Ljubljana is like a fairy tale. With a river winding through the city and cafes and restaurants galore, it is impossible to be bored in this beautiful place. It has an interesting history and lovely sights. If you are looking for things to do at night while in Ljubljana, this list has a few options to try.
1. Enjoy a lovely dinner at the Castle
The castle in Ljubljana was once a medieval fortress, built in the 15th century to protect the city. It has beautiful views and lovely walking paths. But when evening comes, the best part about the castle is the restaurant inside the castle courtyard, Gostilna na Gradu. Many years ago it was only the rich who were privileged to eat within the castles walls. Now, any one is welcome to this fine restaurant offering traditional Slovenian dishes. The ingredient for food made at Gostilna na Gradu is organically grown and found locally, as much as possible. There are vegetables purchased at the market in Ljubljana and excellent Slovenian wines. Every week you will find new dishes, and new things to try at Gostilna na Gradu. So head on up to the castle and enjoy and night under the stars while eating and drinking to your hearts content.
Gostilna na gradu
Address: Grajska planota 1
Website: Gostilna na gradu
2. Vinoteka Movia
Vinoteka Movia is a great wine bar that is run by Movia Winery. They have a well rounded selection of Slovenian wines, along with some wines from other places. Wine tasting here will give you an insight into Slovenian wines and allow you to sample some from around the country. They also have some meat and cheese plates available to pair with the wines. Booking in advance is a wise idea as they have limited spots. There is outdoor seating as well at Vinoteka Movia that serves as a great spot for having a drink while watching city life go by.
Address: Mestni trg 2, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia
Website: Vinoteka Movia
3. Party at a former military-barracks-turned-urban-squat
Metelkova Mesto area is a former military barracks which has turned into an urban squat. It was taken over by artists and the homeless in the 1990s when Yugoslavian military left. You can walk and explore the old city barracks, admiring the graffiti art art and sculpture that is everywhere. It is the leading center of underground music and art in the area. At night thousands of students and artists come out to enjoy the bars and streets here. Musicians are often playing through out the area and its a regular night time party spot. Definitely worth the time to at least take a walk through to at least see what its all about.
Address: 1000, Metelkova ulica 10, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Website: Metelkova (in Slovenian)
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4. Ride the Funicular up to the Castle
The funicular up to the castle runs until 9pm in the winter months, 10pm in the summer time. It is a fun ride up the mountain to view the castle and city lights at night. It is easy to locate as it is right in the city center and a ride up offers excellent views over the city.
During the summer months, the castle also regularly shows films beginning at 9:30 at night on the castle lawn. The films take place every night, weather permitting. So why not ride the funicular up to the castle, admiring city views along the way and then enjoy a Slovenian film at the top? It is sure to be a fun ride.
Address: Grajska planota 1, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Website: Ljubljana Castle
5. Jazz Club Gajo
Jazz Club Gajo has a relaxed atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy. Here you can enjoy a strong coffee or good Slovenian wine whil listening to jazz music. It is a good place to relax and unwind. The garden is perfectly shaded and nicely breezy. There is an area specifically for kids where they can swing and color. Even in the middle of town, it feels remote. A nice green spot to relax. In the summer time there is open air live music in the garden. There are regular jazz concerts, but also sometimes stand up comedy and other events. Staff is very kind and friendly at Jazz Club Gajo.
Jazz Club Gajo
Address: Tomšičeva ulica 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Website: Jazz Club Gajo
6. Club Daktari
Good beers at a good price, Club Daktari is often full, and always friendly. There is a nice terrace outside for visitors to enjoy and service is good. The location is central and easy to get to, just around the corner from the busies streets of Ljubljana. There are other things to eat here as well. It is a place with a relaxed atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
Address: Krekov trg 7, 1000 Ljubljana
Website: Club Daktari
7. Makalonca Bar
Makalonca Bar offer one of the most beautiful terrace dining experiences. You can eat your food right next to the Ljubljanica river, watching ships and people pass by. The staff is excellent and service is quick. Food is excellent as well. This is a place you definitely will not want to miss on your trip to Ljubljana. It is great for a meal, a drink, and a relaxing time.
Address: Hribarjevo nabrežje 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Taking a boat tour of Ljubljana will allow you to see the city in a whole new light and help orient you a little better. So why not take a sunset boat tour and watch as the city changes before your very eyes? There are various tour groups that offer river tours, and a one hour boat tour is even included in the Ljubljana card. The river is clean with beautiful bridges to admire and plenty of good restaurants lining is sides. Many of the sunset cruises also offer music and wind. It is the perfect way to relax after a day of sight seeing.
Ljubljanica Sightseeing River Cruise
Duration: 1 hour
Enjoy your evening in Ljubljana
Eat the local food, wander the streets, and relax by the river while you enjoy your nights Ljubljana.
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