Krakow

Hevre

  ul. Meiselsa 18 ,   Kazimierz          (+48) 509 41 36 26     14 Sep 2018

Standing literally at the crossroads of Jewish and Catholic culture in Kraków (as symbolically represented by the intersection of Corpus Christi and Rabbi Meiselsa Streets), this 19th century Jewish prayer house had long been a bone of contention in the community with regard to how it should (and shouldn't) be used. Now in the hands of the same team behind Alchemia and Bunkier - two of Kraków's best-loved cafe/bar/restaurants - it has been reopened in much the same spirit as those venues. Badly damaged during WWII, many of the original architectural elements are still in place, including traces of the once-extensive original frescos on the patchy, peeling walls. With plenty of space, high ceilings and what we presume is the original mechitza (a balcony used to separate men and women in Jewish temples) above the ground floor bar, there's a real feeling of history here, not to mention a social, uniquely Cracovian atmosphere.

In addition to signature cocktails (try 'Where's the Fire?' - bourbon, rhubarb and smoked wormwood), the bar is the only place in Kraków to serve unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell beer from the tank - and they do so in three ways, depending on how much you appreciate beer foam. A menu of unique Jewish-Galician cuisine is also served, from stellar breakfast options (served 10:00 - 13:00) to late night appetisers (served until 01:00). On Friday and Saturday nights, Hevre twins as both a laid-back low-light Kazimierz dram house and a dance-party destination when they open the upstairs and basement levels for DJ-driven rave-ups.

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Smoking place
Outside seating
Live Music
Wi-fi

Open

Open 10:00 - 02:00, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 04:00.

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