Romanians are ready to enjoy the moment and party all night long; all around the country we can find different places, styles and people that are up for the same reason: have an incredible and unforgettable evening.
The cities might look traditional and serious during the day, with all those big and imponent (sometimes communist) buildings, but when the sun goes down, the towns get transformed.
It is important to remember that the nightlife is intense in the big cities and during events in the small ones. In the larger centers is very common to find in numerous international college students from all over Europe and South-America, especially, that are coming for Erasmus+ Program or other university programs. Believe me, they are looking forward to new and special experiences. Maybe due to that, maybe just because Romanians are open-minded and curious about other cultures, it is almost sure that the bartenders, waiters and employees of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs will speak English. In the case they don’t, they will make their best to understand and help you.
There is another strong advantage to go partying in Romania and it is a great reason to go: things are incredibly cheap. And it applies to most of the products you can find as alcohol, food and souvenirs tend to be very affordable.
As I have mentioned before in other articles, a glass of 400ml of beer could be found for less than 1 Euro in some university towns as Craiova (where I spent most of my time in Romania). By the way, there you can find some cozy pubs or small bars that you can enjoy a cool night. The nightclubs tend to be pretty commercial, small and very crowded, but the pubs are really interesting!
In Craiova, I had the luck to find a pub different from all the others I’ve been. It was a large old house reformed and transformed into a vintage spot for young adults and students. For some reason, it became the meet-point for all the international visitors of the city. Nobody could miss an evening there with the usual cold, cheap and tasty beer, friendly costumers and crew and especially the best old rock music. It was even a great stop in the afternoon, as they also had a big garden with tables and benches that was used as the smoking area of the pub.
Cluj for sure is the most known city if you are looking for fun. Besides being 20% populated by students, it is the capital of Transylvania, the center of tourism in the country. It is one of my favorite places in Romania as it is beautiful, organized and more economical developed than the other cities I had the opportunity to visit. In Cluj-Napoca, you will be able to find yourself a place that suits your wishes: there are a huge variety of pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and parties organized by students and one of these is going to be for you!
I went to Transylvania in the end of October, for Halloween’s eve and there were people dressed up as monsters, ghosts and all you can imagine. The towns were filled up with events for the date: as Transylvania as known for the Dracula’s birthplace it is the right place to celebrate Halloween. Students from all over the world gather to party together with the Romanians in the most famous Vampire region.
Obviously, I could not forget to mention Bucharest. A wonderful city, so bustling and beautiful during the day. The right place to enjoy a coffee or a cup of tea under the sunlight that shows up so often in the old town. But when the evening starts, the lights of Bucharest change color and it became the best place for a strong drink or a fresh beer. If you have a walk in the old town (and around it), you will find a huge variety of attractions, bars, pubs and restaurants. Those who are looking for some cultural evenings can head to the Theatre to attend to a play, show or ballets, and those who seek for the party can surely find their spot at the city center. The uncountable possibilities the downtown of the city offers can assure you will have a memorable night in the little Paris. It could sound redundant to say as I mentioned before, but it is incredible that most of the nightclubs in Bucharest have the entrance free, some have free only for girls but anyway you will not pay more than 5 Euro to enter and they can be awesome! With good music for all the tastes, local people and foreigners are always up for something fun in Bucharest. Do not miss the chance!
The second largest city in Romania, located in the historical region of Moldavia, Iași is definitely a site to visit. Being such a big town, Iasi offers the tourist a huge amount of options: from small underground bars, international pubs to high standards nightclubs and discotheques that could amaze anyone.
If you enjoy the warm evenings that you can find in summertime in Romania, you must get to know Mamaia. There is a young heartbeat in the center of the city that embraces everyone. Forget about the cheap fun that you could have found in other places: here you will see famous and glamorous people wherever you go. The restaurants will bring you mouth-watering dishes and the most elaborated drinks, as the bars will get you fancy and delicious cocktails or even handmade premium beers.
There are uncountable clubs in Mamaia and if you are going during the season (May – September) you are likely to find all of them open. And if you are looking forward to spending your night in a clubber mode and party all night long, do not hesitate to go there: some of the nightclubs will always have after-hours parties on the beach. Imagine how incredible it is to end the night with a stunning sunrise on the sea!