While backpacking in Romania I jaunted quite a bit around the country as well as my side trip to Moldova and Transnistria. I ended up spending a couple of nights in the town of Brasov, which I loved. Brasov is in Transylvania and only a few hours from Bucharest by train. I based myself in the cosy family run Casa Terezia Guesthouse and set about exploring the city, visiting Dracula’s Castle in Bran and having a night out in the bars of Brasov. These are my top 8 bars in the town.
1. Formula Pub
I happened upon Formula Pub by chance – it’s near where you get a bus to the Auto Gara 2 on B-dul Eroilor. It looks intriguing by its entrance and you head down the steps to uncover a true gem.
A bar owned by Romanian Formula 2 Racing Driver Mihai Marinescu and inside are loads of memorabilia and items related to his racing, including a model of a car. A sure fire pub for motor racing buffs the world over.
A token Irish Pub to add to this list but I liked this one – basically because it had a sign on the wall of my home town – Bangor!! It’s also a downstairs bar and is just off the main touristy Strade Republic pedestrian street and take it from me – they do a decent Guinness.
3. Bistro de L’Arte
Trendy, medieval and off a poky side street this was my favourite place in town, though a bit more costly. It was worth it though. I tried their cocktails, food and also used this for afternoon tea and typing up some of my travel stories from. Good service too.
4. Festival 39
OK so this is the pub where I lost my gloves in and because of that it won’t hold good memories. I got chatting to a load of people though and later popped back to check if my gloves were there and alas they had gone.
The decor is stunning and this is a cool place to chill out. It’s also on the Strade Republic pedestrian street.
5. Cafe de Paris
Reminders of my days in London where I once watched rock band The Belgrave Scandal rock out the Cafe de Paris. This arty little place is on one of many alleyways off the main street. The best thing for me was meeting three local Romanian girls who were able to take me to a local restaurant for a good lunch – Liv, Gina and Ana Maria.
So the local ladies took me to this cool bar and restaurant to try authentic local food in Brasov. The bar Peperoni is a short walk from the Old Town.
OK this is the cheap ass budget option on the list. Brasovina is situated so close to the famous Black Church on Atrade George Baritiu.
It’s basically a canteen that also serves beer and has cheap food and drink. You lose on atmosphere of course but you save money and they do have WiFi. I had my lunch in here one afternoon.
This is the second bar on the list that has a French sounding name. It’s an upstairs arty bar with some unusual decor and a bit of a jazz type theme to it.
So it was a quick couple of days for me in Brasov but I loved the city a lot. Not only are there some cool bars, cafes and restaurants but there’s lots to see and do and the city is a pretty one. You can also try Dracula’s Blood Beer in nearby Bran!
Here are some videos from touring the bars of Brasov which will hopefully give a better idea of the bars I visited: