Bratislava’s Microbreweries and Brewpubs

glasses of beerBratislava is slowly becoming one of the best European beer cities.  The Stein Brewery moved from the city in 2007, but since then more and more microbreweries and brewpubs have been popping up in Slovakia’s capital.  Here’s a nice little beer crawl that I put together so you can enjoy the locally brewed beers of Bratislava.


Patronsky Pivovar

Patronsky Pivovar interiorThis place comes highly recommended.  Their beer is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and free of chemicals.  Most importantly, it’s fresh and delicious.

Address: 57 Brnianska Street

Directions: From Hodžovo námestie you can take the #83 bus to Dubová (about 20 minutes, cost: 0.70€).  When you get off the bus, walk the direction that the bus is going to 57 Brnianska Street.  To get back, just take the same #83 bus but on the opposite side of the street.

Meštiansky Pivovar

Mestiansky Brewery interiorIgnoring the fact that one of this establishment’s two locations used to be a Pizza Hut, this place is classy.  The name means Burgess Brewery.  If you are looking for a high-end meal with a superb beer, this is the place.

Address: 8 Drevená and 21 Dunajská

Pivovar na Drevennej ulici (Brewery on Wooden St) – Located on Drevená street which runs north off of Obchadna (Bratislava’s pedestrian shopping street).  You can walk here from pretty much anywhere downtown.

Pivovar Záhrada na Dunajskej ulici (Brewery Garden and Courtyard) – Head east on the street that runs behind the Tesco.  It’s on the left hand side by the hospital — 21 Dunajská.

Zámocký pivovar

Zámocký pivovar interiorTheir motto: “Our customer is our friend, but let us feel like the Lord”.  That’s a pretty rough translation but it makes me smile.  Zámocký pivovar or Castle Brewery is a traditional brewpub that produces five types of beer.  They have a restaurant that offers fresh gourmet meals and an upstairs bar that shows live sports and holds rock concerts.

Address: 13 Zámocká St

Directions:  From Obchadna, just follow the tram tracks west across the overpass to the hill where the Hotel Ibis is.  Then head up the hill for a short distance. It’s on the right hand side.

Pivovarský Hostinec Richtár Jakub

Pivovarský Hostinec Richtár JakubI would not hesitate to elect Richtar Jakub (Mayor Jakub) if he were running for office in my town.  This microbrewery offers a great selection of freshly-made beers.  How fresh are they?  They don’t even bother to put the beer into kegs — it’s pumped straight from the vats.  Their main beers are the Catherine, the Anna, and the Jakub but they brew new beers daily and they’ll certainly have something else delicious on offer.  Last year 14 of their beers won awards.

Address: 16 Moskovská

Directions: You can easily walk to this pub in about 10 minutes.  Just walk north east on the road that the Tesco is on (Spitalska).  You’ll pass the entrance to a park — keep going.  The road splits off at a small square — stay right.  Turn right on the street that runs into the small square.  The pub is about a block away on the right.

If you don’t feel like walking, take the #1, #4, #9, or #14 tram (heading north east) from in front of the Tesco for three stops.  This will drop you off at the small square mentioned above.

Starosloviensky Pivovar

Starosloviensky Pivovar interiorFounded in April of 2012, “Slavonic Brewery” is one of Bratislava’s newest microbreweries.  It’s not as fancy as the others, but their Pressburg (Bratislava’s original name) beer and their homemade sheep’s cheese couldn’t be more Slovak.  They have a small patio and the interior is decked out in wood.

Address: 15 Vysoká

Directions: Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from everything.  Go to the north-east end of Obchadna and take a left where the Chinese restaurant is.  The bar is about a two minute walk from there.

Map of Locations

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  • Becki says:

    This has been super helpful! I just moved to Bratislava from Texas and am already missing craft beer. Are there mainstream craft beers that you can find in non-microbrewery bars? Thanks!

    • gabriel says:

      Clock, dub, kalteneker, bernard are the bigger ones these can be found all over old town. dub is the only american brewer out of the bunch and they just opened a tasting house.

      only down side is everyone seems to be hop crazy these days. Well except for dub.

      and not that I won’t enjoy an IPA no and again.

  • Asif says:

    I believe that Slovakia has a siliamr laws as the Czech since they inherited the same judicial system, and I can tell you that you will not be able to obtain citizenship at preferable terms. Czechoslovakia automatically nullified citizenship or rights when their citizen became Canadian or American. Anyone who left between 1949-1989 was almost always striped of their citizenship regardless if they had not yet obtained citizenship of another country. After 1989 some revision and reply of their former citizen became possible, but it is not universal and vary on the time frame the citizen had left, their ethnicity (Israeli citizen are almost automatically renewed) and the country they were living. Czechoslovakia did not care for ancestry, and present two states pretty much follow the same rule. You still have to go through process as anyone else, where hardest would be obtaining residency status. Even if my children born outside CZ or SK, they are not automatically citizen due their residency would be outside of the country. However, obtaining working visa or business permit will be easy. If EU will decide to include Canada in free movement of people (even for non EU states like it had with Norway and Swiss), your chance to live in CZ/SK would be great.

  • Paul says:

    Do you know about any craft Breweries in Peterzelka?

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