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Metelkova Mesto: A drink in the old Yugoslav barracks.
After the brief ten day war with Milosovic's old Yugoslav forces was over, the people moved into the old barracks that they left behind, and created a communal cultural workshop that is now known as Metelkova Mesto. Housing a number of bars and clubs, as well as the best backpackers in Ljubljana, the whole thing is now a miniature version of Copenhagen's Kristiania. It's very colourful, with people from all walks of life, and plenty of cheap beer and good music. It's also very relaxed too, and while many people get crazily drunk, there's not a bad word spoken.
It's a bit away from the main town centre, but perfect if you are staying at the Celica youth hostel. Check out the link to Celica below for a map.
Metelkova mesto: A quiet drink
We headed to Metelkova after a long day of sightseeing. We were too tired to even think about making it a long night, so we just grabbed a couple of cans of beer from a place blaring out Joy Division and drank them sitting on the steps outside.
If you're the quiet type and a bit worried about the idea that it may be some kind of anarchic commune, don't be put off. It's a bit scruffy, but not at all intimidating.
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Metelkova mesto: Grungy crowd
The Metelkova district seemed like the kind of place I’d like to hang out. I was there once on a sunny afternoon, when there was almost no one around, except for some guys smoking and watching a football game. I came back on a Saturday evening and was kind of surprised to see that it was very calm. There was a Dutch minivan showing some experimental movie and some people drinking beer on the “central square”. Even if there was no partying going on, I liked the atmosphere that was hanging in this place.
Oh, and the decoration is absolutely brilliant!
It’s a bit out of the city centre, about 20-30 min walk if I remember correctly.
Dress Code: very informal
Metelkova mesto: Alternative style
Have you ever been to Christiania in Copenhagen or at a botellon in Spain or Portugal? Well Metelkova is a mixture. You have an old military casern and a lot of enthusiastic youngsters and you get this little city in the city. Several clubs are scattered around in the artisic decorated houses; gay/lesbian, punk, gothic, techno. All of it living site by site and you can randomly choose with an entry fee of 2 til 6 euros. Out in the main street of Metelkova people are drinking and eating and mixing in between each other having a great time. Around the corner lies the famous Celica hostel and all the facades are sprangled with grafiti or sculptures and so forth.
This is metelkova an ideal place for a night out.
Dress Code: Be yourself
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Metelkova mesto: Alternative scene
Fabulous place. Ljubljana's all year long alternative art spot, a place to have a drink, snack, a hostel even, plus a number of other activities, from gay bar on... but most of all party all night long. Close to the main railway station and another great place Orto Club! Do not miss it!
Metelkova is an example of how abandoned or bad considered city areas can become a great place to meet people and spend great evenings or nights.
A hostel(lonely planet credits it as one of the best ine europe) has been created from the prison.Just next to the hostel there was a building occupied by some kind of squatters and now it is sort of public space for people that go there to drink, chat, dance or listen to live music, when I was there it was also a sort of meeting point for the street artists after their performances in the city centre.Extremely unformal and damn cheap, you can have a beer for about 1,50 €, I really had a great time there and hardly reccommend, above all in summer where people cook, eat, drink also outside, definitly a cool atmosphear!
Dress Code: Whatever.
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metelkova mesto: alternative scene
the place is ancient barraks which were occupaied by youth after the army went out now it is a geathering of ljubljana's youth who like the alternative
the coultural program is on almost every day - live music, workshops... you can check the programe on the website
the is really something special what u cannot find in every city
Dress Code: as free as possible
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The clubs of Metelkova: The city within the city
This is six nightclubs within squatted buildings. Right behind Hostel Celica, this area is a cool place to be. Each venue is different and the common area is filled with happy people drinking beer and buying the best (and only!) falafal in Ljubljana. The partying seems to never stop, for people were still there at 10 am the next day!
Dress Code: No dress code.
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