Bars

Budúcnosť- Nothing futuristic about this pub. The name comes from a socialist-style department store. Quite close to Dom Kultúry Ružinov. Dark wood bar, Budvar on tap. Pool tables are a big plus. $. Ostrednová 1. % 293-663. < 11:00-1:00.

Bufet na Myte- During hot summer days, this is a prime place to share a table with the locals. The all-wooden open-air watering hole attracts some of Bratislava's finest drunks. Watch them stagger along their migratory patterns across the square. Take care not to follow their lead. $. Račianske myto. < 10:00-22:00 M-Sa.

Casino Neptún- Following a work out at pasienky swimming pool, cross the street and check out Neptún's automated gambling. $. Junácka 4. % 279-0370. < 9:00-24:00.

Hollywood Billiards- Watch youth hockey live, while quaffing cheap beer or playing pool on over a dozen tables. Open until 4:00 a.m. - plan to spend a few hours. $. Ružinovská ul. in the new Zimny Štadion. < 10:00-24:00 M-Su.

KGB- Descend into this dark, narrow cellar and find one of the city's rough hot spots. A young Slovak crowd jams the place on weekends. A rare combo of Charlie's and U Club clientele. Thirsty Monk is on tap. $$ Obchodná ul. < 10:00-24.00.

Koník- Western style pub with memorabilia covering the walls. A comfortable place to hang out. Come ready to drink, there is no food served. $$. Mlynske nivy 8, 367-511. < 10:00-22:00 M-Su.

Mamutko- If you want to experience the traditional Slovak lifestyle, the hours here are for you. This Central European O.K. Corral has few seats and the logs you lean against have little padding for the fanny. Soup and sausage are available to fill your stomach. $. Nám. Slobody 1. < 6:30-21:30 M-Sa.

Monaco Club- Two flights below ground in the Hotel Danube, this is a hangout for Slovaks dressed for success. The big, beautiful pool table, large-screen TV and open dance floor make this place extremely comfortable. Be ready to put your money where your mouth is: A small beer is 56 Sk and mixed drinks can be three or four times that. $$$. Rybné nám. 1, % 340-000. < 20:00-4:00 M-Su.

Pod Machnáčom- Where else can you get dark Měšťan from Prague on tap? This is the place for beer. It is usually packed with students. When the loud music plays non-stop, there's no hope of hearing what your partner is saying. Sometimes spontaneous dance parties erupt among the tables. The stone-faced waiter might get mad if you ask for more bread with your cheap bean soup. You might find yourself looking for your salad on your plate. $$. CC: no. Eng. menu: no. Res: yes. Nábr. arm. gen. L. Svobodu 42. % 314-580. < 12:00-1:00 M-Su.

Queens Club Mercury- Are you a champion of the world? Do you want to fly like Superman? Then ride your bicycle into this shrine to Freddy Mercury and Queen. With the band's classics piping in non-stop and portraits of the guys adorning the walls, the only thing that could make the experience more complete would be Freddy's embalmbed body standing in the corner. $$. Panenská, < 18:00-1:00 M-Su.

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