Piątkowe Picie: Touring the Bars and Cafes in Tczew, Kociewie

“You’ve got a feeling lost inside. It just won’t let you go” – Noel Gallagher.

Piątkowe Picie: Touring the Bars and Cafes in Tczew, Kociewie

Tczew in the Kociewie region of Poland’s Pomorskie Province is not a totally obvious tourist resort, nor even a top drinking town for my Piątkowe Picie, Drinking Friday adventures. But as most of you know, I prefer to visit towns, villages and wacaday republics rather than stick to the normal tourist hubs. Having spent enough time in the “City Hat-trick” or the Tri-City/Trojmiasto of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, it was another trip away, by bus and train to delightful little Tczew.

My train ticket for Tczew

My Stay at Link Hotel Tczew Poland

Tczew town emblem

Cycling in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

My friend Karolina from Tczew (who I met in Romania under my original blog story when I reviewed the Little Bucharest Hostel) helped me a lot on my adventures to her town – giving me travel tips, ideas and even telling me the correct bus routes to take, so I dedicate this article to her – Karolina Kokosz, she preferred not to be shown, but to prove she is real, here is a photo (Karolina covered) of us having a smoothie in Gdansk just after my trip to tour her town of Tczew, where I wrote about it and was also featured in the local newspaper.

Smoothies in Gdansk at Lookier Cafe. Tczew girl Karolina wished not to be shown.

Work With Jonny Blair, Northern Irishman in Poland

Appearing in the Tczew News as a Travel Writer: Jonny Blair, Northern Irishman in Poland

The thing is though, that while nearby Starogard Gdanski (itself smaller than Tczew) has a thriving night life, some cool quirky bars, nice cafes and a special brewery (Browar Kociewski at the Hotel Ren), Tczewians tend to head to Gdansk to party. Yet I still had a few nights out on the rip here, during a sad time in my life (lied to by fake friend, pantomime villain and travel blog disrespector Ola Mueller). Without further ado, here are Best Bars and Cafes in Tczew, including the ones that I visited on three trips to the town in 2016. Chance officially brought me to Tczew 4 times in fact in my first 10 months living in Poland.

Arrival in Tczew

Arrival in Tczew

1.Old Pub
With a name that suggests it is the oldest pub in town, this one is worth a look – Old Pub! It’s very close to the main church and only 6-7 minutes walk down the hill from Plac Hallera. Pop in for a chinwag in a cosy typical titchy bar that did remind me of poky bars in Bangor, Northern Ireland. As quaint as towny Tczew gets.

Old Pub

Old Pub, Tczew

Old Pub, Tczew

Old Pub, Tczew

Wyszyńskiego 30
83-110 Tczew
883 131 981

https://www.facebook.com/Old-Pub-Tczew-397048097031711/

2.Przystan Bar and Restaurant
This was my favourite bar in Tczew by a mile, Bar and Restauracja Przystan. The reasons are many. Good beers on tap, good food, good coffee, the best view, the most modern and good staff. I ended up in here three times! It is down by the river.

Bar Przystan by the Wisla River, Tczew

Bar Przystan by the Wisla River, Tczew

Bar Przystan by the Wisla River, Tczew

I was here for sunset twice, and for beers and coffee with Justyna and Piotr. They also have Wi-Fi and before depression kicked in, I was able to do some final edits to my Backpacking Centurion book in this very pub!

Bar Przystan by the Wisla River, Tczew

Bar Przystan by the Wisla River, Tczew

Bar Przystan by the Wisla River, Tczew

Editing my Backpacking Centurion Book in Bar Przystan by the Wisla River, Tczew

Justyna and I at Przystan Pub Tczew

ul. Nad Wisłą 6
83-110 Tczew

3.Link Hotel Bar
Sometimes we miss the obvious in life, or a D: Ream once professed “we don’t see the wood for the trees”. But here in my very hotel, the Link Hotel was probably the cleanest, most pristine bar in town. And moreover, the one with the best dark beer selection – I love a Ciemne Piwo and I got it here before retiring to my cosy room!

Link Hotel Bar – where I stayed as well as having a few beers.

Link Hotel Bar – where I stayed as well as having a few beers.

Link Hotel ***

ul. Jagiellońska 55 E

83-110 Tczew

W celu dokonania rezerwacji, prosimy o kontakt mailowy:

E-mail: linkhotel@linkhotel.pl, bądź telefoniczny:

Telefon: 58 562 14 48

Telefon kom.: 510 331 363

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.linkhotel.pl/
https://www.facebook.com/linkhoteltczew/

4.Risto Cafe and Kanion Grill
I gatecrashed some kind of private party here at Risto Cafe on my only real late night on the rip (where I was also only one of 4 customers in Atrium Nightclub!), not much to write home about but one on my list! Above all else, it has a decent beer garden and also serves up food, I had a quick look in the day time too though it was closed on my sunlight visit.

Risto Cafe and Kanion Grill

Risto Cafe, Tczew

RISTOCafe
ul. Wojska Polskiego 11
83-110 Tczew
tel: 058 777 44 74
tel kom: 0 503 054 600
email: poczta@ristocafe.pl
https://pyszne.pl/ristocafe-tczew#!
https://www.facebook.com/KanionGrill
http://www.ristocafe.pl/

5.Galeria Kociewska Food and Drink Court
The first floor (second level) of the town’s largest shopping Centre, Galeria Kociewska came as a pleasant surprise. There is a food and drink court here which is licensed and so you can have alcohol with your pizza, pierogi or curry!

Galeria Kociewska, Tczew

A cider on the first floor of Galeria Kociewska, Tczew

View from my cider on the first floor of Galeria Kociewska, Tczew

6.Bilardownia
Piotr invites me out for a beer on a quiet Monday night, but there aren’t many bars open! SO it comes as a pleasant surprise that one of the bars has live football, cold beer and pool tables. Sometimes Polish people refer to pool as billiards which confused me at first. This bar has crazy blue lighting and is a good place to watch the football in!

Bilardownia Sports and Pool Bar, Tczew

Bilardownia Sports and Pool Bar, Tczew

Bilardownia Sports and Pool Bar, Tczew

Bilardownia Sports and Pool Bar, Tczew

Bilardownia Sports and Pool Bar, Tczew

kard. Stefana Wyszyńskiego 18
83-110 Tczew
537 775 757
Bilardownia

7.Golden Skuare Bar
Because the Link Hotel was full for my last few nights backpacking Tczew, I turned to Couchsurfing for a change. It is rare for me to use it but my other local friend Ola Mueller was not helpful in my quest to find a bed for the night, thankfully Piotr replied and let me stay in his cosy flat with him and his cat. Piotr is an Arka Gdynia fan and his local pub was the Golden Skuare!

Golden Skuare Bar, Tczew

 

It’s not much more than a small room with booths in a quiet street next to some locally run shops. Now this is what travel is all about for me. This is as uncommercial and unglobal as it gets.

Golden Skuare Bar, Tczew

Golden Square - one of the Best Bars in Tczew Poland

Golden Square – one of the Best Bars in Tczew Poland

8.Yak Bar
Despite finding like a wacaday Tibetan mountain hideout, Yak Bar has the best kebabs in town. A kebab house for a night on the rip? Yes as my local friend Piotr told me, you can get a beer and a kebab at 2am! While I got addicted to Kebab King on the streets of unwet Warszawa, this one sat less exciting for me, but still worth a punt.

A kebab at Yak Bar Tczew

Kebab at Yak Bar, Tczew

Ul.jaroslawa Dąbrowskiego 22
83-110 Tczew

9.Mocca In the Square
Having spent a double hat-trick of years in the English seaside town of Bournemouth, one of my frequent haunts there was a bar called The Moon in the Square. A flashback attack then as I parked my bicycle next to Mocca in the Square (Plac Hallera) on my tour of the town. Great pierogi and coffee here and it has an outdoor beer garden for sunny days.

Mocca In the Square, Tczew

Mocca In the Square, Tczew

Mocca In the Square, Tczew

Mocca In the Square, Tczew

Mocca In the Square, Tczew

This is also quite a traditional and quaint place and the things I loved about Tczew and Starogard is that they are relatively bereft of my hated American consumerism and capitalism. A sneaky “DickMonalds” makes a penis like appearance near the tank on the edge of town, but for now, the traditional old square and stare miasto of Tczew is Polish, Catholic and unchanging. Keep it that way!

Mocca In the Square, Tczew

Plac Hallera, Tczew

Pl. Hallera 20
83-110 Tczew

10.Atrium Nightclub
To make it a complete ten for Tczew, I am adding in Atrium Nightclub. This is probably not the only club in town, but it was on my Friday night walk home so I popped in. Compared with the trendy and patrty like vibe of Basement Club in Starogard Gdanski, this is a quiet place.

Atrium Nightclub, Tczew

Atrium Nightclub, Tczew

Imagine the fact that I was the only customer at the bar with a beer and there were only 3 other customers in there the whole night. Free entry of course, a dancefloor and beers for 5 zloty are tempting, but in reality there wasn’t much happening here.

Atrium Nightclub, Tczew

Nobody else at the bar at Atrium Nightclub, Tczew

And while that completes the list, a town like Tczew doesn’t have many bars or cafes, so I thought I’d try and list them all here. These are the ones that I heard existed but I didn’t make it to on my first three trips to Tczew! Maybe next time? Invite me to your bars and cafes, I’d love to meet you all! If you have a bar, restaurant, pub, club or cafe not on my list – just email me – jonny (at) dontstopliving (dot) net or follow my Facebook Page and I’ll pop by next time! Here are the also rans…

11. Pub Underground – https://www.facebook.com/Pub-Underground-832861903425649/
12. Restauracja Hacienda – https://www.facebook.com/Hacjenda50/
13. Fresh Gordon Burger Bar – https://www.facebook.com/freshgordon.tczew/
14. ŁasuchBar – https://www.facebook.com/LasuchBar/
15.uDany Bar – https://www.facebook.com/uDanyBar/
16.Maxx Kebab – https://www.facebook.com/MAXX-KEBAB-1532789813702946/
17. London Street – https://www.facebook.com/London-Street-1527097077528952/
18.Grill Bar Pigo – https://www.facebook.com/grillbarpigo/
19. Baru Krzycha – https://www.facebook.com/BaruKrzycha/
20.Upstairs Club – https://www.facebook.com/UpStairs.Club.Tczew/
21. Klimat Tczew – https://www.facebook.com/TczewKlimat/
22. Kluchaeu – https://www.facebook.com/Kluchaeu-TCZEW-254170094770245/
23. Pub Staradama – https://www.facebook.com/pubstaradama/
24. Bar Twister – https://www.facebook.com/Bar-Twister-1589574374671854/
25.Apetyt Bar – https://www.facebook.com/apetytbar/
26. Manufaktura Smaku – https://www.facebook.com/manufakturasmaku/ and https://www.manufakturasmaku.com/
27. Jadlo Stacja – https://www.facebook.com/Jad%C5%82oStacja-880728382022539/  and http://jadlostacja-bar.pl/
28. Bar Dworcowy – https://www.facebook.com/BarDworcowyTczew/
29. Akbaba Tczew – https://www.facebook.com/akbabatczew/

All bars in Tczew – https://www.facebook.com/search/105643489468144/places-in/110290705711626/places/intersect/

The excellent Muzeum Wisly in Tczew

The excellent Muzeum Wisly in Tczew

The excellent Muzeum Wisly in Tczew

The excellent Muzeum Wisly in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

All in all I loved my time in Tczew, being featured in the local news and enjoyed cycling the sites and making new friends. Plus it will never be forgotten thanks to my wedding invite and my real honest friend Karolina Kokosz. But as you can tell, it’s not really a town for a night on the sauce. But looking at my final photos on here, it’s a truly CHARMING town, love it!

Backpacking in Tczew

Couchsurfing in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Backpacking in Tczew

Here are a few videos from my time in Tczew:

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