Bulgarian Thrace drinking and nightlife

Bar in Plovdiv

Kotka i Mishka

The crowd at this hole-in-the-wall craft-beer hangout spills onto the street – such is the bar's deserved popularity, even against stiff competition in buzzing Kapana. The industrial-feel decorations – such as hamst…
Cafe in Plovdiv

Monkey House

Coffee lovers can rest easy in the stripped-bare decor of Monkey House, purveyors of Plovdiv's best flat white. The interior is ornamented with bicycles and moustachioed pillows; seats range from tree stumps and whe…
Wine Bar in Plovdiv

Vino Culture

Opening up from the blink-and-you'll-miss-it exterior is an airy brick-walled space where staff truly know their vintages. Delicious Bulgarian wines start at 2 lv per glass, while mixed Spanish and Italian tapas suc…
Bar in Plovdiv

Bar Maria Luiza

Too pretty to be merely a dive bar, the Maria Luiza has dedicated owners who keep adapting the decor to suit their whims. The colourful downstairs is particularly stylish, vaguely reminiscent of 1920s Paris. There's…
Bar in Plovdiv


Take a seat on the outdoor military storage boxes, or huddle up within this novel whisky bar in Kapana. The crowd is spirited, and there are occasional guitar-driven live-music acts to keep things fizzing until late…
Bar in Plovdiv

Morado Bar & Dinner

This glamorous venue marries cocktails, live music and pan-European dining on an open-air verandah. Events range from DJ sets and risqué dance shows to retro music nights or screenings of sports or music.
Bar in Plovdiv

Art Club Nylon

A bastion of bohemia, this damp, bare-bones but always interesting spot hosts rock and indie bands, themed nights and plenty of drunken, late-night literary chatter.
Cafe in Plovdiv

Dolce Fellini

Gelato flavours, from cookie to lemon, as well as dainty patisserie, custard puddings and smooth coffee seduce passers-by at this exceptional Italian-style cafe.
Cocktail Bar in Plovdiv

Terzo Mondo

You can try to resist the chintz, but most revellers in Kapana (especially students and expats) are eventually hoovered into the '90s-pop whirlwind here. The mismatch of African masks, South American cocktails and A…
Bar in Plovdiv

Petnoto na Rorschach

Alt-rock, jazz, funk and electronica dominate the eclectic menu at Petnoto na Rorschach, beloved among Plovdiv's 20-somethings for its free-spirited atmosphere. 'Rorschach's Inkblot' is at its best during live-music…