What started as a tiny fishing town is now a gorgeous and eclectic city located on the River Vistula in the northeastern area of Poland. The capital city boasts 1.8 million residents and is the financial, political, and cultural hub of the country. Although most attractions are packed with people during the day, you may be wondering about some things to do in Warsaw at night.
Warsaw nightlife is filled with places like the Panorama Sky Bar at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, the night market, and the historic Old Town, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site with narrow cobbled streets. When you are looking for things to do in Warsaw at night, you will not have to look very far. Warsaw's nightlife is hopping all night long in the city center as well as Warsaw Old Town and other areas.
Old Town is a great place to see the Multimedia Fountain Park, enjoy some shopping at the Old Town Market Place, meander through Castle Square, and get a selfie with Sigismund's Column. Warsaw Old Town also has an ice rink where you can get out and skate. You can enjoy several different ice skating rinks in Warsaw at night.
Don't bring shopping bags and backpacks with you while you explore the nightlife in Warsaw. Leave your belongings at one of the suitcase storage lockers in Warsaw for safekeeping while you enjoy Warsaw after dark.
Nocny Night Market
If you are in need of some retail therapy, check out Nocny Night Market. It only takes five minutes to get there by tram from the Rynek Glowny Town Square. The market is full of dozens of kiosks, restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops to peruse while you are in Warsaw.
Be sure to get some souvenirs here. They are unique and almost always handmade. With all of the food stalls and small pubs, this section of modern Warsaw is a hotspot for both young and old who are looking for something fun to do at night.
If Nocny Market is not enough for you, head over to the Elektrownia Mall. This place is packed full of name-brand shops as well as casual and unique popups. There are more than 70 retail stores and a 500-seat food court so you have everything you need.
But Elektrownia is more than just shopping and eating. This place has the first Beauty Hall in the country of Poland. It is a group of health and wellness shops like the Nail Beauty Bar, Let's Beauty Make-Up Store, and Juices & Bubbles Bar. They even have events every few months like holiday shopping and modeling shows.
Located on the 27th level of the Atlas Tower, Level 27 has been listed as 92nd in the top 100 clubs in the world three years in a row. With such a stunning space in the rounded tower, you get the best view in the city as well as some unique handcrafted cocktails and craft beers.
Whether you want to drink, dance, eat, or just sit and look at the Warsaw skyline, you will be surrounded by hundreds of happy people enjoying the same things. Music lovers enjoy live music and DJs can be found on the open-air terrace on weekends with local artists as well as bands and DJs from all over the world.
Plan your brunch destination the night before and head out to dance. Located in the Palace of Culture, Club Mirage is another one of the top clubs in the country featuring live music events, DJ sets, and a fountain right in the middle of the place. Decorated with neon lights and stunning chandeliers, the party atmosphere at Club Mirage is electric.
It is mostly young adults here but everyone is welcome on the dance floor and the staff is friendly and seem to enjoy the place as much as the guests. There is a diverse range of music genres with something for everyone and dancing is inevitable.
Warsaw Uprising Museum
Also known as the POLIN Museum, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto is an important national museum to honor the Polish Jews who first arrived in Poland, also known as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.
This museum recreates the environment of the Varsoviani movement before the Second World War during its attempt in 1944 for the liberation of Warsaw and the Warsaw Uprising. You will find a plethora of information about Jewish culture and World War II as well.
Palace of Culture and Science
The Palace of Culture and Science is full of fun and entertainment. The building is 778 feet tall and is one of the highest buildings in Poland with a variety of venues. If you want to see a movie, there is a multiplex theater with eight screens in four theaters. The terrace on the 30th floor is also a hotspot.
Two of the best museums in Warsaw call the palace home, which include the Museum of Technology and the Museum of Evolution. You can also take a dip in the large swimming pool, attend a show in Congress Hall, or enjoy a drink and dancing at one of the 10+ bars inside.
Bubbles Restaurant and Bar
This cool hangout serves a variety of sparkling bubbly stuff, also known as champagne, from all over the world. The servers are just as passionate about champagne as you are and refuse to let it be held for just special occasions. The unique atmosphere will draw you in and the fun people will keep you there all night long.
They also serve a huge assortment of great Polish food from fresh oysters to steaks and even pizza. Enjoy salmon pancakes, Polish beef tartare, kopytka (potato dumplings) with truffle sauce, and sous vide duck with raspberry and cranberry sauce.
If you are considering a pub crawl in Warsaw, you have a plethora of choices. All along the Vistula River, you can find beaches, clubs, and pubs, as well as the Multimedia Fountain Park with water shows on the weekend near the Copernicus Science Centre. One of the most popular clubs, BarKa, is a party barge you have to see to believe.
Boogaloo Beach Bar is another favorite and features a variety of activities like volleyball, disc golf, and kayaking. The Warsaw Boat Party on the Vistula River is not a stationary spot but a cruise boat that takes you for a ride with a live DJ, magicians, and an open bar. It has a great vibe full of people who just want to party, dance, and have fun.
Stop in Lazienki Park to see a Chopin concert and then head to the Fryderyk Chopin Museum, which was established in 1954 and is dedicated to the Polish composer and located in the Ostrogski Palace.
The Fryderyk Chopin Museum has the largest collection of Chopiniana in the world. It features memorabilia linked to his life and work, with more than 7,500 items. This includes original documents, manuscripts, and letters as well as sculptures and photos of the famous composer.
As the first of its kind in Poland, the Neon Museum boasts a collection of more than 100 neon signs from all over the country. Some of the most famous signs include the Warszawa Wschodnia, Kino Praha, and the Glowna Ksiegarnia as well as some offsite signs like the mermaid on Grojecka Street.
Located in the old Soho Factory across the street from Skaryszewski Park and just a short walk from the Vistula River, just walking to the museum is breathtaking. The 200+ neon signs inside are dazzling and you can learn the stories behind them as well.
Take a trip to the past at the Warsaw Fotoplastikon where you can find out what exactly this Fotoplastikon (photoplasticon) really is. It is a round barrel-like device that lets you see three-dimensional photos (also called stereoscopic theater), similar to the old Viewmaster toy of the 60s. This is done by showing two offset images in each eye.
This old-fashioned "theater" was invented in Berlin in 1883 but was phased out with the invention of the movie theater. The Fotoplastikon of Warsaw features thousands of original photos on a rotating platform, bringing the old city to life. Sort of like a time machine, but you do not go anywhere.
National Gallery of Art
A short walk from the Palace of Culture and Science in Marshal Edward Rydz-Smigly Park, you can enjoy some of the local art as well as work from international artists at the National Gallery of Art.
Also known as the National Museum of Warsaw, this is the largest museum in the city and one of the largest in the country as well. You can see about 830,000 items dating back to 8,000 BC including famous paintings by Rembrandt, Botticelli, and Renoir.
Enjoy the royal route to the Royal Castle, also known as the castle. The building was constructed in the 1300s and has the nickname Phoenix because it rose from the ashes after being burned to the ground when it was blown up by Hitler in 1939.
Today, the brick facade is 300 feet long and faces Castle Square with towers at each end. The middle tower features a huge 200-foot clock from the 1600s and is a focal point for many. The castle includes a museum that includes famous paintings by Rembrandt, van Dyck, and Lucas Cranach the Elder.
The narrowest house in the world, the Keret House is an impressive building as well as a piece of art. It was created by Jakub Szczesny through Centrala, his architecture firm, and is the thinnest house in the world at only 3.02 feet at its thinnest point and 4.99 feet at the widest.
The two-story art structure was named after the Israeli filmmaker/writer Etgar Keret, who was the first tenant. It is located between two historic buildings on Zelazna and Chlodna Streets in the Warsaw Uprising Ghetto district and is something you have to see to believe.
Free Outdoor Cinemas
Because summer is the best time to visit Warsaw, you will find that one of the popular night activities is attending outdoor cinemas. Also known as open-air cinemas, these are found all over Europe and are totally free. You can find them in 23 different locations around the city.
Grab yourself a blanket and head to one of the outdoor cinemas like the U-Jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art or Lazienki Park. The shows start after the sun goes down but they are typically packed so get there early to get a good spot to sit.
Whether you enjoy ballet, opera, or some other type of live entertainment, be sure to see a show at the Grand Theatre at night in Warsaw. Also known as Teatr Wielki and the home of the Polish National Ballet, the theater was built in 1833 by Antonio Corazzi, a famous Italian architect, and boasts a one-of-a-kind façade that you have to see.
The theater has been showing opera and ballet performances for more than 160 years, beginning with The Barber of Seville in February of 1833. Operatic performances by Penderecki, Moniuszko, and Kurpinski are some of the major productions with the works of Beethoven, Puccini, and Mozart.
Enjoy the View at St. Anne's Church
St. Anne's Church in Old Town has a spectacular observation deck that stays open until 10 PM so you can get a special view of the Warsaw skyline. You will have to climb more than 140 steps to get up there though, but it is worth it. There is no lift to get you up there easier.
The colorful buildings in Old Town look like a picture postcard during the day but after dark, it is a whole different kind of beautiful. Make sure you bring a camera or your phone to get some photos to share on social media.
After spending the day visiting major landmarks in the city, hop on the Warsaw Train and take in a show at the theater, enjoy some Polish cuisine at one of the restaurants, or see some beautiful artwork at one of the art galleries. The Jewish Ghetto Memorial is a tribute to the first Polish Jews with the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and other memorials in what used to be the Warsaw Ghetto neighborhood. Or Saxon Garden and Łazienki Park are nice places for an early evening stroll.
Enjoy some traditional Polish dishes at some of the fantastic eateries in the area while you are there too. Some of these things you cannot get in other European cities. The Polish capital is an amazing city to enjoy day or night but if you want to see the night come alive in Warsaw, we have got you covered. You can get some spectacular views of the entire city. However, it can be a bit confusing getting around in the city at night so you will do well to have your cell phone with Google maps.