Northern Transylvania drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Cluj-Napoca


Competition for Cluj’s best brew is stiff, but Roots’ silky coffee is the front runner. Staff are as friendly as the flat whites are smooth. Find it just next door to the Tourist Information Office.
Cafe in Cluj-Napoca

Joben Bistro

This steampunk cafe will lubricate the gears of any traveller with a penchant for Victoriana. Aside from the fantasy decor, with skull designs, taxidermied deer heads and copper pipes on bare brick walls, it's a lai…
Beer Garden in Cluj-Napoca

Euphoria Biergarten

The perfect, quiet spot for evening beers (and good food too). Find a table out front by a small river or in the big garden out back and order from a wide range of national and craft beers. The food menu is fairly a…
Bar in Cluj-Napoca

Irish Music Pub

Before you flee from the hackneyed 'Irish pub abroad' theme, know that this subterranean place has plenty of atmosphere resounding from its cavernous brick walls, plus a menu of steak sandwiches and veggie-friendly …
Bar in Cluj-Napoca


Squeezed into a narrow courtyard, a jaunty beer garden adjoins this zanily decorated bohemian cafe. Insomnia is one of a slew of bars catering to Cluj's arty crowd (which seems to be half the city) within the studen…
Bar in Bistriţa

Old House Pub

Decked out in dark wood and spilling into a beer garden, this pub is one of the liveliest spots in town. If shot parties, medieval-themed events and live rock bands work up your appetite, the attached restaurant ser…
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AnyTime Club

Deep inside this intimate brick-lined haunt, anything from live rock to DJ sets could be the soundtrack of your vampish late nights. The shot parties are a little unbecoming if you're a jaded, centuries-old Count, b…
Cafe in Cluj-Napoca

Tabiet Cafe

Sip good coffee and great cocktails in Tabiet's snug, stone-walled bar or on the terrace, which spills into the cobbled old town. It also serves piadina (stuffed flatbread) and other Italian-inspired fare.
Gay & Lesbian in Cluj-Napoca

Delirio Gay Club

Cluj's only LGBT club is a laid-back bar on weeknights, and a vodka-fuelled, scantily-clad late-night party at weekends. Boys are banned between 11pm and 5am on Thursday for the weekly ladies' night.
Bar in Cluj-Napoca

Janis Club

Follow the mural of rock stars beneath neon lights and psychedelic rafters at this hyperactive, ever-changing bar, which draws a young crowd clamouring for the occasional free shots.