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Performing Arts

The Zamek Cultural Center (Sw. Marcin 80/82; tel. 61/646-52-60; www.zamek.poznan.pl) is the first stop for information on happenings in Poznan. The ticket office is open from Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 7pm. Event tickets can also be bought at the City Information Center/CIM (Ratajczaka 44; tel. 61/851-96-45; www.cim.poznan.pl). Teatr Wielki (Fredry 9; tel. 61/659-02-80; www.opera.poznan.pl) is the place for operas. The Polski Teatr Tanca (Kozia 4; tel. 61/852-42-41; www.ptt-poznan.pl) hosts Polish and international troupes at various venues around town, including Teatr Wielki. Tickets can be purchased at their website, the CIM, or Teatr Wielki. The Poznan Philharmonic (Filharmonia Poznanska; Sw. Marcin 81; tel. 61/852-47-08; www.filharmoniapoznanska.pl) hosts Polish and international musicians. The box office is open daily 1 to 5pm.

Pubs & Clubs

The Old Town isn't one to go to bed early; most of the drinking and dancing establishments can be found here. One in four patrons is a student, which means beer is good business in this town. On the side streets of the Old Town Square, the drinks get cheaper, so poke around Wozna Street for value deals. Warta (Swietosawska 12; tel. 61/851-51-17), a cavernous bar, is where the eponymous beer company filmed its commercial. The basement fills with hundreds of revelers when they hold concerts. The dress-to-impress types converge at the SQ Klub Muzyczny (Pówiejska 42; tel. 61/859-65-78; www.sqklub.pl) for the drum and bass tunes, international DJs, and live gigs. More dancing room is found at Cute (Wielka 27/29; tel. 61/851-91-37; www.cuteklub.pl), one of the city's best-known venues for house, techno, trance, and just plain dance music. Blue Note Jazz Club (Kosciuszki 76/78; tel. 61/657-07-77; www.bluenote.poznan.pl) is a reputable venue with top-notch live jazz by leading Polish and international musicians. However, it also plays teenybopper tunes. To hang out with local fans of "intelligent techno," Café Miesna (Garbary 62, entrance from Mostowa; tel. 663/374-654; www.myspace.com/cafemiesna) is the place to be.

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