The Best Bars in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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Maria Angelova

Veliko Tarnovo is among the liveliest cities in Bulgaria. University students, young professionals, and tourists make up a colorful crowd seeking out entertainment, from cultural clubs to bars with live music, or simply a terrace with a panoramic view of the hilly city. Here are our picks of the best bars in which to experience lazy afternoons and party nights in Veliko Tarnovo.

1. TAM

Bar, Bulgarian, Beer

TAM is where culture lives in Veliko Turnovo, underground and alternative culture in particular. This art and social spot hosts all types of events from live music concerts to theater performances, literary nights, movie screenings, book presentations, and discussions dedicated to sensitive social issues. You will always find a smile behind the bar and miscellaneous events in the bar’s program.

2. Hipster

Bar, Bulgarian, Coffee

Hipster is one of the friendliest places in Veliko Tarnovo. With its immaculate service, interiors inspired by Communist-era homes, and a really good choice of music, this is the best Old Town spot to get a drink or two. Hipster is focused on arts and culture, with exhibitions, debates, and book readings often taking place here.

3. Melon

Bar, Bulgarian

Melon is a live music venue and dance club hosting musicians and DJs of all genres – from acoustic live performances to techno or R’n’B-themed parties. Although it’s a not huge place, it has been a gathering spot for the music-loving crowd of Veliko Turnovo for a decade. Here, you may have the chance to listen to some of the established Bulgarian bands or to see a future star perform.

4. Estate Club

Bar, Bulgarian, Wine, Beer

This recently opened industrial-style modern bar is one of the highlights of Veliko Tarnovo, where you might have a hard time choosing what to try from among all the delectable and creative food options or picking a drink from the well-selected whisky and wine list. The atmosphere gets more lively in the evening, when the music gets louder and it’s time to hit the dance floor.

5. Tequila Bar

Bar, Bulgarian, Beer

One of the emblematic music venues in Veliko Tarnovo, Tequila Bar is where the bartenders work miracles behind the bar – if you let them create a concoction for you, you will be pleasantly surprised by the delicious resulting cocktail. The beer list is long, and it also contains a decent variety of craft beers. The large, open terrace is a the perfect place to enjoy your drink on a warm summer night.

6. Vogue. Cafe Music Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Bulgarian, Coffee

If you are up for a party, loud music, and good cocktails, head to Vogue. Cafe Music Bar. The bar often hosts themed parties and live music performances, with Friday and Saturday being the peak of entertainment. The bar is also a good place to kick back and relax with a hookah, or simply start a lazy Saturday with freshly brewed coffee and homemade lemonade.

7. Lino Bar

Bar, Bulgarian, Beer

The first thing that strikes you when you enter Lino Bar is the view: a spectacular panorama laying Veliko Turnovo at your feet. This simple yet cozy bar is the perfect place to start your day with their famed hot chocolate, or to end it with the variety of cocktails on offer. You can order a selection of appetizers for your beer, satiate your sweet tooth with a cake, or just drop by to see your favorite sports game.

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