Let us be frank: Bratislava is no mecca of hardcore clubbing and not all the clubs and pubs are foreigner friendly. Bellow is the list of the clubs that our International community identified as foreigner friendly.
The city has several party zones, with the center being the biggest.
Clubs in the Old Town
One area worth exploring, especially for the younger crowd, is around the Main Square.
A night club in the heart of Bratislava designed in an oriental way that will enchant you is 1001 Nights Club located on Panská street, a few meters from the Palffy Palace. On Fridays and Saturdays you can recognize the place by a queue of people waiting to get in.
On Sedlarska street, try the Barrock – cosy rock club. Another nearby rock club, at Safarikovo Namestie, which frequently offers live music is Rock OK – the name betrays the genre.
KC Dunaj is located on the fourth floor of a former warehouse at the SNP square in Bratislava. It is a venue which serves as a bar, a club as well as a place for various social events. There is also a design shop where you can find cute accessories, and a gallery for art lovers. Regular thematic parties, live shows, bazaars, literature, theater events – everybody can find their own thing here.
In Dunajska Street you can find Goblins Pub – peculiar mixture of all cultures and nationalities. From hot International Quiz Nights, foreign DJs, live music bands to poetry nights and stand up comedy, there is nothing you won’t find in the Goblins pub.
Cosy, extra chill Nu Spirit Bar (formerly known as Buddha Bar) on Medena features DJs on most nights and has a solid local following – the soothing nu jazz draws a sophisticated crowd of varying age groups. Its nearby larger sister Nu Spirit Club in Luxor Passage has some of the best gigs in town.
The stylish Loft and Bateilier in Tovarenska are the new number in town with numerous interesting events. DJs can also be found at Radost, an underground chill bar and club on Obchodna.
A young crowd also frequents Channels with two underground floors of varied electronic music on Zupne Namestie, adjacent to SNP Namestie (Square).
Near the river is The Club. It is in the building of the Park Inn Danube Hotel. If you like big and fancy clubs, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. It is one of the biggest and most exclusive night clubs of Bratislava. Be ready to get wild at their thematic parties, to dance the night away and meet a mixture of good looking locals and foreigners. Just a three minute walk along the river, in the basement of the Faculty of Philosophy, of Comenius University, is Be About Club. It is a large restaurant with American food on the menu and special Belgian and German beers. Be About turns into a club in the evenings.
If you like fancy clubs try Sheraton Ambers bar – many International Gatherings and Networking events are held there.
Clubs at Mlynska Dolina – Outside of the City Centre
Another party zone is in Mlynska Dolina, an area full of students that live in the dormitories located there. Unique and Elam, are in Mlynska Dolina and they are pretty much alike. They host regular thematic parties, as well as events targetted toward and sometimes organized by university students. They also have lots of drink specials.
Clubs Further from the Centre of Bratislava
Some other good places are further from the centre, but are large and well known. The biggest is The Square on Trnavske Myto, mostly used for concerts and special events. Even further from the center is another fun place – Harley-Davidson Club, which is located near the Cintorin Ruzinov (Ruzinov Cemetery). It is a classic rock club and a taxi ride away from the center. If you like latino music you should try La Fiesta on Prievozka street.
The biggest club nights, of course, are Friday and Saturday, but Thursdays and even Wednesdays can get reasonably lively at some of the more popular venues.
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