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.
Let’s start with our favourite beer place at the moment – 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 crafts beer!
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.
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 pub/cafe is a very nice place to hang out and maybe meet some locals. It feels very home-like, with sincere hospitality, great location in the heart of Ljubljana Old Town, but still very laid back and cosy.
Great draft beer is served here and also some good domestic food. Overall, a nice place to have cold beer, sample Slovenian cheese and sausage, and take in the afternoon.
We keep coming back to Antico, it’s a great place for solo travellers, as well.
5. PATRICK’s IRISH PUB
Last, but not least – Patrick’s Irish Pub, quite centrally located (but not on the river bank), is a good choice of a place for a fun beer drinking night in Ljubljana.
Time really stops here, of course with the help of some great beers! Although Irish, it has lots of local and international craft beers on its extensive menu.
It’s good to be aware that this pub is positioned in a cellar, and it has no daylight, as it’s more of an evening/night place (it opens at 5pm).
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 .