An atmosphere of liberation and abandon pervades the night life scene of Sofia. Because there are few licensing laws, bars can serve alcohol whenever they want to such that at any time of day one can find a party going on. Bars and cafes often stay open until midnight or later. After that, the city's numerous night clubs take over until 5 or 6 am, and after that, the bars open again. The city's 16 universities promise that there is a continuous glut of young people looking to have a good time.

    There are plenty of opportunities to see live music. Clubs regularly schedule performances by bands that play anything from traditional Bulgarian music to hardcore, punk, reggae, electronica, or metal. Try Swinging Hall and Back Stage which have live bands almost daily.

    There are quite a few erotic clubs in Sofia, where exotic dancers ply their trade.

    The largest concentration of bars in the city is on Vitosha Blvd. Also try the area near Sofia University, where students hang out. In the summer, go to the city park, where there is an open-air bar. Bar Bukowski is one possible bar to check out (http://www.myspace.com/barbukowski). There is also a regular drum circle here, if that is the kind of thing you're into. Skaptobara is also a very interesting bar in the center, because it is the first university bar in Bulgaria (run by alumni of the American University in Bulgaria, which means you can always find English speaking folks hanging out there; www.facebook.com/skaptobara).

The three main house clubs downtown which regularly host famous international DJs are Yalta Club, Chervilo (Lipstick) and Escape.  Check out their web sites for DJ and party listings and you are guaranteed to catch a big name on any single weekend. Competition between them means that they fill up only when major DJs are visiting. However Chervilo has become somewhat of an after-hour spot filling up at 4am or 5am and going strong until 8 or 9 in the morning. If you are still not ready to go to bed in daylight - head back to Bukowski which is open non-stop on the weekends. 

Yalta hosts a monthly Spartacus "mixed party" which means its mostly gay. 

The town is full with so called Pop Folk clubs (with names like Sin City, Versai, Rome, etc) which feature live performances by busty local female signers plus the occasional Gypsy orchestra. Going there sober for the first time is definitely a major cultural shock if you have not witnessed the corresponding Buzuka extravaganza in Greece. The Bulgarian version is definitely more tacky and such places are indeed full of all sorts of dubious burly types. However if you have a local to take you there or at least book you a table visiting one assures that you witness some of the excess partying which locals love these days.

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