Romania’s capital Bucharest is a popular travel destination, but also offers a treasure trove for craft beer fanatics. Read on to discover where to find Romanian craft beer in Bucharest, and check out the handy map for a bar or shop near you.
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The nation’s capital is home to 8 microbreweries and 9 gypsy brewers, as follows:
- Ground Zero: one of the pioneers of Romanian craft beer, they now have a new location, brew pub, and brewery, so paying Ground Zero a visit is a must. Host to numerous gypsy brewers – they currently have 5 brewers under their wing – they are sure to become one of the spawning points of breweries in Bucharest in the future.
- Sikaru: they have become a staple on the market, with their beers hitting supermarket shelves around the country. Find them on tap and by the bottle in select locations around the city.
- Perfektum: find their small but consistently good range on tap and by the bottle around the city. The Black IPA is a real treat!
- Three Happy Brewers: with their own on-site beer garden during summer months, this brewery hardly gets a moment of rest, as it’s also playing host to several gypsy and contract brewers.
- Oriel Beer: specializing in Belgian style beers, Oriel offer outstanding beers, mostly available by the bottle, but also draft. A visit to their small, but charming brewery can be arranged, and there are plans to install a tasting bar in the near future.
- Amon Ra: their limited range can occasionally be found in local bottle shops and bars. Well worth seeking out!
- Plan Beer: a recent addition to the city’s brewing scene, their beers are slowly but surely working their way on the shelves of local shops and bars.
- Fabrica Grivița opened in June 2019. You can find their beers in several bottle shops around the city, although, for the fully immersive experience, we recommend paying their location a visit.
Berestroika was the first brewpub to open in the city, back in 2009. This venue serves up 4 different types of traditional beer, brewed on site, as well as huge platters of traditional food. Although their beers are available in other bars and shops, Fabrica Grivița and Ground Zero also brew and serve their beers on-site.
Craft Beer Bars
More and more of the capital’s bars and restaurants are beginning to stock Romanian craft beer. Keeping track of them all is difficult, but the following list contains the venues that are guaranteed to stock some local delicacies.
Launched by the brewery behind Zăganu, the Romanian craft beer bar is situated in the heart of Bucharest. Their 10 taps and wide bottle selection showcase a number of independent microbreweries from around Romania.
Always up to date with the latest releases, it’s a fantastic place to discover the ever increasing selection of Romania’s best beers. With stylish decor and decent grub, it’s got everything you need for an evening out.
- Address: Calea Victoriei 91-93, Bucharest
- Tel: 0770 550 234
- Web: www.bere-zaganu.ro
- Facebook: facebook.com/Fabrica-de-Bere-Buna-Romanian-Craft-Beer-Bar
This bar operated by Ground Zero combines not only great beer and awesome food, but it is also the place where the brewery itself is located. Here, both Ground Zero and affiliated gypsy breweries showcase their beers, with plenty of guest breweries available both on tap and by the can/bottle. Host to several events, such as tap takeovers, concerts, IPA fests and many more, there’s always something going on besides world class beer!
- Address: Șoseaua Pipera 44, Bucharest
- Tel: 0744 768 630
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/hangargroundzero/
With over 260 different types of craft beers from around the world, La 100 de Beri is a beer lover paradise. You’ll find local Romanian craft beer on tap and by the bottle, along side numerous imports from around the world.
They frequently host new beer/brewery launch parties, as well as other craft beer events, such as tap takeovers.
- Address: Str. Covaci nr. 8, sector 3 (Old Centre), Bucharest
- Tel: 0372 963 543
- Facebook: facebook.com/la100deberi
Merged with Happy Pub in early 2019, The Beers is just a few doors down the road and offers an even wider selection of local and international craft beer and a little more space. Their impressive tap list is constantly rotating, featuring local breweries alongside some more exotic options. The bottle list is never-ending and constantly updated. Check them out for great beer, food and an awesome terrace in the summer.
With a traditional pub look, Beer O’Clock does not simply supply a huge range of local and international beers. It’s a cosy place that’s suited to whatever drinking mood you’re in. From a quiet pint with your newspaper, to a lively night out with friends, Beer O’Clock delivers.
They stock a huge range of Romanian craft beers by the bottle, and frequently offer at least one local beer on tap – typically Hop Hooligans. International offering feature a number of ancient classics, as well as more modern craft from the US and UK.
They have 2 locations, both in the heart of the old town.
- Address: Gabroveni Street, Nr. 4 / Calea Victoriei, Pasaj Macca, Bucharest
- Tel: 0735 187 012 / 0735 187 013
- Web: beeroclock.ro
- Facebook: facebook.com/beeroclock.ro
M60 strive to keep up with the latest Romanian craft beer releases, and keep a fantastic stock of bottles. The Scandinavian inspired cafe offers a tranquil environment away from the hubbub of the city. Aside from showcasing the latest local beers, they serve exquisite, fresh, locally sourced meals. It’s the ideal stop off for a light lunch washed down with superb beer.
In summer, do make sure to check out their outdoor terrace at Spațiul M60, on C.A. Rosetti 3, where their selection of beers and great food is on par with the main location.
- Address: Strada Mendeleev, 2, Bucharest
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: facebook.com/m60cafeamzei
- Address: Strada Gabroveni 61, Bucharest
- Tel: 031 069 9355
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Craft-si-Draft-bar-de-bere-artizanala
One of the latest pubs to appear in what seems to be Bucharest’s up and coming central beer district, Bere Și Bere offers a vibe reminiscent of London’s famous railway arch pubs, with exposed brick work and a cosy space. They stock most of the latest beers from Bucharest, as well as a selection from around the country, plus a selection of international brews. Additionally, you might find the occasional rarer beer from the likes of Verdant, Gipsy Hill, or Cloudwater – just ask at the bar!
- Address: Strada Gabroveni nr 4, Bucharest
- Tel: 0723 280 040
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/beresiberepub
Following its soft opening in December 2019, this small taproom and cafe is quickly poised to become a tiny bit of craft heaven. With over 300 Romanian and international beer labels, as well as specialty coffee from 20 Grams Coffee Roasters, the Hoptimist is well worth checking out. Opened as a collaborative venture between 20 Grams and The Real Beer Shop, the taproom also allows you to order beer from the website to take away, or, if you prefer to have it on the terrace, there’s a 15% cork tax in place.
- Address: Bd. Dacia 23, Bucharest
- Tel: 0757 200 215
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hoptimist-Taproom-and-Espresso-Bar/
Zeppelin has been around for a few yeas now, and has witnessed the recent craft beer boom. Even before craft was readily available, they stocked a number of international brews. Nowadays they keep a small, but interesting selection of mostly Bucharest beers in the fridge at any time, plus a broad range of international offerings, with around 99 beers in total. They also have their house beer on tap, an American Pale Ale brewed by White Collar Brewing. No visit is complete without petting Fea the pub cat, who will no doubt be lounging on one of the tables somewhere!
- Address: Str Marin Serghiescu, no. 7, Bucharest
- Tel: 0734 608 838
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Zeppelinpubbucharest
Adding their name to a street bustling with craft beer bars, The Hop is based on a simple yet effective concept: a vast selection of beers, pub grub, and the occasional quiz night. Worth checking out if you’re doing a pub crawl through Bucharest’s old town.
- Address: Strada Gabroveni nr 6, Bucharest
- Tel: 0773 815 727
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/thehoppub/
This used to be the official tap house for the Ground Zero brewery, before they relocated their premises to Hangar (see above). As such, you’ll find a delectable menu of fresh, locally sourced meals to compliment your beer. Aside from their own beers, the bar also stocks numerous other Romanian and imported craft beers by the bottle and can.
- Address: Jean Louis Calderon Street 34, 020037, Bucharest
- Tel: 0759 030 609
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/beautyfood23/
Growler Stations and Bottle Shops
If you’re planning for a night in with good friends and quality beers, there are a number of excellent bottle shops and growler stations dotted around Bucharest.
Stocking a superb selection of bottled craft beer from Romania and the rest of the world, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Regularly stocking up on the latest offerings from the beer world, it’s one of the best places in the city to find the freshest releases. Take a look on their online shop as well, if you’re not planning on visiting the city too soon.
- Address: Vasile Lascăr 208, 020513 Bucharest
- Tel: 0723 088 126
- Online shop: www.craftbeer.ro
- Facebook: facebook.com/TheRealBeerShop
Launched at the end of June 2018, this craft beer shop has opened its second location in February of 2019. Promising an outstanding 170+ types of craft beer and cider in stock at any time, they also have a small and cozy bar, where you can sample their beers on site.
– Calea Dorobanților, nr. 31-33, Bucharest
– Calea Floreasca 111-113, Bucharest
- Tel: 0765 346 715
- Facebook: facebook.com/TheBeerInstitute.Romania
With a whopping 31 taps serving Romanian craft beer from across the country, there’s something to satisfy any taste. Grab your growlers and fill em up! They also stock a range of bottles – both local and imported – for those unkegged beauties.
- Address: Sos. Pantelimon 111, sector 2, Bucharest
- Tel: 0786 640 000
- Email: email@example.com
- Facebook: facebook.com/rombeer
A growler fill station and bottle shop stocking a wide range of the latest releases from across the country. They’re conveniently located in the Grand Arena mall on Bulevardul Metalurgiei.
- Address: Strada Amurgului 31, Popești-Leordeni, Bucharest
- Tel: 0726 581 965
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArtizanBeer