In this article, we write about the best shot bars in Warsaw, where you can get all sort of tiny drinks like vodka shots for 2PLN (.50 euros), traditional vodka&herring pairings, or less conventional alternatives, like the “fire in the hole” (we describe it later in the article).
Vodka is the cheapest liquor in almost any supermarket on earth (or at least in temperate countries). Because of its convenient price, most of us have decided to opt for this cheap liquor several times during our bachelor’s years. The brands sitting on the lowest shelf of the liquor store differ from country to country, but they all have three things in common: a Russian sounding name, a foul taste, and the potential for a 3 days long hangover.
You may think you are 1000% done with vodka because only the thought of it revives the memories of those bad hangovers. But quality vodka in Poland is another story. It’s smooth, likable and doesn’t give you such a terrible hangover. In this post, we suggest you our favorite places for shots in Warsaw.
Ulubiona literally means “favorite”.
Is Ulubiona our favorite shot bar? Probably not. Is it the one we end up most often? Definitely yes!
Ulubiona is conveniently located in Nowy Świat, not far from “Pawilony”, the Old Town, the center and the river. As a matter of fact, Ulubiona seems to be at the exact center of the Polish capital! Once you know where it is, you’ll end up there several times.
DO: get there, have one or “n” shots of whatever the vodka-of-the-day is (it costs 2PLN or 50 euro cents) and leave! The place is tinier than you think (it is probably smaller than your bathroom at home) so it gets crowded fast.
DON’T: hang out there forever. There are other thirsty souls passing by for their cut of cheap/quick liquor. 😀
2) Pijalnia wódki i piwa
They make 13 different kinds of tiny vodka cocktails, served in shot glasses. They cost 4.3 PLN (1 €) and are amazing! I’m not suggesting this, but trying all of them won’t break the bank and will definitely get you tipsy (ok, a bit more than tipsy). There is one shot that crazy enough, tastes exactly like the “Coca-Cola Chupa Chups”!
DO: try their homemade lemon vodka. It’s delicious.
DON’T: try to pay in euros. Despite the fact that they pretend to be accepting euros, they are actually not accepting euro coins and most bills.
Czupito is perhaps the craziest of all shot bars in Warsaw. Located in Mazowiecka, this place is right in the middle of the highest number of clubs in Warsaw.
It’s not so much about vodka and more about all sorts of insane shots. They boast an incredible menu with over 100 different shots, all of which are priced at an honest 5 PLN.
DO: get a “fire on the counter”. “Girl Scout” and “Boy Scout” come with a marshmallow which you can roast on a vodka-fueled fire at the bar.
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4) Meta Seta Galareta
Meta seta galareta was designed to reflect the spirit of the communist era.
The design is bare and typical for that time. The food and vodka are rigorously Polish, cheap and unpretentious. 9 PLN for a shot of vodka and a Polish snack (they serve great tartare to pair with a vodka shot).
DO: order some traditional Polish snacks with your vodka shot (herring or beef tartare), sit at a table and enjoy the laid back atmosphere.
DON’T: order tartare if raw meat topped with raw yolk isn’t your thing.