The 9 Best Bars in Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius Skyline
Vilnius Skyline | © David Iliff / Wikimedia Commons
Elizabeth Georgian

Vodka, Lithuanian beer, mead and cocktails can be all be found in the lively bars of Vilnius. Alcoholic watering holes are just as abundant as cafés—there are a great selection of college hangouts, dance bars, and mellow beer and wine spots perfect for a casual drink. Here, Culture Trip has rounded up ten of the coolest bars in Lithuania’s capital city.

1. Špunka

Restaurant, Bar, Lithuanian

Špunka is a teeny-tiny bar with only a couple of tables, which has a great view of the Angel of Užupis statue. The beer choices are great and they serve a locally brewed favorite, Dundulis. Spunka is a good option for visitors seeking a short break over a beer while exploring the bohemian district of Uzupis.

2. Alaus Biblioteka

Restaurant, Bar, Pub, Lithuanian

Alaus Biblioteka is an excellent beer bar with incredibly knowledgeable staff who will help you find a beer to your liking—there are even options for those who don’t typically like beer. Serving both locally brewed and imported beer, visitors are sure to find a new favorite or enjoy an old standby. The meat and cheese platter is also by far the best in the city.

3. Bambalynė

Bar, Restaurant, Lithuanian

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You need to walk down some stairs to enter Bambalynė, this automatically gives the bar an interesting vibe. This is certainly a place for beer lovers who are interested in trying Lithuania’s local brews. In the winter, the fire roaring in the fireplace makes the atmosphere even more cozy and relaxing. Bambalynė is a perfect bar for chatting with friends or catching up on a bit of work with a beverage on hand to help.

4. Šnekutis

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, Lithuanian

Stop by this bar, restaurant, and brewery to taste some traditional Lithuanian specialties, such as cepelinai, and wash down with a cold, locally brewed beer. Visitors might want to keep an eye out for the owner, Snekutis, a true local personality.

5. Peronas

Restaurant, Bar, Lithuanian

Visitors can watch the trains go by at Peronas—a perfect hipster hangout. Peronas frequently features DJs and live music. Ordering drinks at the bar is also really convenient because staff are friendly and helpful. Peronas also occasionally hosts pop-up shops with local designers selling their goods.

6. Elektrit

Restaurant, Bar, Lithuanian

Located outside of the old town, Elektrit is a place with more than 10 beers on tap. Some of the top beers they serve are brewed by Dundulis, these include Humulupu IPA, Grynas, and Cyrulis Pils. The bar also hosts local music and shows sport on their TVs.

7. Dėvėti

Restaurant, Gastropub, Pub, Lithuanian

Courtesy of Dėvėti

Dėvėti is a bar and gastropub serving tasty food and a good selection of drinks. On the menu, visitors will find falafel, bánh mì, sloppy joes, and other savory treats. They have more than 14 beers on tap and a whole host of bottled beers, as well as great food and a relaxed atmosphere.

8. Variokas

Restaurant, Bar, Lithuanian

For a slightly different atmosphere, go to the steampunk bar Variokas. It has unique decor—think gears, copper, and floating ships, and its exposed brick walls, arched ceilings and passages give it a cool atmosphere. The location is also great, it’s just off Gedimino Avenue, the main shopping street in Vilnius.

9. Akivarai

Restaurant, Bar, Lithuanian

A spinning cocktail wheel to determine what to order makes Akivarai a good option for a fun night out. Beer drinkers will be happy to hear that they have a decent selection of locally brewed and imported beers. The bar’s atmosphere is fun yet relaxed and complemented by their frequent live music events.

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