Conestoga: Great local spot
This bar/café has great happy hour specials as well as free appetizers for those who come. Drinks are relatively well priced and the owners/employees are very welcoming. After happy hour (7:30pm) you can purchase larger appetizers for very cheap at the bar. They are centrally located and offer a terrace just out back. During they day they lend out bikes for free to anyone in exchange for their ID.
Dress Code: Anyone seems to be welcome here with open arms by the wonderful owners.Related to:
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Cafes: Along the River
All along the river there are many appealing outdoor cafes and bars. It's packed with people from all over the world and their different lanuages ring out amid the laughter all night. We enjoyed the view of the river and a nice glass of wine here after dinner .
Dress Code: Whatever you would likeRelated to:
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Because Ljubljana is not a big city we only have few clubs, but still enough if you are new to the city. The most famous one among tourists is Global, but I am not a fan. It is way too snoby for me, but you can see it for your self, many people do like it. Guys usually have to pay to get in, girls can go in for free.
The other one, also in the city center, is Bachus. More relaxed than Global.
There is also KMŠ, which can be a lot of fun, but gets too full and trust me on this- don't go if you are too sober. It is one of the most drunk places around, it is a meat market, but music can be good.
My favorite is Orto Bar. It plays rock music and has different theme evenings on weekdays. Also heavier rock, metal, a bit of r'n'b, but mostly you can hear old and new rock music. Go on Thuesdays if you like the 80s.
Also try what's going on in Metelkova Mesto. It's very close to Orto Bar.
I don't have much to say on any other clubs in Ljubljana. They are not worth it. Sorry. :)
Best pubs in Ljubljana would be Maček, Zlata ladjica (both at Ljubljanica river), Cutty Sark (in Knafljev prehod), Guinness Pub and Partick's.
One problem I found in these places is that Guinness can taste terrible (but sometimes you can be lucky). They are open till one in the morning, the atmposphere is great and stuff friendly. During the summer it is much easier to find a nice place for a drink, as all pubs have tables outside so you don't have to be so picky. Anything by the river will do.
You can find live music outside at the bar called Pločnik (by Prešeren Square).
If you are here during the summer go to Makalonca. It's also by the river, but don't bother if it's not summer.
Drinks are not as cheap as you might think. Tourists are often surprised by the prices, although if you like wine then ours (Slovenian) is cheap enough (around 1 euro per glass).
Dress Code: There is no dress code for pubs.
Pr Skelet: Busy every night
The only place in Ljubljana that is packed EVERY night. Decent music (although seems to be the same tracks each night). 2 for 1 cocktails, including the bizarre 'Sex in a disabled toilet'.
No food, despite a dining room. How odd.
Skeleton theme bar, good fun
Bachus Centre: One of Two Clubs
We went on a Tuesday, seemed to be a student night. 2 Euro entry. 3 Euro beer. Mix of music, from tecno to Village People.
Pretty busy. Good place to party the night away
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Casablanca: Lively with tasty cocktails
This place is currently listed as a restaurant, which is not so accurate. They have a very limited selection of sandwiches that are pre packed, but otherwise it is most definitely a cafe by day and a bar by night. We came accross it by accident as we were walking along the riverbank during the daytime. Had a nice cup of coffee there and after seeing their cocktail menu we avowed to go back in the evening. We did indeed to back in the evening and it was packed with a mixture of locals and tourists. Beer/wine etc was just over a Euro a pop so very cheap, but the cocktails were a little more expensive (between 3 and 5 euros) but worth every penny if you ask me. We also tried a shot each of viljamovka (pear brandy) in there which was 3 euros a shot but they were very strong and you could easly take your time over it. Great music, mostly from the '80's that night but a few older and more current hits as well. Generally a fab place!
Dress Code: None
Pub Premier: Cosy, informal and above all cheap!
Pub Premier was a nice cosy bar with wooden chairs and lost of local people. The night we went there, they were showing Eurosport on a TV. The drinks were extremely cheap and the staff very friendly. The Premier Coffee (kava in slovenian) which contains baileys and cream was especially nice. Also tried my first taste of Slivovka there which is the Slovenian plum brandy which tastes more like grappa than brandy but was firery and warming on a cold winter night. Our bill for the night (my husband was drinking local beer) came to 12.40 euros which I found to be exceptionally cheap! The barman was very nice and friendly and gave me a free lighter on the way out.
Dress Code: None
Kavarna Plocnik: Live music
This cafe/bar is well located on Preseren Square and gets very popular at night as its used as a venue for small bands during the summer. One band I saw were accompanied by some guy from the crowd who got up on stage and played the mouth organ (very well, I might add) and received large applause from the crowd!
Bars along the riverbank: Drinking
There are a few good drinking bars along the riverbank on Cankarjevo (which is on the right hand side of the river). You can sit outside along the river wall or under the large umbrellas and have the waiters bring along your beer or whatever! I spent some time at these bars as the World Cup was on and they were packed with people watching the games on the large screen TV's.
casino: Domina casino
If you are getting bored in Ljubljana and you have money to spend don't miss to sopend some hours in Domina casino in Dunajska cesta. Great athmospheare and free small snacks in the evening. Once per mounth you have the right for a free drinkRelated to:
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Zlata Ladjica: Riverside drinking
Located just over the Cobbler's Bridge from Stari trg, Zlata Ladjica could be a bar in any North European country. The interior has a nautical theme and there is a large outdoor seating area (complete with patio heaters) that is great for people watching. The staff were always helpful and friendly and there is table service throughout. We were impressed that they had Staropramen dark beer that was a great drink.
Dress Code: Casual
Zlata Ladjica: Cosy Pub
We came in here by mistake the night we went looking for the Zlata Ribica, but it was a good mistake that led us to enjoy a cold glass of Union in a warm and cozy little pub that would not look out of place in England or Germany. The place was very relaxed, with a wood panelled look that had a nautical style to it. The customers were mostly student types, dressed casually in the darkest of colours, chatting conspiratorially over coffee and beer. A great place that we planned to come back to.
Vinoteka Movia: The only real Vinoteka in Ljubljana...
...well except for the other Vinoteka. I'm not sure what the owner of this wine bar meant when he said it was the only one in the city, but it certainly was a very warm and relaxing one. The taxi driver outside told a different story, but that vinoteka was a lot further out so maybe that's what he meant. Inside Vinoteka Movia is a small and cozy wood panelled bar where you can sip the best of Slovenian and imported wine from dangerously tall and slender glasses, while learning all about the subject through a drip feed from the well informed, if slightly snobby, owner.
The wine is very well priced for the quality, and you can take bottles away with you. The owner's recommendations based on the kinds of wines we liked were spot on.
Dress Code: Smart casual. It's not enforced, but you'll feel uncomfortable in anything less.
Beer and Burek
Lasko and union are the local beers. Be careful of getting draft Lasko as you can
end up with a vile black stoat type version of it. It averaged around
400sit (£1.20) a pint. Pubs and bars are everywhere, as are restaurants.
Red wine is very cheap a litre cost me 900sit (£3) in a restaurant.
Another nice snack is a Burek. Stalls around town sell these for about 400sit,
and its like a foot long, and pastry like you get on a frey bentos pie out of a tin
with a filling of lamb mince (Mesni burek) or cheese ( sirov burek) and
they are really nice. After 15 pints of lasko they go down a treat.
Beware of the Burek bum though, they tend to make you trump a bit!Related to:
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