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Slovenia Nightlife

1 Tomšičeva Ulica
Slovenia 1000
Tel: 386 1 426 9020

This spacious club plays techno, disco, soul, and hip-hop for a young crowd drawn in by the great cocktails, amazing DJs, and the first-rate view of the Ljubljana skyline. Partying here is a breeze: A glass elevator whisks you all the way to the top of the Nama department store while table reservations and seamless drink service mean you're spared the nuisance of fighting your way to the bar.

Jazz Club Gajo
8 Beethovnova Ulica
Slovenia 1000
Tel: 386 1 425 3206

Drummer Drago Gajo played and recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in the former Yugoslavia (Duško Gojkovic) and America (Clark Terry) before returning home to Ljubljana. His namesake club holds jam sessions and regular performances by local stars as well as groups from around the world. Know that music is the main focus here and nothing else, so don't expect private booths. The living room–size club is basically just a few tables in front of the stage and spotlights cutting through the darkness to illuminate the musicians. Seating is elusive even on regular nights; when big names are in town, it's standing room only.

Metelkova Mesto
Metelkova Ulica
Tel: 386 1 432 3378

Constantly under threat of closure by the government, this anarchic squat in the former Yugoslav army barracks takes its inspiration from Christiana, the infamous self-governing "freetown" in Copenhagen. It's an "autonomous cultural zone" where various artists, musicians, and other fringe-culture types have attempted to create their own city. Among the various offerings are Tiffany, the city's first gay club (open irregularly so call ahead); the Monokel lesbian club; plus punk, electronica, and jazz clubs.

Vinoteka Movia
2 Mestni Trg
Slovenia 1000
Tel: 386 1 425 5448

This wine bar is the place to go for unusual local vintages, including the crisp rebula white wine from the Primorje region. Indoors, candlelight enhances the ancient arched ceiling, old wooden tables, and moody atmosphere. In fine weather, an outdoor table facing the cobblestone square—Movia is located right next to the Magistrat (town hall)—and a glass or two of rebula make for a perfect way to enjoy a warm Ljubljana summer evening.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.