Our 5 Best Beer Places in Ljubljana
So, you are in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana and you soon realize there are tons of cafes and bars and lovely restaurants, especially in the Old Town area and by the Ljubljanica River …
Ljubljana has a great pub scene!
As you might have already expected, Slovenes love beer. Furthermore, beer plays an important role in the life of Slovenes and most cafe’s in Ljubljana actually serve beer.
But if you want to spend some time discovering the beer scene in Ljubljana, be prepared to step a bit away from the heart of the city centre.
Not too far, though.
We made a selection of five beer places that we – as locals – enjoy the most in our capital.
1. PIVNICA LAJBAH
Let’s start with our favourite beer place at the moment – Pivnica Lajbah, located just 5-10 minutes walk from the famous Three Bridges and alongside the Ljubljanica River, direction TRNOVO neighbourhood.
This pub primarily attracts people who really LOVE and enjoy beer (meaning those who are not only interested in getting drunk). This sizeable pub with a very inviting terrace has an enormous selection of craft beer!
From Slovene craft beers you have to try Pelicon and Reservoir Dogs. Some best European beers such as Oedipus (Holland) and Nogne (Norway) are served here.
Some fine pub food is to be found at Pivnica Lajbah!
2. THE UNION PUB (PIVNICA UNION)
Union is Ljubljana’s beer brewery and beer brand with some serious history dating back to 1864. Union Pub is a part of the brewery’s complex, but it opened only in 2014.
This is a large pub with a decent terrace, about 10 minutes walk from Ljubljana centre, direction ŠIŠKA neighbourhood.
Here you can try more than 10 different draft beers, accompanied by Union Selection – a special weekly brewer’s choice of beers, prepared exclusively for the Union Pub.
Some traditional Slovene food is served here, such as Carniolan Sausage, traditional »žganci«, tripe, dry meat and Prekmurje ham with house pâté, pickled vegetables, selected Slovene cheeses, but also burgers etc.
Pivnica Union has great food and is also known for its beer garden!
3. SIR WILLIAM’S PUB
This elegant English-style pub in the centre of Ljubljana (direction Ljubljana main Railway and Bus station) is managed by one of the best connoisseurs of the Slovene beer scene.
Therefore, another great pub for all real beer lovers visiting Ljubljana, who want to discover its local craft beer scene and prefer some authentic pub scene over the places packed with tourists and youngsters.
Sir William’s is a real pub gem in the centre of Ljubljana.
This urban pub legend called Žmauc is a very good place to hang out and maybe meet some locals. It feels very home-like, with sincere hospitality and very laid back vibes. Oh, and the music never disappoints – from reggae to hip-hop – they know how to catch the mood.
We keep coming back to Žmauc it’s a great place for solo travellers, as well.
Last, but not least – Mačkon (in translation it’s a version of a male Cat) is a bit of a local hang out, too. But we love local, right?! You won’t see many cats here, but in the warm days you will totally immerse yourself in a vibrant & quirky Trubarjeva street life around you.
Of course with the help of some great Mačkon house beers!
Absolutely love this rock & roll music pub on Ljubljana Trubarjeva Street!
Needless to say, it’s hard to choose only five beer places in Slovenia’s capital, and on your visit you will sure find many more to add to our list!
By Mari Podhrasky (@mari_podhrasky) / Twitter