Bucharest is known, among other things, for it's casinos.
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Sapte Seri Guide Check the main entertainment events and special club nights from Sapte Seri Guide ("7 Evenings" guide). The guide is also published as a weekly magazine.
Nights.ro Lots of information about club culture in Romania. (Not in english.)
The article was written 8.4.2007.
Romania's nightlife can be easily matched with the one that you usually see in other European countries. There is something for everyone here, and the lively people and the great atmosphere make any choice as a good one for a night out. Whether you are having a traditional dinner in a fancy restaurant, get a cheap and tasty beer in a student's bar or just dancing all night long in a posh nightclub among beautiful Romanian women, you will definitely get the taste of true fun and spirit of the locals.
Clubbing in Romania
The nightclubs are the favorite places for the wealthy to steam off, but students also love the hip-hop haunts and the latest sounds of the pop charts. The entrance fees are much lower than the western ones, ranging somewhere $2 to $5.
Generally, the safety in Romanian nightclubs is not a problem. The only caution you must take is to watch your pockets and avoid leaving any handbags or personal items (like cell phones, sun glasses on the table while heading on the dance floor).
The best clubs are concentrated in or around the centre of the towns, making club-hopping a great option for the tourists who want diversity in one night. If you are looking for the same quality that you usually find in the great European countries, the choices might narrow down to up to ten clubs in the main cities.
Bucharest night clubs
Some of the best night clubs in Bucharest, the Romanian capital are Bamboo Club (a mixture of commercial music and trendy young students), Crystal Club (a very posh club, by the way) or Gossip - the hottest club at the moment. Dancing all the night in the Bucharest night clubs can be an attractive pick if you pick a club to go with your musical taste. However, most clubs aim to satify all tastes and play various hip hop, rock, house, latino, etc.
Strip clubs are relatively few and not many of them actually worth to go there. Many of them are undercover brothels, with cheap women that practice prostitution after dancing for about 5 minutes on improvised scenes. The prices are extremely high.
Jazz and Latino clubs
Jazz is also popular in Romania, and you can find great jazz clubs, but mainly in the big cities. Being a Latin country, the Latino music describes well the true spirit of the Romanian people, the passion. It would be a pity not to join them on the dance floor. You will see that you can have a great time. There are many nightclubs with Latino music that attract every night salsa-dancing couples that dance and have great fun until morning.
Tip: You can check the main entertainment events and special club nights by getting a copy of the Sapte Seri Guide ("7 Evenings" entertainment guide), a weekly listings magazine.
Young Romanians like to gather in bars and have cappuccinos, imported beer and cocktails. It is a great way to spend few hours with your friends and check the local atmosphere. Locals also love to go in underground pubs, with good live music and medieval atmosphere; you will not find any of those in the U.S for sure.
Tip: Bars fill up pretty quickly in the evening, so if you want to find a free table, the best hour to go there is around 8 P.M.
Tip: Usually, the wine is available by the bottle and it is n excellent choice for a more than fair price.
Generally, dress code is casual, except the case you are heading for the casino or fancy night clubs. Romanian people don't get dressed up when going out like people do in NY for example. This is a good thing, as the local atmosphere is more funny and relaxed.
A must-check location in Bucharest is the lavish 24-hour Monte Carlo style Palace Casino on Calea Victoriei. The former Vernescu House, built in 1821, is impressive through its architecture and the rich decorations of each room. The tourists can play at any of the 24 game tables, around 80 slot machines or 20 Touch-bet roulettes. The auxiliary services for clients are exquisite and you can bet in USD or the local currency. Some other Bucharest casinos are Casino Bucharest, Casino Fortuna, Casino Mirage, Grand Casino, Marriott Casino and Perla Princess Casino.
Tip: If you want to spend a night in one of the Romanian casinos, you should be dressed smartly and bring an identification document with picture (such as ID card, passport or driver's license). You must also be over 18 in order to get in a casino for gambling.
For a taste of the Romanian traditions, have dinner in restaurants that sere traditional Romanian cuisine dishes, where you can have the chance to see some of the traditional costumes, listen to great Romanian folk music and even try the local folk dances.
The artistic life of the big cities is always vibrant as ever and tourists can enjoy the classic repertoire of Mozart or Puccini at the Opera House. Tickets at the opera are very affordable compared to anywhere else in Europe.
Nightlife in Romania peaks in larger cities. Bucharest has lots of bars and nightclubs. Outside the bigger cities the land is dotted with cheap drinking places and nifty discos. Outside big cities a night out will cost you almost nothing.