Cheap drinks in Poland

There’s lots of history and culture in Poland – enough to keep you entertained. But the other great entertainment is the bar scene – and it’s cheap!

Written by Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle. A journalist for more than 20 years, he's been travelling the world since 2011.

Michael Turtle is the founder of Time Travel Turtle and has been travelling full time for a decade.


Polish vodka

“You must have more vodka,” the Polish men say to me with hospitality that is starting to border on hostility.

“Together we will drink,” they insist. Or at least they’re saying something along those lines… my memory of the night is little hazy.

I’d been invited to join the men at their table in a bar after asking if I could take their photo. I don’t think there was a translation error, I think they were just being social.

The thing I’ve learnt about Poland, though, is that socialising generally involves alcohol.

Cheap drinks in Poland

The other thing I’ve learned is that mixing beer and vodka doesn’t make for a fun morning the next day… but more on that soon.

Vodka is the poison of choice in Poland and to drink is to join in a local ritual.

It’s rarely mixed with anything is not ordered by the glass. It’s ordered by the bottle and drunk in one swallow from small shot glasses.

Because of the speed in which shots can be downed and a restlessness between drinks, there’s a short and fast transition to intoxication.

Cheap drinks in Poland
Cheap drinks in Poland

One night in Krakow I decide to drink beers between the shots as a way to keep my hands busy and my lips wet.

I sip the Polish ale slowly, knowing that the vodka will do a thorough job of infiltrating my bloodstream.

I thought I had things under control until the next morning when, as mentioned earlier, I wake up feeling awful. Head splitting, mouth dry and stomach churning.

Breakfast is not an option and it takes most of the day to feel normal again… just in time to head out to the bars again.

Cheap drinks in Poland
Cheap drinks in Poland

Cheap bars in Poland

You can understand why Poland is such a favourite destination for a drunken weekend getaway. Particularly for the British, it is a cheap way to party. Just take a look at these prices:

  • A pint of beer at the bar: US$2.50
  • A 750 mL bottle of vodka at a bar: US$25
  • A three course meal with wine at a restaurant: US$18
  • A hostel bed in the centre of Krakow: US$16

Combine the relative inexpensiveness with the welcoming atmosphere of a culture that likes a night out, and you’ve got the perfect situation.

Cheap drinks in Poland

Some of the Polish people I speak with complain about the infiltration of the bachelor parties and you can understand how that would get annoying if you lived here. No one wants to feel like it’s their last night of freedom every night.

Having said that, when those Polish folk tried to pour me another shot of vodka, you’d be forgiven if you thought that’s how they were behaving.

Time Travel Turtle travelled to Poland as a guest of the Polish National Tourist Office but the opinions, over-written descriptions and bad jokes are his own.

12 thoughts on “Cheap drinks in Poland”

  1. I guess I am too old. My drinking days ended just about the time that all of the fleorvad vodka’s became popular, starting with Absolut. My preference used to be shots of Canadian Club and Bud Lite, however I could not imagine Chocolate Whiskey or Chocolate beer:-)One time, I actually paid $14 for a Bud lite. It was at the Paris Hard Rock Cafe in 1992. I was desperate for a Bud.

  2. One of the best bars I have actually ever been to was in Warsaw. The place is called Bubbles Bar & Restaurant, and it is truly great. They specialize in champagnes and sparkling wines but also serve really delicious food that goes so well with the alcohol. The atmosphere of this place is also great, very casual and friendly. It is my favorite spot to hang out in Warsaw!

  3. Drinking in Poland is generally cheap. I’ve been in superb restaurant & bar Bubbles in Warsaw. I had fantastic champagne coctail with cognac. Drinks based on champagnes are really nice 🙂

  4. I travel a lot and recently I was in Poland. I made an appointment with my colleagues to have fun in the capital. We hit the New Orleans club and I will never forget this visit. A very sensual, surprising place with fantasy. I have never seen such beautiful women! It is also worth adding that the club has a night restaurant and an open bar with alcohol from around the world. A perfect place, highly recommended.

  5. One of the best bars in the world was The New Orleans Club in Warsaw, Poland. The amount of whiskey to choose from is stunning and the women are beautiful. I will definitely visit it nex time I’m in Warsaw!

  6. I can recommend you a good place for a drink in Warsaw – New Orleans club. maybe it’s not a cheapest one but worth going there – good music, talented pole dancers (as we all know – Polish girls are the most beautiful in the world :)) and a wide variety of alcohol.

      • oh wow, it must be some kind of iconic place in Warsaw! It’s high rated and there are many good opinions about that spot. I have to check it when I come to Poland next time (:


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