Pack Your Bags For Partyslava!

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Like any European capital worth its salt, Bratislava knows how to party. Club connoisseurs needn't fear that they're stumbling into a nightlife backwater, where the 'action' consists of a smattering of rundown bars playing folk music to monolingual locals as they get stewed on plum vodka. No no, quite the opposite! Bratislava's reputation as a hip and happening clubbing destination precedes itself, and has long been a major draw for the likes of the Austrians (many of whom like to pop across the border from Vienna) and, of course, the all-conquering British stag party (don't worry they're easy to avoid if you want to!), amongst many others.

Nightlife in Bratislava normally begins in the city's pubs and cafes, which in the summer pour forth tables and chairs onto every inch of street offering punters the chance for a very enjoyable pint in the sun. Come colder months, follow your nose down dark alleyways and into courtyards of the Old Town to discover some of the better joints Bratislava has to offer.

For the lowest common denominator of drinking den head to The Dubliner Irish Pub. Ok there are no prizes for originality, but its a good place to meet people, watch sport and slowly ease into the night. For something a little more 'local' try the Slang Pub. This popular watering hole attracts a good mix of Slovaks and expats of all nationalities. If neither of those tickle your fancy a whole range of bars and cafes populate Obchodna street, so you're bound to find a decent place to sink a Saris or two. Better still head to the Novy Most (New Bridge) to sink a cocktail at symbol-of-the-city (how often can you say that about a bar?) UFO restaurant/club.

Once suitably lubed up, the more vivacious travellers will no doubt be keen to locate some nightclubs to show off their best Justin Timberlake impressions... Bratislava offers scores of options. The most popular, if not the most sophisticated, on the nightlife scene is undoubtedly Circus Barok. A two-storied boat on the river Danube plays host to various degrees of debauchery, and it's fair to say that plenty of punters look decidedly seasick by the time the night's over. On the other end of the spectrum is the trendy Trafo Club. Pretentious yes, but still a good night out, with decent commercial dance and hip-hop presiding over a crowd of the good and the great. True clubbers of course will want sidestep the rest and make a bee-line for nightlife legend that is Subclub. Bring your earplugs for a night out in a nuclear bunker...

Needless to say there are many more options out there. If you manage to hunt down something that you think warrants inclusion, just let us know and we'll put on our fanciest clubbing pants and go check it out.


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United Kingdom

Hey there, looking for some advice! Coming over in two weeks time with a couple o friends.. All love to party hoping to spend 48 hours of pure fun! Anyone got any advice or pointers?! Or locals who can chat to?!

Reply Jun 29th, 2013
United States

Hey girls and boys, this is Kiwi from the states I will be staying in your beautiful city for 5 day from 28th of Dec till 2nd of Jan. Hit me up looking forward to meeting interesting people to chat with.

Reply Dec 21st, 2012

hey me and my friends also arrive this friday to celebrate my 21th birthday! Are there any events on this date? Last year we went to duplex and sunshine bar. Do anyone of you know other clubs to make party? greets Lino

Reply Aug 22nd, 2012
United Kingdom

Hey people, arriving in brats on friday for a 21'st bday.. Any partie's or bar crawls that any body knows of gimme a e-mail want to meet nice frinedly people who wana hve fun and enjoy there time.. : )

Reply Aug 20th, 2012

Was in Bratislava during Christmas and found warm & cosy oriental place just few meters from Hlavne namestie (Panska 9). Beautiful people, best shisha I've had!, not mentioning fresh ginger tea and matte.. Amazing! I definitely recommend 'Habibi Cafe' to everyone. Relax, enjoy and feel the atmosphere :)

Reply Dec 26th, 2011

Hi guys, I will be travelling to your beautiful city this Friday. I am hoping to meet up with some nice pretty boys for some cocktails and some extra super fun fun fuuuun! So where is the best place to go to hook up with other like-minded people ;) thanks sooooo much PH xoxoxox

Reply Nov 7th, 2011

I was there n I found the best shisha bar in Bratislava. U can feel the spirit of Orient there. They have also nice cafe and fresh cooked tea and mezze. Its called HABIBI CAFE and its situated in the heart of the Old City - Panska street, number 9. I really recomend u.

Reply Oct 11th, 2011
United States

why would you be scared. Just enjoy life and visit every city.

Reply Aug 20th, 2011

Hi. I´m from Spain and I´m going to Bratislava, arriving on Friday. It worths Bratislava for party or is better Brno, Wien, Cracovia? Thanks alot

Reply Jun 15th, 2011
United States

Some people could look scary, i agree but this club is so much fun. fun for all races

Reply Mar 10th, 2011

hi anybody knows if the circus barok is open again? (was closed over the summer)

Reply Dec 30th, 2009
United States

Dangerous? What way? Some people could look scary, i agree but this club is so much fun. fun for all races

Reply Jun 26th, 2009
sandy nigga

yes it is dangerous for us ppl to go there

Reply Jun 20th, 2009

Is it dangerous for a black person, to party?

Reply Apr 14th, 2008