The capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, is a bustling metropolis where Eastern and Western European influences come together. The Balkan city offers visitors stunning architecture, great cultural events and an abundance of bars. From cheap and cheerful to more exclusive establishments, here’s our guide to the top 10 bars in the city.
From the outside, One More Bar looks more like someone’s house than one of Sofia’s most popular drinking spots. This chic bar, located in the very heart of the city center, is housed in what appears to be an apartment block in a residential area. Step inside, however, and you will be greeted by a colorful, playfully designed interior and fashion-forward clientele. The bar is open throughout the day as well as into the early hours of the morning. Stop by and sample one of their famous original cocktails, including some of the first vegan and organic cocktails in the city.
Just across the road from Sofia’s beautiful Park Zaimov you’ll find Raketa Rakia Bar. This venue specializes in rakia, a fermented fruit brandy which is Bulgaria’s unofficial national drink. Raketa has a varied menu of hearty meals to sample before moving on to its namesake drink, of which it offers a wide range of flavors. If the fiery tipple isn’t to your taste however, there are lots of other soft and alcoholic drinks to enjoy in the quirky surroundings.
If you feel like having your drink with interesting, culturally minded people, head to DaDa Cultural Bar. The venue is a hub for the fringes of society. The club hosts art and cultural events, exhibitions, book presentations, live concerts, cinema screenings, and theatre nights. Make sure you try their homemade rum or, if you’re in the mood for something more mellow, their Baileys-flavored drink is also delicious. They also offer a great selection of craft beers.
At night, :PM Club is a dancing venue, which turns into a bar during the day. It is a stylish and fancy place often frequented by Sofia’s trend setters and local celebrities. The bar has several resident DJs who play dance retro, R’n’B, EDM, and house music, and is one of the Sofia’s main nightlife hubs.
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