I don’t know how many times I have said this but let me repeat it once again, “Bulgaria is an under-rated tourist destination”. From sea to summit, Bulgaria will give you a jaw-dropping experience all year long. There are definitely a lot of things to do here. You probably might go skiing in Pamporovo during the winter or visit the museums in Sofia anytime of the year, but that’s for your daytime schedule only. Luckily, the fun doesn’t stop there. At night, clubs and bars all over Bulgaria are filled with local and foreign party-goers which makes it your top 1 night time itinerary whenever you pay a visit. But how cheap is partying in Bulgaria? Before going for a “club hopping” shenanigan, here’s an article to give you an idea how much a night of partying in Bulgaria costs– beer, club entrance fee, and taxis.
Partying in Bulgaria
How much does a beer in Bulgaria cost?
A domestic beer costs from 1.50 leva (1.96 USD; 50 PHP) to 3.00 leva (2 USD; 99 PHP) while an international beer costs 2 to 4 leva. (1.3-2.5 USD; 65-132 PHP) The most popular local brands which I think you should give a try are Kamenitza, Zagorka, Astika, Burgasko, Shumensko and Ariana. These beers are proudly produced from the different cities in Bulgaria– Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Burgas, Shumen, and Sofia respectively. If you want to score cheaper beers, you can drink from the small bars and clubs but there isn’t that much difference if you get it from restaurants and lounges.
How much will you spend on the entrance fee for the clubs?
Depending on your preference, whether you’re up for partying in Bulgaria at a high-end club or not, the price will obviously vary. There are some clubs that do not even have an entrance fee. But to give you a rough estimate, club entrance fees are usually at a 5-10 leva range. (3-6 USD; 98-197 PHP)
How much will it cost to go to the clubs?
Getting to and from the clubs is not a problem in Bulgaria. Well, that’s of course if you’re just willing to go wherever is close by. Planning to hop clubs in the neighbor city? That’s a different story.
Clubs are relatively close to each other and you will find them in the city center so you can easily reach them by walking or taking a taxi. Obviously, walking will not cost you anything but if you’ll take a taxi, it might take a portion of your budget. They’re only cheap though so you definitely don’t have to worry.
If you’re just traveling within the city center, the average taxi rate will not go beyond 10 leva. (6.30 USD; 330 PHP). However, keep in mind that the rates (initial and per kilometer) may vary in each city.
Where is the best place for partying in Bulgaria?
Let’s start with the most popular city first and that’s no other than the city of Sofia. As the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia is expected to be the highly populated city with over 1.2 million residents. When it comes to the influx of tourists, Sofia is also on top of the list. This means that nightlife here is so alive that if you want to jingle and mingle with locals and tourists, this is the city that you are looking for!
Here are some nightclubs in Sofia that you should check out:
Aside from the breathtaking walk in the Old Town, Plovdiv is also a great place for partying in Bulgaria. It has universities across the city that you won’t be surprised to see a lot of young adults in the community. It is very interesting to know that Plovdiv, as one of the oldest cities in the world, has an active nightlife raved by local and foreign millennials.
Here are some nightclubs in Plovdiv that you should check out:
Varna is also one of the major party destinations in Bulgaria. Overlooking the Black Sea, this city by the sea hosts fun parties most especially during the summer where girls are in their best bikinis for parties by the beach.
Here are some nightclubs in Varna that you should check out:
Aside from these three big cities, you can also find good places in the small towns like Haskovo. I went to Club Sense for their Christmas Eve party and that was my first time partying in Bulgaria.
Why should I party in Bulgaria?
Three main reasons: great location, great price, and great people. Bulgaria hosts major parties all year round so whether you come for the winter or summer, there’s definitely something waiting for you in the Bulgarian nightlife. The music in the clubs can also get strangely interesting most especially when you’re not familiar with the Bulgarian music. Nevertheless, this doesn’t make partying in Bulgaria less fun.
Note: If you’re “cursed” with childlike features like me, (I am 23-freaking-years-old but I look like a 13-freaking-year-old girl) always prepare your ID within reach because clubs do random checks even when you’re already inside. Yas! These clubs want to make sure children are home for bedtime.
So, are you ready to experience the Bulgarian nightlife? If yes, why don’t you pin and share this post with your friends and let them know that you’re all set for a low-cost weekend in Bulgaria?