Neon Side Gallery: Retro Lighting On Ruska

The recently opened Neon Side Gallery, housed inside the crumbling Ruska courtyard, looks set to become one of Wroclaw's most courted alternative tourist attractions. The bar and surrounding walls have been lit up with a collection old school neon signs, creating a backdrop unlike any other in the city. 

Despite the area around the main train station still seeing its fair share of neon, including the iconic 'dobry wieczor we wrocławiu' sign, the centre of the city has largely moved with the times and ditched glowing shop-fronts. Nevertheless, neon still has a place in many Wroclawian hearts – something that the Neon Side Gallery very much taps into. The same is of course true of ourselves, with the Wroclaw Uncut logo being based on the large neon sign in front of Wrocław Główny. 

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The neon signs inside Neon Side Gallery look surreal but have also fostered a rather laid back atmosphere within the bar, making it an ideal spot for a chat over a hot or cold drink. Alongside the neon, the pub is decorated with some local art work and old communist riff-raff such as the unusual looking washing machine photographed below. 

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As far as the drinks selection goes, Neon Side Gallery doesn't offer anything out of the ordinary. Given the unique surroundings however, it doesn't really matter. So many new venues in Wroclaw have struggled to find themselves an individual identity due to a lack of creativity, something that the Neon Side Gallery clearly can't be accused of.  

Neon Side Gallery, ul. Ruska 46c

Tel: 604 261 220 website

About Gregor Gowans

Gregor Gowans
The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.