“ Hard Rock Cafe in Krakow, Poland. „
Hard Rock Cafe, Krakow
Hard Rock Cafe is in the centre of Krakow, Poland and is part of the well known chain of Hard Rock Cafes and Shops. I visited Hard Rock on a Thursday a few weeks ago now as Thursday is my longest day so we like to go for a quiet drink in the evening to relax and at the moment we are working our way around various pubs in the centre of Krakow.
Hard Rock Cafe is located in the centre of Krakow in the corner of the main market square. It is about a 10 minute walk from the central train station and shopping galleries and it is a 5 minute walk from the nearest tram stop, depending on which direction you are heading. I found Hard Rock really easy to find as the market square is a rather large open space with lots of pubs and restaurants around the edge. The pub is clearly marked at the entrance with the Hard Rock Cafe signage and is even easier to spot at night as there is a large illuminated 'Hard Rock' red, neon sign in the window.
The Hard Rock Shop
As you enter Hard Rock Cafe you will first walk through the Hard Rock shop. The shop was really busy when we visited the pub so we didn't bother having a look at what was on offer, but I could see that it was clearly well stocked and there were quite a few staff members around who were busy assisting customers.
Bar and Seating Areas
Once we were past the shop area we were greeted by a waiter who asked us if we would like to dine or if we were simply here for drinks, we said we were just drinking and he gave us a quick explanation that the pub was spread over 3 floors and we were welcome to sit wherever we wanted and to enjoy our evening. The man spoke excellent English and very clearly so I doubt that anyone would have trouble to understand everything he said. He was very friendly and made us feel like we were welcome.
We decided to make our way upstairs and chose a nice table on the 2nd floor, next to the window and overlooking the Market Square below. As soon as we were seated another friendly waiter came and spoke to us, he also spoke excellent English and was very polite. He took our drinks order and returned shortly afterwards with the order. We didn't need to pay for the drinks upfront as he would bring us a bill when we had finished and were ready to leave.
On the table was a small tea light candle, which was lit but was not of any real significance as the entire bar was very light and bright so I think it was more for decoration. Also on the table was what I thought was a food menu, but when I opened it to read it was more like a story about different rock stars and while there was a description of different dishes which are on offer, such as a variety of different burgers and chips, onion rings and various other 'American style' food. There were no prices shown so we decided not to bother ordering anything to munch on. Had there been prices then we probably would have. There was also a drinks menu on the table, this was complete with prices and offered a wide selection of wines, beers, various spirits and mixers as well as the usual soft and non-alcoholic drinks.
After our drinks arrived we were able to simply sit and relax while enjoying both the atmosphere of the pub and also the lovely view out of the window. I particularly liked that although there were quite a few people in the pub at the same time as us the tables were nicely spaced out so you could not only move around freely without knocking others or being knocked, but it also felt more private and like the conversations couldn't be heard from other tables.
The decor in the pub consists mainly of fluorescent lighting in various colours and the walls are adorned with numerous kinds of rock memorabilia including clothes and guitars in glass cases with a sign next to them telling you a little bit of history behind the item. I personally liked the decor as I felt like it wasn't too overpowering and it added to the atmosphere of the pub being rather large and bright. The whole time we were in the pub there was music playing in the background, I wouldn't class it as rock music, it was more like pop or chart stuff, but it was still good and at a nice volume so you could hear it and listen if you wanted to, but you could also ignore it just as easily.
When we had finished our drinks and were ready to leave our waiter brought us the bill and told us to enjoy the rest of our evening. The total for 2 beers was 24zl (Polish zloty) which works out at around £2.50-ish each depending on the varying exchange rate.
Value for money?
I think Hard Rock Cafe is 'ok' value for money. A large beer will set you back around £2.50-ish which may not sound a lot, but when you compare it to other pubs nearby, the average price for beer in Krakow usually works out at just under the £2 mark. The beer tasted good and hadn't been watered down as far as I could tell.
The toilets in Hard Rock Cafe are located between the 1st and 2nd floor and they were clean at the time of our visit. I did notice that there was only one male and one female toilet, so unless there are some others hidden somewhere which I didn't see I should imagine this would mean quite a large queue in the busy periods! The toilets were stocked with toilet paper and soap and there are paper towels and a hand dryer to dry your hands. The sinks were clean and there were bins provided for paper towels.
If there are some toilets on the ground floor which I failed to notice and if you have someone to help you up the initial first step to get through the door and also if you are happy to stay on the ground floor then I would say this pub is wheelchair friendly. There is plenty of room to move around between the tables and the tables are of mixed heights and sizes so there are some which will be suitable to sit at in a wheelchair.
Overall, I would recommend Hard Rock Cafe, it is worth a visit if you are in Krakow. I'm not sure if I personally would spend my entire evening here as I like to move from place to place a lot, but I would definitely include it in my night!
Thanks for reading :)