers.


Beerokracja 1471791072_cerveza music

Very centrally located craft beer bar with 12 taps pumping out a regularly changing range of Polish and international ales. It differs from much of the competition in that it doesn’t seem to attract the pompous crowd – partly due to the gutsy pub rock /bluesy nature of the regular live music and the fact that the interior doesn’t rely on designer gimmickry to draw in the punters. Added bonuses include a real fussball table and proper sandwiches to compliment your beer.


Kieliszki na Próżnej 1470931900_red_wine1470931840_restaurant

Having been named ‘Wine Bar of the Year 2016’, by the influential Polish wine magazine WINO, we could just end this write-up now. Kieliszki is a modern and classy venue located in one of Próżna’s elegantly renovated townhouses and although they stress that the vast and impressive wine list takes priority, the Polish inspired menu by no means plays second fiddle to the grape. They’ve just gone ahead and opened another one on ul. Hoża – unsurprisingly called Kieliszki na Hożej.



Pet project from the guys at craft beer bar Cuda na Kiju. Situated next door to Cuda, in the former Communist Party HQ building, it’s a small, minimal and stylish affair with an amazing range of unique cocktails which come bottled or via taps and are prepared in their own basement ‘laboratory’. Cocktail professors may balk at the idea of pre-prepared bottled cocktails but actually the concept of allowing the flavours to infuse is a pretty nifty plan.


Ritual Cocktail Club coctailmusic

After a brief hiatus, when ul. Mazowiecka went from being a buzzing, club lined street to a period when many venues came and went with the speed of a passing Polish railways Pendolino train. The opening of Ritual has put it back on track to becoming flavour of the moment once again. A playground for the city’s rich and airbrushed party maestros, it’s a stunningly sumptuous, dark and sultry venue with some of Warsaw’s master concoction mixers behind the bar, club/dance nights and a healthy scoop of unthreatening live music.


XOXO music coctail

Warsaw’s newest and dare we say most ambitious super club has arrived and it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. This massive club brings serious production values to the Warsaw nightlife scene. From big name global DJs, to huge champagne disco rave ups, to fashion catwalk shows and all manner of private events (MMA anyone), the sky is the limit (if you have the budget!). Make sure to check out their calendar of events online before queuing up for face selection.


Hala Koszyki 1470931840_restaurant

From the outset Hala Koszyki has managed to raise the love and hate hackles of the city’s ‘out on the town’ set. How many world cuisine eateries of various sizes can you squeeze into one space and, more importantly, how does one you even begin to choose what they want to eat. Actually, fate may decide what you’ll eat as it’s almost impossible to get a table anywhere at most times of the day or night. It’s certainly amazingly popular amongst the young and the beautiful, who flock here like lithe gazelles around a watering hole. Hala K will probably remain THE place to be seen for some time to come – mainly because it’s easy to be seen due to its open plan layout.


Cosmopolitan Apartments 

If you’re considering investing in property in Warsaw and are looking for something luxuriously extravagant, then an apartment in the Helmut Jahn designed Cosmopolitan building may be right up your street. Situated on the edge of smart Plac Grzybowski, this 44 storey and 160m high masterpiece is one of the city’s coolest modern landmarks. The 236 apartments range from 54 – 380 sq m and all come fitted out to the highest standards.

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  1. Great list. I wll definitely visit some of this places next time when I will be in Warsaw. My favourite spot in Warsaw is New Orleans. They have both restaurant and night club. I didn’t visit the club, but the restaurant is amazing. They serve delicious food from all over the world and everything is just delicious. They also have a huge choice of different alcohols.

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