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Memento

Memento (106 G.S. Rakovski Street, Sofia) – this bar is located on a strip locally known as the “Bulgarian Broadway”.  The outdoor seating draws in a significant crowd in the scorching summer months, and in the evening it’s the expertly mixed cocktails that everyone is after. Memento features a pool, chaise lounges (beach beds), sand, […]

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Hambara

Hambara (22, 6-ti Septemvrt Street, Sofia) — the cavernous space within is entirely candlelit and spread across two floors with shaky wooden benches and tables.  During the Communist period, as of now, patrons know of this venue strictly by word of mouth.  People here are notorious for failing to observe the smoking ban, but this […]

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Bilkova

Bilkova (22 Tsar Ivan Shishman Street, Sofia) – this pub was named after a pharmacy that once sold herbal remedies at this spot decades ago.  Visitors will find an unpretentious and outgoing crowd enjoying beers and spirits at reasonable prices. Locating it shouldn’t be a problem – just follow the murmur of revelers hanging around […]

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Black Label Whisky Bar

Black Label Whisky Bar (7 Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard, Sofia) – with its classical Baroque interior (complete with oil paintings of Bulgarian historic figures, it’s no surprise that this bar was once a military club that hosted fancy balls for the local elite.  Still, the dress code here is formal, so patrons should know this before […]