Silesia's Best Beer Gardens

more than a year ago
This vast Silesian Metropolis has a tendency to overheat in the summer. All the post industrial metal works and outsized socialist housing blocks reflect heat and turn the region into one big heaving concrete jungle. The best way to beat the heat, in our humble opinion, is to slip into some shade and sip the day away.

Heat waves aside, Silesia is actually at it its best in the summer time. All of the green spaces are bursting with life and with each passing year there are more and leisure and entertainment options for you to choose from. Just take a look at our Leisure Section to see what adventures await. But, then again, many of us kid ourselves that when the “weather gets nice” we’ll go biking, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, sailing etc... and then all of a sudden it’s snowing again. In fact what many of us want when that mercury rises is to just collapse some place cool with a delicious brew.

While most of the bars and clubs we recommend in this guide are superlative in many ways, not all of them are suitable for a good midday summer sud session. So we’ve put it upon ourselves to come up with a short list of places that excel in the outdoor department. Whether you’re looking to sprawl out in the summer sun with whatever is passing for piwo, or perhaps you’d like to hang out with some high class hops while listening to some sweet sounds - we’ve got you covered. The following is a curated collection of our top four places and spaces to enjoy the great outdoors (while still sitting near your beer). Enjoy!

First up is an obvious choice but it simply cannot be overlooked. The glorious pedestrian thoroughfare known as Mariacki Street is perhaps the number one party destination in all of Silesia and should be your first stop. From April until November it is transformed into one giant Beer Garden. Most of the bars crowding this strip are decent but there has been a recent trend towards quantity over quality so be careful under whose parasol you park it. Our top Mariacki Beer Garden recommendations are the hipster pallet stylings of Kato, the live music lounging at Katofonia and the cheap savoury snacking at Ambassada Sledzia.

This is a tough category as Poland is in the midst of a full on craft beer revolution. Silesia is literally right in the middle of the action and the last couple of years have seen all sorts of incredible beerpubs and multiap bars open offering delicious microbrews. However the best combination of delicious Beer and great Garden has to be Namaste Travellers Club in Katowice. Their expansive outdoor terrace is a rarity in that it actually feels like a garden in the middle of the city. Sample over 140 Polish or Czech micro brews in bottle or on tap. They also host regular events for travellers and they may even convince you to take a hike with them. Nah, go get another beer. **Honourable mention in this category goes to Biała Małpa which has an even bigger variety of local and international microbrews on tap and in bottle, however their outdoor seating is more of the urban courtyard variety.

Silesia is well known for it’s rich live music tradition and more recently it’s Outdoor Festivals (see Off Festival in Culture & Events) But one tough category for any bar to crack is how do you get away with live music outside. Newcomer Oficyna in Zabrze seem to have come up with the perfect combination: They built a great outdoor stage at one end of their secluded Beer Garden; they have a wide variety of local and national bands playing day and night; they serve amazing beer at incredible prices; Get thee to Zabrze!

If you are curious where in the world this fantasy land is in our cover photo, we can confirm that it is indeed in Silesia. In fact it is right smack dab in the middle of Silesia Park in Chorzów. The innovative team from Mad Mick have erected Kontener Cooltury which is a super modern container, palate and parasol paradise. Cross either bridge to this pleasure island then kick off your shoes and find yourself a slice of sand to sink into. With amazing burgers, beverages and music the only thing this place is missing is beer variety. Then again, considering the branding, this place probably wouldn’t have come to be without a little corporate green. So grab another Grolsch and keep grinning.

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