Nightlife in Bucharest has its undeniable highlights, as well as its share of ill-famed temptations newcomers in particular are warned against falling into. Thus, prostitution, though illegal, is a constantly surging phenomenon no tourist should even have the curiosity to explore, but just look the other way and search for more socially accepted manners of spending the nights in Bucharest.
There are plenty of bars, discos and clubs to keep the party people busy during their nocturnal explorations of Bucharest. For the more culturally-oriented travelers, the theaters, concert halls and opera of Bucharest are a solution at hand. Thus, may it be dancing, drinking, a casual conversation or a theater performance, Bucharest has something to offer to anyone. It is, as said, a place which embraces all contradictions, and this feature holds true with respect to nightlife too.
The Bucharest National Theater is one of the most reputed cultural venues in Bucharest and nationwide alike. Enjoying a virtually central location in Bucharest, at the intersection of some of the most important thoroughfares of the city, the Bucharest National Theater is a top choice for people who want to spend a cultural and rewarding night out in Bucharest. The history of this institution goes back to the first half of the 19th century, which is relevant for making an idea about the importance of its activity on the cultural life of Bucharest.
Boasting of being the only Romanian theater member of the Union of the Theaters of Europe, the Bulandra Theater has two halls in Bucharest. It was set up no sooner than 1947, but it is one of the most active theaters in the capital of Romania, maintaining excellent relations with reputed theaters on the continent.
The history of the State Jewish Theater goes back to the mid 19th century. The institution focuses on promoting the works of Jewish playwrights. As a rule, representations are given in Yiddish, with translation in Romanian by means of the headphones provided to the public.
The MIC Theater, formerly named after Maria Filloti and Constantin Nottara, was set up, as an institution in 1914. In time, it provided a launching platform for some of the most reputed figures on the artistic scene of Bucharest and of Romania, for that matter.
Without coming down to a bundle of laughs, the Comedy Theater of Bucharest offers quality comedy representations (but not only) to the public keen on this genre of theatrical productions.
Set up in 1947, under the name of the Army Theater, the Nottara Theater provides the public with a wide range of quality representations.
The ballet and musical performances provided by the Bucharest National Opera, a reputed institution on the artistic life of the city, are complemented by the visual spectacle one can enjoy admiring while attending the new productions of this institution. The interior of the opera house strikes by its luxuriant decorations and layout, creating the perfect set for a culturally rewarding night out in Bucharest.
The Ion Dacian National Operetta Theater should not be overlooked by tourists with a penchant for representations complemented by the strong lyric vibe characteristic of the operetta performances. It is a place and an institution worth taking into account by visitors with classic cultural interests.
The George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra organizes its activities and representations at the Romanian Athenaeum, a symbol and a landmark of the local and national culture and love for the elevated expressions of artistic inspiration. Once in Bucharest, tourists should be curious enough to attend one of these representations, at least as a preview of the reputed George Enescu International Festival which, at least in part, is held at the Romanian Athenaeum.
There are plenty of cinemas in Bucharest able to cater for the need to spend the evening out in a pleasant way. All of the malls in Bucharest are laid out with modern cinemas, very popular with the crowd eager to complement a quick snack or a shopping spree with the spectacle of one of the latest cinema productions. However, malls aside, plenty of cinemas can be spotted throughout the city. As a benefit for the English speaking tourists, the cinemas of Bucharest feature movies in their original language, with Romanian subtitles. The following is but a short list of them:
This is a unique venue in Bucharest, an open-air cinema focusing on the screening of classic productions.
In the last few years, Bucharest has experienced an unprecedented phenomenon, that is, the upsurge of numerous casinos on the scene of the local nightlife opportunities. In fact, Bucharest is one of the east European capitals featuring the largest number of casinos. This is worth taking into account by keen gamblers. However, given the plethora of gambling venues, tourists should carefully ponder on their options and pick the highest rated casinos, usually the ones which enjoy a central location or are situated within the precincts of the celebrated luxury hotels of Bucharest.
Set up in the 5-star Hotel Intercontinental, Casino Bucharest is one of the most reputed and advisable casinos for keen gamblers who simply cannot stay away from the gambling arena.
Having branches in two of the most celebrated luxury hotels of Bucharest, namely, Grand Hotel Marriott Bucharest and Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel, Grand Casino is a top choice for all tourists who cannot conceive the perfect vacation without crossing the threshold of a gambling venue.
Queen Casino is yet another gambling venue which complements the already rich casino scene of Bucharest. It caters for the needs of passionate gamblers, in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere which maintains the standards of a stylish casino.
Conceived in the spirit of a Napoleonic theme, Casino Napoleon is located in the luxury Hotel Sofitel, representing yet another top choice for people who cannot define the perfect vacation in the absence of gambling.
More than anything, the local nightlife of Bucharest is livened by the seemingly never sleeping clubs and discos, bars and pubs where visitors can listen to live music, dance, have tons of fun in the company of their friends or friends in the making. Bucharest is literally replete with venues of this kind, so the only excuse one could fabricate would refer to the puzzlement when facing such a wealth of alternatives. Briefly put, Bucharest welcomes all visitors with nocturnal opportunities tailored for all tastes.
If it is extravagance, luxury and upmarket entertainment that tourists look for, Bamboo Club is, without a doubt, the place to be. Note that the prices do match the reputation of the club, which is why, if not a spendthrift, one should reconsider their alternatives. Otherwise, Bamboo Club is an ideal alternative, mostly for clients who like to theatrically shy away from the glitzy spotlights of the place.
For an exquisite atmosphere infused with jazz vibes and cognac flavors, XO Piano Cafe is exemplary on the local scene of Bucharest. The genuineness of the experience is guaranteed both by the authenticity of the fine liquors and by the live piano performances organized each night. Neither bombastic nor, definitely, lacking elegance, XO Piano Cafe offers the best pastime for classy jazz enthusiasts who know how to appreciate a fine exquisite drink.
Fire Club is, by far, the most recommendable alternative for rock music aficionados. The specific rugged and yet cozy atmosphere is complemented, in quality, by the excellent music always able to unbend the brow of the toughest bikers. The live concerts draw crowds of enthusiasts to the underground level of the club.
Club A, self defined as a students’ club, is an unexpectedly down to earth venue with quality music (more on the rock side of the musical spectrum). It organizes sundry events, other than music-related happenings. As a particular feature, the club stresses on the fact reservations are not necessary, except for the cases when the club notices otherwise.
The Silver Church is more on the trendy side of the nightlife opportunities of Bucharest. It is a place where visitors can enjoy quality live music performances and the company of the splendid hostesses. Without being an exclusive club, The Silver Church keeps a high profile by force of the quality entertainment it provides to its clients.