Sopot is a prime example of a weekend party destination for tourists from all over Europe. To the north, Swedes and Norweigans regularly fly into nearby Gdansk, and from the west, large numbers of Brits via Whizz Air and a whole host of budget airlines. For this jewel in the Polish Riviera, the number of tourists swells during the warm summer months, attracted to the long, sandy beaches full of beach bars playing live music, and events, such as food and drink festivals on the famous old pier. But, Sopot’s hedonistic highlights are of course the seaside town’s pubs and bars.
Here’s ED’s guide to the best bars in Sopot:
Coctail Bar Max
As the name suggests, this swanky bar, just off the main square is all about cocktails, which are probably the best in Sopot. Maybe not one for stag groups then, but if you are looking for a stylish pre-club spot, this is perfect. Skilled bartenders are shaking and stirring all manner of elaborate cocktails. Throw them a request, and the chances are they’ll fix it for you, along with plenty of fresh fruit. The measures are very generous, and the prices a fraction of those you’ll pay in beach resorts and cities around the continent. Expect it to be packed in the summer, especially the large terrace.
Grunwaldzka 1-3, Sopot. Open till 5am Saturday.
Whiskey on the Rocks
Something a bit different and niche for Sopot. American-style whiskey bars are popular in cities and towns across Poland, and this one’s no different. Exposed brick, brushed stainless steel, and Chesterfield couches create a smart, contemporary interior. If straight whiskey is not for you, try their whiskey jars, which are essentially whiskey-based cocktails. The food also scores highly, but expect to pay a little more for the surroundings – steaks start at around £14. A five-miute walk from the top of the main drag, Monte Cassino.
Dworcowa 7. Open till 2am Saturday.
3 Siostry / 3 Sisters club
And now for something completely different. If you had one word to describe this bar, it would be ‘quirky’… two, and you might add in ‘mad’. Run by three sisters (hence the name) this bar is something of an attraction in Sopot. Boots and shoes are stuck to the walls and ceilings, and loads of old communnist-era furniture is dotted around. There’s a crampt, cluttered upstairs, too. It’s cosy, relaxed, eccentric, and feels more like a house party than a bar. Drinks include homemade strawberry vodka. Well worth a visit.
Powstańców Warszawy 6. Open till 3am on Saturday.
The popular Spatif Pub is an institution in Sopot. This is what Americans would refer to as a good old fashioned dive bar. It’s simple, personified by its shabby interior, but that’s where the charm lies. The locals love it, expect to see loud Polish anthems, singing and even a bit of dancing on the stage. It’s also home to live bands and other performances. Good, old fashioned, unpretentious FUN. Great place to step up the action, and easy to find at the foot of Monte Cassino
Bohaterow Monte Cassino 52. Open till 5am.
Every beach resort worth its salt needs a decent beach club, and this is definitely Sopot’s. With a DJ playing all day, their own pool with six-foot inflatable flamingoes, and more cool, beautiful party-goers than you can shake a stick at, this is where the party’s at during the day. It’s not open till late, but it’s the ideal spot to recover, relax, and once again get in the mood for another night of partying. On the beach, just a five-minute walk from the main square.
Aleja Franciszka Mamuszki 14. Open till 10pm.
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