BEAT Bar Umanist  

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In the rather hipsterish Bucharest bar scene, the intimate Beat Bar has a soul of its own. Relocated in 2017 from the Jewish district to an old house on the more central Vasile Lascar, Beat Bar has kept intact its unique bohemian vibe, a blend of cultural references that go from the Beat poets to classic French cinema, with a touch of jazz and other alternative music. Here, the playlist is open to everyone, and you’ll soon find yourself starting a discussion with a stranger, local or traveller, drinking the night away at a screening of some edgy arthouse movie, at an occasional pop-up yard sale (vinyls, sneakers), or during one of its many concerts, poetry nights or jam sessions. Beat has a deliberately laid-back avant-garde vibe, thanks to Alexandra, the owner, who’ll happily switch to French to chat about Serge Gainsbourg or the Nouvelle Vague. Just grab a Zaganu or a house cocktail (Culoarea Rodiei, Applesinth, Rum in Flames), head for the terrace, and experience the unique feeling of being somewhat totally disconnected from Bucharest.

Dan B.

Strada Vasile Lascăr 29, București 030167, Romania

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