Sofia Beer Guide: Your Sofia guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Sofia

34 /100
Pivoteka (Internet-based)
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“A brand new shop with 6 taps. I was highly disappointed from the place as the selection wasn't anything special and the prices didn't make much sense. Can't see myself ever visiting again.“
Leeale 33 days ago
60 /100
Cosmic Craft Beer (Beer Store)
STR.GRAF IGNATIEV 34
“Good selection, but sadly they have a tendency to overprice their stock, I guess because of their centre location. Still, there's much better bottle shops around Sofia.“
Leeale 33 days ago
48 /100
Die Alte Lampe (Restaurant)
UL. KOTEL 2B, LOZENETS
“4 Germans on the tap that I'm not sure you can find on the tap anywhere else in Sofia. Cute little place, but sadly the service was slow and prices were high.“
Leeale 33 days ago
66 /100 UL. TRI USHI 13
“Just a fun place with a good tap selection (including their own brewed ale), good service and very fair prices.“
Leeale 33 days ago
56 /100 UL. 6-TI SEPTEMVRI 8
“Good selection, ok service and rather overpriced.“
Leeale 33 days ago
40 /100
Tap Local (Bar)
GEORGI BENKOVSKI 6
“The most overpriced pub I've ever been to in Sofia, prices are absolutely ridiculous for Bulgarian standards. Also, the service was rather slow. No thank you.“
Leeale 33 days ago
50 /100 BUL. SKOBELEV 25
“10 mainstream taps and quite a lot of Belgian and Czech bottles. Tried their chicken soup which was rather tasteless. Nothing special.“
Leeale 33 days ago
66 /100
Tap Local (Bar)
GEORGI BENKOVSKI 6
“Visited 20/8/2022. Last stop on a very successful tour of the Sofia beer scene. Small tap for Kazan Artizan. We shared a flight of the 5 beers they had on offer. Surprisingly the Tomato & Oregano was the most enjoyable. Worth a visit if passing close by, as we were, especially if you're wanting to avoid torrential rain!“
Grumbo 135 days ago
82 /100 UK. LYUBEN KARAVELOV 53
“Visited 20/8/2022. People at The Egg Bar recommended a visit to this newly opened place, opened they said by their supplier. Glad they did as it was a very good visit. As it'd only just opened the place is a little spartan, but they have big plans to build it up a lot more. Very helpful service, friendly atmosphere, and already a good beer selection. Would love to revisit and see how it looked in a years time.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
80 /100 UL. HRISTO BELCHEV 29
“Visited 20/8/2022. Resurrected from what had been BEERA, this small bar packed in a lot into its compact space. Lots of fridges with lots of beers, including hidden shelves hiding many surprises! Good service, very friendly locals. Seating inside and out. Definitely one to look for when in Sofia.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
84 /100
Crafter Shop (Beer Store)
KNYAZ BORIS I 65
“Visited 20/8/2022. Very comfortable place with probably the classiest and highest quality international beer selection that we saw in Sofia, complementing a decent number of local beers. Good service. Really enjoyed our time here.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
76 /100 UL. LOMSKA 1
“Visited 20/8/2022. Slightly off the beaten track, down a road where there didn't appear to be anyone likely to pass by and pop in by chance, but really pleased I'd looked this one up in advance and had it as a place to visit. Super friendly service, lovely, relaxed vibe. Beer range was a little limited compared to some other places but was about right for the size of the place. Only place we saw a Bulgarian cider on tap. Enjoyable visit.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
78 /100 YURI VENELIN 1
“Visited 19/8/2022. Final stop on a great day touring some of the best places in Sofia. Got a fair number of take-outs but would have been nice to be able to have spent a bit longer here and drink some in. It's a good place, but preferred a couple of the others we visited today.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
72 /100 UL GRAF IGANTIEV 34
“Visited 19/8/2022. Nice little drink in beer shop / bar in a central position well worth stopping off at. Friendly service, small tap selection, and a few fridges. Easy going atmosphere.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
52 /100 72 NEOFIT RILSKI STR
“Visited 19/8/2022. Disappointing visit. The food order we waited ages for just didn't arrive and eventually when we asked where it was, it turned out the order had been "lost". The beer range was a little narrow but we managed to find some of interest whilst we waited for the food and when we eventually found out the food wasn't coming we left, hungry and underwhelmed.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
86 /100 BLVD. PATRIARH EVTIMIY 28
“Visited 19/8/2022. Very good bar / beer store with a heavy metal theme. Good range of beers, very helpful and hospitable host. Enjoyed our visit here very much.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
88 /100
Dissident Beer Shop (Beer Store)
6-TI SEPTEMVRI 36
“Visited 19/8/2022. This turned out to be my favourite of all the places we visited in Sofia. Super drink in or take out specialist beer store with a very helpful and friendly owner and a great range of Bulgarian and also Serbian beers amongst a wide selection of international beers. Had a very relaxed couple of hours here sharing beers.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
74 /100 UL. PROFESSOR FRIDTJOF NANSEN 25-B
“Visited 19/8/2022. Not quite 1001 beers but a big selection nevertheless. It's a grocery store as well as a beer store. A few beers are available on tap. We chose 20+ bottled/canned beers and had a classy outside / on street tasting perched against the narrow shelf in front of the shop window. Nicely located close to the National Palace of Culture which formed the backdrop to a number of Untappd check-ins, along with the street graffiti. Had some good interaction with some locals. Service was helpful. Very much worth a visit for some bulking up at reasonable prices.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
68 /100
BiraBar (Bar)
PARIS 8
“Visited 18/8/2022. Back street, slightly grungy British themed pub where an unexpected Dorset rating accompanied a selection of Bulgarian tap and cask beers, plus a small number of bottles and cans. Good visit.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
64 /100
Vancaro (Beer Store)
31 BOULEVARD KNYAZ ALEKSANDER DONDUKOV
“Visited 18/8/2022. Compact grocery/beer shop that's worth checking out if heading to this part of the city. Big beer selection, less focused on Bulgarian than we'd maybe hoped bit still came away with a dozen or so beers.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
70 /100
Abordage (Bar)
22 VESLETS STREET
“Visited 18/8/2022. Home of Meadly Bulgarian meads. Something of a gamers paradise. Nice vibe. Good service. Selection of 20+ beers available in addition to the few house meads. Some seating downstairs with more upstairs. Well worth looking out.“
Grumbo 135 days ago
72 /100 UL. "HRISTO BELCHEV" 29B
“A brand new craft bar in the centre of the city, worth a visit if you happen to be around. Kinda pricey in my opinion.“
Leeale 137 days ago
62 /100 UL GRAF IGANTIEV 34
“Small little place on a busy commercial street offering a few dozen bottles for drinking on site. Plenty of Bulgarian selection, prices not bad, service okay. Not a bad stop and pivoteka is nearby for a local craft beer crawl. “
DeanF 153 days ago
64 /100 UL. PROFESSOR FRIDTJOF NANSEN 25-B
“Basically a corner shop with an extensive selection of beers, craft and non. No seating inside, no glassware, they'll simply pop the bottle cap if you buy something. Selection is very good however, plenty of Bulgarian craft beers available as well as other stuff from around the globe. Not my first pick for a beer destination in Sofia but it ended up useful, with several Bulgaria craft breweries in stock here that hadn't popped up elsewhere.“
DeanF 156 days ago
70 /100
Kanaal (Bar)
BULEVARD MADRID 2
“Has a café feel rather than a bar or brewery vibe, rather small interior and relaxing music. Yet lo, there are 27 beers on tap and even more in a fridge! Glasses are .25l or 0.4l with a great variety, yet surprisingly few actual Bulgarian beers. They seemed to be heavy on the Swedish side of things, and while Swedish beers are great they're not what I'm looking for as a beer tourist in Bulgaria. Food options were limited to pastries, nuts, and bags of crisps. Still, quality was high and temperatures were right which makes this more or less a mandatory stop if in the area.“
DeanF 156 days ago
78 /100
Pivoteka (Internet-based)
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“Cool small shop with a nice variety of local and non local beers, nice alt rock tunes on the speaker. 6 on tap, most not from Bulgaria and a well stocked fridge. Seating outside too for the smokers, good value, what else can I say, make a stop if in the area.“
DeanF 156 days ago
66 /100
Tap Local (Bar)
GEORGI BENKOVSKI 6
“Very small bar with six taps from Kazan Artizan on. They also had a tiny fridge with around 10 beers. Easily the smallest fridge I have seen in a bar, but then again there is’t much space. There is a little extra seating upstairs, but mind your head if you go here. Not a must visit, but we only saw one beer from Kazan Artizan in all the other bars and stores we visited, so you are practically guarateed new ticks here.“
Rasmus40 164 days ago
80 /100 UK. LYUBEN KARAVELOV 53
“This place opened less than a week ago, so it was in some ways still a work in progress. They have six taps and 129 bottles according to their latest count. Plans were to get to around 300 bottles. They had some local stuff we had not seen elsewhere in Sofia even though we had had just under 100 Bulgarian beers already on this trip, so worth a visit. They have their own beer as well. Friendly service and good athmosphere.“
Rasmus40 164 days ago
76 /100 UL. HRISTO BELCHEV 29
“Very small bar with 12 taps and around 150 bottles. Lots of local craft and even a few Serbians as well. Friendly service.“
Rasmus40 164 days ago
78 /100
Crafter Shop (Beer Store)
KNYAZ BORIS I 65
“Craft beer store with a drink in option. We arrived just as they opened so we got the lounge chairs towards the back of the room. They had only one tap on at out visit - a Lervig. The bottle and can selction had around 40 locals and lots of Baltics plus some other stuff including a nice Eisbock from Bevog. Good service.“
Rasmus40 164 days ago
74 /100 YURI VENELIN 1
“Very good beer shop in central Sofia. Shelves were separated into countries and had flags for ease of reference. Drink in with a few taps were available. Good selection.“
saxo 164 days ago
68 /100 UL GRAF IGANTIEV 34
“Nice little beershop in central Sofia with six taps and drink in. Quite small, but worth a visit.“
saxo 164 days ago
48 /100 72 NEOFIT RILSKI STR
“Nice german style pub that can be a little hard to find since it is in a back yard. They served Glarus and River Bulgarian beers. Service was crap. We ordered food and they messed up the order, only gave us the snacks and forgot the rest.“
saxo 164 days ago
80 /100 BLVD. PATRIARH EVTIMIY 28
“Nice beer shop with drink in and lots of good quality local beers available. If you don’t like death metal music, you won’t stay long. Great service.“
saxo 164 days ago
86 /100
Dissident Beer Shop (Beer Store)
6-TI SEPTEMVRI 36
“Excellent little beer shop with six taps and lots of interesting local beers. Also some sebian beers and good belgian gueuzes. They played good jazz and blues when I visited.“
saxo 164 days ago
68 /100 UL. PROFESSOR FRIDTJOF NANSEN 25-B
“Nice beer store with lots of local beers. Yhey had 10+ taps too. They had set up a small bench outside to drink, but there was no room inside.“
saxo 164 days ago
72 /100
BiraBar (Bar)
PARIS 8
“Nice place with cask beers available which was a pleasant surprise. Good selection of local beers. They had a tv that also showed some football.“
saxo 164 days ago
68 /100 UL. LOMSKA 1
“Nice little bar with six taps including two local beers and a proper local cider. They also have a fridge with around 15 locals, so not up to par with some of the other places we have visited, but still worth a visit. Friendly service.“
Rasmus40 165 days ago
74 /100 YURI VENELIN 1
“We wnt here after having visited several other beer stores during the day and I was a little disappointed at this place. They did nkt having any drink in seating options and there wasn’t anything outside either. The local beer selection was certainly good and we ended up buying the beers to go instead. Good place but I had expected more. I prefer Nosferatu and Dissident over this.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
70 /100 UL GRAF IGANTIEV 34
“Small and modern looking bottle shop with around 30 different local bottles and cans. They also had some foreign bottles and six taps including just one local. Good place, but Nosferatu and Dissident close by are better. Drink in and wifi available.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
50 /100 72 NEOFIT RILSKI STR
“This is a restaurant with a limited local craft beer selection. They had a tap and a few bottles from both Glarus and River Craft Beer. We ordered food and a round of beer. Then another round of beer. After about an hour we asked for our food, and apparently they had had a mixup in their IT system, so they hadn’t taken our order. They were taking our orders with pen and paper and the receipt came from an old fashion cash register, so their IT system didn’t even exist.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
78 /100 BLVD. PATRIARH EVTIMIY 28
“Another really good bottle shop, but you have to live with the rather loud heavy metal they are playing. Otherwise go to Dissidents close by. They have six beers on tap including three locals at our visit. They also have around 40 local craft beers on can and bottle. You just choose them from the shelf and ask for a cold one at the bar. Drink in is an option. Friendly service.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
84 /100
Dissident Beer Shop (Beer Store)
6-TI SEPTEMVRI 36
“Great little bottle bottle shop with lots of Bulgarian micros both on the shelves and in the fridges. They also have international beers, but we didin’t look too much at them apart from the Dogma ones from Serbia. They also have six taps. Wifi and great service. You can drink in and listen to the jazz and blues.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
74 /100 UL. PROFESSOR FRIDTJOF NANSEN 25-B
“Good beer store with around 40-50 different Bulgarian micros in bottles and cans and some foreign stuff as well. They also have eight taps. You can sit outside the store and drink your beers if you don’t mind the lack of chairs and tables. Friendly service.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
76 /100
BiraBar (Bar)
PARIS 8
“This bar has three handpull casks but only one was on at our visit. Very surprisingly it was a Bulgarian cask ale from Rhombus. That’s a first for me. They also have around eight taps of Bulgarian micros and a few bottles and cans. Friendly service. Cash only.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
54 /100
Vancaro (Beer Store)
31 BOULEVARD KNYAZ ALEKSANDER DONDUKOV
“This is a tiny beer store with around 20 Bulgarian micros and some macros as well. We bought mainly Meltum and Metalhead. They had foreign beer as well, but we didn’t pay attention to those. Go here for a quick stop only if you’re in the neighborhood, as there are way better stores elsewhere in town.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
62 /100
Vancaro (Beer Store)
31 BOULEVARD KNYAZ ALEKSANDER DONDUKOV
“Nice littlr cornershop with about 20 local beers and lots of the classic belgian beers and more. Fair prices and worth a visit.“
saxo 166 days ago
72 /100
Abordage (Bar)
22 VESLETS STREET
“Nice board game place that brewd their own mead - Meadly. They had a fine selection of a few local bulgarian beers and also some Estonian and other foreign beers. Nice atmosphere with youth playing board games.“
saxo 166 days ago
68 /100
Abordage (Bar)
22 VESLETS STREET
“This is a board game bar with a wide range of board games and some nice beers and meads as well. They had two Meadly meads on including one on tap and a nice fridge with mainly Bulgarian and Estonian micros. There is extra seating upstairs. Good service.“
Rasmus40 166 days ago
70 /100
Da Hapna (Beer Store)
BOULEVARD "SIMEONOVSKO SHOSE 11, 1700 STUDENTSKI KOMPLEKS
“Upscale supermarket with a large range of beers (c. 100), including a lot of Bulgarian stuff across macro and craft. Also a range of Czech, Belgian, German, etc. Good prices. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.“
Leighton 399 days ago
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