KGB - ...They're always watching, even on your hen do...all jokes aside, this fabulous bar is filled with cold-war era bric-a-brac and it's got a really unique vibe that even we've never experienced before. This is probably what would've happened if the nukes had been launched back in the 60's and a mad Russian decided to set up a bar in his nuclear shelter.
Where? Obchodná 530/52, 811 06, Bratislava
Nu Spirit - Just 5 minutes from Old Town's city centre, down a quiet, unremarkable street lies this diminutive but brilliant bar. It's simplistic, but effortlessly chic. Listen to electronic jazz and chill out to the max with a tasty cocktail in hand.
Where? Medená 16, Bratislava
Ginger Café Gallery - We really love this little place - it's certainly quiet, but what would you expect from a bar that closely resembles the flat of an artistic twenty-something? This is delightfully chic, and with live music on Friday nights there might not be a better bar in which to natter with the girls over a few cheeky glasses before a big night out.
Where? Rajska 5, Bratislava
Café Verne - This café might be named after famous French novelist Jules Verne, but you won't have to go Around the World in Eighty Days to find this niche dining spot that provides brilliant breakfasts, hearty lunches and delicious dinners. The antique décor is lovely too!
Where? Hviezdoslavovo námestie 18, Bratislava
Viecha U Sedliaka - Traditional Slovak dishes can be hard to come by, even in the heart of the city - that's why this restaurant is so special. Generous portions of delicious Slovak classics are the norm here and the simplistic surroundings have an enduring charm about them. There really is no better hangover cure than a few spoonfuls of a hearty goulash!
Where? Obchodná 567/55, 811 06 Bratislava
Sights & Sounds
After a quick trip along the Danube River, you'll come to one of Bratislava's most iconic sights, the imposing ruins of Devin Castle. This is a seriously Game of Thrones sightseeing experience, with a haunting tale behind it that's totally worthy of the murder-happy show! According to legend a bereaved bride-to-be jumped from the battlements after her family killed the groom and ordered her to enter a convent. Now we've heard of parents not liking boyfriends, but that's just a whole new level of mean...
Out of all of Bratislava's underground parties, UHU Club is certainly the biggest and best. This spectacular club has an intimate vibe that really propels you forwards on the dance floor...or that could just be the vodka...either way, you'll have a fabulous time throwing shapes to the sounds of Slovak DJ's working at the cutting edge of electronic music.
Radost is perfect for those moments where you feel as if you aren't ready to hit the hay, but the prospect of a full-on night out just sounds far too exhausting. This is relaxed fun where the music is subtle and the cocktails cool.
In the Diary
June - Viva Musica! Classical music certainly isn't the order of the day anymore, but after these modern takes on traditional pieces, you'll think it should be.
July - Summer of Culture. Bratislava comes to life with the sound of music and street parties as the Slovak's celebrate everything that makes their culture great!
November - Goose Feast. Tuck in hens! Slovak geese are terrified this time of year because they're all anybody seems to eat in this traditional festival...yum!
November - Christmas Market Feel the festive cheer and discover what makes a Slovakian Christmas so very special.
Top of the Shops
No longer a communist capital, Bratislava has embraced the modern world with open arms, adopting fresh fashion styles week in, week out. Keeping up with this visually arresting wardrobe whirlwind can be pretty mind-boggling, but with the city's excellent shopping districts and vintage stores you can pick up cut-price threads as well as in-fashion items that'll be all the rage in Britain in a few months!
Textile House - With a constantly rotating collection of bargain buys, stock here is in high demand! So if you spot a steal, don't hesitate to snap it up. Fabulous dresses and glitzy tops are among the gems you'll find on the rails.
Where? Mikuláša Schneidra Trnavského 4, 851 01 Bratislava
Aupark - One of the cities top shopping precincts, Aupark houses all the usual high-street suspects as well as a few tempting restaurants. There's always the chance you can save a couple of bob on a sought after dress with the euro though...
Where? Einsteinova 18 Bratislava
Eurovea - A little pricier than the Aupark, but certainly worth the extra money if you're looking for a special purchase to make your memorable weekend!
Where? Pribinova 8 Bratislava
Girls About Town - Getting around Bratislava...
Bratislava is beautiful, photogenic and incredibly tiresome to travel when you're weighed down with all that shopping! Don't worry girls, there's an excellent transport network in the city that'll take you where you need to go (or there about) for eyebrow-raising low prices! Make the most of Buses, Trolleys and Trams with a great value Bratislava City Card.
So what is there to do apart from shop and sightsee in this fabulous town? A fair bit as it turns out! For thrill-seeking hens, White Water Rafting, Target Shooting, Clay Shooting and Paintballing are all options that are bound to get hearts racing. However if feminine fun is more your thing, Wine Tasting, Pampering Days and a stress-busting Indian Head Massage could be perfect for you! See more...
Bratislava has a thriving underground clubbing scene where tattooed rock chicks mingle with glitzy Slovak fashion queens in a mutual love of good times and great nights out. Get your evening underway with a delicious Restaurant meal or a massive Medieval Banquet if your day of hen party frolics has left you really starving. Enjoy a sexy performance from a Male Stripper or if you're feeling really lucky, why don't you pay a visit to the local Casino? At the end of it all, Guestlist Nightclubbing is the perfect way to finish a spectacular night out on the town. See all our nightlife options...