Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars on a Thirsty Friday in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie: Best 8 Bars in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

On my previous backpacker blog and before I got depressed, I did a good old Thirsty Thursdays on a town I enjoyed, I whackpacked to the remote town of Starogard Gdański in northern Poland – Pomerania Region. But I didn’t quite capture the full picture (and even this post won’t) so today finally, on Piątkowe Picie, I bring you my top 10 bars from this town. However, I was later invited back for a wedding and ended up by some coincidence dating two girls from this town, so I got to know the bars quite well. I may have left some of my heart here as my bus rolled out of it in December 2016…

Enjoying my time in Starogard Gdanski, December 2016

“I’ll sell my soul, what is it worth?” – Tim Wheeler.

Ola Mueller lied to her friend Jonny Blair when he toured her town Starogard Gdanski tourist

Enjoying my time in Starogard Gdanski, July 2016

I’m growing to love town like this more on more with each visit. There is a sense of freedom, progressiveness with open people with intelligent minds. My Polish was improving, the locals could speak English here.

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars on a Thirsty Friday in Starogard Gdański

When you visit a town like Starogard Gdański, you become a bit of a novelty if you are not local. Basically there is no hostel here, and there were no other tourists on my visit but I found a cool place to stay inside the football stadium, Noclegi Rekord. What this means is that people are very interested to talk to you and in my first three days in the town, I made over 10 new friends, all locals, all very open minded people interested to speak to a stranger in their town. It was an odd time of my life though – I must admit I had depression at times, I didn’t shy away from it.

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars on a Thirsty Friday in Starogard Gdański

For three days here, this was my glory, this was my town and I embraced it, spending time touring the sights, getting some work done in the Wi-Fi cafes and meeting locals in the bars at night. On my 14 year journey through 136 countries or territories, I also met a girl from this town so I was here to visit her and for her to show me the sights. Sadly, she chose to lie to me and not meet up or give travel advice. Ultimately, this boosted my trip even more as I was naturally inspired and buoyed on by her lies! That girl, Ola Mueller, still hasn’t apologised to me.

“You lied to me” – Mark Morrison.

Ola Mueller and I date in Gdansk for one last time.

Starogard culprit Ola Mueller and I in Gdansk for one last time.

1.Browar (Rynek)
Browar ended up being my favourite bar in Starogard Gdański. They brew their own beer, the interior décor is everything you’d expect from a local brew pub, the food is good and the staff were so polite and talkative.

The staff in Browar, Starogard Gdanski

With the staff in Browar, Starogard Gdanski

The above is one of my favourite photos from my travels. Incidentally, I like the pretty Ola on the right. A girl with some panache and style. I think she took this one of this culture struck Northern Irishman.

“I won’t be back here again” I presumed…I was wrong…

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

I met Gregorgz, the manager and spent my time chatting to the happy, pretty bar ladies – Paulina, Ola and Marta. I still love the way every Polish girl’s name has to end in the letter “a.”

Browar

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski including the Textbook Starogdanskie

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski

Browar, Starogard Gdanski with a hat-trick of ice cool “Starogard girls”

For beers on tap, my favourite was Starogdanskie, they brew it locally and I love bars like this. I was here at Christmas too, with Monika.

Browar Starogard, Christmas 2016

2.Małe Piwko
With the meaning, “Small Beer”, this bar, Małe Piwko actually has a huge range of beers for people with special tastes. The vodka and cocktail menu is also huge. I met manager Sebastian and he is a top guy – knows how to organise a party!

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

Male Piwko Starogard

I got talking to Aneta on the bar and I was drinking the really sour local brew, called Pszeniczne z Kociewia Starogard. It is brewed locally in Starogard Gdanski and remains my favourite beer from this trip. I met two girls in here, Ada and Patricja and we had some really deep, detailed discussions. http://www.malepiwko.pl/?age-verified=f790a843c1.

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

I returned to this bar a few times and ended up being “recognised” due to my travel story in the local paper. Nights on the rip in Starogard would never be the same again!

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie: Best 10 Bars in Starogard Gdański

3.Projekt PRL (now sadly shut)
This quirky socialist themed bar is a great hang out and a cool place to meet locals. I hung out with Jacek here before heading to his home in Rywald village. Beer on tap starts at 5 Zlotys (£1), staff also speak English and the walls have nik naks from a bygone era. Expect radios, gramophones and nik naks from the 1960s right through to the fall of communism. https://www.facebook.com/Prlprojekt/

Projeckt PRL in Starogard Gdanski

Projeckt PRL in Starogard Gdanski

Projekt PRL - Sadly now closed, and renamed

Projekt PRL, quirky communist themed bar in Starogard Gdanski

Jacek and I in Projeckt PRL in Starogard Gdanski. Ola Mueller notably absent.

Jacek and I in Projeckt PRL in Starogard Gdanski. Ola Mueller notably absent.

Projekt PRL was also frequented by Starogard girl Ola Mueller who played a big part in my journey to this town. I hope to meet Ola someday for a drink in her town as we didn’t get the chance on this trip. But later I learned this pub is now shut and re-opened called the Mona Lisa.

Projekt PRL in Starogard Gdanski

Projekt PRL in Starogard Gdanski

Projekt PRL in Starogard Gdanski

4.Rynek Beer Garden
The main square (the Rynek) in Starogard Gdanski had a temporary beer garden on my visit. I think this may be a summer only thing. But with beers in the pretty square from dawn until dusk, this is a great place to chill out.

Rynek Beer Garden

Rynek Beer Garden

Rynek Beer Garden

Rynek Beer Garden

Again, I met lots of locals and relaxed on the temporary beach here. There are films on sometimes on the big screen (including a porn movie on the Friday night!) and live music too.

Rynek Beer Garden

Rynek Beer Garden

Rynek Beer Garden

5.Basement Club
I still find it odd that foreign countries use English sometimes with the names of venues. “Basement Club” is a popular nightclub right in the town centre – it’s in a basement in the Rynek!!

Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

I’m not a big fan of nightclubs any more but this place provided me with some good memories and I got to see how open and passionate Polish people are about kissing, cuddling and dancing. I was caught on camera in here by the photographer and then found myself on Facebook!

That's me caught on the right in Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

That’s me caught on the right in Basement Club, Starogard Gdanski

6.Browar Kociewski
If you followed my Piątkowe Picie from the start, you will know one of the first places I reviewed was Browar Kociewski, which is the local brewery bar and in essence the pick of Starogard’s bars. However it is situated out of town and is inside a posh hotel (Hotel Ren), so it does lose some marks for that.

Piątkowe Picie:Browar Kociewski in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie:Browar Kociewski in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie:Browar Kociewski in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie:Browar Kociewski in Starogard Gdański

Piątkowe Picie:Browar Kociewski in Starogard Gdański

7.”Kazimierz Deyna Bar”
OK so there isn’t really a “Kazimierz Deyna Bar” as such but since I stayed at the football stadium, the Stadion Miejski Kazimierz Deyna Stadium, the hotel there sells beer so you can enjoy a Piwo while admiring the memorabilia in the upstairs room which basically doubles up as a museum.

Kazimierz Deyna Bar

Kazimierz Deyna Bar at Noclegi Rekord

Kazimierz Deyna Bar at Noclegi Rekord

Kazimierz Deyna Bar at Noclegi Rekord

You can read about my Deyna pilgrimage here. And yes, officially my Polish team is Klub Pilkarski Starogard! They play in green, as you can see from the recent club photo below.

Klub Pilkarski Starogard Gdanski

Klub Pilkarski Starogard Gdanski

Kazimierz Deyna Bar at Noclegi Rekord

Kazimierz Deyna Bar at Noclegi Rekord

Kazimierz Deyna Bar at Noclegi Rekord

8.Whiskey Pub/Dance Club
The Whiskey Pub is a bit of a crazy place to meet locals and dance and is south of the town centre, not too far from Galeria Neptun.

Whisky Pub in Starogard Gdanski

Whiskey Pub

9.Hotel Ren Bar
As well as the Browar Kociewski, there is a separate bar inside the Hotel Ren, you can also play ten pin bowling here.

Bowling at Hotel Ren, Starogard.

The Other Bar at Hotel Ren, Starogard.

Hotel Ren

Hotel Ren

I reviewed my stay at this hotel separately.

10. Pub Chillout
For a karaoke treat, Monika and I headed into the cool corner bar which is cosy and small and known as Chill Out Pub.

Pub Chillout

Pub Chillout

Pub Chill out is a cool spot near the Rynek. Here it triples up as a cafe and a shisha bar. I spent two nights in here and found that the locals are very welcoming and friendly.

Pub Chillout

When I sipped the last sip of my beer here in Starogard Gdanski, I knew it had been a special few days in my life and I pondered on whether I’d ever be back to places like this again. With Starogard, I’d love to go back, I got a wedding invite when I was here so maybe I will be back.

I’m sure I have missed some good bars off this list and when I searched online I found
1.Błękitny Aniołhttps://www.facebook.com/B%C5%82%C4%99kitny-Anio%C5%82-1568031416796324/
2.Club Monalisa (which I believe is now where Projekt PRL used to be)
3.The New Club – Seems to be somewhere near the Rynek.
4.Rodos – Seems to be more a restaurant than a bar.
5.Just Club – Another Club in SG apparently.
6.Pub and Pizzeria Gusto – A pizza joint which doubles up as a pub, again I didn’t make it here yet.
7.T and T Pub – Another reason to return and re-jig my list, thanks to a reader who alerted me of this bar.

If I have, I will try and visit them next time, I’m forever waiting on some tips from my travel friend Ola Mueller. I also featured in the local newspaper, Gazeta Kociewska thanks to my visit to this town, a poem to come as well, entitled “Starogard Girl” and no shortage of passion from this Northern Irish heart.

“Dziękuję bardzo, Starogard Gdański”.

Here are some videos from my visits to the bars in this city:

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