ul. Mokotowska 48
At first you think you’re walking into a car park. And then, BOSH, it hits you – a beautiful inner-city refuge with smart wooden decking, a slanting sail blocking out the sun’s full power, and bespoke, funky chairs from the esteemed Studio Rygalik. You want to dwell here for a bit longer than planned: and there’s no harm in doing so, especially once you start thumbing through the rather extensive wine list.
ul. Wiśniowa 46
Fixed by some of the biggest names in Polish cocktail culture, the cocktails are a serious biz here and neatly complimented by a beautiful garden set with crates and little lights dangling from the trees. Mokotów doesn’t have the best reputation for nightlife, but in Wieczorny the area has a star of some legend.
Cuda Na Kiju
ul. Nowy Świat 6/12
Warsaw’s first legitimate multi-tap bar fires an engaging choice of craft beers from fifteen taps within a glass prism slotted within the former Communist Party headquarters. Doing roaring trade in the summer, sit out front on deckchairs looking out towards the city’s iconic palm tree or in the back in an echoing, shaded courtyard that accentuates the immense dimensions of this hulking building.
Flaming & Co.
ul. Chopina 5
Well-spaced tables separated by picket-fenced greenery allow for privacy, with the sophisticated air hitting new heights in the evening once the candles are lit. Shaded by the trees that loom overhead, it’s a space that feels cool, casual and confidently affluent – but guess what, exciting news ahead! Opening anytime soon, Flaming will soon be hitting Saska, namely ul. Francuska 2. A surefire summer hit, expect a leafy back garden shaded by the pearl white modernist landmark in front and a gorgeous spiral staircase that’s ideal to swan down with a glass of something bubbly.
ul. Jazdów 1B
Polish Lesson No. 284: Klonn means maple tree, and that’s exactly what you’ll find while lounging outside. Said to be 180-years-old (give or take the odd year or two), find it acting as the cornerstone of a back garden scattered with tables and bristling with greenery. In an added boon, find a façade that’s been reserved for “painting and graffiti” so as to reveal “the visionary potential of Klonn”. Matched with cocktails of blistering invention and you have a cracking spot for the months ahead.
ul. Widok 9 (Puro Hotel)
Perched on the top floor of the design-forward Puro Hotel, Loreta is the cocktail den every city needs: serving inventive (and often ad-libbed) drinks poured using top-flight ingredients, the setting is eclectic and fun and rounded-out by a shaded terrace bristling with plants, candles and beautiful people. Exuding a sense of cool, the skyscrapers feel almost touching distance away.
Tel Aviv Urban Food
ul. Zwycięzców 21
Warsaw’s venues have a history of being a little disingenuous when announcing they have a garden – often, that translates to mean a few tables on a cracked pavement. Then you have Tel Aviv: woah. Overlooking the street seating to head out back to a long, narrow garden with neat decking, strings of ribbons flowing overhead and a bounty of plants, trees and greenery. Given edge by progressive wall art, you’re happy to spend the entire evening here in the company of an alt. wine or a special little cocktail.
Rondo Daszyńskiego 2 (The HUB)
Twenty-one floors high, find The Roof perched on one of Wola’s newest skyscrapers. Featuring indoor and outdoor seating, the air of sophistication manifests itself by way of inspiring house cocktails (e.g. a Warsaw-themed sarsaparilla), a vampish crowd and a design that feels luxurious, elegant yet tastefully restrained: sleek furnishings and well-deployed plants and spherical lights that never detract from the star attraction: stonking views of the glittering city.
Pl. Trzech Krzyży 16
Wozownia brings together a good-looking crowd inside a 200-year-old carriage house whose competent cocktails and cheapy Prosecco keep it busy. Accessed through a discreet pink-lit passage, and decked out with crates of herbs and flowering plants, the courtyard feels like a cool, private realm.