The idea of snack bars is simple: the atmosphere of the Polish People’s Republic, cheap alcohol, and cold snacks – herring, tartar, cottage cheese with chive, foot jelly. You drink there standing and quickly, usually in a loud and cheerful crowd. Snack bars popped up in all bigger cities in Poland like mushrooms and nothing suggests that they will become less popular.
Ambasada Śledzia is probably the only place in Kraków where you can eat a burger with herring and many other dishes based on this fish. The modern and unusual design refers to the name [the herring embassy] and the main theme of the place – herring. Cheap snacks are served here, of course, with a shot of pure vodka. The bar specialises in the weirdest and most surprising combinations with herring as the main ingredient, such as herring and strawberry salad.
Krakowskie Zakąski is bar which is already a legend – a wide range of spirits for a reasonable price, a great atmosphere to have fun with a group of friends, simple and traditional snacks (e.g. bread with lard). The place is located right next to the Main Square, at Sławkowska Street, teems with life, and its guests eagerly visit the atmospheric garden.
In the very heart of Kazimierz, in Nowy Square, the Zakąski i wódka snack bar can be found. It refers to the atmosphere of the Polish People’s Republic, attracts with cheap alcohol and delicious traditional Polish snacks. You can eat herring, bread with lard, sauerkraut, jelly, or even żurek after downing a double shot of vodka. All beverages cost PLN 4, and snacks are PLN each.
This is a chain of bars, whose offer includes cheap spirits – vodka, craft beers – and traditional Polish dishes: various herring dishes, tartar, a thick slice of bread with lard, white sausage, borsch with a croquette, frankfurters. The bar in Kraków is located in Kazimierz, at 5 Krakowska Street, and is a beer pub.
It is one of the first bars of this type in Kraków. Zlew was opened in Kazimierz back in 2011. It is a great place for a quick drink as well as for a longer visit with friends. Apart from cheap spirits, you can enjoy here some table football and darts, as well as comfortable colourful armchairs.
This place, located by Szczepański Square, is extremely popular with the partygoers from Kraków and attracts hundreds of customers every evening. A traditional price list (vodka for PLN 4, a snack for PLN 8), a small place, and a short menu – the attendance shows that you do not need much to create a unique atmosphere.
When it comes to the Wódka cafe bar, the saying “less means better” turned out to be 100% true. Despite specialising in ordinary vodka, the place has been really popular for over 10 years. Different vodka served every day is a treat for connoisseurs and a good start of a longer party.