Bar and Books Podwale

Bar and Books Podwale, Warsaw: Hours, Address, Bar and Books Podwale Reviews: 4.5/5

Bar and Books Podwale
4.5
Bars & Clubs • Cigar Bars • Jazz Bars
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5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
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This New York-style bar is spread over two floors, two bars at Waski Dunaj 20, in a building known as the White House. Arranged in the British colonial style with a tailor-made bar, dark wood paneling, soft leather banquettes and fire place. this cozy bar offers a wide range of whiskies, champagnes and wines, premium spirits such as aged rums and luxury vodkas, as well as cocktails ranging from classics to signature ones. Cigar Aficionados have their choice from world-known brands to special Bar and Books' cigars that are exclusively hand-made at a family-run shop in New York. Live music every Friday and Saturday. Burlesque Shows 17.9.,29.10.,20.11.,17.12.2021
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Stare Miasto
How to get there
  • Ratusz Arsenał • 10 min walk
  • Muranów • 10 min walk
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Rob D
Canterbury, United Kingdom99 contributions
Situated in the Old Town (Stare Miasto) - Bar & Books is a fantastic place, which is a more upmarket than most of the surrounding bars and a little more expensive. However, it is worth paying a little extra for good service and quality and you will get this in bucket loads - The staff are excellent and attentive and there is a good range of quality drinks and cocktails. I had heard of this bar, but was not prepared for the great ambience, the whole set up oozes quality. Despite the fact we were a little under dressed for such a nice venue the hostess welcomed us - took our coats and settled us in. We chose to sit at the bar but there is plenty of choice for seating. If you like cigars you can also buy from their extensive range. I would definitely recommend a visit no football shirts please!
Written February 2, 2020
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Dear Rob D, Thank you very very much for this lovely review. I thank you for the compliments regarding the service, the staff and the quality of the drinks. I hope I may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to the Bar And Books again at some time the future. Kind regards, Elys
Written September 3, 2020
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Martu
Zurich, Switzerland91 contributions
Couples
Walking by we thought that Bar & Books is a bookworm café but turns out it’s an elegant jazz lounge with absolutely amazing décor! It’s kind of a stylish whiskey lounge vibe. The drinks are quite expensive but you can sense the quality of the ingredients. The service is very friendly, we were seated on a little balcony with the view and our waitress check in on us regularly to make sure we didn’t need anything. Live music band was great! The only thing is that the bar chairs on the balcony are not too comfortable (but I guess it’s because the balcony is quite narrow). All in all highly recommended!
Written August 23, 2020
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Dear Comfortfoodchef, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Bar And Books Podwale, and we are delighted to learn that you enjoyed the most aspects of your experience. I thank you for your compliments regarding all our group! I hope I may have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Kind regards, Elys
Written September 3, 2020
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Namventures
Droitwich, UK152 contributions
We stumbled across this place whilst walking around the Christmas Market (the hot fire outside drew us in) and what a find!
We loved the old 20's New York feel of the bar. The cocktails were extensive and the bar man very friendly.
It is pricey, but pricey for Warsaw, still cheaper than you'd get if this was in London.
Highly recommend going in for one drink.
Written January 3, 2020
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Dear Hanc29, thank you very much for your lovely review about our bar. It means a lot to us and we are always happy to know that our guests are well taken care of! We hope that we will welcome you back again! Kindest Regards, Elys
Written September 3, 2020
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Phillip W
1 contribution
Was charged 25zl for a bottle of water (can buy a pint of beer in Poland for 10-15zl) while our neighbouring table was served tap water for nothing. Exploitative behaviour, Im Polish but live in Australia, take your tourist dollars elsewhere.

Cocktails were average at best.
Written June 27, 2022
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Ninni R
Helsinki, Finland613 contributions
Couples
What a fun little bar. We walked by and went in. The drink selection is excuisite and the staff was super nice. Drinks were delish, can’t wait to visit the one in New York.
Written July 21, 2022
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Tams444
21 contributions
Couples
Stumbled across this little bar. Lovely atmosphere, dimly lit and cosy. Staff were lovely, and the cocktails were amazing. Large choice of spirits and cigars. The only down side was being asked if we were leaving a tip. Which I thought was bad form. We were tipping anyway but feel that we shouldn’t be asked.
Written February 2, 2020
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Dear Tammyw779, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit at our bar! I am delighted to learn that you enjoyed your experience. Your feedback is very important to us, it is the way we can improve. I will share it with responsible management. Staff was probably asking for the tip because of the terminal on pay, staff should ask and put there amount - because of that they were asked. Sometimes it happened, that somebody put to the tip amount PIN code and than problems are coming:-) Yours Sincerely, Elys
Written September 3, 2020
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Vasiliki M
Athens, Greece116 contributions
An exquisite bar, not for everyone. Containing a great variety of whiskey and rum etiquettes (also cigars) it is worth a visit for someone wanting to spend a little extra money on a good drink. I had a great dark spiced rum (recommended by the waiter and the barista) accompanied by a little piece of tasty dark chocolate. If you don't mind spending a little more money, I would recommend it.
Written November 4, 2019
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Thank you very much for your recommendation!!
Written December 11, 2019
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Andrey Z
Luxembourg1 contribution
Friends
On my request to split the bill into several, as we had some drinks with a large group of people, the waiter Wiktor refused, saying: “We have clients who order Champaign bottles each costing more than your total bill”. I believe this is unacceptable for a place of any level and price.
Written August 27, 2019
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Dear customer, we were trying to figured out, what's happened that evening! For the first - you were lucky, that we took you - because normally we don't take large groups of people (max.8) with no reservation, when we are busy. But we make the exception and we took you. But I'm so sorry it's impossible split the bill into the 20 pieces, when we are very busy. . . . That one with champagne was probably misunderstanding.
Written September 25, 2019
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Jimmy_Kuba
Warsaw, Poland58 contributions
Couples
The burlesque show was fun as well as the singer doing his best rat pack impression. The prices as others have said are a rip off for Warsaw. The most disappointing thing was the music. You can't really call it jazz. It was more like muzak from a cheesy Polish wedding. The choice of music wasn't the problem. It was the backing track they had to accompany the pianist and trumpet player. I expected classier than that. The waitress was kind though and was friendly and tried her best to make us happy.
Written April 29, 2019
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Scott B
13 contributions
Business
I've been to Warsaw many times, although the last visit was in 2004. Needless to say, a lot has changed--and most for the better.

Podwale Bar&Books is the definition of what's going right in this historic
city! Simply, it is one of the finest bars of its kind anywhere in the world.

Location...service...atmosphere...if you like whisky, cigars, good music, and, well, life, you simply should not visit Warsaw without visiting this gem!!
Written May 24, 2016
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Bar and Books Podwale is open:
  • Sun - Sun 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
  • Thu - Thu 5:00 PM - 3:00 AM
  • Fri - Sat 4:00 PM - 3:00 AM


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