Nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Blagoevgrad

PolCa

Blagoevgrad's friendliest cafe has a band of cheerful staff that stirs up soups, fresh salads and tasty sandwiches alongside an Italian-leaning menu of iced and classic coffees (from 1.50 lv). The family-run spot, p…
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 jaunty hallmarks such as bicycles and moustachioed pillows; seats range…
Bar in Plovdiv

Kotka i Mishka

The crowd at this hole-in-the-wall craft-beer hang-out spills onto the street – such is the bar's deserved popularity, even against stiff competition in buzzing Kapana, but it's too chilled to warrant its hipster la…
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…
Club in Blagoevgrad

Moon

Whether it's deep house, chalga (Bulgarian folk-pop) or live bands, things get raucous at this student-heavy nightclub (formerly known as Xtreme). Iron your shirt to get in, but prepare to get it hopelessly wrinkled…
Bar in Bansko

Happy End

They forgot the ‘-ing’, but never mind. This bar-disco, right near the ski lifts, has themed evenings and quality live acts, making it one of Bansko's favourite après-ski spots. The wood-floored outdoor bar has couc…
Bar in Blagoevgrad

Underground

Cheeky themed events – from retro '90s to shameless booze promotions – lure students and 20-somethings to this popular brick-walled bar, just off the main square. Expect a mix of house, R&B, high-energy pop, and…
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 Borovets

Black Tiger

During ski season this bar-restaurant heaves with punters, whether they're chomping on pizza, chugging rakia (Bulgarian brandy) or settling in for karaoke. It’s on the mountain’s base amid the other restaurants and …
Bar in Plovdiv

Sandak

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…