Bratislava, a great place to chill during the day, takes on a new face when the sun goes down.
Bratislava, charming and chill during the day, becomes a totally different place at night. The clubbing scene is lively. Pick your poison and your choice of venue and off you go! Find an intimate spot where you can sip a dry martini whilst having a great conversation for hours, or choose a more vivid bar, where you can dance wildly into the early hours. Rumours have it that visitors of Vienna get often lured to cross the border to party at the Bratislava’s hotspots, which can be found in the Old Town scattered across the Michalská, Obchodná and Ventúrska streets as well as Hviezdoslavovo and Župné squares. The Old Town is full of clubs and music bars with live musicians or great DJs.
For a club with a difference, visit the former military bunkers beneath Bratislava Castle. It is one of the city’s most unusual night spot, a mainstay of Slovak nightclubs for two generations. Known across the Europe for its deep, loud and steady rumble, here the founding fathers of a vibrant underground culture dust off their vinyl to work the crowd. Subclub, formerly known also as U Club, started out as a venue for alternative rock concerts, where the audience sat on empty beer crates. As the club grew popular, more and more DJs were invited to play sets here and the cornerstone of the Slovak techno, house, drum ‘n’ bass, and jungle music scene was born.
One of the founders of Subclub, Tibor Holoda, is also behind the Wilsonic electronic music festival, held in Bratislava every June. The festival and its spin-off club nights are a showcase for upcoming trends in the electronic dance music and present a fusion of old and new genres, mixing tradition with experimentation.
If you want to enjoy Bratislava’s underground scene, visit Nu Spirit, which has been leading this scene for more than 10 years.
And finally, hipster movement is on the rise too. A new multicultural hub is emerging on Karpatská Street, housing half a dozen number of cool bars and clubs, where a variety of subcultures congregates. A similar place can be found on Nedbalova Street, in the city centre. The cultural centre Dunaj in the town centre is another cool spot, with its live concerts, club nights, literature, visual arts, theatre and discussions evenings. The bar and the top-floor terrace offers great views of the castle and the Old Town.
Chill by day and smokin‘ hot at night, Bratislava is fast earning a reputation as one of Central Europe’s best youth scenes.
Bastion Pub offers one of the widest ranges of draft beer from several renowned breweries across Europe as well as from small craft breweries in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Bastion is situated at the junction of busy city thoroughfares.
The Urban Space became impossibly popular right after its opening, thanks to its contemporary décor, magnificent cakes, delish avocado toasts, and of course the yummy chai latté!
Kontakt was made by people with a knack for fashion, art, community-building and sustainability.
How about this as a definition of heaven: excellent local beer, low prices, long opening hours.
Simple, yet classy interior invites serious wine enthusiasts to sample some of the best wine the world has to offer, including some rare finds and organic wines.
Subclub is Bratislava’s cult underground spot, well known to DJs and clubbers from both home and abroad. This former bomb shelter under the city castle hosted legendary dance parties for the moms and dads of today’s audience.
Larger (and noisier) sister of the original Gorila named Urban House presents customers with more food options, a lot more comfortable chairs, plus a DJ stand, which makes it a definite addition to a must visit list.
To say this place is legendary would be an understatement. This bohemian bar singlehandedly raised whole generations of Bratislava‘s café-lurkers and partygoers, feeding them hot post-hangover soup, endless lines of shots, and salmon on everything. If these walls could only talk!