Slovakia often stands in the shadow of the bigger Central European countries. It is, however, not true that this small country does not have much to offer. Bratislava, its capital, is a beautiful, lively city with an amazing nightlife. Just check out these happening joints in its Old Town heart…
Opening hours: Mon to Tues 12-11pm, Wed 12-11.30pm, Thur 12pm-12am, Fri 12pm-12.30am, Sat 12pm-12am
Watch out for: Bernardova Černá Lavina beer
Opening hours: Sun to Thur 5pm-12am, Fri to Sat 5pm-2am
Watch out for: Live indie concerts in front of Gallery Andy First Slovak Pub’s motto | © Guillaume Speurt/WikiCommons
First Slovak Pub
If you bring proof of a recent A from an exam, Slovak Pub will give you a soup for free. This is one of the reasons why the bar quickly became one of the most popular meeting places among Bratislavian students. However, that is certainly not the only one. Slovak Pub is the largest bar in the city and can accommodate up to 600 guests in its 14 rooms. Each area of the pub represents a different trait of the country, making this one a fine spot to imbibe whilst learning about Slovak culture and history.
Opening hours: Mon 10am-11pm, Tues to Thur 10-12am, Fri to Sat 10-2am, Sun 12-11pm
Watch out for: Specialties from Pub’s organic farm
Address & telephone number: First Slovak Pub, Obchodná 62, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 2 5292 6367
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 11-12am, Fri 11-2am, Sat 1pm-12am, Sun 3pm-12am
Watch out for: Salmon in wine sauce
Lemon Tree Sky Bar
Located right next to the American Embassy, Lemon Tree Sky Bar is a great place to stop by for a drink or two. The ground floor is a cocktail bar and Thai restaurant arranged in a modern style with elements of retro design. There is a stage with a piano which can be played by guests, while in the basement there is a sophisticated rum bar with a selection of more than 200 rums from all around the world.
Opening hours: Mon to Thur 11-1am, Fri to Sat 11-2am, Sun 11-12am
Watch out for: Every Saturday live Jazz
Address & telephone number: Lemon Tree Sky Bar, Hviezdoslavovo nám. 7, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 948 109 400
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 10am-11pm, Sat 6-11pm
Watch out for: Herold beer
Two beer experts, one Slovak one Czech, are authors of the success of the Zamocky pivovar; a brewery which connects tradition with innovation. The home-made draft beer is served in original branded mugs. Zámok in Slovak language means “a castle”, and this is a perfect word to describe the interior and climate of the place. Customers can sit in a glassed room called the “winter garden”, where copper brewhouses are placed. Except for the excellent beer, the kitchen offers meals inspired by the old cuisine of Bratislava. The upstairs bar holds live rock gigs.
Opening hours: Thur 5-11pm, Fri to Sat 5pm-1am
Watch out for: Fine home-made beers
Address & telephone number:Zamocky pivovar, Zámocká 13, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 2 2072 3868
One of the things that cannot be said about Central Europeans is that they lack imagination. Who else could think to open a bar in a place where public toilets used to be? Apparently it still happens that people walk in here with an expectation to find a WC but Papichulo Bar offers a wide selection of excellent local beers instead! There are also regular beer pong nights, karaoke evenings, live sport screenings and all other sorts of entertainments to enjoy!
Opening hours: Mon to Sat 5pm-5am
Watch out for: Budvar beer
Address & telephone number: Papichulo Bar, Americké námestie, Bratislava, Slovakia, +421 944 118 464
Opening hours: Mon to Sun 3-11pm
Watch out for: Red local wines
Opening hours: Mon to Wed 12pm-12am, Thur to Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 4pm-12am
Watch out for: Šumavský Kout (dark beer)
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