The place to party
These days the best place to party is the Old Town, whose narrow, cobbled streets are packed cheek-by-jowl with good-time party places. A cracking all-rounder is Bordello, where you can variously enjoy live music, cabaret, burlesque, or just kick back with a good old-fashioned pint. Biutiful, meanwhile, is an uber-cool industrial-style space frequented by Bucharest’s beautiful people, naturally. Another place worth seeking out is La 100 De Beri, which, as the name suggests, stocks 100 beers – enough said.
Away from the Old Town, the shores of Lake Herăstrău offer enticing possibilities, not least at Fratelli, a thumpingly-fine venue where you’ll find the very best local and visiting DJs.
Romanian wine is something of an unknown quantity, but a number of bars have emerged recently, the most convivial being Abel’s, a small, laid-back kind of place in the Old Town where you can discover any number of local vintages.
Herastrau lake and park © Theodor Negru/Shutterstock
Airport hotels are generally fairly unexciting places, but the VI Hotels angelo Airporthotel Bucharest, just a stone’s throw from the runway, bucks the trend. Warm, welcoming and super-colourful throughout, it also possesses a first class restaurant.
Bucharest’s most historic, if not its most glamorous hotel is the Athenee Palace Hilton, which for years functioned as a hotbed of espionage and intelligence – the rooms themselves are supremely comfortable.
Inauspiciously tucked away on a quiet residential street, Christina is a cool, eco-driven residence offering rooms in four colour schemes, each with ergonomically-designed beds and strip lighting, plus neat touches like Nespresso machines.
The city’s premier event is September’s George Enescu Festival, three weeks of world class music in honour of Romania’s most celebrated composer; this year the line-up will feature the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the London Symphony Orchestra – most concerts take place in the stunning surrounds of the Romanian Atheneum.
Wizz Air has regular flights from London Luton to Bucharest.