Pub Crawls are a phenomena that is taking over the party scene across the world. They emerged in the new millenium just as the 90s generation were taking their first steps into the nightlife of bars, pubs and clubs all over the globe.
This comes as no surprise given the fact that most young people love to enjoy beer, wine and booze during their holidays, solo travel, gap years, bachelor nights or hen parties. A pub crawl is an organised experience where one will become apart of group of people, ready to dance and flirt all night long.
Most pub crawls offer the standard entry drinks, power hour etc. Some pub crawls add a little to get the party started.
Malta Pub Crawl is an excellent example of creativity, they have come up with an entire list of 30+ challenges that will get you socialising, laughing and acting silly. This is sure to make a great first impression on your new found friends from around the world.
Some the challenges are simple such as ‘’Do a body on the bar’’ or ‘’ask the barman to remove his shirt.’’ Others are a little more complex and require a team effort like ‘’build a human pyramid.’’
At the end of the night the most adventurous team is rewarded with extra drinks or maybe a free tshirt.
Ljubljana is a great town for crazy parties until the wee hours. Still most of us need a little warm up before we hit the clubs. There are a number of cool pre-party places where you can prepare yourself for Ljubljana's nightlife and here’s a list of those we like best.
A great place to either start or end your night, or maybe just to grab a cup of coffee during the day. Parlament is a coffee palace and a pub, that turns into a club in the evening, and stays open until 4AM. It’s known for cheap drinks and cocktails (3 for the price of 2) and a young crowd, comprised mostly of local & international students. It’s one of those places that is always packed, regardless of what day or time it is. All this makes Parlament an excellent choice for a pre-party.
A great pre-drinking place with a cool old-school american style interior. They are known for their wide range of shots and of course their sexy all-female staff. 6PM - 11PM is happy hour, when you can get discounts on your drinks, after that the bar stays open until 5AM. They’re mostly visited by a younger crowd of students and the like.
A typical English pub that has one of the widest selections of beer in the city. A place that attracts a very diverse crowd of all possible ages and is almost always full, especially on weekends. Cutty Sark is also known as a cool sports bar where you can watch a game over a beer with your buddies.
Petkovškovo nabrežje (Bar Area)
An area along the riverbank of Ljubljanica where a number of bars are located. It’s a great place to pre-drink, especially during the summer, when you’re able to sit outside. Most of the bars have screens so you’re able to watch the games. They’re also known for offering a wide selection of beers, including a number of local craft beers, which can be really good and we highly recommend you try them.
Cankarjevo nabrežje (Bar Area)
Another area along the riverbank of Ljubljanica where several different bars and restaurants are located. Unlike the Petkovškovo nabrežje, which is known for its pubs with great beer, Cankarjevo nabrežje has more cocktail bars and lounge areas. Just walk along the riverbank and see which ones you like best. Some of our favourites are: Tokyo Piknik, Solist Bar, Chill out, and Fetiche.
Known for cheap drinks and late working hours. Pod Skalco is open every day until 3AM, even on holidays and certain workdays when some places are closed (or close early). If you find yourself lost and unsure where to go on a Sunday or a Monday, this is the place where you’re always welcome.
Though not exactly legal, you can always buy drinks at the supermarket, and pre-drink outside. The beach of river Ljubljanica is a popular place for that. Note that in Slovenia you can only buy alcohol from 10AM to 9PM and smaller stores only offer the very basic stuff. If you’re staying in the center, you’ll get the most drinks to choose from in larger stores such as Maxi. If not, or if you don’t mind taking a ride to one of the shopping centers (BTC or Rudnik), you should, by all means, go to one of the larger supermarket. Just be sure that when you’re drinking outside, you clean after yourself and don’t make too much fuss, or else you might get in trouble with the local authorities.
These are some places we recommend you to visit for getting your party started in Ljubljana. Our best advice for a pre-party though is to save yourself a bit for later. Remember this is supposed to be a warm up before the actual party, not a party of it’s own. If you get wasted too soon you’ll have all sorts of problems, starting with not being able to get into the best clubs. They tend to deny entry to those who are too drunk, not to mention it’s unlikely you’ll keep a fond memory of your party if you get sick or aren’t even able to remember anything. If you’re not sure how to take on a pre-party in Ljubljana we recommend you join a Pub Crawl. That way you’ll visit all the best places with a guide and finish in one of Ljubljana’s finest clubs. All the while you’ll meet other travelers, warm up with a bunch of drinks, and get ready for the night of your life.
Ljubljana is known for the craziest parties. As anything good though this too has it’s downsides. Here’s what you can do to survive the horrible headache you feel after experiencing Ljubljna's wild nightlife.
1. Hungover Brunch
The first thing you need to start getting over the sickness is a good breakfast. But since it’s usually a bit late to call it that, let’s say you should go for a brunch :) Some excellent places for comforting morning food are Le Petit Cafe, Ek Bistro and Slovenska hiša. Go for the latter if you’d like a proper Slovenian style breakfast. If not, the first two offer a wide range of delicious breakfast dishes to fill your sore stomach. Be sure to also drink a lot of fluids, preferably water or fresh fruit juice.
Once you are properly fed you can take a walk and chill in a park. The biggest in Ljubljana is park Tivoli. It has a number of walking paths as well as a trim trail and a few playgrounds for kids. There’s also a botanic garden if you need something to rest your eyes on, and a few bars where you can have some coffee. One of the main places for that are Caffe Bienale overlooking the park’s outdoor gallery and Čolnarna (Boathouse) with a nice view of lake Tivoli, which in the summer is filled with waterlilies.
If at that point you feel like you have regained your physical strength and need something to help improve your mood, then get your laugh on by going on a Comedy Tour. It’s hosted by a comedian who takes you through the town, ripping on the main attractions, monuments and landmarks. You’ll hear funny stories about Ljubljana and have your spirits lifted in no time. Note that this is a free tour, which means you only pay as much as you feel it is worth. If you don’t like it, you’re not obliged to pay.
If you already feel like you’re ready for the next party than you might want to skip the tour and go straight to a winetasting. If not, you can always fight fire with fire and go anyway. This is a really cool activity if you’re interested in wine and would like some mild pre-dinner drinking. It’s hosted by a wine expert and takes place in a 300 year old cellar in the center of Ljubljana. You’re guided through tasting 7 top Slovenian wines, accompanied by delicious snacks. The tastings are interactive and are both fun and informative.
After that you’ll probably want to have some dinner before you go out clubbing again or head home to wherever it is you’re staying for some rest. A great place to grab some delicious local food is Hiša pod Gradom. Either way, by the time you’ve finished your 7th sample of wine, or have completed the hilarious walking tour, any traces of your hangover should be long gone.
Lounge bars are perfect for relaxing afternoon drinks with your friends or business partners. Though there are many such places to choose from in Ljubljana, here are 5 which we find to be the most popular.
AS is not only an amazing restaurant, but also extends to AS Aperitivo, a more relaxed lounge area where guests can enjoy a nice glass of wine, a cocktail or perhaps a light mediterranean dish. The bar hosts DJ performances on the weekends with smooth lounge or house music attracting an easy going crowd and making it a perfect place for mingling and meeting interesting new people.
A lounge bar and restaurant which transforms into a party place on the weekends. With everything from amazing food, wine and desserts to special off and on party events this bar has a really cool vibe, attracting quite a crowd and making it the perfect place for almost any occasion.
A great cafe & restaurant during the week and an amazing lounge or sometimes even a party place on the weekends. During the summer you’ll be able to enjoy a zen-like garden resembling a perfect yoga practice spot and when the weather is bad the place still has a nice interior making it no less fun when it’s cold. Sputnik also hosts events that range from live music performances, house parties to salsa dance parties. The only downside of this bar is that it takes about a 15 minute drive from the city center to get there so you won’t be able to reach it on foot.
A wine bar with the widest selection of wines by the glass in Slovenia. The place is also a restaurant offering luscious lunches during the day and delicious snacks in the evening. There are tables outside the bar when the weather is warm where you can enjoy an excellent view of the castle, while the separes inside offer a more private atmosphere with large windows still attracting some glances from outside.
Located in the BTC business, shopping & entertainment area it is the go-to place for after-work drinks. A great place to grab a coffee or drink and talk business with your new clients or with your buddies.
This concludes our list of 5 popular lounge bars in Ljubljana. We hope you’re able to find one that suits your needs and have a great time in our beautiful city no matter which of the bars you decide to visit.
Amazing Pub Crawl and Excellent City Tour! Party Guide and his team were great from start to finish.... He met us at our hotel and gave us a day / night to remember (although some details are still a bit sketchy thanks to his free home brew that he gave on before we hit the first bar). Can't recommend this tour / pub crawl highly enough... Read the whole review here >Sac, USA
If you want to have the best night of your life and do it in style, get in touch with Jani! Jani timed everything perfectly and was getting involved with the group when necessary, otherwise he let us get on with it. I really could not have asked for more - beautiful country, epic nights, wonderful people and Jani made it all happen. Cannot recommend him or the city enough! Read the whole review here >Jamie, London
We booked Pub Crawl together with 14 of my Erasmus classmates from Vienna, when we visited Ljubljana. One of them said after the greatest night ever, that you only Ljubljana once (YOLO) and you should definetly do the pub crawl when you are in Ljubljana, because you will never forget it. Our guide Matej was the best, took us to all of the best bars and clubs and brought us free drinks in every place. I definitely recommend Party in Ljubljana, because of the great guides, places, people and the experience you will never forget.:) Read the whole review here >Kaja, Vienna
We decided to book a guided tour of Ljubljana nightlife with Ana. It turned out to be an excellent decision. Ana was a wonderful host - friendly, warm and welcoming form the start. She took us to a couple of lively and trendy bars before taking us out to one of the main clubs in town. Wherever we went she went out of her way to introduce us to new friends and make sure we were having fun. I would definitely recommend... Read the whole review here >Ali, London