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Grand Cafe Galleron - Bucharest

Grand Cafe Galleron

Grand Cafe Galleron: Different rooms and mixed crowds

The Grand Cafe Galleron got its name from the architect that designed the buildings of the National Bank and of the Romanian Athenaeum. Every room has been designed (and subsequently furnished) in a different style. If you go there with friends, you might like the Library Room. If you go with your business partner or with your lover, you might book the Cigar Room. If you only want to have a (great) mushroom soup, you could try the main room by the entrance. Otherwise, you could very well try the Orangerie with its tall chairs and fine view to the street nearby. The wi-fi room (the central room of the house) provides free internet access to guests. The service is very good and the place served a great breakfast, as well as some fine main dishes (the calamari and the assortment of cheeses are especially recommended). Just as a reminder that you are in Bucharest, toilets are located down the same hall with the kitchen, and all waiters / people going and coming from the toilet go through the non smoking room.

Address: 18A Nicolae Golescu Street

Directions: It lies just behind the Athenaeum.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.grandcafegalleron.ro/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 5, 2008
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Club A - there you go in - Bucharest

Club A - there you go in

Club A: Bucharest's First Club

This was Bucharest's first club, which was born and raised under the caring wing of the University of Architecture. It hosts live (usually rock and folk) concerts on a frequent basis, and it gathers a rather young crowd. When there is no live music, it goes from Phoenix (the most famous Romanian rock band) to Led Zep or Everlast, with (many) intrusions of Abba and other dancing queens and tunes. Not bad, but the crowd could be better. And less of a teenage behaviour would be welcome.

Address: 14 Blanari Street

Directions: It lies close to the National Bank; Blanari Street is parallel with Lipscani Street.

Phone: (+40) 021 313 55

Theme: Nightclub

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 5, 2008
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La Ruine - B like in bricks and beer - Bucharest

La Ruine - B like in bricks and beer

La Ruine Terrace: A brick for every mic

La Ruine, another summer paradise, is a wide terrace serving mici and beer (again and again) to a wide range of students and people that come on the Lipscani to do the shoppings. Just watch the ruins of Gabroveni Inn, not to fall over you. I mean it. For, after too much beer, things start to move…and move…ooooohhhh…
Unless you come from Kamchatka or Rejkavik, you have noticed maybe that it is not open in winter.

Dress Code: Just bring your common sense and wear that smile correctly.

Address: 88 Lipscani Street

Directions: Find the place just before Lipscani bursts into Balcescu Avenue, to the right. Entrance is also possible from Gabroveni Street.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2008
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Carturesti Bookstore: chai room inside - Bucharest

Carturesti Bookstore: chai room inside

Carturesti Book'n Tea House: Experience the ceai, the caj, the tea, the thé.

A tea is not supposed to be a sweet, pleasant and convenient drink one can have while riding a bike, working or eating a hamburger on the underground train. A tea is an experience and a discovery in the same time. And what can come as a better companion for a great cup of tea, if not a book? In the relaxed, but not exceedingly relaxing space at the Carturesti (look in the Shopping section for more data), they have a Tea Room. Sit down on a labelled chair and enjoy a comprehensive guide of the tea at first. Then make up your mind and have your own combination of a tea and a 'dulceata', exactly as these two sine qua non elements of the once upon a time Bucharest were described by Caragiale, Eliade or Rebreanu.

Dress Code: Just bring your regular mood and your eagerness. Leave out your worries and defies, they are not admitted by others' regular moods.

Address: 13 Pictor Verona

Directions: The tea room is located in teh villa hosting Carturesti Book Store, as you enter, the second room to the left. The bookstore lies on Balcescu Avenue, just next to Patria Cinema.

Phone: +4-021-2121922

Theme: People Watching

Website: http://www.carturesti.ro

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2004
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The Blues Cafe, Macca - Villacrosse Passage - Bucharest

The Blues Cafe, Macca - Villacrosse Passage

Macca - Villacrosse Passage: The Smoke'n Blues Street

This is a strange (but not unique) and comfortable concept: the covered street. It has got a French look but definitely an Oriental origin, as it used to host many little shops belonging to different merchants. Nowadays a few of them have turned into little bars and cafes, where the tables fill the whole street in summer and autumn. They have an Egyptian Cafe with narghiles, a Blues Cafe with excellent music (I can finally say that about a place in this city!!!), a Chinese Restaurant on the first floor and even a French Bistro (even though I personally do not vote for that one, too sticky a place)... The atmosphere is right, the crowd is generally great, coffee is fresh and not instant, they have a few Romanian beers to choose from, while at the Blues Cafe they also have a good variety of ice-creams.

Dress Code: You are in Bucharest, the Balkans. So, what the hell does "dress code" stand for???

Address: Macca - Villacrosse Passage

Directions: Two entrances to the covered street come from the Calea Victoriei, just across the street from the central police station, while the other one comes from the Western side of the National Bank.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2004
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Cafe Picasso - Bucharest

Cafe Picasso

Picasso Cafe: Tea & Coffee Time

Picasso Cafe is a relaxed place (too relaxed to have anything to do with Picasso but hey, we’re in Romania!), tea and coffee are good and the service just as fast and they have (also) good armchairs for those coming early. Just prices are a bit high.

Dress Code: Ties not accepted.

Address: 2-4 Franceza

Directions: Franceza Street starts very close to the place where Victoria Avenue bursts into Dambovita Quay.

Phone: tel.: (021)3121576

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 4, 2004
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Terminus Bar - Bucharest

Terminus Bar

Terminus Bar: In through the window, down on a rope...

Terminus was one of the harbingers of the nightlife in Bucharest. They have Guiness, they have Kilkenny and they also have – at times – Murphy’s Red. And good music. Cheers.

Dress Code: No barefoot people allowed.

Address: 5 George Enescu

Directions: Take Victoria Avenue and, 5 minutes after passing by the Hilton, take Enescu to the right.

Theme: Nightclub

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 4, 2004
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La Motor Terrace: On top of the world

La Motor. Well, no address needed: just head to the National Theatre, turn left, go round the building until you meet the corner side entrance, enter, wait in line for the elevator for there are others just as thirsty as you, get on the last floor, follow the crowd and go out on the roof of the National Theatre, find a place on the huge terrace, go and ask for beer and relax. Have you got the message?

Dress Code: Normality required.

Address: 2 Nicolae Balcescu Avenue

Directions: Just in University Square.

Phone: tel.: (021)3158508

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 4, 2004
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Gara Lipscani - Bucharest

Gara Lipscani

Gara Lipscani Bar: Your train ain't coming no more.

Gara Lipscani is a student & poor favorite, with a poor, simple and cheap lively place. What does this mean? Simple: food comes fast, food is tasty, food is cheap. Therefore food is good. And no, it is not a restaurant, but they have food. Then: beer comes fast, beer is cheap, and beer is tasty. Then beer is good. You’ve missed the train anyway, so have another beer.

Dress Code: Dress code? What is that?

Address: 38 Lipscani, entrance through Selari Street

Directions: Just walk on Lipscani until it meets the Selari or follow the Selari until it meets the Lipscani. Uhhh, you've got me confused now.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 4, 2004
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La Dud Bar: Life under the Mulberry Tree

La Dud started with a few plastic tables under a huge mulberry tree. And they added some more tables. Then they said “what the heck, it’s winter, let’s move inside!” So they did. And now they have a small bar/restaurant where you have to, but really have to taste the big and healthy “Pui à la dud”. And don’t miss a portion of papanasi. You will see why (from EUR 5 upwards for a menu).

Dress Code: No such thing. Just leave the sandals out ;)

Address: 7 Sperantei

Directions: On a street to the back of the Intercontinental, take Carol I Ave from University Square and 5 minutes later, when it opens up in a roundabout, take Sperantei to the left.

Phone: tel.: (021)3124168

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2004
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