Bratislava Travel Guide

Bar Beer Wine

Bars

Try Kofola, a Slovak & Czech soft drink with a similar colour to Coca Cola, but lower in sugar and caffeine (and carbonation). Some places serve "draft Kofola" which indeed is draft from a barrel in a way similar to beer (until recently it was actually co-produced by a Bratislava brewery). Some Slovaks say draft Kofola is even better than the bottled version and that it is best enjoyed outside in the sun, for example after a hike or a bike or rollerblade ride. Kofola is a popular alternative to beer if you want to hang out but don't want to drink alcohol. Vinea is another genuine Slovak soft drink made from grapes, offered both in "white" (green grapes) and "red" varieties (red grapes) and even in a rather sweet and maybe not-so-tasty "soft" version without carbon dioxide.

There are quite a few Slovak beer brands, e.g. Zlatý Bažant, Šariš, Smädný Mních and Topvar. Stein beer is a local Bratislava variety which until very recently was brewed practically in the city centre. There are three micro-breweries offering beer in Bratislava, Mestiansky Pivovar, Richtar Jakub and Patronka.

If spirits are more your thing, perhaps you will enjoy Slivovica, a fruit-plums brandy of high quality that is associated with Slovakia.

The best pubs offering Slovak beers can be found in the Old Town: Kristian in Michalska street, Bar Parada in Hviezdoslavovo square, or AeroPressoDepresso in Venturska street. All of them are quite cheap (about €1 per half-liter glass of beer).

Bratislava Pub CrawlRock Ok afrikovo nm. c.4, BratislavaHours: Wed & Sat 9:30PMPrice: 13Great value bar tour popular with young backpackers & locals alike. Includes free beer for 1hr, free shots & entry to multiple clubs.
Bakchus VinarenHlboka 5Phone: +421 2 3218 6666A must place for every Bratislava visitor. The best local and indian dishes in town, purely Slovak wines and historical setting of a traditional wine cellar.
CamouflageVentrska 1Phone: +421 220 922 711Fax: +421 220 922 912Price: approx 5.15/drinkTry this place for cocktails and enjoy the modern ambience.
Grandes MelonesLaurinska 3Phone: +421 254 418 211Hours: M-Th noon-1:30AM F Sa noon-2AM Su 2PM-1:30AMPrice: around 5.60/drinkGreat for cocktails. Friendly staff and air conditioning. Don't be put off by the name, you could spend days in this place.
BeAboutPresernova 4Phone: +421-948-050107Hours: Su-Th 10AM-midnight, F Sa 10AM-5AMMusic club near the riverside popular with younger crowd. Good selection of beers including Belgian specialty beers.
GMT Bar. Very nice cocktail menu with waitress service if you can find a table. Ensure you wear a shirt at the weekends!
UFOIf you want to go for extraordinary, visit UFO. It looks like real U.F.O. and it's a high on a New Bridge (the member of great-towers.com), and you have to use a lift to go there. There is a good restaurant and lounge bar and observation deck. The view is incomparable.
Clubs

Larger clubs in Bratislava include Loft, KC Dunaj, Duplex and SubClub, the latter a former nuclear bunker located under Bratislava Castle. There are many smaller bars with dancefloors closer to the centre, such as Radost on Obchodná Street, next to the Slovak Pub.

Gay/Lesbian

Although some cafes are considered gay inclusive, there are at least two bars dedicated to the gay and lesbian crowd in Bratislava, all of them in the city center, close to the Presidential Palace:

Apollon Gay Club on Panenska 18 (the entrance is in the dooryard of a townhouse), +421 915 480 031, .
B-Club on Vysoka 14 (at the crossing behind Tatra Banka and Volksbank).

source: Wikivoyage

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