Designed and built in the mid ’50s, Warsaw Powiśle is a bleak and grey modernist railway station that combines space-age appeal with post-bloc decay. Yet 2009 saw some color added to the scene when its southeastern ticket kiosk was converted into a cafe and bar bearing the same name as the station.
In true Warsaw fashion, it now serves some of the city’s best vodka to a young and vibrant crowd drawn by the unpretentious setting and its myriad variety of cultural activities. Though in a city where heavy smoking is the norm, cigarettes are expressly prohibited in the small interior of the kiosk, forcing the crowds to congregate outside to enjoy music and parties under the station’s fuzzy neon lights.
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