Sibiu is a wonderful, olde worlde city, popular for its medieval architecture and a myriad of cultural festivals throughout the year. It’s also home to some great craft beer bars.
Read on to discover where to find Romanian craft beer in Sibiu, and check out the handy map for a bar or shop near you.
For an article with photos, please check this page – article is in Romanian though.
There are currently 2 craft breweries in Sibiu: Urban Brewery, open since August 2017, and Nembeer, who joined the craft beer scene in April 2018.
Outside the city, in nearby villages, you wil find two more craft breweries: Bere Sibiu, located in Săliște, and Cibis Beer, in the village of Cristian.
Funnily enough, one of the best known local brewery is 1717, who actually contract brew in Germany for the time being, but call Sibiu home. You’ll find their beer on tap and by the bottle in several bars throughout the town.
Sibiu has its very own brewpub, newly opened in July 2019. Situated right off the main square, Downtown Craft Brewery focuses mainly on traditional styles, and also has a varied food menu, with some of the dishes cooked with their beer. It is also conveniently part of a building complex that has a hostel upstairs, a vast terrace and underground restaurant, and you can even book tours in advance if you wish to visit the brewing premises.
Craft Beer Bars and Shops
While not as busy as Bucharest or Cluj Napoca, the craft beer scene in Sibiu is slowly taking hold. There are a few places to keep an eye out for on your visit to this fantastic city.
St Andrew’s Scottish Pub
Small, cosy and traditional, this Scottish Pub is as close to the real thing you’ll find East of the North Sea. Plus, they have an excellent selection of local and international craft beers. Their tap list may vary, yet the bottle range is broader, covering pretty much every style you can think of, and keeping up to date with the latest releases. With an over 18’s only policy, expect a mature, adult environment.
- Address: Avram Iancu 11, 550183, Sibiu
- Tel: 0369 432 122
- Web: www.scottishpubsibiu.ro
- Facebook: facebook.com/StAndrewsScottishPub
Arhiva de Cafea și Ceai
Mainly specializing in tea and coffee, this cozy café close to the historic center has recently started stocking an increasing selection of Romanian craft beers as well. And while you’re there, do ask the staff if they have any handmade items available for sale, as they often collaborate with local artists, charities, and also stock a varied selection of confectionery.
- Address: Str. Arhivelor, nr. 2
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: facebook.com/ArhivaDeCafeaSiCeai/
Another café that has also added Romanian craft beer to its menu, they are the second pub in the city to offer the widest array of craft labels. They also have the occasional live band pop in for a bit of atmosphere, as well as host beer tastings. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for any upcoming events.
- Address: Piața Mică no. 27
- Phone: 0745 047 070
- Facebook: facebook.com/nod.pub/
Flow Coffee Roasters
Tucked away in the idyllic Passage of Stairs, this primarily coffee roastery is also an excellent place to relax with a beer, and centuries-old stone arches winding overhead. Drop by for a well stocked selection of craft beers and ciders, as well as specialty coffee and cocktails.
- Address: Str. Pasajul Scărilor no. 2
- Web: flowstery.ro/
- Facebook: facebook.com/flowstery.ro/
Eco Zen Boutique
For take away craft beer, head to Eco Zen Boutique, purveyors of fine wines and even finer Romanian craft beers. They keep their stocks well up to date and are often among the first to offer the freshest beers on the market. The craft beer loving owners organized the very first Sibiu craft beer festival in summer 2017.
- Address: Str. 9 Mai nr. 3
- Tel: 0758 109 108
- Facebook: facebook.com/ecozenboutiquesibiu
Bere vs Bere
Opened in April 2019, this bottle shop also provides a wide range of Romanian craft beers, and in summer they also have a small terrace outside – nothing too fancy, but their 2-3 tables are filled fairly quickly.
- Address: Str. Berăriei 4
- Tel: 0745 817 220
- Facebook: facebook.com/BereVsBere/