As with all of my beer trips the main source of information I used was the Untappd app but as I was in Poland I also used the ever excellent ontap.pl app which gives even more information about what is pouring at the bars it lists, including prices, and it is updated in real time by its user base.
As noted in my main article I spent the first few hours of the trip heading out to an anonymous industrial estate to check out a brewery I found out about in my hotel, Odra Barrels. No tap room, but it was possible to buy bottles to take away.
From here it was back in to the city with the plan being to visit the brewpubs first. Therefore my first proper bar in Wrocław was Browar Złoty Pies. As you enter off the square there is a covered seating area where most people were eating and drinking. I carried on in to the main building and up the stairs to a large space housing the brewing kit and the bar. Six of their own beers were available and you could do a flight of three, so needless to say I had two flights. OK, traditional style beers but nothing to set the world alight.
Browar Złoty Pies, Wita Stwosza 1-2, 50-102 Wrocław
After a wander around the city for a while I made my to the second brewpub, Minibrowar Spiż. Definitely an old, traditional brewery. As highlighted in my main post the menu has two different flights available, the men’s and the women’s. I had both and across the 8 different beers not one impressed me. I’m sure this is a popular place with locals, given the heritage, but it is definitely falling behind the burgeoning Polish beer scene. But a tick is a tick…
Minibrowar Spiż, ul. Rynek 9, 50-106 Wrocław
The next venue visited stood in stark contrast, being a very modern building with not a wooden panel to be seen. Browar Stu Mostów na Świdnickiej is the city centre presence of the local brewery offering 20 taps, a mix of their own and guests. A very pleasant few hours were spent here working through a couple of flights.
Browar Stu Mostów na Świdnickiej, Świdnicka 4, 50-067 Wrocław
My last bar of what had been a long day was a little way out of the city centre. 4Hops is a bar that is obviously a big part of the local cycling scene but it is welcoming to all and had a good range of beers available on its 16 taps.
4Hops, ul. Ofiar Oświęcimskich 46, Wrocław
After a leisurely start to day 2 I resumed the theme of sightseeing whilst walking from bar to bar. A short walk away from the city centre took me to the first stop of the day and the Wrocław branch of Pinta, a small chain of bars from the brewery of the same name. A large industrial style space with entrances from either the main road or the rear courtyard area. 24 taps, a mix of their own and guests, plus a good bottle selection.
Pinta Pub Wrocław, Podwale 83, 50-414 Wrocław
Second stop of the day was Graciarnia. This bar is decorated somewhat akin to somebodies front room, lots of “brown” furniture plus several pianos that also doubled as tables. Only 8 beers on tap here, but a special shout out for the pizzas which smelt amazing.
Graciarnia, Kazimierza Wielkiego 39, 50-077 Wrocław
Leaving here for my next stop I got quite confused as the next bar had exactly the same address! Take the door one along from the one you just left. This leads to a dingy foyer and a side door to the previous bar. Head down the dimly lit corridor and eventually you emerge in to a courtyard area that serves as both the beer garden for the previous bar and the second bar at this address. It is worth persevering as Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo is a cracking little bar with 10 interesting beers on tap plus bottles. I had a good chat with the woman behind bar about all things beer and thoroughly enjoyed my time here.
Marynka Piwo i Aperitivo, Kazimierza Wielkiego 39, 50-077 Wrocław
Next up was Kontynuacja. As you enter the bar is along the left hand side with seats on the right and further seating as it opened out at the end. Slight Belgian Grand Café feel to the place. Good selection of 24 on tap. Being more central, and later in the day, this was one of the busiest places I visited.
Kontynuacja, ul. Ofiar Oświęcimskich 17, 50-069 Wrocław
The final stop of the day was Giełda Piw Pub. This is a cellar bar just around the corner from Złoty Pies with just an innocuous single door entrance off the street. Nine beers on tap here and plenty of seating available. A nice cool retreat from the heat.
Giełda Piw Pub, Wita Stwosza 3, 50-148 Wrocław
Although I had a full day available to me on my last day I was conscious of the fact that I would have to drive myself home when I arrived back so I limited myself to a couple of bars up to lunchtime. The first of these was Szynkarnia which is a cosy local food and beer place. A dozen beers on tap and a couple of well stocked fridges. Although quite food oriented there was no problem with me just drinking, although I was there soon after opening and it was still quiet.
Szynkarnia, Świętego Antoniego 15, 50-073 Wrocław
After a bit more wandering around, which was getting harder as the temperature rose, I made my way to my final bar of the trip, SMOKE Pastrami & Street Food. This is a small craft beer bar done in the typical industrial style. A good range of 18 beers on tap with small measures available and the burger I had was one of the best I have had in a long time.
SMOKE Pastrami & Street Food, Odrzańska 6, 50-114 Wrocław