Nights Out

I’m more about cinema, theatre and live music venues than I am about clubbing, so expect a fair bit to accrue here on the first three in this chapter and just a little on the clubs. Have a good night!

For Bratislava and Košice, we’ve also compiled this list of the classic places to go for a night out:

BRATISLAVA

Slovak Philharmonic (Slovenská filharmónia): In this beautifully renovated baroque building, you can catch some great classical music concerts several times weekly. MAP

Slovak National Theatre (Slovenské národné divadlo or SND): The highly impressive  SND has two venues in Bratislava: one (the original building) on Hviezdoslavovo Námestie in a grand 1880’s colonnaded building and the other (the new building, opened in 2007) east of the centre at the Eurovea shopping centre, overlooking the Danube.MAP MAP

Hlava 22: This is Bratislava’s best bet for catching live jazz outside of October’s jazz festival. The website is only in Slovak. MAP

Nu Spirit Bar: Time-tested bastion of experimental, electronic, hip hop and groove music in Bratislava, in a cosy cellar bar. Now the site has an English-language blog so anyone can follow what’s on. Things get going around 9 or 10pm. MAP

KOŠICE

Kosice State Theatre (Štátne divadlo Košice): A grand turn-of-the-century building on Hlavná (the main city square) with a well-regarded programme of dance, music and drama. MAP

Jazz Club: Not just jazz (although that happens regularly) but also regular DJs and even tango. Yes. MAP


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