In Warsaw, it’s not the Wild West — it’s the Wild East! Discover the most fascinating neighbourhood in the city, the Praga District, on the hipster east bank of the Vistula River.
- Become a real beer connoisseur as you taste your way through Warsaw and learn all about the Polish beer ‘code of conduct.’
- Meet the legendary Queen of the Crafts in the oldest tap bar in the city and let her treat you to some unBEERlievable snacks.
- Admire the urban planning that took place post-war to make socialist realism a reality in the city.
- See some of Warsaw’s most iconic sites and learn what life was like here during the Communist era and in the years after its collapse.
- Find out where locals go to have a good time in the city and pick up some tips on what else to see and do during your stay.
- Adults Older than 18 years old
Try Warsaw’s Best Craft Beer
Explore the history and culture of Warsaw with us, beer in hand! Under the waving propaganda banners from the Communist era and with a song on our lips and in our hearts (especially after our fourth drink), together we’ll discover the post-war icons of Poland’s capital, check out the nightlife scene and most importantly, try the city’s best craft beer. We always say that beer makes history better — let us prove that to you on a quirky night out in Warsaw!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, tastings at two local venues (five varieties of beer in total), one hot snack
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, tips/gratuities for your guide
- Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
- Meeting point: Plac Konstytucji 2 (Constitution Square no 2) in the arcade adjacent to the art gallery Desa. View on Google Maps.
- Starting time: 7.00 pm
- Ending point: Charles de Gaulle roundabout
We will meet in the iconic MDM Square, a Communist time capsule whose architecture represents the epitome of the socialist realism fantasy that influenced urban planning in Poland during the aftermath of the Second World War.
Your friendly local guide will give you the lowdown on the significance of the sculptures and buildings you are looking at and tell you stories about life in Warsaw during the Communist era. As we walk through the tremendous arcades, we will admire seasonal murals and we’ll see the housing development that was supposed to encourage the ‘everyday working man’ to settle and work here after the War. You’ll also find out why all the important nearby landmarks, like the MDM district, East-West route and the 10th Anniversary Stadium, were all opened on the 22nd of July.
After soaking up some Polish history, it’s time to soak up something a little more fluid. We’re going to take you to the oldest (and best) tap bar in Warsaw run by the legendary Queen of the Crafts, who will serve you some traditional Polish treats and pour for you some of the country’s finest craft beer. Will you dare to try her ‘mad marinated cheese’ too?! This pub is like a museum, so, as we enjoy our drinks and snacks, we’ll chat more about the city’s intriguing past.
Once our glasses are empty, we will make our way to Warsaw’s real epicenter for beer; Nowogrodzka Street. We will visit one of the most popular and reputable beer sanctuaries in all of Warsaw.
Here the beer tasting gets really serious, as your guide (or more accurately, your Beer Sherpa for the day) will teach you everything you need to know about tasting beer like a pro. You’ll taste four different types of beer together, and your guide shows you how to choose the style and strength. Learn how it should be served (the type of glass and what temperature it should be), how to control the beer’s appearance (colour, clarity, head) and finally we’ll show you the best technique to gently swirl it, smell it and sip it.
After our beer tasting, we’ll head back on the streets, feeling buzzed and eager to explore some more. We will continue down Mysia Street (meaning Mice Street), which used to be a short and narrow passageway in the 18th century but is today a busy thoroughfare that showcases cutting-edge clothes and accessory stores and one of the best photo galleries in town, the Leica Gallery.
As we walk, we’ll spot a strange, black monument that starts underneath your feet and finishes leading up to the sky. It’s strongly connected to the former Central Office of Press Control, Publications and Spectacles (a fancy name for the censorship bureau). Here, we’ll talk banned books, ignored writers, false reality, freedom of speech and the second cycle of the press in the Polish People’s Republic, all topics that are still very relevant in today’s world of ‘fake news.’
Continuing with the Cold War theme, our evening stroll will come to an end at Party’s House (the monumental seat of the Central Committee of the Polish United Workers’ Party before 1989). This incredible place is full of curiosities. It was built using ‘voluntary’ donations that the local people were actually obligated to give. Ironically, it’s a symbol of a socialistic economy, but nowadays it is the home of the Warsaw Stock Exchange and Financial Center. And to cap it all, there is a palm tree ‘growing’ in front of it! You will find out why from your knowledgeable local guide.
Our tour ends here, but we would thoroughly recommend that you stay close to Warsaw’s White House, where another buzzy tap bar is located. So if you feel you haven’t had enough beer (unlikely!), you can grab your next craft fix in here. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for more tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay in the city.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Closure of sites: In the unlikely event that one of our regular stops is closed, we’ll take you to an equally awesome one nearby.
Child policy: Travellers under 18 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please inform your guide at the beginning of the tour if you have any special dietary requirements.