Katowice’s nightlife is improving steadily, with more and more bars and clubs opening that hold themselves to a higher creative standard. While there was a time when a Saturday night on the town felt like creeping quietly through a cemetery, that has all changed in a hurry with the emergence of ul. Mariacka (D-3/4) as the city’s nightlife headquarters. A pedestrianised three-block stretch that was once all strip clubs and shady gay saunas (ok, those are still there), the city has put a lot of energy into cleaning it up and turning it into the high street it should be.Despite some dreadful urban design decisions including ugly, uncomfortable benches and strange sculptures, the city is finally seeing results with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, cocktail bars and clubs moving in to give the city centre some buzz. In summer, Mariacka is full of outdoor seating and flooded with people, but there are plenty of other hedonist hideouts to discover elsewhere with the help of this guide. The venues we list below are located throughout the Silesian Metropolis, with the name of the town added to the end of the address after a comma (with a map reference if applicable) if it is not in Katowice proper; districts of Katowice are shown in brackets. The opening hours we list are flexible; basically if people are drinking, the barman is pouring. Below is a list of recommendations depending on what you're looking for.
Katowice isn’t exactly the place to take your twenty-something arm trophy for a romantic weekend, but you can probably pick one up while you’re here. To that end try the smart Wall Street, or the more sophisticated Klub Prime. Early evening recs go to the always classy Monopol (see Cafes) and sunset views from the top of Altus Tower in Sky Bar.
Foreign funboys can mix with the locals in the context of their own culture in the likes of Longman and Spencer, before drinking enough Guinness to lurk across the lively dancefloors of the newly opened Rajzefiber, or the classic City Pub (more Guinness!). Bierhalle microbrewery is also ideal for team piss-ups.
Couples looking for romance should find it by sneaking up to 27th floor of the Altus Tower for a sunset drink in Sky Bar, or rub your lips in Chorzów’s Manana (see Chorzów) , before retreating to the cosy cushions of Fanaberia (see Cafes).
Katowice has a fair number of cult venues with the hard-living Śruba i Przyjaciele, avant garde beer haven Absurdalna and artsy-DIY Kato being among the best offbeat boozers in the city. Hipsters and beer loving backpackers gravitate to Namaste and Biała Małpa respectively. Those with more elevated musical tastes will find few finer clubs than Hipnoza, whether there’s a live concert on or not.