It looks like bars honoring bees are a welcoming trend. First, we found about the stingless Trigona bee at the Bar Trigona in Kuala Lumpur, and this time we set foot into the B-Bar at Intercontinental Ljubljana. As you probably guessed, the letter B at the beginning stands for the native Slovenian Carniolan bee. These species are well known as good workers with strong nerves.
Now, let’s dive into the Intercontinental Ljubljana rooftop B-Bar review, where artisanal cocktails are enriched with the help of Slovenian bees.
The highest bar in Ljubljana is about urban luxury and sleek contemporary interior design. It offers comfort, including the easy-going vibe supported by uplifting beats.
We have to take you through the B-bar’s sweeping views from the 20th floor. On one side, you’ll see Ljubljana’s largest and greenest park, the Tivoli park. Between the park and the medieval castle on the hilltop, we also feel in love with the ongoing greenery stretching beyond the Slovenian capital.
Indeed, Ljubljana is green both, in green surfaces as well as an eco-city. As a matter of fact, the European Commission has awarded it the European Green Capital of 2016.
There is no secret B-Bar is about artisanal cocktails and fine drinks. However, before you order, go through the abundant Gin selection that counts about fifty labels, five of them Slovenian. More numerous is Slovenian wine selection in a separate wine menu. There you’ll also find many renowned international wines
Of course, there is plenty of whisky, whiskey, cognac, brandy, tequila, and vodka if one pleases. Despite all, we advise you to try some of the signature honeyed cocktails and mocktails.
Notwithstanding the bounty of cocktail bases on stock, the head mixologist makes all sorts of infusions. That way, a unique experience is secured and a tasty one if we may add. To keep things exciting and creativity flowing, the menu changes with seasons.
Common ground for all our drinks was the well-tuned balance between corresponding ingredients. Could that be a link to the natural balance where overkill doesn’t belong? Bees have a role in the ecosystem, bigger than giving us a celestial treat. Therefore, honey is treated with respect at the B-bar.
The star of this drink is orange, and no, not just because of the garnish. It is true that the aroma of fresh orange zest bonds with the orange and lemon juice. But the Tia Maria coffee liqueur and chocolate bitters give the orange wings. As it happens, light touch on both keeps this drink in the mocktail section.
A very refreshing cocktail, firmly based on smooth Herradura Reposado tequila. Around tequila, lemon and lime form thirst-quenching alliance moderately sweetened with acacia honey seasoned with basil.
One can include edible garnish and explore the power of the slat or red pepper between the sips. Both are in abundant supply as an edible garnish and uniquely change the enticing drink.
The taste of the Caribbean coming from the tiki glass exceeded our expectations of the pineapple and coconut mix. We especially loved how the fruity acidity felt close to the taste of the cooked banana. Besides that, the roasted coconut helped the Tullamore DEW X.O. whiskey’s caramel side.
Mixologists respected Negroni’s roots with bees take on the classic. They infused Campari with pollen to get the unique floral aroma and slight sweetness. Bittersweet honeyed notes expand with the lemon zest and Punt E Mes addition. The aftertaste is spicy with lingering bitters, just as it should be. For the final element is Slovenian minimalistic Bratinov gin, made with only four herbs.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to see artisanal cocktails here in Ljubljana. To be honest, the Slovenian cocktail scene was poor and far from creative, but now it is waking up. We got some hints to check some other cool bars. Who knows, maybe we might find even hidden bar here around… No matter what, we will present you with more Slovenian cocktails!
Now, let’s see how our first incredible finding played the game. B-Bar is an outstanding bar, there is no doubt. To point out, our waiter was professional all the time and his creations kept us on toes. Cocktails were nice with the great red line – honey. If you are looking for some exceptional drinks, the 20th floor at Intercontinental Ljubljana is your gig. B-Bar is one of the best bars in Ljubljana and we warmly recommend it.
B-Bar Review Card
- ATMOSPHERE – 9.6/109.6/10
- SERVICE – 9.7/109.7/10
- DRINK SELECTION – 9.9/109.9/10
- PRESENTATION – 9.7/109.7/10
- OUR DRINKS – 9.5/109.5/10
- VALUE – 9.6/109.6/10
Price and Location
Cocktails here at B-Bar comes at about 11 USD, while mocktails cost less than 8 USD. Here is a link to the location for easier navigation. Keep in mind to obey the guidelines of a smart-casual dress code. Another thing you might pay attention to is that the bar’s offer varies by the hour. For example, you’ll get a cocktail after 5 p.m. and food after 6 p.m.