Ljubljana's Best Clubs: Ljubljana's Best Clubs
I didn't go to any of these places, but I did a lot of research into them when I was deciding where to go for NYE 2005/6. It's hard to find out what's in and what's not in Ljubljana unless you live there, so I thought I'd share this information.
To be honest, you probably shouldn't be coming to Ljubljana if you are looking for the best clubs in Europe, because they aren't here. Ljubljana is a very nice place to share a few beers with your friends, or the friendly locals, but don't expect the nightlife here to compare even to similar sized cities in countries like the UK and Germany. It feels very parochial here.
If you are coming, and you want somewhere to dance until the early hours, the best place, and the most in place among young Slovenians, is the Sub Sub Club at the Havala Tivoli in the park. If cutting edge DJs from the Balkans and the rest of Europe aren't your cup of tea, then some of these other places might interest you:
(notes are from my 20 something student friend in Ljubljana, Primoz)
Dress Code: K4
Kersnikova 4, Tel: 01/431 70 10, 9pm to 4am daily
This is the underground/alternative student club, with a young crowd and a different music mix to most other nightclubs in the city. It competes with the Sub Sub Club, musically, but doesn't seem to have the same reputation.
"I personally dislike K4, it has no air conditioning and makes me feel old since its always full of kids at least 10 years younger than me. They play mostly techno and electro there."
Tomsiceva 1 (top floor of the Nama dept. store) Tel: 01 426 9020
If you want to impress people, or be impressed, this is the place to go in the capital. It's where people go to show off just how much money they have.
"Then there is Global, the posh place, lots of champagne and blondes there. House and MTV hits."
Grabloviceva 1, Tel: 01/232 16 74, 8pm to 4 am daily
A loud rock club with smoke problems and a huge turbine fan and live acts.
"The rocker place is Orto Bar - lots of blondes in leather jackets there."
Grascina d.o.o., Koblarjeva ulica 34, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
A bit out of town is this club set in an old castle.
"Um, then there is Luna Park, an old castle turned into a club, mostly playing lounge music (house, breakbeat)."
A place that hosts major DJing events, like London and Brazil's DJ Marky.
"And also Media Park, but that place is not really a club, just a place that sometimes hosts DJ events. Although it occasionally hosts some big DJ names I dislike it because it has filthy bathrooms and drinks are served in plastic glasses."
Primoz's favourite club is probably Metelkova Mesto, which you can read about in my other tips, along with the Sub Sub Club.
For more information on these clubs and others, click the link below.
Ljubljana's Most In Night Club: Sub Sub Club
This place is so in, it doesn't actually exist as a proper nightclub. The best way to find out about it is by asking the locals, or looking out for stylish flyers around the city. When looking for a place to party on New Year's Eve, anyone who knew anything seemed to recommend here. It's basically a DJ collective which hosts some of Slovenia's best and most cutting-edge DJs, as well as many from neighbouring countries and sometimes the rest of Europe.
Personally I wasn't all that impressed, and my friend Eric, himself a DJ whose played all over Europe was very disappointed. He'd fallen in love with the city, and was surprised that the capital had so little to offer in terms of music. The place felt very provincial, and the fashion sense of the clubbers spanned a generation. There were even glo-sticks and dummies. I was half expecting to see those giant floppy top hats from the late 80s.
The music wasn't too bad. The room I got stuck in was limited to loud, grinding industrial techno. The kind you can only really enjoy if you are completely out of your face on drugs. The kind of music where people get wilder the noisier it gets, and a train horn sampled at 140 decibels sends the crowd into ecstasy. Great if you like that kind of thing. The other room, which I found later, had much better, more melodic, music.
I'm no clubbing aficionado by any means, but after clubbing in cities like Melbourne, Berlin and London, it felt like a big night out in North Wales.
Dress Code: Anything you like, but you'll feel more comfortable in some good clubbing gear. Year of purchase immaterial. People are generally pretty young, teens to early 20s, but older people don't get stared at. There were plenty of people dressed in anything from smart casual to messed up gothic punk.
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POMF: Live music
We wanted to see some folklore, but... no luck - there was no performance in town during our stay. The best that we could have was some live music, in a restaurant recommended at the tourist office. It was a good idea, a good meal in a small esplanade, with a couple of senior guys playing across the street, with people and bicycles passing by, some of them with the indifference of locals, used to it.Related to:
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Left bank and Kongressni trg: Bars
Before going to Ljubljana I read that the night was not one of the top attractions in the city. I didn't mind, because nightlife is not my priority too, but I tried to find a place with folklore, or, at least, living local music. I did fin it, but in a discreet bar like many other. And that seems to be the general program for the common people nights - a drink in a common bar.
The left side of the river, in the old city, has the greatest percentage of bars, but things seem too cool over there. Kongressni trg, by our hotel was more... alive, maybe the effects of Bachus and Cutty Sark side by side.Related to:
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The Trnfest is an admission-free festival for international music, theatre and many other performances. It takes place every year in August in Ljubljana's district of Trnovo.
The venue is in and around the Alternative Cultural Centre (KUD France Preseren). In 2004 I went there with a VT friend and we saw a concert of the Slovenian band Brina.
The cultural centre KUD France Preseren is located at Karunova 14 in the distirct of Trnovo, which is about 20 minutes on foot south of the city centre.
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Sir William´s pub: What a day for a beer!
I discovered this small, cute pub on the way from the railway station to the center of town. I was amazed by the beer selection an the knowledge of the staff, but then i discovered that the waiter is the brewer of Slovenian best brewery - Human Fish. Wow, what a discovery. I´ll be there soon again!Related to:
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Parodija Bar: Great student place!
Great bar for students. I was an exchange student in Ljubljana and we were hanging out at this bar before going out. It has an amazing offer - 14 EUR for All You Can Drink. No limits. Anything you want. If you're all about fancy cocktails and expensive drinks then you should keep away. But if you don't like the touristy stuff and want to see where the local crowd goes before clubbing - this is the right spot for you.Related to:
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Parodija Bar: Parodija Bar - All you can drink 14€
All you can drink for 14€. And not a tourist trap. That would be my best description of the spot. They provide a wide selection of drinks (they don't have cocktails though), however they have mixed drinks, whiskey cola and other similar cocktails.
The bar is open until 23h so it's a perfect spot to come in early in the evening to begin preparations for a wild night out clubbing. For 14€ you can drink as much as you want, other than that it's just a normal bar with a sports theme.
They also have some sandwiches if you are hungry, priced relatively low at 1.90€.
I think the bar is especially great for bigger crowds, there was 6 of us and we had a lot of fun there, and at half past eleven we just took a bus to the centre. It's only a ten minute ride
Dress Code: no dress code.Related to:
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ICE CREAM BAR: HAVING ICE CREAMS IN LJUBLJANA
It was great to stay in the City till late at night, which btw everyone did!
Whatever day of the week: people, young and old came to the Old Town, to go to a theatre, to stroll the streets and alleys, to have a late meal at a pavement-restaurant (no one wanted to be inside on these festive summer evenings).....
The city was as lively and bubbling as during daytime!
Dress Code: Along the River Ljubljanica were high stools and small round tables to savour the most lovely ice cream I ever tasted...
To be true, I had so many ice creams as I never even have for a whole summer.....
I am e.g. fond of coconut ice cream, raspberry and rhum with raisins.....
This place is in the very city centre of Ljubljana.
You know where the TRIPLE BRIDGE is??
Well then you are almost there.....
I did not go there, so you and you and you......will have to tell me HOW NICE it is, OK??
I then can update this page!
Dress Code: normal, casual clothes....and the place is open till 4AM.....
I cant remember :((: Lasko beer :)
I know we went to quite a lot of bars in Ljubljana but I cant remember what any of them were called :(( ...even if I could remember, I probably couldnt spell any of them! But maybe the following link might give you some ideas
Dress Code: Casual.
B2 restavracija & bar: B 2
During the day a restaurant, but during the night a nightclub, B2 is one of the newest Ljubljana's nightclubs and it seems to be more and more popular. We somehow got there by coincidence as we didn't really know it exists... But we heard music around so we decided to enter and see what's it like. Quite good, actually.
Dress Code: I'd say rather a bit more ellegant than no.
hot spots in the city centre: stag weekends in Ljubljana
The Slovenia capital is a great size for any party of friends looking for a fantastic hen or stag night. Smaller than Prague, but larger than the Slovakian capital Bratislava – stag nights can gain their orientation very quickly, and with the help of our stag night life guides, you’ll soon find all the best ‘drinking venues’ to satisfy a thirst. Our favourite local beers are Lasko & Union. For a recommended stag agency, try: www.sloveniastags.com This company organises many stag night & day activities. for example - ski stag weekends, go karting, paintballing, water rafting, coach transfers, nightlife guides, city centre hotels. Slovenian people are very friendly, the city is safe and it is not over run with Brits abroad. There is a nice balance to this city.
Dress Code: Casual in most places. But always check with venues before hand.Related to:
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Rollbar: Bar and gokarting/racing Ljubljana
A racing theme bar with gokart racing inside! No drink drive laws around here!! Best of all - HOT bar maids!!!
For more check out: http://www.inyourpocket.com/slovenia/ljubljana/Pubs_Bars__and__Clubs/Bars/venue/38259-Rollbar.html
Top Club: Fancy place to move round
Many people has asked me where do I find a good place to party in Ljubljana. This place is located in the town center and I found it a nice one. Many different music styles trough the week but maybe a lot of young people does lately party in this club. Many drinks are more expencive compare to prices elsewhere but still Global is a place to be few times a year :)
Dress Code: Forget on sneakers or very sport wear. Have an appropriate shoes don`t be under 23 yrs they can be pain in the ass sometimes if you look young.Related to:
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