Beer guide in Warsaw
Warsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland. Developed infrastructure, European standards of urban planning and a great history. All this intertwined in this city and formed its modern look. Due to its convenient location, Warsaw annually receives millions of tourists from all over the world. We continue our regular column “Beer Guide” and tell you about the most worthy beer establishments of the city of two banks.
For beer tourism in the capital, we recommend using the local resource ontap.pl, where in addition to working hours you can always find the current list of varieties on taps. We also advise you to remember the phrase “deska piw” – a tasting set of 3–6 varieties, which is served most often on a wooden plank.
Let’s start with the bar street in the city center. Kufle i Kapsle’s network of establishments is represented here by the flagship bar (Nowogrodzka, 25), which, thanks to its convenient work schedule, allows all “late” travelers to enjoy beer longer. The atmospheric bar with an excellent summer terrace has two conditional levels. The first is a convenient bar, 20 draft beer taps and refrigerators with about 150 varieties per container. On the second – a comfortable room for 20-30 people with seats of varying degrees of comfort. Here you can taste beer using the “beer board” mentioned above, hot and cold snacks, as well as strong alcohol and wine. Two more bars of the network are located away from the noisy central streets at Solec, 46a and Księdza Jerzego Popiełuszki, 19. We recommend them if you are staying somewhere nearby.
We move on. Literally after 100 meters, on the opposite side of the street, Jabeerwocky awaits us. The best bar in the city according to Ratebeer (96 points out of 100) is located at Nowogrodzka, 12. The restaurant boasts 17 draft beer taps and more than 200 varieties in cans and bottles. Mostly preference is given to Polish craft beer, but there are always varieties from famous breweries from around the world. The bar offers to try any four varieties from the tap on a special tasting board. The price for it is differentiated and depends on the selected samples. As a meal, I offer quite decent hot dogs.
We leave the bar and turn left. A couple of minutes walk at an average pace – and we reached the next establishment. Drugie Dno (Nowogrodzka, 4) occupied the high ground floor and the basement of a 7-story building. A craft bar with a full kitchen can be an excellent choice for a large company. It features over 50 varieties in the refrigerator and 16 taps of Polish and imported beer. There is a tasting board and interesting positions in the cocktail menu (all of a sudden you come with a person who does not share your beer preferences). The second establishment of the network is located in the Ochota area at ul. Tarczyńska, 5/9. They specialize in oven pizza, but other bar attributes (sets, cocktails and, of course, beer) are also present here.
Once again, we leave the institution and turn left. We pass the monument to freedom of speech and after 300 meters and find ourselves at the Ministry of Shipping of Poland. We go around the monument to Charles De Gaulle, climb the stairs and rest against the end of the building. It is here, at Nowy Świat, 6/12 that the Cuda na Kiju bar is located. A stylish two-story building combines a classic cocktail bar and a beer hall – with an excellent selection of craft beer on taps (15 varieties) and in refrigerators (about 50 bottles and cans). The massive bar counter, made in the shape of a rectangle, is the center of the room. On the one hand, you will be offered beer and several seats along the window, on the other, cocktails, snacks and pizza from the Sicilian-style oven. There is no tasting set at the establishment, however there are branded faceted glasses of a small volume of 200 ml. In the summer, an impressive food court is available in the courtyard.
We leave the bar and go to the opposite side of Jerozolimskie street. We move towards the center, turn right first onto Bracka street, then left onto Chmielna street. The whole journey will take about 10 minutes and as a result we will be at the Hoppiness Beer & Food bar (Chmielna, 27/31/76). A small restaurant with an excellent location and a comfortable summer terrace boasts 12 taps of mainly craft beer (most of which are sorts from the Pracownia Piwa brewery) and a full-fledged kitchen, where delicious burgers are at the forefront. The choice of bottled beer is not so great and includes mainly the popular positions of Polish craft. There are no teasers here, the minimum volume of glasses is 0.2 liters.
We head north and head to The Taps bar (Henryka Sienkiewicza, 4). The whole journey will take you about seven minutes (if your company or you are still sober). You can sit on the ground floor of the loft next to the bar.