Cinema in Bucharest
Bucharest has a busy cultural agenda, and that includes both mainstream and independent films, in addition to a long list of small film festivals taking place throughout the year. There are several state-owned cinemas halls in the city, although lately their number has been decreasing as many shopping centers also have modern multiplex cinemas showing the latest Hollywood releases. European and independent films can usually be seen at speciality cinemas and cultural centers.
Films are generally in original language, with Romanian subtitles. Tickets can cost between 5 and 8 euros, depending on the day of the week and the cinema.
You can find the current cinema schedule on Cinemagia.ro.
- Movieplex Cinema Plaza - a modern cinema theatre with eleven halls and a capacity of over 2500 places.
- Grand Cinema & More - located in Băneasa Shopping City
- Happy Cinema
- Hollywood Multiplex
- Cinema City
- CinemaPro - one of the few stand-alone cinema theaters in the center of Bucharest.
- Cinemateca Eforie (Str. Eforie Nr. 2) - Together with Cinemateca Union, one of the places to see old films at a reasonable price. For cinema aficionados.
- Cinemateca Union (Str. Ion Câmpineanu 22)
- Elvira Popescu - a small cinema theatre inside the French Institute of Bucharest. Schedules mostly French and European movies.
Nightclubs in Bucharest
One thing that Bucharest is famous for is its exciting nightlife. Nightclubs are plentiful and cater to all categories. Many are in the Lipscani Old Center - the party area of the city. However, you can find clubs, especially upscale ones, hidden all over Bucharest.
Prices range anywhere between ten euros a drink to more than a hundred, and clubs are open usually from 9 p.m. The real party, however, doesn't start until midnight. There are no mandatory closing times in Romania, so clubs often stay open until early in the morning.
Tips for getting in to nightclubs in Bucharest:
- Know the dress code for your club and dress accordingly. Romanians like to be elegant when going out, if you're too casual you might have your entrance denied.
- Try to enter as a smaller group. If there are more than 5 people in your party, split up.
- Bring a copy of your ID.
- Men may have more trouble getting in, so try to balance the men and women in your group.
Bucharest Club Listings
- Loft (Bd. Iancu de Hunedoara 56-60): An upmarket club in the Dorobanți area, offering gourmet cuisine and unique cocktails.
- BOA - Beat of Angels Bucharest (Șos. Kiseleff 32C): Steamy parties by some of the best DJs in Romania.
- Fratelli (Str Glodeni 1-3): A classic choice in Bucharest's upscale bar and lounge market. Winner of multiple awards, it has excellent service, an original menu.
- Player Club (Str. Primo Nebiolo 1): An exclusive nightclub with a swimming pool and some of the best dancers.
- Hard Rock Cafe (Șos Kiseleff 32): One of the largest Hard Rock bars in Europe. Live music and a relaxed atmosphere.
- Control Club (Str. Constantin Mille 4): One of the favorite gathering places for the Bucharest counterculture.
- Mojo (Str. Gabroveni 4): A popular pub-style location in the Old Town with an English vibe and live music.
- Bordello Bar (Str. Șelari 9-11): A loud, funky and exciting bar for locals and foreigners alike.
- Abel's Wine Bar (Str. Tonitza 10): A character-filled wine bar, with an excellent selection of wines from all over the world.
- Deschis Gastrobar (Splaiul Unirii 160): A fancy gastro-pub on the rooftop of a textile factory. Only opens during the summer.
- Berăria Germană (Calea Rahovei 157): A German-style beer-house with a merry atmosphere and a good choice of draft beers.