Hidden within the drunken tourist swarm of Old Town Bucharest, this bicycle-themed drinking establishment is designed to bring out your inner gear enthusiast. As you cruise up to the bar, take a look at the bar stools made from combined bicycle seats. After taking your seat, gaze down at the bar rail and see that it’s constructed from old bike pedals. But the weirdness doesn’t end there. On the windows of this third floor drinking establishment you’ll even see that the window shades are made of bike chains.
However, the bar can be difficult to find from the street. When you get to the address, look for the red side door next to the nightclub entrance on Strada Selari street. Then walk up the stairs to the top floor. Once there you’ll see a large closed door, which is the entrance to Bicicleta bar. If you have trouble, there are plenty of locals passing out flyers to other bars that you can ask for help.
Pro tip: Be sure to order an old fashioned at some point in the night. They make a great one.
Krishna Caffee is splash of Turkey tucked deep inside of Romania. With a brightly sequenced, windowless door that outshines all of its neighbors, the entrance is impossible to miss. Once inside, you will hear the music of the Middle East blasting through speakers (loudly). Then take a seat at at one of the half dozen hookah tables where you can order order beers, cocktails, coffee, or even ice cream (highly recommended).
Address: Bulevardul Mihail Kogălniceanu 17, București 030167 ,+0729 745 988
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If you are in the mood for some DIY weirdness, Acuarela is a place for you to come and enjoy a cocktail while you listen to Vera Lynn’s rendition of “We’ll meet again,” of Dr. Strangelove fame, on their old time-ey radio. After you take a seat (go for the bench made out of an old bath tub), you can swig your craft beer (Zaganu, a Romanian brew) and try to determine if all the vines and plants dangling from the ceiling mean your Eastern Europe or the jungles of Borneo.
Acuarela bills itself as a “small bistro for the creative community in Bucharest, an art gallery endorser, jazz promoter, theatre plays host and social hub.” It has a sprawling patio that makes for easy and breezey drinking in the summer months, and a homely interior for those chillier days. But if you’re not in the mood to toss a few back, bring your laptop for the afternoon hours and get some work done. The lemon ginger tea will go great with your telecommute.
Interbelic Cocktail Bar serves as an homage to the interwar years in Romania between World War I & II. Housed in building constructed by the Americans, when patrons walk into the cellar-like structure they’re greeted by a huge marquee over the bar.
After you take your seat, indulge yourself in one of the bars most impressive drinks, a tobacco old fashioned, where the barkeep singes actual tobacco into the glass. And in between conversation pauses with whoever your with, take a moment to gaze at the different neon signs that surround the room. You’ll see phrases like “Because we care,” “Looking for a kiss,” and Golden state of mind,” among others. Remember them because you just might get a chance to win one.
Interbelic has an ongoing story series called “We are neon.” Every so often, patrons are invited to get up and tell a story based on one of the signs’ phrases, and whoever’s story is voted the best wins the sign.
Come to a bar, leave with a sign. What could be weirder?
Address: Calea Victoriei 17, București 030023, +0723 693 526
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