The night life of Borovets - quick review (18 January 2002)

The night life of Borovets - quick review (18 January 2002)

Report and photos by Mr. B.

Friday 18 Jan 2002 This report on the night life we decided to do, because of the big number of questions from our visitors, who wanted to know more about the most famous night life places at the resort of Borovets. We visited few bars and had some drink in each one of them, just to feel the atmosphere and write more about it here. So, we started from the Peter's bar, which is situated on the corner of the street, near Samokov hotel, and just across the street from the Gondola lift station This places is basic, with wooden tables and benches, and is known as a Karaoke bar. There's good English speaking DJ, who plays on the karaoke system your favourite song, so people can sing on the melody. The owner of the place is constantly moving around the tables, making sure that everyone feels good and has enough to drink. The prices are the normal for Borovets - mixed drink (alcohol+coke/fanta/etc) 4 levs, pint of local beer is 3 levs, etc. Someone said that there's good exchange office near this bar. The other place we are visiting is the Black Tiger - a karaoke again. This places is situated in front of Rila hotel, next to the lift station. This bar is nice, and has good atmosphere. Again, Karaoke for all who can (or can not) sing. The owner of the places explained us that he is visiting Britain every year to buy new Karaoke records. People can order their favourite songs and sing. On the bar desk, there are places big number of British football teams accessories, so if you want you can bring some more from your favourite team to be placed there. Prices in the Black tiger are the usual ones. There's big selection of beers (both local and international), alcoholic drinks, etc. This could be a good place where to start the night or may be stay here till the morning. After few beers, we are moving to the Rila hotel night club. At this night there was a ski instructors evening. Beginners who learned to ski during the past week were given diplomas. It seemed that people were very excited of the fact that they now were able to ski. Also, there was a game, where the lucky skiers won special prizes, like a bottle of champagne, a pair of skis, or some other skiing accessories. Although Rila night club is a disco, there is no entrance fee collected. Prices of the drinks are the same like everywhere in Borovets. The music that night was rather old, I suppose that that's what people wanted to listen to that night. I am not going to say anything about the 'Go go girls' place (near Rila and Alpin hotel), because that night I was with my wife. But I'm sure that someone of you will share the impressions of this place, so that we all know :) Finally we stopped at the famous Buzz Bar. There is no entrance fee, but they charge 1 lev if you want to leave your jacket for safe-keeping. This place is more like a disco, consisting of 2 parts, one half of the place is the dancing area, and the other one has the tables and sofas where tired can relax a bit. Atmosphere was fantastic. People were having fun, and the DJ was really good, playing and mixing professionally the latest tunes. A big selection of drinks and cocktails are available here. Enjoy the 'Happy hour every night from 10 pm to 12 pm - buy one get one free on every Bulgarian alcohol and beers'. I would say that this is the best place for clubbing on the resort. There is only one thing that should be improved - the air-condition system is not working well, so it gets too smoky. N.B. I'm explaining for everyone who has not understood yet - NO, THIS IS NOT MR. BULGARIASKI on this photo :)
     
  • Sparam From England
    Sent on 08 January 2014
    Me and 2 mates come for skiing and party time anyone know we're the real fun is drinking games etc we are aged 20-25 and like a good time cheers arrive 18th jan 2014
  • Matt the Skiier From England
    Sent on 24 November 2009
    I went to borovets for the first time last year and thought it was absolutely great. The night life was also crazy! happy hours for 3 hours one after another for different pubs. All that makes for a night to remember! The Buzz bar was great and also a club i went to inside the samokov hotel. Oh and for food, the Black Cat Restaurant was amazing.
  • Matt the Skiier From England
    Sent on 24 November 2009
    I went to borovets for the first time last year and thought it was absolutely great. The night life was also crazy! happy hours for 3 hours one after another for different pubs. All that makes for a night to remember! The Buzz bar was great and also a club i went to inside the samokov hotel. Oh and for food, the Black Cat Restaurant was amazing.
  • Andy Taylor From England
    Sent on 28 January 2009
    Borovets was incredible, just got back from an awsome ski holiday, snow wasn't great but we made the best of it. 2 places that I would definately recommend to every1 going to Borovets, Revolution, wow! What a fantastic apres ski bar, with its live band playing when you get off the slopes and friendly staff, not to mention hot! this is the perfect place to spend your days and nights, trust me, you won't be let down. 2nd place is Chilli Peppers, not just a great party venue but the food is mouth watering and again an excellent choice for apres ski and dancing the night away, stick with these 2 places and you can't go wrong. I hope you have as good a time as I did, thanks to every1 in Borovets that made my holiday what it was and im looking forward to seeing you all next. Ciao! x
  • karen From uk
    Sent on 02 December 2007
    going to borovets for new year with my husband and children and other family members. is there anywhere to go with kids on an evening and also does anyone bother getting dressed up on an evening? cheers
  • Kim From England
    Sent on 06 March 2007
    Just got back from Bulgaria end of February 2007 had great snow and sun but nearer the end of the week the sun was making it slushy around the bottom slopes. People are very friendly and helpful, there are a few touters outside bars but nothing to be worried about. Not much bartering going on in shops. Also a few exotic places but you never really notice them. The ice was a big problem, its ok when youve got your rubber soles on but when you have your ski boots on it can get pretty hairy. Good places to eat are Chilli Peppers, Frankos (pizza and steak), The Blue (steak), Red Dragon (Chinese, big portions and v cheap), Mamacetas is supposed to be good (Mexican) but found they tried to cram too many people into the restaurant and even though we booked they didnt save our reservation. If you like pizza you cant go wrong in Borovets, wouldnt have the burgers tho and all of their chicken seemed pink but our tummies were ok so think thats just what it looks like. Places to drink, Funkys and Frankos and Chilli Peppers we really liked. Stayed at the Edelweiss which is cheap and cheerful but you get what you pay for, shower was tiny and could hardly bend down and single beds werent very comfy. To keep your room for the full day on departure day was nearly 25 so wasnt worth it as check out is 12 noon. Only tried out Hotel food for breakfast and they had a selection of breads, cereal, fruits and cold and hot buffet stuff which looked ok. My recommendations are to stay locally because we had to get a taxi every morning and night, so we hardy every went home after apri ski and just stayed out in our ski gear, but it would have been nice to get changed but we were far too tired to go home and come back again. Try get a hotel with a bath Change money at hotels they give a good rate and are safe (Most cash machines dont use the new chip and pin we took cash) Fly into Sofia it will make your transfer shorter If you havent got all your gear like hats, gloves, sunglasses and sox or even salapets and coats you can buy them all over and at quite a cheap price, even your own ski boots are cheaper. When you first join Ski School you have to do a little test down the nursery slopes then they put you in groups. After the first day the instructor asked if people wanted to go up or down, a couple of our group went up but also four came down from the advanced group and they were more beginners than intermediates and that was a real problem because we ended up standing around a lot of the day waiting for them. I actually think there should be a low intermediate and higher intermediate stage. This is a great place for beginners and intermediate skiers but advanced would find limited slopes. Dont get het up on the first day (Sunday) which is when most ski schools start, once you get your boots and get onto the slopes the instructors will look after you but it is a bit of a shove and push and very busy but the following days are really quiet. We all agreed with our instructor to start at 9.15 every morning which missed the rush to the gondola and everywhere was nice and quiet and also went for lunch early so the slopes were quieter later. Hope this helps!
  • tony From UK
    Sent on 26 January 2007
    Can anybody tell me the average prices of a beer and food in Borovets? I'mthinking that it won't be to exspensive???
  • GEMMA From ENGLAND
    Sent on 24 January 2007
    I GOT BACK A WEEK AGO, CAN'T STOP WISHING STILL THERE!!! WE HAD SUCH A BRILLIANT TIME THE NIGHTLIFE WAS FANTASTIC! ANY ONE WHO SAYS OTHERWHYS IS EITHER LIEING OR BORING!!!!!!!! WE SPENT OUR EVENINGS IN FRANKOS, CHILLY PEPPERS AND THE BUZZ BAR, AND MET SOME GREAT PEOPLE. IT'S WELL WORTH GOING, BEST HOLIDAY I'VE EVER HAD AND GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY!
  • natasha wannalay From england
    Sent on 09 November 2006
    every year we come to borovets.. its fantastic we enjoy it alot, last year fell in love with jimbob squirrel, a diplomat on holiday and now we are married...we will be coming back.
  • James Lamb From Wales
    Sent on 14 March 2006
    i went to borovets in february and i must say that bar kareokee is an amazing bar if u love dancing and sining to music. the whole holiday amazing, recommend it to anyone, hence why im going again in december
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