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Opera, Warsaw

1 Pl. Teatralny
Poland 00-077
Tel: 48 22 828 7075's insider take:

The basement of the city's hallowed opera house has been converted, at what looks to be great expense, to a vaguely Asian-themed den of excess. Long candlelit stone passageways with teak floors lead past alcoves where discrete groups sit in private lounges. The club's central area is a dance floor (music is a combination of World Music and Eurodisco) surrounded by several levels of couches on risers, as well as a water-pipe lounge at the back. There are Buddha heads scattered about and Eastern-style scrolls on the walls and pillars, but it's hard to tell exactly what the intended effect is, other than a general sense of exoticism and decadence. At this the place succeeds, with Warsaw's aging beautiful people relaxing on elegant sofas, looking like a picture of 19th-century debauchery. Entrance is $11 which includes a drink: Try the house's signature cocktail, the Green Frog, a refreshing mix of vodka, curaçao, and orange juice.

Open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 pm.

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