Nightlife in Bratislava is incredibly varied, consisting of everything from quiet local bars to rowdy clubs to chic cocktail dens.
A walk around the city’s Old Town area will provide numerous venues for you to check out. This includes everything from the Aligator rock pub on Laurinská to Cocoloco cocktail bar on Nam SNP. For some a bit quieter, you could check out Café Viki on Banskobystrická which is close to the Grassalkovich Palace so it’s a great spot for a daytime tipple.
If you’re looking for something a bit more cultural to do in the evenings, there are lots of options. You could check out a performance at the Slovak National Theatre or head to the Reduta, home to the Slovak Philharmonic. If live music is your thing, you’ll be able to see all kinds of bands and musicians perform in venues throughout the city.
Laurinská 7, Bratislava, Slovakia
Perfect for rock fans, this dark gem of a bar is reached by heading down a flight of stairs under the watchful eye of, you guessed it, an alligator. Not a live one, of course, just a pretty cool statue. Once inside the bar you can sample something from the extensive drinks menu, find some space on the floor to mosh along to the music, or if you’re lucky, catch one of the many live performances.
Open Tues-Sat 6pm-3am, closed Sun and Mon.
Nám SNP 1, Bratislava, Slovakia
One of the city’s finest cocktail bars, shiny Cocoloco is filled with lively customers sipping concoctions of all colours or having a dance to the loud music pumped around the entire bar. Check out the alcove tables if you’re looking for a bit more privacy from the crowd. Drinks specials are served up by the English-speaking, attentive staff.
Open Mon-Thurs 8pm-4am, Fri-Sat 8pm-5am, Sun 8pm-2am.
Klariská 8, Bratislava, Slovakia
With a chic interior and a number of outdoor tables, this bar offers a number of different options depending on what you want from your night. You can sit outside and watch people pass by as the sun sets, or sip your drinks inside surrounded by a buzz of conversation. Popular and lively, the bar area is narrow but quite long, and includes a big screen TV and a substantial stereo system.
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am.
Banskobystrická 18, Bratislava, Slovakia
Away from the main nightlife areas, this relaxed bar is popular with locals and is a great place for a quiet drink during the day after visiting Grassalkovich. It also has internet access, if you feel the need to check your email. Everything from whiskeys to fruit juices can be found on the drinks menu, and prices couldn’t be any more reasonable.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 4pm-10pm.
Obchodná 36, Bratislava, Slovakia
Head up the stairs and cross this bar’s outdoor deck area to reach the long bar area inside. Bright and airy, it stretches back quite far with lots of tables, filled with chattering locals and visitors alike. Cheap beer, cocktails, spirits and more are all available from the prompt bar staff.
Open Mon-Thurs 8am-12am, Fri 8am-1am, Sat-Sun 11am-12pm.