Poland by night
Polish people are very sociable and lively, no less than Brazilians. Our love of dance and entertainment is particularly visible during the carnival. For us it is a time of increased amusement, with its culmination during the last week before Ash Wednesday.
We like to have fun. And we know how to do it. Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Lodz, Sopot ... the party map of Poland is quite full. Each year new night clubs, music venues, concert halls or even huge dancing complexes spring up. Take, for example, the venues in the Raclawickie Forts or the rear courtyard at Dobra Street in Warsaw. In the Niepolda Passage in Wroclaw there are more than 13 nightclubs as well as restaurants for those who get hungry after a night of dancing can be found in just one alleyway.
In every major town visitors can find everything that has been invented in the field of night entertainment and night clubs, from live-acts to drag queens. During any one night you can dance at a party in retro style, listen to old jazz repertoires and participate at a poetic gathering or a modern poet's competition. Here you will find a cross-section of styles and eras. There are also many clubs in Poland with no signs outside, very discreet and well guarded where only selected guests can enter.
Cultural and social needs can be satisfied in café clubs, where private viewings, meetings with interesting people, discussions, the photographic screenings from exotic lands are regularly organised. Student clubs, such as the "Stodola" (Barn) in Warsaw, "Od Nowa" (A Fresh) in Torun, "Eskulap" (Snake) in Poznan or the "Rotunda" in Krakow specialize in organizing rock concerts.
Jazz fans should visit the "Rura" (Pipe) in Wroclaw, "Mozg" (Brain) in Bydgoszcz and the cult "Club Aquarium" in Warsaw. It is also worth keeping up to date with events in the "Spodek" (flying saucer) in Katowice, the "Hala Stulecia" (Centennial Hall) in Wroclaw, the "Arena" in Poznan and the Congress Hall in Warsaw where once the Communist Party held its regular meetings during the time of Polish People's Republic and also where The Rolling Stones once played during those times.