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Cluj-napoca Nightlife, Romania

Cluj-Napoca is one of the largest cities in Romania and an important academic centre. With almost 100.000 students, Cluj is a city that never sleeps. And the best thing about Cluj-Napoca nightlife, in addition to the fact that there’s always a cheerful crowd of students ready to party, is that most cafes, clubs and bars are situated close to each other, on one of the picturesque narrow streets that form the historic centre of the city.

Cluj-Napoca Nightlife – Restaurants

Food in Cluj is widely available and affordable. If you travel on a budget, you will be pleased by the abundance of fast food restaurants and cafeterias. They are very popular with locals, therefore easy to locate: Rosa, El Greco, Speed fast food restaurants, serving delicious kebabs, shaworma’s or burgers; the classic McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut (unfortunately, little too far from the city centre), and the more exotic Chinese fast foods Shanghai and Beijing. Traditional Romanian and Hungarian dished can be tasted in restaurants as Hanul Dacilor, Humbertus, Casa Ardeleana, Etno.

As for the high-class restaurants in Cluj-Napoca, they include the legendary Napoca 15, Aroma with its panoramic view of the city, recently opened Baracca or the classy Lugano with its live piano music.

Cluj-Napoca Nightlife – Bars, Cafés, Clubs

The going out routine in Cluj consists of two steps: first, having a couple of drinks in a pub, second, descending underground into some noisy club. Piezisa Street, in Hasdeu campus is nothing but open terraces, cheap drinks and youthful atmosphere. Here you can find the notorious Bigg Apple, La Solas, Casa Vikingilor, Niko. Other bars are centered around Unirii Square, Muzeului Square, Eroilor Boulevard and the old city wall (Potaisa, Baba Novac Streets).

Local and international bands can be enjoyed on a weekly basis in places like: Irish Music Pub, Janis Pub, Diesel Club or Autograf. At the electro music chapter, Cluj-Napoca nightlife might not overshadow Timisoara or Bucharest, but you can still enjoy some good vibes in trendy clubs like Midi, Bamboo or Obsession.

Cluj-Napoca Nightlife – Culture and Entertainment

Going to the cinema is still popular with the inhabitants, due to the three refurbished cinemas and the two multiplex cinemas in Iulius and Polus Mall. There is always some event going on, if not at Student’s Culture Centre (CCS), than probably at Tranzit House or in some café like Insomnia or Carturesti Tea House. You could also attend a theatre representation (at the Hungatian State Thaetre and Opera House where some plays are translated in English) or, if you’re lucky, you could pop in just in the middle of some major event, like Transylvania International Film Festival, Transylvania Jazz Festival, Man.in.Fest Experimental Theatre Festival and many other festivals and fairs.


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    Cluj Turned out to be quite different from what I had remembered. The city is much larger than Oradea and there is much more going on. You can go out every night of the week and you'll see lots of students. During the day while visiting the old town, one can only imagine the lost beauty of this...
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    The third largest city in Romania, Cluj-Napoca is situated in the region of Transylvania. The city claims the unofficial title of the historical province of Transylvania. The city exists from the Dacian period, second century A.D. After the Roman conquered Dacia, the city was renamed Napoca,...
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    Diesel is one of the most stylish and coolest bars I have been too. What's amazing about the place is the fact that the club is built into this ancient cellar. They have many of them in Cluj and this one has been re-done really nicely. ...
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