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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Club-Hop in Warsaw

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3. What to Do


Hit the dance floor, jazz show, and kielbasa stand at Sen Pszczoly.   

Wander among the labyrinthine bazaar of Nowy Świat Pavilions, a hidden complex of pubs behind Nowy Świat 26. Formerly a cluster of small artisan workshops, the area now houses around a dozen identically sized bars. Get to local favorite Pewex before 10 p.m. to snag one of the plush banquettes beneath old Communist posters.

Step into a surreal clubland at Sen Pszczoly, a multi-room complex with eccentric décor: a red bathtub in the center of the patio, beds affixed to the ceiling, and bathrooms resembling elevator cars. Each of the rooms houses a different form of entertainment, from a movie theater to a live jazz performance to a kielbasa stand ($1.65 cover).

Sip a Warszawiak microbrew under rumbling train tracks at Warszawa Powiśle, a café and bar set in the glass-walled waiting area of an active rail station. The spot is known for its mix of high- and lowbrow pursuits, alternating between raucous D.J. parties and arty film screenings throughout the week.

Stay out until dawn at 1500m2, a warehouse club that’s a favored stopping-off point for some of the most respected electronic music acts in the world, like French electro D.J. Kavinsky ($3.30 to $5 cover).


Published on Aug 12, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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