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Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

1. Bucharest: Pub Crawl in the Old Town

Widely seen as one of the most promising party destinations in Europe, Bucharest is a great place to be partying and grabbing drinks with friends at very reasonable prices. Probably the most thorough experience of the nightlife in Bucharest, this pub crawl allows you to discover the best bars and clubs in the Old Town area with an experienced local guide. Over the course of at least 4 hours, after all the attendees meet up, the night will start with a warm-up bar, good for socializing and getting into the party vibe, followed by at least 3 more party venues, ideal for dancing, meeting locals and enjoying random events such as band performances or karaoke. Each of the spots has a different style, from alternative to fancy, in order to satisfy any kind of expectations and get a broader idea of the real nightlife in Bucharest. City hints and tips, free photos from the guide and various promotions are also included during the pub crawl and a party vibe is guaranteed.

Bucharest: Sites & Bites Tour with a Local Guide

2. Bucharest: Sites & Bites Tour with a Local Guide

Your Bucharest tour begins in the political center of the city, Revolution Square (formerly known as Palace Square), which has witnessed most of the important events in Romanian history. It was from here in 1989 that dictator Ceausescu made his ill-advised rallying speech to a crowd that quickly turned on him, instigating the Romanian revolution. Surrounding the square are several other notable landmarks, including the former Royal Palace, the Athenaeum concert hall, and Athenee Palace, the heart of espionage and intrigue in the years between the wars. And in such a historical spot, it’s appropriate that you have a historical treat. You’ll indulge in a covrig, a daily salty snack for most Romanians that was likely introduced by Hapsburg or German merchants in medieval times.  Next up, you’ll leave the square and head south along Victory Street, named after the spectacular victory of the new Romanian nation in the 1871 War of Independence. However, full unification of the three Romanian principalities did not take place until 1918, which explains why each region has its own distinct character, traditions, and cuisine — like sweet for Moldova, earthy for Transylvania, and spicy for Muntenia. This stretch is also home to many spectacular landmarks of the inter-war period, including the 'Telephone Palace,' Military Circle, and former National Theatre, as well as the beautiful church of Kretzulescu, one of the most famous in Bucharest.  From Victory Street, you’ll head into an older Bucharest, exploring the numerous paths and passageways of the Old Town. This is the heart of medieval Bucharest, the literal crossroads between East and West, where Ottoman pashas rubbed shoulders with Transylvanian princes, and churches and mosques stood side by side. Here you can witness the many diverse influences on Romanian food — the Balkan mici (skinless sausages), the Ottoman sarmale (stuffed cabbage leaves), Russian borscht andciorba (sour soups), and Austro-Hungarian schnitzel. Among the many sights and stories of Old Town are lavish interiors and princely courts, the exquisite calm of an orthodox monastery and the great wooden inn of Hanul Lui Manuc. En route to your final destination, you get a look at the famed People's Palace, the center of Ceausescu’s megalomaniac attempts to re-shape the city, and the second largest building in the world (only the Pentagon is bigger!). Finally, the Bucharest tour will end with a sampling of the culinary specialties at a traditional hanu, or inn, that’s widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in the city. You’ll dig into a three-course meal with platters of local delicacies — giving you a 'taste tour' of the history and geography of the region. It was said that during the time of the ancient Romanians (the Dacians), so much wine was drunk by the people that their leader, Burebista, banned its production entirely. But the supremely inventive Dacians immediately began brewing beer — thus, you’ll have a chance to lubricate your palate with both fine Romanian wines and/or locally brewed beer, just like the Dacians would have wanted!

Bucharest: Mahallopolis Tour

3. Bucharest: Mahallopolis Tour

Departing from Old Town by tube, you will visit the oldest and most beautiful cemetery in town. The cemetery is an open-air museum, which is comparable to Père Lachaise or High Gate. Enchanted in the rapture of its mysterious stories, you'll take a turn through a lively park little known to tourists but cherished by locals. Following that you'll discover the oldest train station in Romania, which is not too far away from the former KGB headquarters. You’ll then take a break at an old factory which has since been turned into a cultural hub and is the perfect spot for quirky souvenirs and a sound meal. Lastly, you’ll be shown a secret passage to an old Mahalla, which is the oriental term for "neighborhood".

Bucharest: Old Town Walking Tour

4. Bucharest: Old Town Walking Tour

Starting from University Square, one of the most popular meeting points in the city, the tour will move along Calea Victoriei, one of the city's oldest routes where aristocrats, merchants, communist officials, and the new capitalists all left their mark in some way.  Then, head to the Old Town through a secret passage and see some small and gorgeous medieval churches as well as the latest modern architectural statements. You’ll also get an insight into the many controversies behind the House of the People. The tour will end at a grand traditional inn with beer and some local snacks.

Bucharest: Guided Craft Beer Tasting Experience

5. Bucharest: Guided Craft Beer Tasting Experience

Enjoy a Romanian street food pastry on the way to one of Bucharest's favorite craft beer bars, where you'll sample 4 local craft beers and chat about the brewing processes and passion that goes into Romanian beer-making, as well as introducing you to the up-and-coming craft beer scene. With your beer buzz setting in, continue down Victory Avenue and some of the city's most important landmarks, which boast a complicated historical mixture of royal and communist influences. En route to the next bar, you will discover intriguing sights, such as the former National Theatre of Bucharest, the former Headquarters of the Communist Party, one of the oldest churches in Bucharest, Kretzulescu Church, and the University Square with its superb late 19th-century architecture. Our last stop will vary between cold and hot seasons. With so many good options it's hard to choose even for us. Either a famous spot for a Transylvanian beer or a truly hidden gem from Old Town or even the very own beer garden operated by the most popular craft beer brand in Bucharest. And we haven't forgotten about food either. We'll make sure to add some solid nourishment for the best pairing with our beer selections. Our tour ends here but before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay.

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What people are saying about Bucharest Old Town

A very good evening atmosphere, the organizers at the top, very nice, leave no one behind, I was the granny of the evening and I followed until late at night, well chosen bars with good sound... opportunity to party with people from all over the planet .... everyone wants to have fun ... Thank you the team of bringueurs !!!!

A lot of fun. Met some great people, went to some very cool bars and really got to experience the atmosphere of the Bucharest nightlife. Our host Mario has a great energy and was very fun to spend the evening with

This tour was so much fun! Mirela is a fantastic host, she knows all the best spots in the old town, and was great at introducing people to each other and making sure everyone had a great time.

I had an amazing time, thanks for showing us around the best spots around the Old Town :D

Great time with a great bunch of like minded people. Loved it