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The Club Scene

Most of the action is still in the central part of the city, though some of the trendier places are pioneering areas farther afield, like the still-dingy but cool district of Praga. The pace is fairly lethargic on weekday nights but goes into overdrive on weekends. Most places are open Tuesday to Thursday until midnight. On Friday and Saturday, it's party till you drop at dawn. Drinks on average cost 20 z. Some clubs have covers ranging from 5 z to 30 z. There's also the somewhat sexist practice of letting in women for free and charging the men. The door policy (or "door selection," in local lingo) is quirky.

Gay & Lesbian

In July 2010, Warsaw became the first city from the former Iron Curtain states to host the EuroPride festival. It was seen as a step forward in tolerance and equal rights, but the city still has a long way to go before the gay and lesbian way of life becomes as open as in Western European cities.

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