It has been a while since I did a proper Thirsty Thursdays on a city so today it’s back and we head to the remote town of Starogard Gdański in northern Poland – Pomerania Region. I’m growing to love Poland more on more with each visit. There is a sense of freedom, progressiveness with open people with intelligent minds.
When you visit a town like Starogard Gdański, you become a bit of a novelty if you are not local. Basically there is no hostel here, and there were no other tourists on my visit but I found a cool place to stay inside the football stadium, Noclegi Rekord. What this means is that people are very interested to talk to you and in my three days in the town, I made about 10 new friends, all locals, all very open minded people interested to speak to a stranger in their town.
For three days here, this was my glory, this was my town and I embraced it, spending time touring the sights, getting some work done in the Wi-Fi cafes and meeting locals in the bars at night.
Browar ended up being my favourite bar in Starogard Gdański. They brew their own beer, the interior décor is everything you’d expect from a local brew pub, the food is good and the staff were so polite and talkative.
I met Gregorgz, the manager and spent my time chatting to the happy, pretty bar ladies – Paulina, Ola and Marta. I still love the way every Polish girl’s name has to end in the letter “a.”
For beers on tap, my favourite was Starogdanskie, they brew it themselves and I love bars like this.
With the meaning, “Small Beer”, this bar, Małe Piwko actually has a huge range of beers for people with special tastes. The vodka and cocktail menu is also huge.
I got talking to Aneta on the bar and I was drinking the really sour local brew, called Pszeniczne z Kociewia Starogard. It is brewed locally in Starogard Gdanski and remains my favourite beer from this trip. I met two girls in here, Ada and Patricja and we had some really deep, detailed discussions. http://www.malepiwko.pl/?age-verified=f790a843c1
This quirky socialist themed bar is a great hang out and a cool place to meet locals. I hung out with Jacek here before heading to his home in Rywald village. Beer on tap starts at 5 Zlotys (£1), staff also speak English and the walls have nik naks from a bygone era. Expect radios, gramophones and nik naks from the 1960s right through to the fall of communism. https://www.facebook.com/Prlprojekt/
Projekt PRL was also frequented by Starogard girl Ola Mueller who played a big part in my journey to this town. I hope to meet Ola someday for a drink in her town as we didn’t get the chance on this trip.
4.Rynek Beer Garden
The main square (the Rynek) in Starogard Gdanski had a temporary beer garden on my visit. I think this may be a summer only thing. But with beers in the pretty square from dawn until dusk, this is a great place to chill out.
Again, I met lots of locals and relaxed on the temporary beach here. There are films on sometimes on the big screen (including a porn movie on the Friday night!) and live music too.
I still find it odd that foreign countries use English sometimes with the names of venues. “Basement Club” is a popular nightclub. I’m not a big fan of nightclubs any more but this place provided me with some good memories and I got to see how open and passionate Polish people are about kissing, cuddling and dancing.
When I sipped the last sip of my beer here in Starogard Gdanski, I knew it had been a special few days in my life and I pondered on whether I’d ever be back to places like this again. With Starogard, I’d love to go back, I got a wedding invite when I was here so maybe I will be back.
I’m sure I have missed some good bars off this list. If I have, I will try and visit them next time, I’m waiting on some tips from a friend. I also featured in the local newspaper, Gazeta Kociewska thanks to my visit to this town, a poem to come as well, entitled “Starogard Girl”.
Here are some videos from my visits to the bars in this city: