“ Al. Jana Pawła II 52/54 (Śródmieście)/ Warsaw / Tel: (0-22) 831 40 12 „
Cafe Biba is a great place to go if you want to just hang out in the centre of Warsaw, but not the very centre where there are too many people.
The beers are cheap, which is usually the prerequisite for this sort of place and the food is good value. Italian cuisine is the main fare and isn't too bad at all. I had a pizza and although it came in from the local pizzeria, it was fresh and hot and cheesy - just the way I like it!
The bar staff here are brilliant - not only do they go to the solarium for 3 hours a day, but they are fast, they don't mess up the orders and they do it with a smile.
One of the best things for those coming from the UK is that this place is foreigner friendly. It is one of the only bars in Eastern europe where a black man or an asian will not be unfairly ogled into leaving the place.
The outdoor furniture is also worth a mention because it is quality - no flimsy plastic chairs here. Solid wood and metal furniture makes you feel like you aren't eating at McDonalds.
Address: Al. Jana Pawła II 52/54 (Śródmieście)/ Warsaw
Tel: (0-22) 831 40 12
Cafe Biba is a bar/cafe/restaurant located in downtown Warsaw, in the Muranow district which is slightly to the west of the exact centre. Address: Ul. Jana Pawla II 52/54. This area is currently undergoing renovation as a row of shops opposite are being re-built in to a snazzy new fashionable area but there's no noise from the work and you can still enjoy a beer, shake or Italian meal from the neighbouring (Pizza Dominium) in relaxing surroundings.
The great thing about this bar, is that the owner and staff are extremely friendly and everyone from any race can feel welcome here including dogs who are also allowed inside and out and are provided with their own water bowls ;).
They also have several happy hours throughout the day where the beer is reduced from 6zl to 5zl (1.25). The cheaper beers are Krolewskie and Warka at 6zl whilst Zywiec is more expensive at 7zl, a hole host of other drinks are available in bottles, there is also a cocktail menu and the prices are all very reasonable. The toilet seat is one of those with barbed wire inside and occasionally makes people think twice about sitting on it, who've never come across one before but it's been a little wonky for a while now!
This pub opens at around 1pm and shuts at about 1 or 2am, there are plenty of seats outside and several comfortable tables inside. This is one of my favourite pubs in Warsaw and is definitely a pleasant place for people to go in particular if they have just been visiting the Jewish ghetto area because it's right next to it (the pub itself is a mere 100m from The Pawiak Prison Museum.
Music is generally rock, nothing too boystrous though: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Firewater, The Police, Sting, Pidzama Porno, Kult, Jack Johnson come to mind.
There is also Wifi here and a good selection of tea!