A typical Irish pub - with TV screen, standard stools, seats and tables arranged as in many Irish pubs - well it's Murphy's Irish Pub and it's one of Cliff Claven's tips.
If you're a pub-goer, you'll like it very much here :D
Dress Code: Warm enough to drink a beer or a whiskey, thin enough to get warm afterwards. I am talking about clothes of course. Seriously, you know what you need to wear to enjoy your drink, doncha.
Address: 6 Karnigradska Str.
Directions: For Murphy's, walk on Boulevard Vitosha away from the Sheraton about 3 blocks, look for the white guard booth and American Flag that signify the American center, turn down that street, and go about 2
You can't visit any major city in eastern Europe these days without finding an Irish pub. In Sofia the haven for the thirsty traveller is Murphy's, just off the city's main shopping street, Vitosha Boulevard. Great Guinness, cheeky Bulgarian barmaids and facilities so clean that people travel from all over the city just to use them. Oh, and the Guinness is half the price it is in London.
Update - July 2004:
When you walk into a pub at half past eight on a Saturday evening and there are only five customers, you begin to wonder. The toilets are as good as they always were - but where are the crowds, the atmosphere, the fun....???
Update - August 2005:
Another Saturday night and the place was heaving. Okay, there were a couple of World Cup games on: the locals moaning as their team went down to Sweden, and the expats marvelling as the Scots held Italy to a draw. And there were two Irish diplomats, testing the Guinness in the corner.
There are two good Irish Pubs where English-speaking expats congegrate. The most popular is Murphy's, but Flannagan's is almost as good, and less crowded to boot.
I'm not a clubber, but Biblioteka is the one I hear about the most.
Good food in a safe and unchallenging atmosphere for expats. The staffs speak English well. Prices are high by local standards but cheap for westerners. A meal is four to five dollars, a Guinness is two, and a Bushmill's is three.
Dress Code: casual
Directions: For Murphy's, walk on Boulevard Vitosha away from the Sheraton about 3 blocks, look for the white guard booth and American Flag that signify the American center, turn down that street, and go about 2Add to your Trip Planner