This Drinking Life

While neighbouring Sopot is undoubtedly the queen of Tri-city nightlife, Gdynia has a fair selection of options which, though not so concentrated in one area like Sopot, do offer a little more variety. While most of the nightlife is concentrated near the sea around Al. Jana Pawła and Skwer Kościuszki, there are a bunch of less rowdy bars worth searching out.

Local:

Cyganeria was once a hotbed of political activism. The student agitators of yesteryear have grown up and they’ve just closed up until the spring to ‘renovate’. If you’re here then take a look at the results. Another legendary venue is Desdemona, a magnet for anyone with literary and artistic pretensions.

Party:

Head to the bars down by the beach. We don’t list all of them as there are a bunch all offering loud music and beer during the warmer months and they're much of a muchness. Contrast and Pokład are the most famous, most popular and the best of the bunch.

Lads:

Donegal is probably the most authentic Irish pub for miles, and though they lack Sky Sports they do show English league matches courtesy of Canal + and Polsat Sport. If booze figures more importantly than sport then weave your way to Degustatornia Dom Piwa, an underground haven of obscure world beers.

Couples:

You don’t have to be on a hot date to enjoy Cafe Strych, but it certainly helps. This fisherman’s cottage is both quaint and a good night out thanks to a more laid back clientele and friendly staff. If you want a little more modern search out Srodmiescie which offers a good selection of food to help your date go well.

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