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.
Konoba is quite popular place in old Ljubljana at Stari trg. Interior is rustical (but not old-fashioned) with massive wooden pieces and wine barrels. It is a fine place where you can have wine, beer or coffee and also they can bring you food from ATI Greek restaurant across the street. It can get crowded in the evening.
Dress Code: Casual.
Center of Ljubljana is great place at night especially during the warm season. It is place where you can feel heartbeat of the city. Since Ljubljana has a small centre you can quicly scan what is going around.
It is nice to sit under Preseren monument and observe what's going around.
Dress Code: Casual.
This is a nice little bar, cut into the side of the Ljubljanica river, where you can drink a beer while tucked in below street level, near the water's edge. The bar is near the river, just off Preseren Square, where the large monument towers over the three bridges. The link below provides an excellent map of how to get there.
After good supper in the nearby gostilnica "Sokol", you can seat on this lovely terrace, in the same street, sipping a glass of cold white wine and watching people passing by.
Remember, there exist long tradition in wine production here, and the Slovene wines are of very good quality.
Dress Code: No special dress cods, just be yourself.
Gaudi is a nice place to chat with coffee, drink or hot chocolate. It used to be place where you could choose among many different sorts of coffee. Although they are not like that anymore, coffee is still good, place is pleasant and they have probably the best hot chocolate in Ljubljana. They offer many tastes of hot chocolate today, although my favorite remains plain hot chocolate with cream that costs about 1.5 EUR.
Dress Code: Casual.
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.
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. :)
Disco club "Krizanke" is the most popular open-air space in the summer season in Ljubljana. Hear you can enjoy in good music, cold drinks and meeting Ljubljana's youngs.
Dress Code: Not at all, put something what makes you feel cool, realxed and attractive. Let him/her to notice you in the crowd.
If you're on budget traveling take your sweety on walking paths along Ljubljanica banks, it cost nothing and might be very romantic. This is the area where you can meet the solitary couples in love only. It is not very far from the city centre and yet you wont be disturb by the crowds.
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.
KMS is a small place just outside Ljubljana center (some 20 min walk) placed in a Tobacna factory. It's a nice place to dance through the night. They play all kinds of popular music. From oldies to new hits - for each taste something.
Don't come to early or you'll be alone there. People start coming just before midnight. And not too late. It can be overcrowded and you wont get in. NO ENTRANCE FEE!
Notice: closed in summer
Dress Code: Anything but fancy
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.
I hadn't talked to my good friend Arthur in quite some time so it was good to find him here in Ljubljana. Sure I have found Arthur in cans back in Prishtina but as any good friend of Arthur's knows, he just isn't the same cramped in those little aluminum cofins (of course I am talking about Sir Arthur Guinness). Comming out of the tap you get to see all of Arthur's personality, and although sometimes he can be moody if the taps are not maintained (he can be quite bitter), most of the time he really shines. He is the life of the party! Patrick's is a comfortable place that serves a nice pint, plays U2, and is an inviting place for conversation, with Arthur or other friends as well. I was tired by the time I got to Patrick's but Arthur talked me into going out to one more place. And as he has proved in the past, as long as it does not involve public nudity Arthur is usually right.
Dress Code: Comfortable, not formal, any way you would like.
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!
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