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Music lovers, this article is for you! While tourist attractions are nice and our city has a lot to offer, we know you sometimes just want to plan a night out! While nightlife in Timisoara is abundant (more on that in a future article), we dedicate this article to those who love live music and want to find good concerts in Timisoara.
If you’re visiting Timisoara and are not sure where to go out for live music, search no more: Reflektor Venue is here!

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Photo via Reflektor Venue

Nothing better than a cold drink and live music

Reflektor Venue is a laid-back place that you can visit either to grab a beer with your friends or to enjoy a live show. Or both!
It opened up in Timisoara in 2018 and has fast become one of the most loved concert venues in Timisoara – not only by locals but also by foreigners. Since they have opened, they’ve hosted various types of events, parties, theatre plays, stand-up comedy shows and, most importantly (and our favorites), live concerts!
The place itself is pretty casual, perfect for a “chill” night out and – most importantly – their concert room is well-equipped. They know that flawless sound is important for a great live gig.

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Photo via Reflektor Venue

Great musical variety – choose your “poison”

The greatest part about this venue is that you never know what great concert you might find on their list. Their events are various, but they do have something in common: they are good. Live concerts vary from metal to alternative rock to blues concerts, so no matter your musical “poison”, they probably have an event or two planned for you. The venue’s Facebook page is frequently updated with information about upcoming events, so do check it out to start making some “night out” plans.

Their past “lineup” includes local bands from Romania but also artists who are touring around Europe. We’ll just name a few of their past events to get you even more curious: Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers (Canada), Vita de Vie (Romania), Planet of Zeus (Greece), Marko Mendoza (US) etc.

 

How to reach Reflektor Venue?

You can find their address below and don’t worry, though the location isn’t exactly central, a taxi or an Uber will take you there for less than 18 lei (about 4 Euros).

Ambasada is not a place that can easily be described in words. But instead, it can be described in people, events, and initiatives. It is that cozy go-to place that seems to fit everyone and every occasion: freelancers, remote workers, creatives, students and parents alike. It is a bistro, a cafe, a meeting place, an “incubator” and, most importantly, a get-together place for people with creative initiatives.

The story of Ambasada started in 2014 when the founders of Plai Festival (one of the biggest music festivals in Timisoara, about which we’ve written before here) decided to try and create a meeting place for the creative people in Timisoara. One of their aims was to create a space that brings together people who shared the love of big ideas and the desire to make a positive change in the world.

So, what exactly is Ambasada?

 

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Photo via Ambasada.

A coworking place / bistro / cafe.

Yes, it is a bistro and a cafe that also has a scent of a coworking space. Freelancers, NGO workers, students and anyone who wants a place that can host them for a few hours while they work on their projects are welcome here.

And on the bistro side, did we mentioned they served homemade cookies every day?!

 

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Photo via Ambasada.

An incubator / event venue.

This is where the magic sometimes happens. Ambasada offers a meeting room and a big events’ room to those willing to organise interesting projects. They host events regularly, so do check out their Facebook page for updates. These events can be: conferences, workshops, social projects, movie screenings, concerts – and basically anything else meant to enrich Timisoara’s cultural life. You can find the full list of events they are hosting on their website

 

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Photo via Ambasada.

A get-together place.

In addition to the things listed above, Ambasada can also be seen as a cozy cafe. It’s a lovely quiet place in which you can enjoy good food and drinks together with friends and family (it is also a family-friendly place). If you visit during the warm season, you can relax on their beautiful terrace just outside of the building. Cozy and shady, it’s the perfect place to sip a cool beer or a lemonade in the summertime.

 

You can currently find Ambasada on the banks of the Bega river, here:

 

 

What is your favourite get-together place in Timisoara?! If you have any other suggestions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

While Timisoara has a lot to offer when it comes to pubs and bars for tourists, there are also places known mostly by the locals. If you are the kind of traveler who likes to discover these hidden gems when traveling to a new city, you know what we are talking about. And if you fall into this category of people and are also a vinyl music lover, Viniloteca is the place for you.

 

The concept: Viniloteca is the place where craft beer and pieces of vinyl go hand in hand.

Opened in 2015, Viniloteca is both a vinyl shop and a pub. The main attraction here is represented by the very impressive vinyl collection. And, of course, customers can choose what to listen to while enjoying a cold craft beer.At the moment they own a collection of over 600 vinyl records and serve over 100 types of craft beers from all over the world.

 

The music: The music here is delightful for the soul.

In Viniloteca, you will hear a vast variety of music, from 20s music, up to the most recent releases from 2017. The music here covers most music genres, from Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Dub to Funk, Hip-Hop, Electronic and many more. As a music lover, you will surely find something to your liking here. And it gets better! If you like the music, you can actually buy the vinyl records that are on display! The price for a second-hand vinyl starts at 15 Euros, while the most expensive ones are around 50 euros.

The beer: It’s said that every beer has a story and the guys from Viniloteca certainly know which beers to pick.

Best Beers in Timisoara- Viniloteca

As we’ve mentioned before, vinyl records and craft beer go hand in hand. You can choose from over 50 brands of craft beer from all over the world. Whether you like ginger or raspberry flavors, black or blond beer, or any other combination, you will certainly find something for your taste.
If you are not sure what to order, just ask the bartender. He will definitely recommend you something. During our last visit at Viniloteca, he mentioned that he had drunk over 2000 different kinds of beer so far; and he never drinks the same several times.
If you want our recommendation, it’s “Bereta”, a craft beer made by some folks here in Timisoara. They always produce different kinds of craft beer, never repeating the same recipe twice.

The people: vinyl lovers flock together

Viniloteca’s customers are different from the mainstream public – vinyl lovers are just different. It takes one to know one, maybe. But the people that normally hang out here come from different backgrounds: they may be musicians, artists, writers, photographers, programmers, designers or freelancers. But this is a good thing, as you can meet people with similar tastes to yours.

If you like vinyl and craft beer, this is the place for you.

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