A guide to nightlife in Bulgaria

You’ll soon discover that the Bulgarians know a thing or two about partying. The larger cities and seaside resorts in Bulgaria boast a huge range of venues and, as bars can serve alcohol at any time of the day, clubs are often open all night. Holidays to Bulgaria offer much more than just the nightlife in party-central Sunny Beach though. You’ll find techno, house and pop music played in sleek dance clubs and luxurious beachside bars along the coast.

An evening of cabaret at Khan's Tent, Sunny Beach

Make your way north of Sunny Beach to the hills overlooking the coastal resorts of Nessebar and St Vlas and you’ll find a striking building that resembles an old Bulgarian tent dating back to socialist times. You can jump in a taxi or on a bus to get here, or even treat yourself to a horse and carriage ride.

If you’re looking for some evening entertainment on your Balkan holidays, expect live music and a variety show which includes dancing, acrobatic performances and magic tricks while you enjoy a delicious dinner. In the lower part of the building you’ll find an ambient piano bar and an outdoor terrace with ocean views. Meanwhile, upstairs in the main hall the dancefloor gets busy as the night continues.

Prehistoric cocktails at Bedrock Cafe, Obzor Beach

Yabba-dabba-doo with The Flintstones at the quirky Bedrock Cafe in the otherwise quiet resort of Obzor Beach. The themed cafe is set around a prehistoric-style courtyard, dotted with dinosaurs and greenery, and comes complete with cave man style tables and a central water feature. As you sip freshly made cocktails don’t be alarmed by the gigantic T-Rex statue towering over you or Barney waving from the roof.

360° views at Planet Yacht, St Vlas

Most of the clubs and bars in St Vlas tend to centre around the marina and it’s here you’ll find the luxurious Planet Yacht. With views of lavish vessels anchored in the calm harbour and the endless horizon, this nightclub is one of the classiest places to nestle down for the night.

The decor is simple and chic with wooden tables set around a large open plan bar serving up elegant cocktails and the finest spirits and fizz. Bring your swimsuit and jump in the rooftop hot-tub under the stars or head to the stage area and check out the night’s show.

Crazy night by the sea at Bedroom Beach, Sunny Beach

This trendy partying spot on Cacao Beach is a member of the Bedroom Club chain and offers wild parties come nightfall. The artistic and elegant decor make this one of the most attractive venues along the coast, attracting celebrity clientele.

Every night is different at Bedroom Beach, with events ranging from themed parties to eccentric shows, while famous DJs pump out popular, international tracks. With an Ibiza-like vibe, chill out by the pool on one of the big beds or watch a spectacular performance by skilled dancers.

Cocktails in a cave at Michaels Eco-bar, Nessebar

For an unforgettable experience head to the old quarter of Nessebar and grab a drink at this interesting bar, hidden away down an unsuspecting street. Think Rivendale from Lord of the Rings as you sit on wooden seats embedded in stalagmites and stalactites in this quaint, manmade grotto.

The outdoor patio area boasts a pond and waterfall complete with a little wooden bridge. From here you can watch the turtles and fish in the water below as you sip on an alcoholic milkshake or delicious cocktail.