Ljubljana is a vibrant city with no shortage of bars when looking for a place to get a drink. During the day, most establishments serve coffee and food, which makes bars in Ljubljana a good spot to meet friends no matter the time of day. Whether it’s a casual place to have a beer or somewhere upscale where you can enjoy cocktails or a nice glass of wine, the choices abound. Discover the ten best places to stop for a drink in the Slovenian capital.
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Premier Pub is always a great place to grab a beer. This bar offers a relaxed atmosphere and a large outside seating area. Premier Pub was one of the first bars in Ljubljana to offer an extensive selection of imported beers. To this day, they continue to expand their beer inventory, and the friendly staff is always ready to offer their recommendations. The fact that this bar is located by the Ljubljanica River guarantees beautiful views and is just another reason why Premier Pub is so popular.
During the day, this is a popular lunch and coffee hangout. The bar is also host to an INFO SPOT, where visitors of Ljubljana can get suggestions about where to explore next. Once the sun goes down, Centralna Postaja transforms into a loungey bar that offers music, drinks, and a party. This bar is an ideal spot to start an evening adventure, sip on a drink, and listen to the live DJ set that Centralna Postaja offers on the weekends.
Žmauc, with its attractive, colorful interior and exterior, has been one the most iconic places among Ljubljana’s locals since its opening. This bar has an incredibly relaxed feel to it and is always a good spot to have a drink. Guests can relax on the patio or get cozy inside. On the weekend, Žmauc also offers small concerts and live DJ sets.
A traditional Irish bar with a twist. The indoor and outdoor areas of the bar offer a great ambiance in which to enjoy beer, wine, or snacks. The twist comes from Cutty Sark’s evening program, which is offered from Wednesday to Saturday. Wednesdays are reserved for standup comedy. On Thursday you can listen to live music. Fridays and Saturdays are dedicated to dancing. Cutty Sark is an overall great bar that offers more than just delicious drinks.
This bar, located near Ljubljana’s Opera House, has always been a meeting place for artists and intellectuals. The combination of the Australian and Slovenian interior provides a welcoming ambiance to enjoy an intriguing conversation. The bar has an excellent selection of wine, champagne, cocktails, and cognac to satisfy the usually demanding taste of its guests.
Cool vibes and a great location make this relatively new bar a great spot for students in Ljubljana. Pritličje provides a fantastic modern ambiance, a good selection of drinks, and electronic music playing in the background. All visitors need to do is show up with a friend or two, and an enjoyable evening is guaranteed.
A couple of minutes’ walk away from the city center, next to the Tivoli Park, Lepa Žoga is the best place to catch a game on the big screen with a cold beer in hand. For years, this has been the most popular bar among sports enthusiasts. Though Lepa Žoga still is first and foremost a sports bar, guests can also enjoy the atrium in the back of the bar, where Lepa Žoga hosts small festivals, live concerts, and DJ sets.
This bar has been a sanctuary for jazz lovers for over twenty years. Founded by a well-known jazz drummer, Mr. Drago Gajo, this jazz club was the first of its kind in Ljubljana and Slovenia. A small cozy bar, it is a perfect place to enjoy a drink and listen to talented musicians. In the summertime, Jazz Club Gajo Garden opens just a few steps away from the bar. Just like the original bar, the outdoor garden provides great music and tasty drinks.
There are two major brands of Slovenian beer, and Union is one of those two. The Pivnica Union, a brew bar, is located in the old cafeteria of the Union brewery. As is usual in Slovenia, Pivnica Union offers indoor and outdoor seating, where they serve their traditional beers and several special editions that can only be sampled at this brew bar.
A modern and slick bar located in the city center, As Aperitivo has been a well-known name among locals for years. This is a favorite spot for young businessmen and guests to enjoy a good glass of wine, cocktails, or gourmet appetizers. As Aperitivo’s award-winning architectural design makes it possible for the whole lounge bar to become an open terrace.