The Old Town buzzes with modern cocktail lounges, music bars and cafés but it's increasingly difficult to find traditional Slovak places.
Mozart, Liszt, Beethoven and Rubinstein all had links to Bratislava so it is no surprise that classical music, opera, and ballet abound here, and at prices which are very attractive to visitors. Indeed it is claimed that the quality is as good as in nearby Vienna but at a fraction of Viennese prices. For listings on all events, visit www.bratislavaguide.com.
Bars in Bratislava
Drink in Gallery Andy
Named after Andy Warhol, who was Slovakian-American, this quirky little bar is well worth a visit. Set on a street in what was the Jewish ghetto, at the foot of the hill that leads up to Bratislava Castle, the interior is decked out like a tram and has an ever-changing selection of art on the walls.Address: , Beblavého 287/4, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 911 087 811.
Stylish bar on the upper storey of a building in the old town, serving some 70 different kinds of vodka as well as various cocktails, with excellent views of the castle and the cathedral. There's a terrace restaurant, too, serving Mediterranean and Thai dishes, and a lift whisks you up from street level.Address: , Hviezdoslavovo námesti 7, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 948 109400.
The Slovak Pub
The best place for a drink in Bratislava is in the cavernous Slovak Pub. The menu includes a good range of traditional Slovak dishes. As the moniker states, 'Not just a pub, it's an institution.'Address: , Obchodná 62, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 5292 6367.
Clubs in Bratislava
A relatively new club, Music Gallery is located in the old town and is the creation of Slovak drummer Martin Valihora, with a focus on jazz and other laid-back beats.Address: , Klariska 1, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 911 883 910.
Famous for its parties in the 1990s, this Bratislava institution is set in a former miltary storage bunker under Bratislava Castle. Most music genres are catered for at some point or another (as long as they aren't mainstream), but especially electro and techno. Wander down a narrow corridor and find yourself in a cavernous dance floor with a bar.Address: , Nábrežie armádneho generála Ludvíka Svobodu,, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 903 776633.
Trafo Music Bar
Set in a basement in the old town, this glamorous club has sleek minimalist interiors and is popular with a younger crowd and stag/hen parties. The playlist includes r 'n b, hip hop, mainstream and house. Get there early to avoid the queues.Address: , Ventúrska 269/1, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 907 704 849.
Live music in Bratislava
Hlava 22 (meaning 'catch 22' in Slovak) is a club and live music venue featuring Slovak and international artists, with music styles ranging from jazz and blues to funk, latin and rock.Address: , Bazová 9, Bratislava,
Telephone: 948 327 333.
Nu Spirit Bar & Lounge
Nu Spirit is the best place in town for DJs and regular live music, varying from drum 'n' bass to jazz, funk, Brazilian and so on.Address: , Medená 16, Bratislava,
Telephone: 905 865 566.
Part of the YMCA culture hub, Randal is an unpretentious live venue featuring punk-rock bands; check the website for the programme. Within the building are a number of bars, a concert hall, another live music venue called A4 that features underground artists, and a summer terrace.Address: , Karpatská 2, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 526 21936.