Day 22 of Year 26
I am going to stop telling myself, ‘ tonight’s going to be a quiet one’, because whenever I say that – I see the sun in the morning.
On my quiet night last night, we were out celebrating a birthday. Beers, shots, a bunch of Na zdrowie’s – the usual. I thought I would hit the hay around 0300, and even made it back to the bar right below our hostel on schedule – so close to shutting down shop for the night. However, a couple of my friends were heading to another club and invited me. Naturally, I had to continue the journey into the night.
So, we stumbled to a club called Ciemnia. From how it was described to me, Ciemnia is a LGBT underground after hours nightclub. How after hours? Friday and Saturday nights open until 1400 the next day after hours.
Ciemnia is hidden down a tight dark corridor behind a buzz in gate, completely unmarked to the public. If you did not know where it was, you would not be able to find it. I think they like it like that.
I get the impression Poland is not the world’s most open-minded place. Not hostile, but still somewhat conservative/attached to the church. I imagine it would be more challenging in smaller cities/towns as oppose to in Krakow (where people are from all over).
So, it makes sense it is unmarked.
Inside it looks like a regular cellar style nightclub. Brick walls, dark, smoke – you know the usual.
However, the unique feature of Ciemnia is in it’s name, which in Polish means dark room. There are a bunch of private small dark rooms along one side of the club. I was told there is also a glory hole in one of them. The dark rooms are used for stuff. I am guessing board games – but I am not sure. You see people go off to the dark rooms, then return later on.
I get the vibe some pretty wild stuff goes down in Ciemnia.
Anyway, the club has a cool design, is open late, and if I recall correctly the beer was inexpensive. Those are the makings for a good time.
Another stumble home at 0600 experience. I am sure I will party there again.
The photo is off a church, not Ciemnia.