Veliko Tarnovo Miniguide
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    The proliferation of students and younger tourists makes for a healthy bar and club scene in Veliko Tarnovo. Several of the bars are owned by British or Irish ex-pats, while the nightclubs seem to be in the hands of a couple of local businesses.Generally speaking, this is a quiet town and there is not much trouble or danger, even late at night. Drugs are sold in some of the bars and there may be occasional police raids. There are no strip clubs here and no overt advertising of escort ser-vices. Nightclubs charge between 3 and 5 leva entry, or it may be free for women on certain nights. Drink prices are reasonable, no higher than in most bars.

    Live MusicMaximus B-1, ul. Nezavisimost 9, tel. (+359) 62 601 577, www.pianobar-maximus.com. Live music on piano accompanied by female singer from 22:00. Guest acts, karaoke nights, student and party nights. Olde worlde interior with bare stone walls and wooden furniture. QOpen 22:00 - 02:00. Karaoke night is free entry, usual entry fee 3 leva.

    Melon A-1, ul. Nezavisimost 21, tel. (+359) 62 603 439, www.myspace.com/ melonclub. Live music, different styles every night, including classic rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, latino and most certainly no Bulgarian pop folk. QOpen 18:00 - 04:00.

    NightclubsBally B-1, ul. Hristo Botev 2, tel. (+359) 885 565 666, www.danceclubbally.com. Two rooms offering different music styles: one for music from the Balkans, the other playing different music every night. Mondays and Tuesdays are student nights. QOpen 22:00 - 05:00. Closed Sun.Jack B-1, bul. Vassil Levski 4, inside the theatre, tel. (+359) 887 966 600, www.jack-club.com. Big outdoor terrace makes this the towns top summer venue for enjoying the long hot nights. Mixed menu of Student nights, Latino nights, Ladies nights, Pop folk nights. QOpen 20:00 - 04:00. Summer 20:00-04:00; winter works as a cafe from 09:00-01:00. 3 leva entry fee. Cocktails 3-5 leva.

    Midnight B-1, ul. Rafail Mihailov 2, tel. (+359) 884 855 555, www.midnight.bg. Ultra sleek nightclub that can hold up to 350 people and plays primarily Bulgarian pop folk music. Although despised by many educated Bulgarians, pop folk is often popular with foreigners for the party atmosphere, oriental rhythms and semi-naked female performers. QOpen 23:00 - 05:00. Closed Sun. 3 leva entry.

    Pubs & BarsCity Pub B-1, ul. Hristo Botev 15, tel. (+359) 888 321 645. Loud and busy pub in the town centre close to the Tourist Info Centre. Done out like an American bar, though the website says its an Irish pub. Either way, it is owned and run by Bulgarians. Large screens show music TV or sports depending on the time of day. The menu offers salads and quick main courses such as chicken fillets fried in cornflakes. Outdoor dining on the pavement. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00, Sun 10:00 - 24:00. PJNBW

    Dada B-2, ul. Velcho Dzhamdzhiyata 12, tel. (+359) 885 840 571. Popular student bar with cheap drinks, loud music and a mixture of nationalities. Situated in the old town, the bar also has a garden out the back with a great view over the river and onto the hills beyond. Inside, its a big basement with huge arches. Happy hour from 17:30-19:30 on Bulgarian brands. Fills up after midnight and the party goes on all night. QOpen 17:00 - 05:00. PJLino A-1, ul. Nezavisimost 3, tel. (+ 359) 888 535 395. The bizarrely named Lino Bar occupies a prime spot on the main road overlooking the river. The interior is nothing to get excited about, but it has a nice terrace, and offers fairly cheap drinks and snacks. Aimed at a younger crowd, the music can get loud. QOpen 08:00 - 23:00. PJB

    Love & Lounge B-2, ul. Stefan Stambolov 29, tel. (+ 359) 888 925 030. Lovely chillout bar with designer interior, ever so slightly off the beaten track in the old town. Lounge music during the week, electronic music at weekends. Friday evenings are language evenings for speaking English and French. QOpen 16:00 - 23:00, Sun 06:00 - 12:00. PJ

    McNamaras Irish Pub A-1, ul. Nezavisimost 25, tel. (+359) 878 812 358. Relatively small Irish pub down in a basement on the main street. Run by an Irish-man from Galway, the pub serves Guiness, has two large screens for Sky Sports, a pool table and darts. There is one large table if you are seeking company, or separate wooden tables if you are already in a group. The central expat haunt of Veliko Tarnovo with friendly staff, karaoke and live music. Typical pub grub, including chips with curry sauce. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. PJWMelodie A-2, pl. Slaveikov 1, tel. (+359) 879 477 614. Party time at this bar with club and house music or retro and latino depending on the evening; serves alcohol, hot drinks and a wide selection of cocktails. Daytime is more laid back. QOpen 11:30 - 02:00, Sun 15:00 - 02:00. PJWRoyal B-1, bul. Vassil Levski 4, tel. (+359) 62 601 100. Great place to enjoy an outdoor drink or snack in the summer months as this bar occupies the vast terraced gardens overlooking the main street and the Mother Bulgaria monument. Trees and umbrellas provide ample shade even on the hottest days. Cocktails are on offer, as are snacks, salads and grilled meats. QOpen 07:30 - 24:00. PJB

    Tequila Bar B-2, ul. Stefan Stambolov 30. Popular bar, particularly for students, with a terrace overlooking the main road through the old town. Serves tequila cocktails as well as coffee, breakfast, snacks and any other kind of alcohol. Under new management, the bar has started regular Saturday afternoon barbeques.QOpen 10:00 - 23:00. Closed Sun. PJB

    The historic architectural reserve of Arbanassi, 4 km uphill from Veliko Tarnovo, is the perfect weekend getaway for all who want to enjoy some downtime in a beautiful setting, serviced by good hotels and restaurants, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities for those who cannot sit still. In recent years it has become particularly popular with well to do Bulgarians and this is reflected in the overall high standard of services and relatively high prices.There is some discrepancy about the origins of the town, but it is clear that exiled Albanian Christians settled here in the 15th century and it gradually developed into a wealthy trading town and popular summer residence for the rich until 1798 when the kurdjalii (bandits) started to loot and pillage the town, sending it into decline. Today, the beautifully restored churches and museum houses give us an insight into the former wealth and deep spiritual commitment of the people of Arbanassi.

    Five churches, two monasteries and over 100 houses dating back to the 17th and 18th century have been preserved in Arbanassi and bear witness to the wealth and deeply held Christian faith of the towns inhabitants of that time.

    Pizza is the order of the day in Veliko Tarnovo and virtually every restaurant has a long menu featuring every possible combination of ingredients. Usually very tasty, they are made with the local kashkaval cheese rather than moz-zarella. Pizzerias also offer traditional Bulgarian salads and entrees, pasta, barbequed meats and much more besides. Handily, most menus are photo menus, which makes choosing so much easier when you can see what you are going to get. The weight in grammes is also given so that you get an idea of how large the dish you are ordering is. Smoking is now completely banned in restaurants, cafes and bars.

    BulgarianBulgarian cuisine is tasty and surprisingly healthy. A meal will usually start with a salad, the most traditional one being the Shopska. The main course will usually be some kind of grilled meat, though many of the restaurants also offer casserole-type dishes. The sach is definitely worth trying - a scorching clay dish brought direct to your table with the meat and veg still sizzling. Make sure to ask whether your main course comes with a side serving of vegetables and potatoes, known as garnitura, otherwise you may end up without.

    Club na Architecta B-2, ul. Velcho Dzhamdzhiyata 14, tel. (+359) 62 621 451. Down a quiet alleyway in the old town, hewn into the rock face, this tavern serving traditional Bulgarian cuisine has a garden with a lovely view of the river and the town below. This is virtually the first restaurant one comes across when walking up to the town from Tsarevets fortress. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00 summer months. (3-12 leva). J6B

    Malkiya Inter B-3, ul. Ivan Vazov 22, tel. (+359) 883 353 973. Though most locals described this place as a bar, and it describes itself as a snack bar, Malkiya Inter does in fact have a fairly substantial menu. Right opposite the museum complex, this place is good for either a drink or something quick to eat on the large shady terrace with its ceiling fans. Inside, the decor is a quirky mix of antique objects that will keep you fascinated throughout your visit. QOpen 08:00 - 23:00. PJA6BSW

    Panorama Barbecue Restaurant A-2, ul.Stefan Stambolov 53A Hotel Bolyarski, tel. (+359) 62 613 200, www.bolyarski.com. Enjoy the splendid views from the rooftop (15th floor) barbecue restaurant, which is particularly pleasant on a summers evening once the sun has gone down. Meat and veg-etables prepared on a charcoal grill. Alternatively you can enjoy a coffee or drink throughout the day on the quiet lobby terrace away from the busy street out front, or try the gourmet restaurant on the lower floors. QOpen 16:00 - 24:00. (8-30 leva). PJTAULBW

    Shtastlivetsa 2 ul.Tsanko Tserkovski 14, tel. (+359) 62 606 053, www.shtastliveca.com. Up-market Bulgarian restaurant with an interior designed to authentically evoke the era of the late 19th century. This restaurant enjoys the same good reputation as its sister restaurant in the old town, the menu extensively covering t